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Engineering Technology Leadership
“My graduate experience helped build my leadership skills and deepened my technical understanding. My undergraduate business degree blended seamlessly with the technical and analytical training in the program. I developed my leadership vision, improved communication skills, evaluated decisions by understanding the impact on business, and integrated my business background and technical acumen to give me a broader vision of business. These are a great asset in my career.” – Jeremy Thomas, Senior Group Leader, Facility Operations
The Department of Engineering Technology offers a Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology Leadership. The program is designed to prepare manufacturing professionals to be knowledgeable about world class manufacturing systems. The program provides advanced course work in manufacturing strategies, agendas, and quality control. In addition, the program addresses principles of world class organizations and restructuring of manufacturing practices, which include, but are not limited to: simultaneous/concurrent engineering practices, just in time manufacturing, material requirements/resources planning, and product and process simplification with value analysis/value engineering.
The program permits advanced course work for those persons having baccalaureate degrees in a variety of related technological fields (manufacturing, engineering, graphic communication, business, construction, and production are a few examples). For those persons actively engaged in manufacturing production management positions, this program offers an opportunity to research technical and scientific developments in advanced manufacturing systems. Other professionals who find it necessary to develop technical knowledge and skills from disciplines as diverse as computer science, industrial engineering, and business administration can benefit from the program.
The program enables the University to assist individuals in industry who wish to advance into positions of increased responsibility in the area of manufacturing systems. The program permits those in industry to keep abreast of changes in technology and enables those with a technical background to have manufacturing experience at the graduate level prior to, or while, being employed full time.
The courses offered by the department are highly relevant to advanced manufacturing with the computer being utilized as an integral problem-solving tool. Manufacturing course work includes technology-centered learning experiences in the departmental manufacturing laboratories. Experiences include automation, CAD/CAM, CNC, robotics, measurement, and process control. These experiences help students connect theories and principles learned in courses to real-world professional practice. The opportunity to participate in industrial work experiences (manufacturing internship), to pursue independent studies, and to perform independent research, coupled with graduate laboratory courses, provides a balanced program of studies that may be designed to meet the individual needs of the student. A significant portion of all course work within the department involves technical writing at required industry standards.
Why Engineering Technology Leadership at WIU?
Graduates of the ETL degree program are beneficiaries of the following:
- 100% placement
- Small student-to-faculty ratio
- Small class sizes
- Collaborative learning environment
- Industry certifications
- High salaries
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Internship opportunities
- Cumulative: 2.75 or
- Last 2 years: 3.0
- Goals Statement
- Three Letters of Recommendation
Interesting Facts: Fall 2012
- Currently enrolled: 14
- International: 8
- Minority: 2
- Male: 11
- Female: 3
- Students with Assistantships: 6