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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?

Engineering Technology is Applied Engineering.

Engineers and Engineering Technologists are often called by similar titles or even the same titles. They often work in the same organizations at the same kinds of tasks. In common practice, the work of both engineers and engineering technologists are called the “field of engineering.” Hence, job titles for both are often just “engineer.”

Engineers typically take more courses in math and physics and develop a deeper view of the theory than Engineering Technologists.

Engineering Technologists gain a broader perspective of business enterprises by taking a variety of technology related courses and apply theory as well as practical experience to decision making and problem solving.

Do I get hands-on experiences in this degree program?

The coursework in engineering technology provides a quality education to students that is application –oriented and connected to the needs of regional and global businesses.

Curriculum includes eight lab courses where students develop competency in the use of equipment and modern tools common to the discipline. Courses also include two major design experiences and multiple courses where students do projects in industry to get experience in complex and open-ended problem solving while applying technical and non-technical skills.

A strength of the program is the hands-on work in the lab and making us gain experience through internships. Quote by Brian Burns, IET student.

Does the department require internships?

Listen to this Engineering Manager's experiences with hiring MSSU IET interns and graduates.

The IET curriculum does not require formal internships - but rather, we assist to connect employers offering internships with students seeking internships. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in  internships where they apply their technical and non-technical knowledge to actual industrial problems.

E-mail from local manufacturing company that employs IET interns: "I have attached some pictures from a Kaizen Event that Caleb led over the last two weeks. This is a very important project to ramp up one of our assembly processes. He has provided leadership for this effort via this multi week event/project. He is doing Fantastic!" - Ramin Zarrabi, Reyco Granning, 7/2016

What kind of positions do IET graduates apply for?

Take a look into the world of an IET alumni.

The MSSU Industrial Engineering Technology degree program has a rich and varied curriculum that allows graduates to apply for a variety of positions.  Job titles of our graduates include Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Process Engineer, Quality Engineer,  Project Manager, and Six Sigma Black Belt.

Does it pay to get this degree?

The median first year salary for graduates with the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology from Missouri Southern is $70,000. Most graduates accept positions in the four states area. For detailed data on salaries, placement rates, employer satisfaction, alumni satisfaction, and enrollment,  click here.