Department of Engineering Technology

About the Engineering Technology Department

There is more than one way to start an engineering career, and engineering technology may be the path for you. The study of engineering technology focuses on the application of science and engineering.  Based on more than 50 years of experience in engineering technology education, our programs prepare you for a variety of positions requiring the application of engineering principles.

The four engineering technology disciplines — electronic and computer, global manufacturing systems, industrial, and mechanical — gather strength from team teaching, interdisciplinary curriculum and interdisciplinary projects that often involve area industries. Experience in our classrooms the collaborative nature and real-world projects of the workplace.


Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology
Apply software and hardware solutions to industry-based problems, develop software and design systems, build prototypes and test solutions.

Global Manufacturing Systems Engineering Technology
Use state-of-the-art technology to plan, design and implement the tools and machines needed to produce high-quality products at competitive prices.

Industrial Engineering Technology
Emphasizes the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials and equipment.

Mechanical Engineering Technology
Emphasis on mechanical design and computer-aided design, manufacturing, electronics, project and financial management, and the technology of thermal systems.

Bachelor's Plus Master's Program
The School of Engineering offers a combined Bachelor's-Plus-Master's (BPM) program leading to both a bachelor's degree in engineering technology and a master's degree.

Minor Programs
  • Automotive Systems
  • Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Global Manufacturing Systems Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Automation and Applied Robotic Systems
  • Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Integrated Arts and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sustainable Manufacturing

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Carefully recruited faculty members bring strong industrial experience and academic credentials to the classroom.  All engineering technology faculty provide valuable industry insight to our programs because they are required to have at least three years of industrial experience before coming to the University of Dayton.  Many continue to consult for industry and instruct students on today's current problems and solutions.  The techniques and principles you learn are real and work.

Classes are small and provide personal attention to all students — one of our greatest assets.  We are available for academic and personal counseling in and out of the classroom.  You will not be taught by graduate students.  Faculty teach every academic and laboratory class.  We are committed to the continuous improvement of teaching skills and student learning.  With our integrated, hands-on approach, we are nationally recognized as a leader in engineering technology education.

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Partnerships and Cooperative Education

In partnership with industry, we offer a cooperative education option for students to alternate semesters of coursework and field work.  Our students may also opt for paid internships of up to 20 hours per week while doing coursework.  We also help place students in related industries for summer jobs.

You have 24/7 access to our wealth of laboratories, and we encourage you to use them not only for coursework but also for your own projects and experiments.  Engineering technology's impressively equipped laboratories make the studies of electronics, computer systems, fluid power, manufacturing process, dimensional metrology, work measurement, project design and fabrication, computer-aided analysis and design, solid modeling, and metallurgy come to life.

We also maintain a strong working relationship with the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM) Center at Sinclair Community College in Dayton and use their facilities for laboratory courses each semester.  You have access to the AIM Center's state-of-the-art, leading-edge technology and equipment and more than 100 manufacturing labs.  The AIM Center is home to the National Center for Manufacturing Education, Project Lead the Way Ohio and the Product Development Center.

In partnership with Sinclair Community College and Edison State Community College, we offer students an opportunity to fully transfer their associate degrees to the University of Dayton and apply their credits toward a bachelor of science degree in engineering technology.  Also, in partnership with Edison State, we offer distance-learning classes, allowing you to attend classes in Piqua, Ohio, learn from University faculty, and collaborate with University students long distance.

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Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET

abet logoOur Engineering Technology undergraduate programs are
accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Engineering Technology Mission and Vision


. . . to educate complete professionals for productive careers related to product design and improvement, development and implementation of technical systems in manufacturing, business and service enterprises. Through an integrated, practical-applications approach, the Department’s programs will continue to be nationally recognized as leaders in Engineering Technology education.


. . . to be nationally recognized as a leader in Engineering Technology undergraduate education focusing on global engineering as well as a major player in distance learning for undergraduate programs.

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Engineering Technology Program Educational Objectives

The University of Dayton Department of Engineering Technology prepares technical professionals who

  1. Are competent and productive in the practice of both the technical and communication aspects of their profession.
  2. Demonstrate ethical and professional standards of conduct.
  3. Exhibit leadership qualities as appropriate for the practice of their profession.
  4. Are involved in service activities that benefit their profession and their community.
  5. Are engaged in continuing professional development.

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Engineering Technology Program Outcomes

The University of Dayton programs in Engineering Technology prepare graduates who

a. Are professionally competent and can apply current and practice-oriented methods to solve problems.
b. Have a well-rounded education and integrate multidisciplinary concepts to solve technical problems.
c. Apply critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills to analyze emerging issues.
d. Have the ability to function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team and have project management and leadership skills.
e. Communicate effectively in oral, written and visual modes in both interpersonal and group environments.
f. Are global citizens with knowledge of ethical and professional standards of conduct and an understanding of social impacts and contemporary issues.
g. Are prepared for service and continuing professional development.

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Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation by the Numbers



AY 2012-2013




AY 2013-2014

Chemical 309 58 323
Civil 203 37 202
Electrical and Computer 262 37 259
Engineering Technology 285 82 268
Mechanical 648 103 724
Undeclared 120 92
TOTAL 1827 317 1868

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