Department of Engineering Technology
Alan D. Niemi, Chair
Engineering technology is that part of the technological field that requires the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills to achieve analysis and design objectives. LeTourneau’s engineering technology programs offer practical application, coupled with a strong theoretical base. Two and four year programs prepare students for positions in industry, sales, management, research, and service in a variety of technical areas.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology is an integrated general engineering technology degree offering the following concentrations:
The engineering technology program at LeTourneau University provides a well rounded education that emphasizes the application of engineering and scientific principles. Laboratory experiences throughout the program provide practical practice and hands on experience. Students also learn the applications of mathematics, science, and engineering science, coupled with communications, humanities and social sciences, and Biblical studies.
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This well rounded education prepares students for a variety of technical positions in industry, business, and service organizations that may include work in manufacturing, technical design, production supervision, testing, maintenance, service, and management. Many engineering technology graduates from LeTourneau have also found their education to be valuable for service in Christian missions.
The two concentrations with aeronautical science combine either electrical or mechanical engineering technology with aircraft systems courses. The combination of engineering technology and aeronautical science provides a solid program that prepares students for technical and supervisory positions in aviation and related industries and organizations.
Mission and Objectives
The engineering technology program of LeTourneau University will produce graduates that are able to integrate technical knowledge with practical application as effective engineering team members in an ever-changing technological environment. This will be accomplished within an interdisciplinary framework and with a sense of a Christian vocation and commitment to serving God in society.
The objectives of the engineering technology program are that graduates will:
- Effectively complete technical designs and other applications employing both technical and practical knowledge.
- Be characterized by their interdisciplinary technical strengths.
- Exhibit effective teamwork and communication skills in the work place.
- Be characterized by a high level of technical leadership skills.
- Adapt to changing industry and technology advancements and also be
committed to continuous improvement.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior with a sense of Christian purpose in the
- Be successfully employed in their field of study.
Applied Engineering Technology:
LeTourneau University provides a unique opportunity for engineering majors to obtain a minor in applied engineering technology. The minor is designed to provide engineering students with the opportunity to broaden their education and obtain experience in the more applied areas of engineering technology in addition to engineering design. This minor is available only to students majoring in engineering.
LeTourneau University also offers an opportunity to combine arts and science programs with engineering technology programs. For any liberal arts or science major who would like a background in engineering technology, a minor in applied science is available with a wide selection of courses from the areas of engineering and technology.
Associate of Science in Design and Manufacturing Technology
The Associate of Science degree in Design and Manufacturing Technology prepares students for a wide range of occupations in the engineering and manufacturing industries. The program combines a strong graphics component along with LeTourneau's solid manufacturing related courses. Computer aided drafting and design (CAD) using both 2D software and 3D solid modeling tools is emphasized throughout the curriculum. Students understand the complexities of what they are drawing in addition to the manufacturing processes involved in the creation of their design. Graduates are employed by professional engineering and manufacturing firms, government agencies, and industrial firms to work in drafting, machine design, electrical design, computer aided manufacturing (CAM) and tool-die design.
Some graduates choose to continue their education and obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology while working locally in the engineering industry. The design technology courses may also be combined with aeronautical to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science - Design Technology or combined with a other BS or BA degrees as a technical minor.
Academic Expectations and Requirements
The program is designed to be completed in a four year period by students who have completed four units of high school English, two units of algebra, one unit of geometry, one half unit of trigonometry, and one unit of science (chemistry or physics). Both physics and chemistry are desired. Students who transfer from another college or university should understand that there are sequences of courses in the curriculum, up to six semesters in length, which build on one another.
Communications skills are required and are emphasized in all engineering courses. Written material presented for credit is graded for the correct use of English, form, and content. Oral presentations are expected in laboratories and classes, and they are evaluated on both content and presentation. Reading skills in both technical and non-technical areas, as well as proficiency in listening and evaluating, are also emphasized.
Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, all incoming students are admitted to the engineering and engineering technology degree programs on a provisional basis. Students remain in provisional status for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years. Formal acceptance into the engineering and engineering technology programs is accomplished via an application and interview. Acceptance criteria include a minimum GPA of 2.10 in engineering coursework and demonstrated integrity in all academic coursework and campus life. To remain in the engineering technology program, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.10 for all engineering technology courses taken at LeTourneau after completion of 12 semester hours in engineering courses at LeTourneau.
Industrial Advisory Council
LeTourneau University is privileged to have a distinguished group of engineering professionals who serve as consultants to the program. The Engineering and Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Council meets twice a year to review the university’s engineering and engineering technology programs. Council members – practicing engineers from all parts of the country – provide guidance in keeping the programs relevant to the needs of industry and engineering practice in general. The members study facilities and equipment needs, provide valuable input on the curriculum, and interact with faculty members and administrators.
LeTourneau’s B.S. Engineering Technology degree is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.