Build it. Break it. Make it.
The Engineering Technology program at EIU provides students with opportunities to apply engineering and effective technologies to make working designs, create solutions to complex problems, and be the technical communicator that workers, customers, and vendors demand. Engineering Technology students will design, develop, and create solutions through hands-on courses in automation, robotics, rapid prototyping, quality, safety engineering, machining, and production management.
Through both classroom and laboratory instruction with hands-on experience, and a dual emphasis on technology and technical management concepts, Engineering 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.
The Engineering 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.
Engineering Technology students have the opportunity to expand their experience in the program through student organizations such as the internationally recognized Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Other student organizations, such as the Technology Bachelor’s Advisory Group give students insight into critical thinking in a leadership role.
Engineering 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
Graduates from the Engineering Technology program go on to take roles as an engineer in production, design, and engineering management positions. The hands-on education through Engineering Technology places graduates ahead of traditional engineering for placement in positions that require an active, technical, and creative solution provider. Graduates have been starting jobs at an average of $55,000 per year.
Research: Friction, Stir Welding of Aluminum and Titanium Alloys, True Assessment of the Classroom through the Workplace Performance, History of, Technological Development in Yesterday, Today, and the Future, Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing, Rapidprototyping, Manufacturing Systems (including Lean, DFMA, System Simulation, etc), Quality and Operations Management with Statistical Process Control, Family History
Research interests include: Impact of learning with dynamic graphics, Authentic learning pedagogy, Cross media development, Analytics and 1-to-1 Marketing strategies, Gaming, Animation, and Simulation.
Dr. Cloward teaches courses in Career and Technical Education, Production/Manufacturing, Biomass Energy/Gasification, and a graduate course in Leadership. He is working on research with biomass gasification and pelletizing biomass.
"The Eastern Illinois University Engineering 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)
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