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Engineering Technology

Department of Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology is the profession in which knowledge of mathematics and natural science, gained by higher education, experience, and practice, is devoted primarily to the implementation and extension of existing technology for the benefit of humanity. Engineering Technology education focuses primarily on the applied aspects of science and that portion of the technological spectrum closest to product improvement, industrial practices, and engineering operation functions.

The educational objectives of the Engineering Technology program are to produce graduates who are prepared to:

1. Attain gainful employment in a related technical field providing personal and professional growth;
2. Pursue professional development such as additional formal education, certifications and workshops;
3. Attain increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in their own chosen field;
4. Apply a depth of knowledge and ability to manage, design, develop, analyze, and/or implement technical projects, demonstrating a quality of performance necessary to succeed in engineering technology careers.

Graduates are referred to as Engineering Technologists and work as members of the engineering team focusing primarily on the implementation of new technologies. Students will select two fields of study providing depth in subjects of interest to them. Technical electives will provide breadth of study that supports their general knowledge base. Within the core are courses that prepare students to manage people and projects as they grow in their career. Graduates of this program are employed in the areas of quality assurance, product/software support, applied design and development, manufacturing support. plant management, computerized process  control, systems planning, process planning, supervision and technical sales.

ADMISSION: Before a student can declare the Engineering Technology major, the student must have earned: 1) a grade of at least "C" for each of the following 9 courses (or equivalents), and 2) a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 for these courses.
MATH 1910 Calculus I
PHYS 2010 General Physics I / Trig
PHYS 2011 General Physics I Lab
TECH 1411 Introduction to Technology
TECH 1010 Computer Applications in Technology
TECH 1521 Graphics and Descriptive Geometry
TECH (EETH) 1811 Electronic Circuit Technology
TECH (CETH) 1211 Computer Programming
TECH (METH) 1711 Manufacturing Processes I

Until both of these criteria are satisfied, students admitted to the University and wishing to declare the Engineering Technology major will be coded as Pre-Engineering Technology.

Transfer students will be coded as Pre-Engineering Technology for a minimum of one semester following admission to the University of Memphis. They may declare the Engineering Technology major upon completion of the Admission requirements.

A student may not register for upper-division courses in TECH (formerly CETH, EETH, or METH) at or above the 3000 level without being declared as an Engineering Technology major. Exceptions to the Admission criteria are at the discretion of the Department Chair. 

GRADUATION: To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, the student must satisfy University and College requirements, and obtain a 2.0 grade point average on all work completed, and obtain a minimum grade of "C" in all engineering technology and mathematics courses used to satisfy degree requirements. A grade of "C" or better is also required in ENGL 3603.

Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.)

A. University General Education Program (42 hours)
See Graduation from the University link for University General Education Program requirements. Note the following are specified by the department for this program: Mathematics: MATH 1910: Natural Science: PHYS 2010/2011, 2020/2021.

B. College and Degree Requirements (52 hours)
Engineering Technology Core: ENGL 3603; CHEM 1010/1011; MATH 1730; TECH 1010, 1211, 1411, 1521, 1711, 1811, 2821, 2822, 3044, 3440, 4381, 4401, 4462, 4943, 4945.

C. The Major (31-33 hours)
Completion of 31-33 hours of technical electives that include a minimum of two (2) of the following fields of study selected in consultation with an academic advisor:

a. Automation & Control Systems: TECH 2831, 3821, 3822 and one of TECH 3841 or 4474 or 4823

b. Electronic Communication Systems: TECH 2831, 3811, 3812, 4821

c. Mechanical Systems Design: TECH 3401, 3421, 3573, 4472, 4571

d. Microprocessor Systems: TECH 2831, 3232, 3233, 4234

e. Operations Strategy & Lean Principles: TECH 4460, 4464, 4466

f. Product Realization: TECH 3401, 3421, 4472, 4474, 4476

g. Software Design: TECH 2251, 2261, 4262, 4263

h. System/Network Administration: TECH 3232, 3241, 4281, 4272

The core requirements satisfy prerequisites for these fields of study. Observe prerequisites when enrolling in courses within a particular field of study. NOTE: Substitutions must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

D. Engineering Technology Minor: A student must complete 18 hours of Engineering Technology coursework (observing prerequisites), 12 of which must be upper-division, selected in consultation with a departmental advisor. It is understood that some prerequisites may be satisfied by coursework from other departments and programs.

Accelerated B.S.E.T./M.S. Program in Engineering Technology

This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Science in Engineering Technology during their senior year. Students are encouraged to begin planning to enter the Accelerated B.S.E.T./M.S. program early in their undergraduate career, in consultation with their advisor in the Department of Engineering Technology. 

Working with the undergraduate and graduate academic coordinators, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.S.E.T. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.S.

To apply, students must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, and must submit two reference letters and a copy of their transcript to the Engineering Technology department. Each applicant will complete an interview with the graduate academic coordinator in engineering technology.

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for the accelerated B.S.E.T./M.S. program, which allows them to take graduate courses in engineering technology. To continue in the program past the B.S.E.t., students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into the Engineering Technology department's M.S. program. 

Only in ABM programs, up to 9 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. However, any graduate coursework will not apply to undergraduate GPA.

Typical 4-Year Engineering Technology Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH 1730 4 MATH 1910 4
TECH 1411 1 TECH 1211 3
TECH 1711 3 TECH 1521 3
TECH 1010 3 TECH 1811 3
Semester Totals 14 hrs   16 hrs

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 COMM 2381 3
PHYS 2010/2011 4 PHYS 2020/2021 4
History* 3 CHEM 1010/1011 4
TECH 2821 3 TECH 3044 4
TECH 2822 4 Technical elective 3
Semester Totals 17 hrs   18 hrs

Junior Year

Humanities* 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
History* 3 Technical elective 3
ENGL 3603 3 Technical elective 3
Technical elective 3 TECH 4462 3
Technical elective 3 TECH 3440 3
    TECH 4381 3
Semester Totals 15 hrs   18 hrs

Senior Year

Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 Humanities* 3
Technical elective 3-4 Technical elective 3-4
Technical elective 3 Technical elective 3
Technical elective 3 Technical elective 3
TECH 4401 2 TECH 4945 2
TECH 4943 1    
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   14-15 hrs

Total Hours: 125-128
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 125-128
*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirements