About Us

Welcome to the Department of Engineering Technology! A degree in Engineering Technology, a career in engineering.

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History

The department’s early beginnings in technology education can be traced back to the turn of the 20th century in programs leading to degrees in Industrial Arts through the 1970’s.

The decade of the 1980’s marked the start of new B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Technology Education and a new B.S. in Industrial Technology degree with concentrations in Construction, in Electronics, in Industrial Graphics, in Manufacturing, and in Nuclear Technology.

Since the early 1990’s, the Department of Engineering Technology (ETEC) at the University of North Texas continues to prepare productive citizens, leaders, and technology innovators in a global society.

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Academics

Our ETAC/ABET accredited undergraduate programs lead to BSET degrees in Construction, Electrical and Mechanical ET while building strong ties with regional industry, government agencies, alumni, and the community at large.

Our graduate program's MSES degree offers concentrations in Construction Management, Engineering Management, Electrical Systems, and Mechanical Systems. We also offer a MSES/MBA track in collaboration with the College of Business.

Consistent with UNT’s first bold goal, the faculty strives to achieve the highest quality in the design and delivery of our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Read more about out ABET accreditation and program educational objectives and outcomes.

Departmental programs emphasize the application of theoretical concepts, innovation and business processes using carefully coordinated laboratory experiences and lectures. The word "technology" in ET refers to (i) any physical equipment, artifact, or hardware tool utilized in an engineering field (e.g., any device, instrument, machine, sensor/transducer/actuator, data acquisition/processing card, or materials); (ii) any software-based engineering simulation, analysis, or design tool; or (iii) any engineering design technique, process or algorithm described in a textbook, a patent, or any other scholarly or trade publication. As such, ET pedagogy is strongly based on the application of current and emerging technology to solve engineering problems; it introduces experiential learning activities in virtually every course; and emphasizes hands-on laboratory activities while de-emphasizing the abstract manipulation of mathematics.

In many circles ET is described as hands-on or applied engineering. Therefore, an education in ET has the ingredients of student-centered learning, it is naturally engaging, translational and applied.

Research

Undergraduate and graduate research in ET is led primarily by short-to medium-term industry needs, and entails the systematic application of advanced science, engineering, and mathematics to synthesize an implementable solution to an engineering problem of industrial relevance using known or emerging technology. Our laboratories are well equipped to provide the utmost in learning environments for both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Learn more about our department's research activities and facilities.

Successful Graduates

Our graduates are actively recruited by technical firms and businesses as well as by renowned graduate schools nationwide to pursue graduate degrees. With over 1,200 proud alumni holding technology degrees, we measure our success by the success of our graduates.

See a list of recent employers of ETEC alumni.

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