A degree in engineering and technology management will prepare students who are on the ground floor of a company to become managers in a technology-based environment. This degree not only prepares students to manage people and other important assets but provides a stronger understanding of management and its direct role in industry. Students will learn to manage people and resources, set budgets (budget management), team building, and more.
You might wonder what is the difference between an engineering degree and an engineering & technology management degree? The short answer is that enginering & technology management is the applied side of Engineering.
Engineering programs often focus on theory and conceptual design, while engineering technology programs usually focus on application and implementation.
Also, engineering programs typically require additional, higher-level mathematics, including multiple semesters of calculus and calculus-based theoretical science courses. Engineering technology programs typically focus on algebra, trigonometry, applied (technical) calculus, and other courses that are more practical than theoretical in nature.
Graduates from engineering programs are called engineers. They often pursue entry-level work involving conceptual design or research and development. Many continue to graduate-level work in engineering.
Graduates of four-year engineering technology programs are called technologists, while graduates of two-year engineering technology programs are called technicians. These professionals are most likely to enter positions in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, product design, testing, or technical services and sales. Those who pursue further study often consider engineering, facilities management, or business administration.
Of course, there is much overlap between the fields. Engineers may pursue MBAs and open their own consulting firms, while technologists may spend their entire careers in design capacities.