Chair's Message

Welcome to the Department of Engineering Technology web site. We are pleased that you have taken an interest in our department and in the academic programs we offer. Upon completing a review of the site, if you should find that you have unanswered questions, our faculty and staff would be happy to answer those questions in person. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail or telephone to schedule an appointment.


The Department of Engineering Technology offers both bachelor degree programs and a Master of Science in Technology (MST) degree. At the undergraduate level we offer majors in Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, Construction Science and Management, and Concrete Industry Management. Several specialized areas of study are available under the Engineering Technology major including Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, and Environmental Engineering Technology. At the graduate level, the MST degree offers Manufacturing, Construction, and General specializations. Complete descriptions of these degree programs, including the curricula and courses, can be found on the site.


At this writing, a total of 542 students have declared a major in our department. This total is comprised of 509 undergraduate and 33 graduate students. The total includes some 286 individuals specializing in construction, 64 majoring in Concrete Industry Management, 49 specializing in manufacturing, plus another 86 Mechanical ET, 31 Environmental ET, and 18 Electrical ET majors. Obviously, the Department of Engineering Technology is a vibrant and growing part of the Texas State University community.


Historically our students have had little difficulty securing employment upon graduation. In almost all cases, our graduates take positions in industry that correspond to the particular major or specialized area of study they pursued while a student with us. Each year our students are afforded the opportunity to participate in at least three on-campus career fairs. One of these events focuses on careers in the manufacturing industry or with other engineering and high-technology firms. The other two job fairs revolve around the construction and concrete industries. These career fairs provide our juniors and seniors an excellent opportunity to network with potential employers and to interview for both summer internships and permanent positions.


Our curricula reflect adherence to established national accreditation standards that are appropriate to each of the technology disciplines mentioned above. In the area of manufacturing our department has been a Foundry Education Foundation certified program since 1996. Our Construction Science and Management program is in candidacy status with the American Council on Construction Education and we anticipate that an accreditation review team will visit our campus in the fall semester of 2012. Our Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program is expecting an initial accreditation review by the National Steering Committee for CIM in the fall of 2014. We conduct on-going learning outcomes assessment for all of our programs and reporting of these results is updated annually. Input provided by several industrial advisory committees contributes toward continuous improvement and the currency of our curricula and courses.


Our faculty maintain currency in their respective fields of expertise through continual engagement in applied research and scholarship, and through professional development activities. Over just the past three years department faculty have succeeded in securing upwards of $500,000 in external funding from federal and state agencies and from educational foundations. Our faculty have also been very active in publishing the results of their research in scholarly journals. The department is fortunate to be the professional home of such dedicated faculty members who take their commitment to higher education so seriously.


As an applied discipline, Engineering Technology is committed to experiential learning and exploration. The Roy F. Mitte building, which is home to the department, houses 19 well equipped, technical laboratories where students put into practice the principles learned in their classes. Learning by doing is fundamental to who we are, and students can expect to spend a significant portion of their time in a laboratory setting. As you explore our site, take a few moments to notice the many photographs of our exceptional facility. It is in these modern, well equipped laboratories that students will apply what they have learned.


Once again, I want to thank you for your interest in the Department of Engineering Technology and in the academic programs we offer. I hope you will enjoy your virtual tour of our department as you navigate our web site. Upon completing that tour, if you should find that you would like additional information about the department or the degree programs we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our faculty will be happy to respond to e-mail inquiries, and you may call the departmental office at any time to arrange an appointment with a faculty advisor.


Sincerely yours,

Dr. Andy Batey, Chair and Graduate Advisor