Engineering vs Engineering Technology

What are the Differences?

Engineers apply scientific, theoretic, and economic knowledge to research, invent, design, and build structures, devices, systems, and more. This discipline is broad and encompasses the many specialized fields of engineering.

Engineering technologists develop, design, and implement engineering and technology. These technologists often work for manufacturing firms on design, construction, and product improvement.

Learn more about the differences between the two fields—and which best fits your interests and skills.

  Engineering Engineering Technology
Academics
  • theoretical learning style
  • emphasis on developing new methods and designs for complex problems
  • coursework includes multiple semesters of calculus, statistics, linear algebra, and calculus-based science courses
  • applied learning style
  • emphasis on applying and implementing current practices to solve specific technical problems
  • coursework includes multiple semesters of calculus, statistics, and algebra-based science courses
Careers
  • innovators
  • called 'engineers'
  • research, development, and design
  • management or entrepreneurs
  • implementers
  • called 'technologists'
  • testing, construction, or in-the-field
  • management or entrepreneurs
Degrees at Michigan Tech