This program allows students to combine two different technology specialties into one flexible program. The major course work must be in engineering or engineering technology program. The second area of emphasis would normally be a second engineering or engineering technology area but some students may need to combine a program with a related specialty such as computer science, telecommunication or business with their engineering or engineering technology courses. The general engineering technology program would permit specialty emphasis combinations that would include some of latest high-tech oriented courses from at least two disciplines.
Courses must be selected with the approval of the division/department head and must be engineering, engineering technology or from engineering-related support area. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be from a second area of emphasis. Engineering-related support areas may include computer science, business and other areas that have been approved by the advisor to support the major engineering or engineering technology area.
The strenghth of this program lies in its diversity which depends upon the previous experience of lthe student in areas of academics and vocations. This allows the student, as an engineering technician, to draw upon the marketable background skills and competencies developed in specific areas of technology, to gain meaningful, promotion-oriented positions of employment. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment opportunities for engineering technicians are expected to be excellent throughout the next decade. Specialized employment fields for the general engineering technician include: technical staff assistants to engineers, mid-management assignments, local and state business/industries, an governmental agencies at the local, state and federal levels.