Despite those figures, faculty in Northwestern State’s engineering technology program face challenges in recruiting students who do not understand the difference between an engineering technologist and an individual with an engineering degree.
“Engineering technology degrees are really applied engineering degrees,” said Phil Brown, assistant professor in NSU’s engineering technology program. “An engineering technology program produces a technologist. A technician typically possesses a lower skill level than an engineering technologist in solving engineering problems. The expertise brought to the job by an engineering technologist goes beyond that of an engineering technician.”
According to Brown, a degree in engineering technology is viewed today by many companies as a degree in applied engineering.
The primary difference between an engineering degree and an engineering technology degree is the level of theoretical knowledge, Brown explained.
The Employment Outcomes Report authored by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Louisiana Board of Regents explored employment post-graduation, field of study classifications and salaries.