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Careers in Technology

The Department of Technology at Texas State University-San Marcos prides itself in preparing students for technical and professional careers in industry. This pride stems not only from recognized quality of the programs offered but also from the success we have had in placing our students in excellent entry level positions in industry. Our department has been particularly interested in technical and professional training since 1984 and over the past years our faculty have honed their skills with regard to accomplishing this mission.

The purpose of this web page is to provide students who are potentially interested in a degree option in the Engineering & Technology Department at Texas State University-San Marcos with an idea about the type of employment they can expect after graduation. The information used to compile this web site was taken from actual internship positions and job titles held by our graduates. Salary information has also come from the same source. Example of majors and job titles follow:

Industrial Technology

The Field: Technical professionals in this field combine skills from the fields of mathematics, the sciences, business management, technology and engineering to manage and take part in the technical aspects of a wide variety of industrial enterprises. They work in such areas as manufacturing, electronics, residential and commercial construction, industrial design, industrial management, engineering, computers systems assessment and inventory control. All Industrial Technology programs are four years in length with a supervised, one semester industrial internship. The various majors in Industrial Technology are described here:

Industrial Technology/Manufacturing

The Field: Technical professionals in this field combine skills from mathematics, the sciences, business, management and technology to manage and take part in the technical aspects of a wide variety of industrial enterprises. They work in such areas as manufacturing, electronics, design, industrial management, engineering, quality assurance, process support, and technical sales.

Prospective Positions

  • Production Supervisor
  • Manufacturing Planner
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Materials Scheduler
  • Machine Tool Programmer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Designer/Draftsman
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Work Measurement Analyst
  • Cost Analyst
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Engineering Assistant

Industrial Technology/Construction

The Field: Technical professionals in this field combine skills from mathematics, the sciences, business, management and technology to manage and take part in the technical aspects of a wide variety of industrial enterprises. They work in such areas as residential and commercial construction, estimating, land use planning, claims adjustment, building inspection and safety.

Prospective Positions:

  • Land Use Planner
  • Construction Supervisor
  • Estimator
  • Insurance Inspector
  • City Inspector
  • Utilities Estimator
  • Materials Requirement Planner
  • Scheduler
  • Safety Inspector
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • City Planning Technician
  • Engineering Assistant

Industrial Technology/Visual Communications

The Field: Technical Professionals in this field combine skills from mathematics, the sciences, business, management and technology to manage and take part in the technical aspects of a wide variety of industrial enterprises. They work in such areas as technical sales, photography, graphics reproduction, film preparation/development, quality assurance and process support.

Prospective Positions

  • Production Supervisor
  • Law Enforcement Photographer
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor
  • Technical Sale Representative
  • Technical Supervisor
  • Estimator
  • Story Board Technician
  • Chemical Safety Technician
  • Regional Sales Representative
  • Store Manager
  • Strip-up and Layout Technician
  • Video Tape Editor

The Field: Technical professionals in this field combine skills from mathematics, the sciences, business, management, technology and areas of specialized interest to take part in industrial or educational careers. Specialized course work in electronics or education are often chosen to support careers in the electronics industries or public school teaching.

Prospective Positions (Electronics)

  • Electronics Designer
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Plant Operations Supervisor
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Inspector
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Materials Requirement Planner
  • Safety Engineer
  • Systems Technician
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Production Supervisor

Prospective Positions (Teaching)

  • Public School Teacher -
  • Industrial Technology Education
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Visual Communications Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Energy/Power Technology

Engineering Technology

The Field: Engineering Technologists are trained to apply both scientific and engineering knowledge and methods along with technical skills to the achievement of engineering oriented goals. Although well versed in theoretical knowledge the engineering technologist is also well prepared to function effectively in an advanced, applied environment. Their education is especially applicable to high technology type industrial settings.

Prospective Positions (Electronics)

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Designer
  • Draftsman/Designer
  • Materials Requirement Planner
  • Scheduler
  • Non-Destructive Testing Technician
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor
  • Cost Estimator
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Electronic Designer
  • Metallurgical Engineering technician
  • Assistant Foundry Supervisor
  • Production Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Assistant
  • CAM Specialist
  • Programmer

Summary

After reviewing this material you should have a good feel for whether or not our department has a program and in turn, a good career option for you. If after your review, a decision is made to explore our program further, you should contact our department office and set up an appointment with an advisor. Hopefully the material presented on this site will assist you in that most difficult decision of career selection. In the event you are not interested in our program please pass this web site along to a friend. At any rate good luck in your search for a career and please feel free to call if we can be of help in any way.