B.S. Applied Engineering and Technology

(formerly B.S. Industrial Technology)

Technology is a field of study designed to prepare technical and/or management oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education, and government. Individuals interested in working with people, materials, and processes will find Applied Engineering and Technology provides an excellent foundation for a challenging career. An Applied Engineering and Technology major must be capable of succeeding in the areas of physical science and mathematics as well as in the technological and applied areas. Applied Engineering and Technology majors are typically highly self-motivated and find challenge in diverse academic areas.

The Applied Engineering and Technology program at Eastern Illinois University is one of four in Illinois and 103 programs in the United States accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering at the Baccalaureate level.

The Applied Engineering and Technology major at Eastern Illinois University has the following technical concentrations:


Alternative Energy and Sustainability

Integrated Computer


Digital Media Technologies





Depending on Foreign Language and Math Placement, additional electives may be needed to meet 120 semester hours.

General Education selections must meet cultural diversity and electronic writing portfolio requirements.

+ Industrial processes course.

** Of the 120 semester hours required to complete the degree, at least 42 semester hours of courses from EIU must be included.

(Major GPA based on all Applied Engineering & Technology courses taken at EIU.)

Employment Opportunities

Entry level salary information from the 2006 survey of B.S. in Applied Engineering and Technology graduates indicate that the average starting salary is $37,000 with a high of $54,000. Typical job titles include:

Quality Engineer Production Engineer
Production Manager Project Engineer
Project Manager  Page-layout Artist
Graphic Designer Maintenance Engineer
Production Supervisor Construction Project Manager
Graphics and Production Director Sales Engineer 
Industrial Engineer Cost Estimator
Codes and Standards Engineer Industrial Designer

Employers of recent graduates

Caterpillar Illinois Dept of Transportation
Price Waterhouse Coopers Hydro-Gear
North American Lighting General Electric
Agri-Fab, Inc. Pride Metal Products
Schaumburg Flyers Krupp Gerlach Company
Mideo Inc. The Concord Group
Pasquinelli Construction General Motors
International Paper Kiewit
Boeing IDOT
RR Donnelley  


For additional information about the Applied Engineering Technology Program, please contact: Applied Engineering and Technology Coordinator