Engineering Technology vs. Engineering Science

Distinguishing Factors of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Engineering and Engineering Technology are separate but intimately related professions.  Here are some of the ways they differ:

  • Engineering undergraduate programs include more mathematics work and higher level mathematics than technology programs.
  • Engineering undergraduate programs often focus on theory, while technology programs usually focus on application.
  • Once they enter the workforce, engineering graduates typically spend their time planning, while engineering technology graduates spend their time making plans work.
  • at ABET,  engineering and engineering technology programs evaluated and accredited by two separate accreditation commissions using two separate sets of accreditation criteria.
  • Graduates from engineering programs are called engineers, while graduates of technology programs are often called technologists.
  • Some U.S. state boards of professional engineering licensure will allow only graduates of engineering programs - not engineering technology programs - to become licensed engineers. ---- Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)

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