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.
The Department of Engineering Technology offers both bachelor degree programs and a Master of Science (MS) degree. At the undergraduate level we offer Bachelor of Science (BS) majors in Construction Science and Management, Concrete Industry Management and Technology Management with specializations in Electronics Technology, Manufacturing Technology and Teacher Certification in Technology Education. We also offer a Bachelor of Science in Technology (BST) with a major in Engineering Technology with several specialized areas of study including Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, and Environmental Engineering Technology. At the graduate level, the Master of Science (MS) degree with major in Technology Management offers specializations in Construction Management, Manufacturing Management and Industrial Management. Complete descriptions of these degree programs, including the curricula and courses, can be found on the site.
As of Spring 2019, a total of 916 students have declared a major in our department. This total is comprised of 894 undergraduate and 22 graduate students. The total includes 496 majoring in Construction Science and Management, 47 majoring in Concrete Industry Management, 328 specializing in Engineering Technology concentrations, and 23 specializing in Technology Management concentrations. 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 four on-campus career fairs. Two of these events focus 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 sophomores, 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.
In February 2013, The Board of Trustees of the American Council for Construction Education announced the accreditation of the Construction Science and Management program at Texas State University. The program has maintained the stringent standards of ACCE, and has proven to the Board of Trustees, through a visiting team of its peers and industry practitioners, that the program is worthy of accreditation. At the time of accreditation, the CSM program was the third of 11 construction programs in Texas and the 70th in the nation to receive this designation. The accreditation standards for ACCE may be found at http://www.acce-hq.org/.
The accrediting body for Concrete Industry Management (CIM) is the National Steering Committee (NSC). The CIM program at Texas State received accreditation by the National Steering Committee in Fall 2014. There are only four universities in the nation that offer the BS degree in CIM. Those universities include California State University at Chico, Middle Tennessee State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Texas State University. The CIM program at Texas State has been self-funded by the State of Texas since its inception in 2008, though it receives considerable external support from the NSC for CIM. General information about CIM, and about the NSC, can be found at: http://www.concretedegree.com
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. The department faculty are actively engaged in the execution of external grants and contracts in excess of $1,000,000, which have been awarded by federal and state agencies, industrial partners, and 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.
Dr. W. James Wilde, Chair