Engineering/Engineering Technology Advising Guide
The first task is to determine whether a two-year career/technical degree in Engineering Technology (Associate of Applied Science) or a four-year university parallel degree in Engineering (Bachelor of Science) is being sought. The career opportunities vary greatly depending on the degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest recap of the value of degrees over a typical 40-year working lifetime can be viewed at: www.bls.gov/ies/2015/may/oes_nat.htm#00-0000. Once the decision is made, the correct major code can be entered by submitting a request in myPellissippi.
Engineering and Engineering Technology are separate, but closely related professional areas. In Engineering, the curriculum focuses on theory and conceptual design which requires higher level math including three semesters of calculus and differential equations. Engineering Technology usually focuses on application and implementation. The engineering technologist is often more engaged in the application of current knowledge and practices to solve specific technical problems and standard design problems.
The job opportunities for students who earn a degree in engineering technology versus engineering differ. For example, engineering technology graduates cannot become licensed professional engineers in many states, including Tennessee. The traditional engineering degree may give an edge to some people in some jobs over the long run, but many believe that salary is more of a function of the individual and the job than anything else.