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Q: I write from India; currently I am in my last year of pre-university schooling. I am very interested in engineering, and especially automobile engineering. I am really interested in designing automobiles. What are the top engineering schools in the world where I could pursue these interests?

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Q: What the kind of courses are you taking?
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Q: Is it usually really hard to find a job once you've completed engineering studies in a college?
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Q: I am an undergraduate student studying toward a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in electrical engineering.

(1) What kind of a pay should I expect from an internship at my second year?
(2) What kind of a pay should I expect to get from a job after I have completed my studies?

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Q: What do you like about environmental engineering?
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Q: I am sixteen years old. I would like to be an engineer in the telecommunication field. Please let me know about its scope and what it is all about.
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Q: What is a good strategy for building a strong weight-withstanding card house?

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Q: I am applying to a university and would like to get a part-time job so that I can work while I am in school? How would I maintain a good GPA while working?
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Q: I am currently doing a school project in which I am being interviewed as if ten years from now I am an electrical engineering being interviewed for a job. I would like to know what the requirements for obtaining a career as an electrical engineering. I would like to know what steps I need to take for that specific field. What kind of majors, certificates, etc., should I pursue?
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Q: I was wondering if it is hard to become an engineer? Even if it is hard, is it worth it? I am really getting interested in this field. I am 14 years old and hope to one day work as an engineer.
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Q: I am an electronics and communications student and I am interested in learning more about communication systems of the future.
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Q: Did you decide which engineering discipline to study during your first year in college? Or later?
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Q: What study habits or skills would I need in order to do well in computer programming?
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Q: Why did you decide to study engineering, and do you find the coursework allows much hands-on work?
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Q: I am a community college student and I am trying to decide if I should transfer to a university that has both Engineering and Engineering Technology programs. However, I can't find the difference between Engineering and Engineering Technology. Could someone please explain the difference?

The difference between Engineering and Engineering Technology

The main issue that separates Engineering from Engineering Technology is the focus of Engineering Technology on implementation.

While Engineering is considered to include components such as design, analysis, optimization, forecasting and validation, the focus of Engineering Technology is almost solely on implementation.

The US National Society of Professional Engineers describes the difference between Engineering and Engineering Technology thus:

"Engineering programs are geared toward development of conceptual skills, and consist of a sequence of engineering fundamentals and design courses, built on a foundation of complex mathematics and science courses.

Engineering Technology programs are oriented toward application, and provide their students introductory mathematics and science courses, and only a qualitative introduction to engineering fundamentals.

Thus, engineering programs provide their graduates a breadth and depth of knowledge that allows them to function as designers. Engineering technology programs prepare their graduates to apply others' designs."


Engineering Technology Programs versus Engineering Programs

Due to the emphasis on implementation, the Engineering Technology curriculum will differ from an Engineering curriculum in that the course selections will contain less theoretical and analytical courses. According to ABET's FAQ page:

"Engineering undergraduate programs include more mathematics work and higher level mathematics than technology programs.

Engineering undergraduate programs often focus on theory, while technology programs usually focus on application.

Once they enter the workforce, engineering graduates typically spend their time planning, while engineering technology graduates spend their time making plans work.

At ABET, engineering and engineering technology programs are evaluated and accredited by two separate accreditation commissions using two separate sets of accreditation criteria.

Graduates from engineering programs are called engineers, while graduates of technology programs are often called technologists.

Some U.S. state boards of professional engineering licensure will allow only graduates of engineering programs, not engineering technology programs, to become licensed engineers."

International Recognition of Engineering Technology: The Sydney Accord

The Sydney Accord is an agreement between institutions that are responsible for accrediting Engineering Technology programs in different countries. Essentially this agreement states that graduates of accredited programs in any of the signatory countries should be recognized by the other countries as having met the academic requirements for entry into the practice of Engineering Technologist.

The signatory countries of this accord as of February 2007 are Australia, Canada, Republic of Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

The United States has not signed the Sydney Accord, primarily because the engineering technology profession is not well defined as a separate profession (distinct from professional engineering) in the United States. For a complete explanation, see the National Society of Professional Engineers' position on Engineering Technology.

Note that although the United States is not a signatory to the Sydney accord, the principal accrediting body for Engineering and Technology in the United States, (ABET), provides accreditation to Engineering Technology programs. We provide five (5) examples of universities in the U.S. that offer an accredited degree in Engineering Technology. To find them, we used the TryEngineering University Finder and selected Engineering Technology from the list of accredited fields.
The universities are: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, LeTourneau University, McNeese State University, Temple University, and the University of Central Florida.


More Information

[1] Northeastern University School of Engineering Technology website: What is Engineering Technology, accessed February 1, 2007.

[2] NSPE (2006) NSPE Issue Brief: Engineering Technology, Publication #4049

[3] University of North Carolina website: Engineering versus Engineering Technology , accessed February 1, 2007.

[4] Wikipedia.org: Engineering Technology, accessed February 1, 2007. Caution: Wikipedia entries can be changed arbitrarily by any user at any time.


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Q: How did you choose the school you went to for your degree? I'm having a hard time deciding…help!
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Q: I am a junior in high school and all my life I have enjoyed building things, solving problems and drawing plans for various devices. After doing a little bit of construction with an engineer on a mission trip with church, I am pretty sure I want to go into engineering. My only problem is that when I understand math I love it, but there are times when I don’t understand it and then I can’t stand it. I am in Trig Analysis / Pre-calculus this year and I like solving the problems, but I still have mixed feelings. Do you or any students that you work with have the same problem and do you think it would be a big hindrance to me if I want to succeed in Civil Engineering?
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Q: I am a third year student in a Bachelor of Technology program in India. I want to devote my career to the betterment of my country, India. What is the most useful path for a student like me to take in order to advance this cause?
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Q: My friends tell me that it's better to find a roommate who is also studying engineering if I go into engineering — do you find this is true?

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Q: I am a senior attending a small rural high school in the United States. I am very interested in majoring in Biological Systems Engineering in college. I would like to get some information on:

1. the criteria you used in choosing an engineering college;
2. the high school requirements that you had to fulfill in order to qualify;
3. what is the most interesting impact that you feel that engineering brings to the world around us?


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Q: I do not stay at a dorm at school; I commute everyday. Is it harder to find a club or activity to join if you are a commuter?
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Q: I am a freshman in college and my major is Computer Engineering. I am taking an Introduction to Electrical Engineering class. Is it bad that I do not understand the topics discussed in class? We just started class and it seems like the other students all know what the teacher is talking about, but all the things I am interested in like computers, the hardware and how it operates are never discussed in this class.
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Q: what does it take for somebody to become an Electrical or Electronics Engineer?
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Q: I am in my 2nd year of electronics and telecommunication engineering and wanted to know about specializations. I am interested in electronics, robotics and automation and don't have a clear view about the courses offered related to my major and interests.
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Q: What is the difference between Robotics and Mechatronics? Also, how does Mechanical and Automation Engineering differ from Mechanical Engineering?
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Q: I am studying surveying and geoinformatics for my first degree, but want to major in aeronautical engineering for a Master degree. I dream, think and feel aeronautics all the time.

Which US university should I apply to?

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Q: Can you provide a website where I can download a MATLAB windkessel model?
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Q: BACKGROUND: We live in Sierra Vista, AZ, about 70 miles SE of Tucson. My 17 year old son is a high school senior and wants to become an engineer, but is still undecided which engineering sub-category he wants to specialize in. He is interested in robotics and maybe nanotechnology. He has taken Advanced Placement classes in English, Mathematics and Physics. He already has earned some college credit by signing up for Dual-Credit classes. We are split over 2 options: 1) having him attend for the first 2 years a community college which has a 2-year Pre-Engineering Program, and then have him attend a traditional university for the last 2 years of college; or 2) having him start as a freshman in a traditional 4-year institution.

QUESTIONS:

What, if any, are the pros and cons of both options? Is there an industry bias out there when it comes to hiring an applicant who either completed a 4 year program right away or first did a 2 year program and then finished up a 4 year program?

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Q: I am a first year engineering student. Could you please recommend some books that helped you when you were freshmen?
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Q: I am a student of mechanical engineering, in my final year toward a baccalaureate degree. I recently developed interest in the field of chemical engineering. How should I proceed?
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Q: I am a senior in electrical engineering at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP), and am interested in a Co-op job for Summer 2007. Where do I look for such a job?
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Q: I am about to take several exams - what is the best way to study?
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Q: How much homework do you have?
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Q: Hi, I'm a current engineering student (I have an A.A. in Pre-engineering) pursuing an electrical/computer engineering degree and would like to know what school supplies will be needed for a Junior engineering student. Also what type of computer would be recommended.
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Q: How hard are the courses…I hear it's really tough!
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Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you be studying engineering?
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Q: How did you decide which university to attend? Did you apply to several?

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