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EIU Major In Applied Engineering and Technology

In the AET program you will have the opportunity to learn the concepts of applied engineering and related technologies in areas of robotics, automation, mechanical, construction, energy, manufacturing, computer integration, digital media, and web design/development.

  • Learn the concepts of applied engineering and related technologies in areas of robotics, automation, mechanical, construction, energy, manufacturing, computer integration, digital media, and web design/development.
  • Obtain knowledge and skills through hands-on learning in innovative laboratory facilities and through internships.
  • Research emerging technologies with faculty mentors through applied projects. Our students regularly present their findings at regional and national levels.
  • Participate in student-led professional organizations.
  • Join one of the most established programs on campus with an extensive alumni base in industry and academia.

Why Choose EIU for AET

Industry-Driven Curriculum

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.

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 scholarships from both internal and external sources as well as to compete in school research competitions.

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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Professional 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

Career Opportunity

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.

Meet our Faculty

Don't take our word for it

"The Eastern Illinois University Applied Engineering and Technology department was a big part of my college development. I was able to lock down a job with a Fortune 500 company before I even walked across the stage to receive my diploma because of my background in AET. I since have held 4 different roles in the company, some very closely linked to engineering and the practices I learned in many of the hands on classes that I took, others were linked to leading people and working together and I gained these experiences with my classmates and professors. " "

Phillip Sterling ('15)

Related Pages

School of Technology Graduate Programs in Technology Computer and Information Technology (CIT) Center for Clean Energy Rearch and Education

Contact Information

Isaac Slaven, PhD,
AET Program Coordinator

School of Technology
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL

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