Quad Cities Campus
Engineering Technology at WIU Quad Cities
Program of Study
The Engineering Technology program, accredited by the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), provides an up-to-date and challenging program in response to continuously changing and sophisticated technology and an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Students are prepared for careers in areas such as quality auditing, continuous improvement, production management, cost estimating, scheduling, and a variety of technical fields. Course content combines a unique blend of theory, principles, and concepts with know-how, practical application, and problem-solving skills which ensure that students are prepared to work in an enterprise environment. Laboratories support contemporary design, prototyping, and production software, plus industrial equipment, including CNC machining centers and material testing devices. No prior experience with engineering technology principles or software is required upon enrollment.
A key component of the major is a required internship. Every student in his or her junior/senior year earns course credit for successfully applying knowledge while gaining invaluable on-the-job experience. By securing an internship in any approved major-related field, each student has the opportunity to enhance his or her skills in a professional work environment of particular interest. Many students report that the internship experience helps them focus their career goals and make vital industry contacts that benefit them upon graduation. Industry site supervisors continually report that the required internship is a vital link between education and the world of business, industry, and government service.
There are many ways to benefit from a baccalaureate degree in Engineering Technology (ET):
- 91+% placement
- Apllications oriented (hands on)
- Small student-faculty ratio
- Small class sizes
- Diverse faculty
- Certification opportunities
- Higher Salaries
- Develop ability to work in teams
- Required internship (industry experience)
GradTrac is available to ET students. Western Illinois University guarantees new freshmen that if they meet GradTrac requirements they will graduate in four years or the remaining tuition will be free. During the four years, progress will be monitored by a professional adviser, which will simplify course scheduling. This program is absolutely free! The only responsibility is to meet the requirements of the GradTrac agreement. Regularly admitted freshmen are eligible to apply for GradTrac. See the program adviser to participate, and check the WIU Undergraduate Catalog for more detail.
The faculty members of the Department of Engineering Technology received their academic preparation from noted universities. Their academic groundwork, combined with industry experience, provide them with the insight and competencies to develop and oversee diverse, integrated programs of study. Faculty members have been involved in Department of Defense research projects, renewable energy, sustainability, packaging, and building information modeling.
Placement of Engineering Technology majors is greater than 91%. A 2011 survey of graduates from the previous 10 years indicated that the average starting salary was greater than $45,000. Current salaries for these graduates with up to 10 years of experience are approaching an average of $60,000. Nearly 60 to 75% of graduates have been promoted, and nearly 60% were hired by the company where they served as interns. An average salary for initial engineering services positions was $60,000.
Students enrolled in the Department of Engineering Technology are encouraged to become members of diverse groups and societies, including the Illinois State Academy of Sciences or the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Students travel to, and participate in, competitions at regional/national conferences, attend field trips, and host professionals who provide insight into their selected fields.
Honors in Engineering Technology
Engineering Technology students who have high academic standing at WIU are invited to join Epsilon Pi Tau, the honorary for the Professions in Technology with over 20,000 initiated members worldwide.
To be eligible for the Centennial Honors College, entering freshmen must have an ACT composite score of at least 28 OR have a 26 or 27 composite ACT and be in the top 15% of their graduating class OR have an ACT composite score of at least 24 and be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Comparable SAT score is acceptable. Transfer and current WIU students who wish to join the Honors College (including the Quad Cities Honors Program) must have a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on 12 or more semester hours. Honors credit is given for honors coursework completed at other accredited institutions. To find out more, visit wiu.edu/Honors.
The mean grade point average (GPA) for undergraduate students at WIU is 3.078. The mean GPA for graduates in Engineering Technology is 3.004.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Numerous scholarships and financial aid options are available. For information about scholarships, contact the Scholarship office at (309) 298-2001 or visit wiu.edu/Scholarship. Additionally, the College of Business and Technology and the Department of Engineering Technology have many scholarship opportunities available. For application information, please visit wiu.edu/cbt, wiu.edu/engrtech, or contact the department office at (309) 298-1091. For details about financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office at (309) 298-2446 or visit wiu.edu/fa.
For More Information
For admissions process and general program information, contact Western Illinois University–Quad Cities at (309) 762-9481. For specific program questions, contact Engineering Technology advisor Andi Potter at (309) 298-2100.