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Industry-Driven Curriculum

Program Outcomes

Through both classroom and laboratory instruction with hands-on experience, and a dual emphasis on technology and technical management concepts, Applied Engineering and Technology students develop the innovation and leadership skills that will allow them to succeed in both the workplace and obtaining specific certifications within their personal technical career choices.

Competitive Edge

The Applied Engineering and Technology program is specifically designed to allow flexibility for the student to choose from a variety of technical disciplines in which to specialize, including digital media, manufacturing, construction, computers, and sustainable energy.


Renewable Energy Center at EIU


Active Research

The Applied Engineering and Technology program provides students with opportunities to engage and develop their research interests. Our interdisciplinary research studies ranging from digital media, construction, manufacturing, computer technology, to sustainable energy allow students to connect with industry and public communities. Students will have opportunities to work with faculty to apply for research funding and scholarship from both internal and external sources as well as to compete in school research competitions. Students also can gain research experience by presenting their research at national conferences such as the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Spotlight on Old Main Restoration Project

During the past few years, the School of Technology worked with Facilities Planning and Management on the campus of Eastern Illinois University on a joint project to develop egg and dart molding for the restoration project on the first floor of Old Main.



Student Organizations

Student organizations in the School of Technology – Applied Engineering and Technology program provide opportunities for you to expand your knowledge of Applied Technologies. Ten major instructional laboratories in the School of Technology are designed to support student organizations and reflect contemporary industry and educations. In addition to the instructional laboratories, students are encouraged to obtain membership in the various professional organizations.

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Career Opportunity

Engineering a Successful Career

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The B.S. Applied Engineering and Technology program prepares students for technology related careers in management, supervision, applied engineering, designing, and estimation in a variety of disciplines. The average salary for Applied Engineering and Technology professionals is about $45,000.

Typical career positions:

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


Industrial Networking

Applied Engineering and Technology purposefully develops strong relationships with companies, by seeking out win-win situations. You’ll have regular interaction with industry leaders through company visits, interviews for full-time positions and internships, field trips to job sites and industry facilities, and industry-driven real-world projects for classroom activities. By developing relationships with hiring managers and executives in industry and government, you’ll create a network of opportunities for future employment; networking is still the #1 method used to find employment. Through regular association with practitioners in professional settings, you’ll also develop personal characteristics leading to potential internships and job offers.