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Engineering Technology

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Gregory Kleinheinz, Chairperson

Department Office: Halsey Science 330D
Department Telephone: (920) 424-1547

Code 33 or ENGR TECH

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Faculty

Faculty

Dijkstra
Kleinheinz      
Nasif
Olszewski
Rioux

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Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in Electrical Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology can lead to the degree: Bachelor of Science.

  • Graduate: None.

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Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

1.  Goal(s)
         Within three to five years after graduation, our typical alumni will:
    • be employed in a degree-related field and beginning to assume greater responsibility and leadership within their company.
    • communicate effectively in oral, written, and visual modes and exhibit ethical behavior and a respect for diversity as they pursue a career in industry.
    • will apply their critical thinking skills and knowledge of engineering and technology to identify, analyze, and solve problems during the design, development, implementation and improvement phases of projects.
    • will pursue lifelong learning and continuous improvement through additional training, active membership in professional societies, and other high quality developmental activities.
2. The Major(s)
    • The Department offers three majors in Engineering Technology: 1) Electrical Engineering Technology, 2) Environmental Engineering Technology, 3) Mechanical Engineering Technology.  
       3. The Minor(s)
    • None

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Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Engineering Technology major. Refer to the following for complete major course requirements.

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Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses 

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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

1.  Electrical Engineering Technology Major

Prepares students for a career as an electrical engineering technologist with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and maintenance of electrical/electronic systems. With a greater focus on application and implementation, electrical engineering technologists help design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as communication equipment, industrial systems, medical monitoring equipment, control devices, and computer technology.  As the largest branch of engineering technology, it includes a diverse range of disciplines including electronics, embedded systems, control systems, instrumentation, telecommunications, and power systems.

  • Required Units (crs.): 68 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Support Group: 13 crs.
      • Mathematics: Math 171, 172
      • Physics: Physics 107 or 109
    • Fundamentals Group: 22 crs.
      • Engineering Technology: Engineering 101, 105, 130, 131, 232, 240
      • Computer Science: Computer Science 142
    • Advanced Study Group: 33 crs.
      • Engineering Technology: Engineering 320, 325, 333, 340, 342, 346, 350, 352, 360, 390, 400 or 410
    • Electives: 0 crs. (not required)
      • Engineering Technology: Engineering 284, 348, 365, 396, 446

    2.  Environmental Engineering Technology Major

    Recommended for students who wish to apply the principles and engineering and environmental sciences to address challenges associated with human impacts on the environment. This field characterizes the dynamic relationship between human activity and the environment to determine strategies to minimize negative impacts.  Career opportunities as an environmental engineering technologist vary greatly including municipal and industrial treatment facility technologists, laboratory and environmental quality technicians, health and safety managers, environmental consultants, and sustainability managers for industry and governmental agencies.

    • Required Units (crs.): 71 minimum
    • Required Courses:
      • Support Group: 30 crs.
        • Mathematics: Math 171, 172; 201 or 301
        • Physics: Physics 107 or 109
        • Biology: Biology 104 or 105
        • Chemistry: Chemistry 105, 106
      • Fundamentals Group: 26 crs.
        • Engineering Technology: Engineering 101, 105, 118, 201, 202, 203
        • Biology: Biology 309
        • Geography: Geography 304, 391
      • Advanced Study Group: 15 crs.
        • Engineering Technology: Engineering 360
        • Two courses from the following list:
          • Engineering Technology: Engineering 301, 302, 303
        • Two courses from the following list:
          • Engineering Technology: Engineering 371, 373, 375, 377, 379, 381
          • Geology: Geology 370
        • One course from the following list:
          • Engineering Technology: Engineering 400 or 410
        • Electives: 0 crs. (not required)
          • Engineering Technology: Engineering 284, 365, 395, 396, 397, 446

          4.  Mechanical Engineering Technology Major

          Recommended for students who wish to apply the application of engineering principles and technological developments to new and existing manufacturing systems.  Mechanical engineering technologists work with engineers in designing, testing and manufacturing mechanical equipment or systems.  There are many employment opportunities in mechanical design, manufacturing and industrial engineering technology, industrial management, computer aided design, applied research and sales and service.

          • Required Units (crs.): 69 minimum
          • Required Courses:
            • Support Group: 13 crs.
              • Mathematics: Math 171, 172
              • Physics: Physics 107 or 109
            • Fundamentals Group: 29 crs.
              • Engineering Technology: Engineering 101, 105, 116, 118, 130, 207, 220, 221
              • Physics: Physics 201, 202
            • Advanced Study Group: 27 crs.
              • Engineering Technology: Engineering 318, 320, 322, 330, 335, 342, 360, 390, 400 or 410
            • Electives: 0 crs. (not required)
              • Engineering Technology: Engineering 284, 308, 365, 396, 446

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            The Minor(s)

            The Minor(s)

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            Course Offering(s)

            Course Offering(s)


            Engineering Technology

            Engineering Technology    101

            1 - 2 (crs.)

            Fundamentals of Engineering Technology

            This course is designed to equip engineering technology students with the necessary tools and background information to prepare them to be a successful student as well as a successful practicing engineering technologist. Topics covered in this course include ethics, project managements, team work, working with data, creating presentations, engineering design and a thorough understanding of the engineering profession.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    103

            3 (crs.)

            Surveying

            Fundamental concepts and theory of surveying; adjustment and use of instruments; measurement of distance, difference in elevation, angles and directions; route and construction surveying; computations, errors and statistical analysis of field data using basic probability concepts. Prerequisites: Math 106 or placement in/completion of any higher math course.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    105

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Fundamentals of Drawing

            Introduces common industry drafting practices in the design process with an emphasis on computer-aided drafting/design (CAD). Topics include sketching, drawing setup and organization, dimensioning, orthographic and isometric projections, and CAD standards and guidelines.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    113

            4 (crs.)

            Introduction to Sustainable Engineering (XL) (NS)

            The lack of sustainable practices in segments of our society is becoming more and more evident (e.g. climate change, toxic algal blooms, anoxic zones in surface waters and aquifer depletion). Degradation of our ecosystem not only reduces its beneficial use, it may also undermine the capacity to sustain our growing population. It is in this context that we explore the role of engineering and engineered solutions to pressing environmental issues.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    116

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Basic Manufacturing Processes

            Introduces machining, stamping, casting, forging and joining of metallic and non-metallic materials. Covers the basic machining processes used to cut, form and shape materials to desire forms, dimensions and surface finishes. Students examine the manufacturing of metals, heat treatments, foundry work, metals and plastics casting, rolling, extrusion and welding. Prerequisite: Engineering Tech 101.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    118

            1 - 2 (crs.)

            Fluid Control

            An introduction to hydraulics and pneumatics including properties of fluids, basic pneumatic and hydraulic circuits and their schematics, and airflow control. Applications include Pascal's Law, effects of fluid friction, and designing hydraulic circuits with control valves. Prerequisites: Math 106 or higher course in mathematics and English 101.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    130

            1 - 4 (crs.)

            Basic Electrical Circuits I (XL) (XN)

            This course uses theory, laboratory investigation, and circuit simulation software to introduce basic electrical and circuit analysis principles. Emphasis is placed on direct current (DC) circuits containing voltage and current sources and resistor networks in series, parallel, and series-parallel configurations. This course also introduces the concepts of electric and magnetic fields in the context of capacitors and inductors and their transient responses in DC circuits. A unit on basic alternating current (AC) resistive circuits with sinusoidal voltage and currant sources is included.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    131

            1 - 4 (crs.)

            Basic Electrical Circuits II (XL)

            This course uses theory, laboratory investigation, and circuit simulation software to introduce basic electrical and circuit analysis principles. Emphasis is placed on the steady state characteristics of sinusoidal alternating current (AC) circuits with resistive and reactive (capacitors and inductors) elements in series, parallel, and series-parallel configurations. Transformers, three-phase power, frequency response analysis, and selected direct current (DC) topics will also be introduced. Prerequisite: Engineering Technology: 130.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    142

            3 (crs.)

            Introduction to Programming

            An introductory course in computer programming using the language C++. Topics covered include problem solving, algorithms, selection statements, repetition, arrays, functions and sub-programs. Applications to electrical engineering technology are made. Prerequisites: Engineering Tech 101 and Math 106.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    201

            2 (crs.)

            Introduction to Air Quality

            An overview of global air currents, major air pollutants and sources, transport of these by air currents, EPA standards for air pollutants, abatement methods such as scrubbers on coal burning power plants, non-attainment status and consequences.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    202

            3 (crs.)

            Introduction to Water and Wastewater

            An overview of global water sources, drinking water quality and treatment, pollutants and their sources, and consequences to water quality, storm water management systems and storm water quality.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    203

            2 (crs.)

            Introduction to Solid Waste

            Topics include generation, processing, and disposal of municipal, industrial, and agricultural waste materials with emphasis on the technical and economic feasibility of various processes.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    207

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Parametric Modeling

            Introduces solid modeling techniques for mechanical engineering designs. Topics include parametric principles, model creation, and complex assembly projects. Prerequisite: Engineering Technology 105.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    220

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Mechanics of Materials

            Introduces the distribution of forces in materials, trusses and other rigid structures under load. Topics include stress and strain, torsion, shear and bending moments, thermal expansion and stress, Mohr's Circle, and column theory. Analysis techniques to ensure that a component is safe with respect to strength, rigidity and stability are included. Prerequisite: Physics 201.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    221

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Machine Components

            Introduces the basic concepts and techniques used in the design of a machine. The components studied include gears, shafts, cams, bearings, belts and other hardware. The importance of using reference handbooks and catalog specifications in choosing appropriate components for various applications is stressed.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    232

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Semiconductor Devices

            Introduces properties of semiconductor materials and how they are manipulated to create several types of diodes, transistors, and optoelectronic devices. The theory and operation of these devices is explored in the context of a wide array of applications including rectifier, amplifier, and switching circuits. Laboratory experiments are performed to measure device characteristics and verify circuit performance. Prerequisite: ENGR Tech 130 and concurrent registration in or prior completion of ENGR Tech 131.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    240

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Logic and Control Devices

            This course introduces applications of electromechanical control using switches, indicators, relays, timers, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Two-state logic and Boolean algebra are used to create ladder logic control programs for electromechanical controls and in PLC software. PLC programming topics include troubleshooting, timers, counters, sequencers, and analog and digital input and output. Prerequisites: English 130

             

             

            Engineering Technology    284

            1 (crs.)

            Professional Skills in Engineering

            This course is required as you prepare for professional co-ops, internships, and/or full-time job opportunities. This course will expose students to the expectations of a professional work environment and help you learn to balance field and office responsibilities. The exploration of engineering-related professions will help students identify both personally and professionally satisfying opportunities. The course will also explore interviewing, social media, presentation, and personal conduct at the work place.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    301

            3 (crs.)

            Advanced Air Pollution and Treatment

            This course will provide students a fundamental understanding of atmospheric processes and weather patterns and how they affect pollutant transport. Sources, sinks, health and environmental effects, and abatement technologies for air pollutants will be addressed. In addition, atmospheric reactions that create pollution or deplete stratospheric ozone will be included. Prerequisites: Two semesters of general chemistry (Chemistry 105 and 106 or 109 and 110), one semester of general physics (Phys/Ast 107 or 109), and one semester of microbiology (Biology 309) or consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    302

            3 (crs.)

            Advanced Water and Wastewater

            This course will investigate water and wastewater treatment technology past and present. The course targets a general engineering and/or science student. Technical and design considerations will also be explored. Both rural and large municipal systems will be discussed. Lectures will contain examples from real world applications (preferable in Wisconsin) and in-progress industrial developments. Particular emphasis will be placed on local water and wastewater installations. Prerequisites: Two semesters of general chemistry (Chemistry 105 and 106 or 109 and 110), one semester of general physics (Phys/Ast 107 or 109), and one semester of microbiology (Biology 309) or consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    303

            3 (crs.)

            Advanced Solid Waste

            This course will investigate solid waste treatment technology past and present. Technical and design considerations will be explored using examples from real world applications and in-progress industrial developments. Particular emphasis will be placed on solid waste engineering principles as practiced in the local area. Prerequisites: Chemistry 105 and Engineering Technology 203 or consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    308

            3 (crs.)

            Finite Element Analysis

            Introduces the finite element analysis (FEA) method and its application to stress analysis and structural mechanics. Topics include standard FEA techniques in one, two, and three dimensional systems, design optimization using FEA, incorporation of failure criteria and other constraints, and the interpretation of FEA results to ensure correctness. Prerequisites: ENGR TECH 207 and ENGR TECH 220 and Math 172.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    318

            3 (crs.)

            Fluid Dynamics

            The theory of fluid dynamics including hydrostatic forces, buoyancy, viscosity, and stability. Applications include Bernoulli's equation, pipe flow, open-channel flow, drag and lift. Prerequisites: ENGR TECH 118 and Math 172.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    320

            1 - 4 (crs.)

            Motors and Drives

            Selection, setup and circuitry association with AC and DC drives and motors. Topics include DC motor and generator characteristics, configurations, and performance measures. Series and compound DC motors, AC induction motors, stepper motors, servomotors, and three-phase power systems are also included. Prerequisites: ENGR TECH 130 and Phys/Ast 107 or 109.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    322

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Design Problems

            Design principles and methods are applied to create a product or a machine. Students work within a team to prepare concepts sketches, assembly drawings, detail drawings and perform stress and cost analysis. Prerequisites: ENGR Tech 106 and ENGR Tech 220 and ENGR Tech 221.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    325

            3 (crs.)

            Signals and Systems

            An introduction to analysis techniques for continuous time and discrete time signals and typical model systems. Topics include system definitions and properties such as linearity, causality, time invariance and stability. Signal representations including Fourier and Laplace transforms will be used in convolution calculations, transfer functions and determinations of system responses. Applications to circuit analysis will be made. Software packages such as MATLAB will be used in laboratory and course work. Prerequisites: Math 172 and ENGR Tech 232.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    330

            3 (crs.)

            Thermodynamics

            Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of ideal and real gases, vapors, and mixtures, and analysis of ideal and real power and refrigeration cycles. Prerequisites: Phys/Ast 107 or Phys/Ast 109 and Math 172.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    333

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Linear Circuits

            This course focuses on the operation, analysis, and application of linear active circuits utilizing transistors, operational amplifiers, comparators, mixers, and other components as well as integrated circuit functions such as converters and phase locked loops. This course uses a balance of theory, analysis using circuit simulation software, and practical application through laboratory investigation and troubleshooting. Prerequisites: Engineering Technology 232 or Engineering Technology 131 and permission of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    335

            3 (crs.)

            Heat Transfer

            Fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation including transient and stead state conditions as applied to one-dimensional and multi-dimensional systems. Topics include free and forced convection, boiling and condensation, heat exchangers, and diffusion. Prerequisite: Engr 330

             

             

            Engineering Technology    340

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers

            Introduces advanced topics in programmable logic control including specialized input/output using sensors and actuators, network communications and device interfacing, closed-loop feedback, and the human-machine interface. In addition to continuing development of ladder logic methods, this course introduces function block diagram, structured text, and sequential function chart programming techniques. Prerequisites: Engr Tech 240 and Comp Sci 142

             

             

            Engineering Technology    342

            3 (crs.)

            Measurement, Control & Data Acquisition

            Introduces techniques for collecting precision measurements, interpreting measurement data, and using it to control systems. Hands-on laboratory experiments will demonstrate the operation of real industrial systems (compressed air, pumping, chilled water, and furnace) and use precision measurement theory as it relates to process measurements and the accuracy of measurements in industrial processes. Prerequisites: Engr Tech 240

             

             

            Engineering Technology    346

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Electric Power Systems and Distribution

            Characteristics of various three-phase power configurations and in-plant power distribution are covered. Students will also gain exposure utility systems interconnection from generation through distribution, which includes the utility grid, device coordination, metering, relays, fuses, breakers and fault interrupters. Prerequisites: ENGR Tech 131 and ENGR Tech 232.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    348

            3 (crs.)

            Electromagnetic Fields and Applications

            This course includes electromagnetic vector quantities and vector operations in spherical, cylindrical, and rectangular coordinate systems Static and dynamic systems are explored in the context of applications such as circuits, dielectric and permeable materials, transmission lines, antennas and wave-guides. Prerequisites: ENGR TECH 233 and (Phys/AST 108 or 110)

             

             

            Engineering Technology    350

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Data Communication and Protocols

            The concepts needed to understand the important field of data communications and networking are explored in this course. The principles associated with data communication, transmission media, interfaces, error and flow control, synchronization, and switching are investigated. The course concentrates on the physical and data link layers of communication networks. Commonly used protocols and interface standards are emphasized. Prerequisite: ENGR Tech 325.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    352

            3 (crs.)

            Communication Systems

            The fundamental concepts and structures needed to understand communication systems are presented. The principles associated with analog communications (amplitude and angle modulation) are introduced. An introduction to probability theory to characterize randomness and noise is provided. The operations of sampling and quantization are used to lay the foundation for digital/data communications. Additional topics include Fourier transforms and wireless communications. Prerequisites: Engr 232 with concurrent enrollment or previous completion of Engr 325, or Math 172 and consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    360

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Engineering Project Management

            This course is an overview of project management with an emphasis on engineering projects. Topics include pre-construction planning, project scheduling systems, critical path management, risk and effects analysis, and failure modes.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    365

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Special Topics

            An Engineering Technology course on a topic not covered in the program's curriculum. This course may be repeated with different content. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the class schedule. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    371

            3 (crs.)

            Water Resources Engineering

            This course explores water resources engineering, including hydrology, rainfall-runoff modeling, hydraulic processes (including both pressurized pipe flow and open channel flow), and hydrologic frequency analysis. Experimental activities are included to reinforce theoretical material and provide hands-on learning opportunities. Prerequisites: Chemistry 105 or above, Biology 105 or above, and Engineering Technology 202.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    375

            3 (crs.)

            Renewable Energy

            This course will be an introduction to renewable energy technology past and present. The course targets a general engineering and/or science student to the concepts of renewable energy. Social issues related to renewal energy adoption will also be explored. Lectures will contain examples from real world applications (preferable in Wisconsin) and in-progress industrial developments. Particular emphasis will be placed on local renewable energy installations. Prerequisites: Two lab science courses including Biology 105, 233 or 309, Geology 150, Chemistry 105, 106, 109 or 110 or Phys/Ast 107, 108, 109 or 110 or consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    377

            3 (crs.)

            Industrial Safety and Hygiene

            This class will cover the basics of industrial and occupational safety and health, including the minimum requirements under Federal OSHA and State OSHA. The application of specific engineering and public health principles will be discussed in relation to the prevention of injury and disease and promoting the health and safety of workers in various industrial settings. Prerequisites: Biology 104 or 105, An Introductory Chemistry course (105 or equivalent), and an Introductory Physics course.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    381

            3 (crs.)

            Environmental Data Analysis

            This course emphasizes principles of data collection, analysis and presentation. Bases on case studies, students will develop and execute data collection plans. Collected data will be analyzed using elementary statistical analysis, regression analysis, analysis of variance and nonparametric analysis. The analysis results will be transformed to a layout suitable for presentation to management. This course employs primarily environmental case studies, although examples from mechanical and electrical engineering may also be included. Prerequisites: Math 201 or Math 301.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    388

            4 - 6 (crs.)

            Field Experience in BioEnergy

            An onsite experience in the theoretical and practical aspects of bioenergy facility construction, operation, and development. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    390

            1 - 4 (crs.)

            Mechatronics

            The study of the integration of mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems. Students from the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs will form multidisciplinary teams and will design and build a project using an electromechanical control system. Prerequisites: Engr Tech 320 and Engr Tech 342.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    395

            1 - 6 (crs.)

            Biodigester Field Operations

            This course explores the principles and practice of anaerobic digester (AD) operations. This is a hands-on course that takes place primarily onsite at an operational anaerobic digester. The course will involve the theory of biodigestion, operation of biodigesters at the industrial-scale, training in AD systems, and include all the necessary information to operate an AD facility. The course will also explore the economics and future technologies that will be coupled with AD operations. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    396

            1 (crs.)

            Engineering Technology Seminar

            This course will provide the time and space for students to engage in engineering-related scholarship at a high level and expose students to a diverse set of professionals in the profession. Additionally, this course is intended to bring diversity to a student's education by allowing them to present research, listen to professionals from outside of the UW and their discipline, and by fostering a recognition of the breadth of engineering-related fields in the workforce. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    397

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Environmental Laboratory Operations

            This course explores both the principles and practice of environmental laboratory operations. This is a hands-on course that takes place primarily onsite in a laboratory operating as a commercial contract testing and research and development laboratory. The course will discuss the requirements for laboratory accreditation, QA/QC requirements for certified analysis, standard operating procedures, field sampling techniques, common chemical and biological analysis techniques, water analysis methods, pilot study evaluations, report writing, and data review. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    400

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Internship

            Students will participate in a structured experience to gain professional skills and experiences that integrate their course work with real-world applications. These experiences can be obtained through employment, volunteer activities, or project-based opportunities. A description and timeline documenting the scope of the internship is developed by the student, the sponsoring agency, and the faculty coordinator. Evaluation of outcomes will be assessed through written reports, oral presentations, and interviews.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    410

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Capstone Project

            This course will provide the student with a culminating experience in their chosen area of engineering technology. This project will apply principals of engineering technology into practice during an off campus experience. Prerequisite: Senior and consent of instructor.

             

             

            Engineering Technology    446

            1 - 3 (crs.)

            Independent Study

            See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites and proper contract form requirements. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

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