Overview of Programs
Engineers and Technologists play an increasingly important role in solving the varied problems of a complex and increasingly international society. Their work focuses on design, but it may include analysis, diagnostic measurements, supervision, operations, communications, and many other skills. There are many rewarding and high-paying job opportunities in the fields of Engineering and Technology, requiring proven skills and leadership.
The Department of Engineering and Technology offers a learning-centered environment with ABET-accredited programs in Engineering, CAD/CAM Engineering Technology, and Electronics Engineering Technology. The department also offers the students an opportunity to develop a broad range of academic skill in the program discipline area of Construction Management.
The Department of Engineering and Technology provides students with academic instruction and skill development, by professional, credentialed faculty, using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The mission of the department is also to provide a learning-centered environment that enables students, faculty, and staff to achieve their goals and to empower students to compete on a global level for careers in government, industry, secondary education, and acceptance to graduate school.
The curricula are rich with opportunities for students to develop a sound understanding of fundamentals as well as specialized theories, practices, and ethics that enhance their learning experience. Engineering and Technology faculty are committed to providing high-quality education, individual guidance, and assistance to students, helping them to develop the attributes of critical thinking, effective communication, lifelong learning, and individual integrity while pursuing their academic goals to assist in the economic development of the region through partnerships with industry.
The Engineering and Technology programs will be globally renowned for its excellence in education and scholarship within all of its comprehensive programs, ultimately becoming a role model for other institutions.
Department/Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Southern Utah University Engineering Program are considered successful if, after four (4) years from their graduation, they
- are employed in the engineering profession or are engaged in further education or work in another field that makes use of the fundamentals of mathematics, physical science, and engineering science;
- have become or are aspiring to become licensed professional engineers if engaged in the engineering profession where it is needed; and
- demonstrate commitment to professionalism, ethical responsibility, and a concern for society and the environment, such as by active participation in professional societies or similar organizations fostering continued professional and personal development and service;
The outcomes embraced by the Engineering program for students are those proposed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Each graduate will take from the Engineering program:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Learning outcomes for A.P.E. students are the same, though it is recognized that progress toward these outcomes may be more limited in the shorter two-year program.
The student outcomes embraced by the Engineering Technology programs are those proposed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Graduates from the Engineering Technology programs will have
- an ability to apply mathematics, science, engineering, and technical knowledge to Engineering Technology and Construction Management problems;
- an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology and construction management problems;
- an ability to function effectively as a member of a team;
- an ability to function effectively as a leader of a team;
- an ability to apply written communication;
- an ability to apply oral communication;
- an ability to apply graphical communication; and
- a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology and construction management solutions in a societal and global context.
Engineering and Technology graduates work to meet the present and future technological needs of a complex society. Their work provides everything from basic necessities such as power, fuel, and water, to the modern conveniences of satellite communications, high rise office buildings, and supersonic aircraft. Graduates today are well-versed and capable of solving problems in a wide range of engineering fundamentals. They communicate with the public, other engineers, technicians, and with scientists in many different disciplines all over the world to better understand society’s needs and what is available to meet a specific need. Graduates are proficient problem solvers and well trained in the latest, as well as traditional, methods of analysis, design, and construction. Department curriculum combines and emphasizes study in fundamental and advanced areas of science, technology, and engineering that are traditionally taught in a variety of engineering and technology disciplines. Graduates typically find work in consulting offices, manufacturing businesses, industrial companies, and government agencies, some of which utilize small, highly versatile engineering and technology staffs. Engineering and Technology graduates are also sought as technical and program managers in larger institutions where they work with specialists to meet program or project objectives. Cross-disciplinary engineering and technology solutions encompass an increasingly wide spectrum of methodologies, technologies, and materials to generate optimized, economical solutions for the complex problems encountered in a constantly changing world. Engineering and Technology graduates are equipped with the knowledge and broad background necessary to effectively function in a multidisciplinary problem-solving environment. They achieve a level of mastery in science, technology, engineering, and design that enables them to pursue successful careers in industry, consulting, or public service, or to continue their education in graduate studies.
The Engineering and Technology curriculum is founded upon fundamentals in mathematics, physics, chemistry, communications, and includes engineering and technology courses common to many in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology programs. Advanced engineering and technology topics maintain an emphasis on cross-disciplinary applications, versatility, and improved problem solving and communication skills. Engineering and Technology studies culminate in multidisciplinary team projects that integrate the principles of scientific research and analysis with the applied art of engineering and technology design. Opportunities for internships and service learning add depth to the educational experience.
Engineering Credit Transfer
Southern Utah University has course articulation agreements with other schools in the Utah System of Higher Education. Students transferring to SUU from any of these schools will be able to transfer courses taken at any of these schools provided (1) the courses are equivalent in content and number of credit hours to those in the SUU engineering curricula and (2) a grade of “C” (2.0) or better has been earned for the courses. Transfer of SUU credits to another institution is normally on the same basis.
Engineering Technology Credit Transfer
Southern Utah University has course articulation agreements with a large number of other schools of higher education in the State of Utah. Students transferring to SUU from any of these schools will be able to transfer courses taken at any of these schools provided (1) the courses are equivalent in content and number of credit hours to those in the curricula and (2) a grade of “C” or better has been earned for the courses. In all other instances, transfer of credit will be determined by the faculty on a case-by-case basis. Transfer students should have completed Trigonometry and College Physics with the lab by the time they arrive at SUU so they are Calculus-ready. If transfer students have not completed Trigonometry and College Physics with the lab, they can expect to take longer than two (2) years to graduate.
To be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering the student must:
- achieve a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each prescribed course in the Engineering curriculum;
- achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or better;
- pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or take the examination a minimum of two (2) times; and
- meet general University graduation requirements.
The A.P.E. student must complete a total of at least 68 credit hours in specific subject areas, many of which may be of the student’s choice. If going on for further education, the student should be aware that different disciplines may require different numbers of credit hours in specific subjects, and it is highly recommended that the students carefully study the course requirements of the institution and program where the degree will be completed. The Quantitative Literacy and Science requirements of SUU General Education are satisfied by meeting A.P.E. degree requirements.
All Engineering Technology and Construction Management majors must earn a “C” (2.0) or better in all courses required for the major and an overall GPA of at least 2.0.
Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with a faculty advisor and a Student Success Advisor in their major emphasis area, both at initial registration and throughout their program experience.
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