Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between engineering technology and engineering?

Engineering Technology versus Engineering?            

A common question we get is about the differences between engineering and engineering technology. The table below shows a side-by-side comparison of the key aspects of each program.

Engineering Program

Engineering Technology Program

Program Emphasis

Emphasis is on developing methods of analysis and solutions for open-ended design problems.

Emphasis is on applying current knowledge and practices to the solution of specific technical problems.

Expertise Objective

To develop conceptual abilities.

To develop application abilities.

Professional Title

Graduates are referred to as engineers.

Graduates are generally referred to as engineers.

Emphasis of Technical Courses

Engineering courses stress the underlying theory as well as current and potential applications in business and industry.

Technology courses stress application of current technical knowledge and methods in the solution of current business and industrial problems.

Emphasis of Laboratory Courses

Laboratory courses provide intensive work in experimental methods and the related underlying theories.

Laboratory courses stress practical design solutions as well as manufacturing and evaluation techniques appropriate for industrial type problems.

Technical Design Emphasis

General design principles and tools applicable to a wide variety of new problem situations are heavily stressed.

Current design procedures of a complex but well-established nature are developed and applied to problems in a specialized technical area.

Typical First Position

The ME graduate entering industry would most likely fill an entry-level position in conceptual design, systems engineering, manufacturing, or product research and development.

The MET graduate entering industry would most likely fill an entry-level position in product design, development, testing, technical operations, or technical services and sales.

Technical Interest

The ME graduate is relatively broad and has an analytical, creative mind challenged by open-ended technical problems.

The MET graduate is often specialized and has an applications orientation, challenged by specific technical problems.

Professional Registration

MEs are eligible to become registered professional engineers in all states by a process of examination and documentation of experiences.

METs may become registered professional engineers in 38 states; however, the requirements are usually different than those for engineers.

Graduate School

Graduate study in engineering and other areas is available for qualified students having a B.S. in engineering.

Graduate study in engineering and other areas is available for qualified students having a B.S. in engineering technology.


How do I register on BanWeb and what if I need a waiver?

Waiver Forms and who has to sign

Print waiver forms from the Registrar’s Office website. Special Approval/Restriction Waiver is most common.

Types of waivers:

  • Filled section  (get approval from department offering the course)
  • Lacking pre-requisite   (get approval from MEEM course coordinator or department offering course)
  • Instructor /special permission / restriction  (required to enroll in Enterprise - approval from instructor)
  • Credit overload permission form   (approval signature from your academic advisor or Student Affairs if on academic probation)
  • Time conflict/exam conflict  (approval from all instructors involved)

If you get an error, check the course pre-requisites/restrictions in the course descriptions listing.

To obtain approval:

  1. Print a waiver form.
  2. Complete your form and get signature from the department offering course, academic advisor or instructor.
  3. Bring completed, signed waivers to:
  • Student Services Center – Admin 110, or to

Enterprise: Instructor approval required for most Enterprises, every semester. Bring waiver form to the Enterprise faculty advisor. Bring signed form to SOT Advising office.

Filled Section of a class? See contact on Department Permissions to request enrollment in a filled section. You must see appropriate department.


When and how can I add/drop classes? What is a 'W' grade?

When and how can I add/drop classes? What is a ‘W’ grade?

 There are deadlines each semester regarding University policy for adding and dropping courses. These deadlines represent changes in grading policies and methods for adding and dropping courses.

Adding full-semester courses (fall or spring semesters)

Courses may be added on BanWeb during the initial registration period until 5:00 p.m. on Friday of the first week of the semester. Registration closes for a short period after initial registration and then reopens until the end of the 1st week of classes.

  • After Friday of the 1st week of a semester, students must see an academic advisor for a late-add form which must be approved by the section instructor. MEEM course control/waiting list policies are still in effect for late-adds or section changes of MEEM courses.

    Dropping full-semester courses (fall or spring semesters)

  • Courses may be dropped on BanWeb until 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday of second week of a semester.

  • After Wednesday of the 2nd week, all drops must be done in person at the Student Service Center (first floor Administration Building).

  • If a drop will put a student below 12 credits, the deadline to get a refund for that drop is at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday of the 2nd week, otherwise plateau tuition is in effect for 12-18 credits. Specific course fees may lead to bill balance changes. No refunds of any kind will be granted after Wednesday of the 2nd week unless the entire semester’s registration is withdrawn.  Contact the Registrar’s Office for the percentage refund schedule in the case of complete withdrawal.

  • First year students must get an advisor’s signature on an orange first-year add/drop slip for any drops after the 1st week of the semester.

  • Courses may be dropped at the Student Service Center until 5:00 p.m. on Friday of the 3rd week with no grade. Courses dropped by this deadline will not appear on the student’s transcripts.

  • First year students must obtain their advisor’s and instructor’s signatures on the orange first-year add/drop slip for any drops after the 3rd week.

  • Courses dropped after 5:00 p.m. on Friday of the 3rd week through 5:00 p.m. on Friday of the 10th week will earn a ‘W’ grade.  After this deadline, courses may not be dropped without extenuating circumstances. Late drops will not be granted just to avoid poor grades.

    • Courses dropped during the 4th week through the 10th week will earn a ‘W’ grade (withdrawn). A ‘W’ appears on the student’s transcript which indicates that the student dropped the course. ‘W’ marks do not affect GPA calculations, but the credits dropped are included in attempted credit hours for financial aid purposes (satisfactory academic progress).

      Dropping summer half-semester courses (Track A or B)

  • For summer half-semester courses (Track A/Track B), please see the Important Dates posted to the ME Advising page or the Registrar’s Office page/academic calendar for drop deadlines. See an advisor with questions.

  • Plateau tuition is not in place for summer semester so any drops before the refund deadline (4:00 p.m. on Thursday of the 1st week of the track) may be refunded.

    For half-semester courses during fall or spring semesters, please see an advisor with questions.


How to change my major, minor or concentration?

How to change your major or add a minor:  

This is done through MyMichiganTech.  

For more details: 

Change Major, Minor, or Concentration




Transferring credits from elsewhere?

Transfer credits from other schools

Transfer Credits: If you want to take classes elsewhere and transfer them to Michigan Tech, use the online Transfer Equivalency system to look up classes.

  • Choose courses that will transfer to an equivalent course at Michigan Tech that are required for your degree.
  • If you will be taking a class at another Michigan School, fill out a Guest application in Transfer Services.
  • To access list of courses already approved for transfer use the Michigan Tech Transfer Equivalency System.
  • If the course you want or need is NOT on the Transfer Credit Equivalency list, you can request to have it evaluated for transfer credit by sending this information to the  Transfer Services Office, Admin Bldg 110, for each course  (or email,  or call 906.487.3323)
  • University or college name
  • Course number and title
  • Syllabus
  • Textbook(s) used (usually on the syllabus)
  • Detailed description (usually on the syllabus)
  • You should consult Transfer Services, 110 Administration Building, before taking a course to verify it will transfer in as the correct course (906.487.3323 or  transfer@
  • UN1001 and UN1002 must be taken at Michigan Tech (unless you had AP or transfer credit before you came to Tech). You may transfer in HASS electives provided you satisfy the HASS General Education requirements - HASS distribution courses
  • If all this information is available online, you can send the exact link to  A short catalog description is not enough information to evaluate for Michigan Tech credit. You must provide a syllabus.
  • Enroll in courses, earn good grades. Grades must be ‘C’ (2.00/4.00) or better to be accepted by Michigan Tech.
  • If the transfer course(s) are pre-requisites to classes you need to register for next semester, have a copy of your transcript from the transfer college sent to Michigan Tech or notify Transfer Services what courses you are going to be transferring in so that your enrolled courses can be entered into the student database.

How to transfer credits to Michigan Tech:

Have an official copy of your transcript sent to Michigan Tech once you have completed the course/s and earned a ‘C’ or better.

Michigan Technological University
Registrar’s Office
110 Administration Building
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295


Repeating a Course?

Repeating Courses

One of the easiest ways to improve your GPA is by repeating courses.

  • If you fail a required course, you will have repeat and pass the class to meet the degree requirement.
  • Students may repeat a course no more than two times.
  • Students may repeat courses with a grade of CD or lower.
  • The most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation even if it is lower than the previous grade.
  • Special permission from the Office of Student Affairs and your academic advisor is required to repeat a course a 2nd and final time.
  • Pre-requisite courses must be passed in order to continue to next course.


Contacts for Filled Section - By Department


AF Mark Holmstrom 7-2652 ROTC  

AR Jonathan Fox 7-3446 ROTC


Jodie Filpus-Paakola Tom Merz

7-3597 7-2805  AOB 109

BE Mike LaBeau 7-3655 M&M 342

BL Tori Connors 7-1628 Dow 739 

CEE Julie Ross 7-3410  Dillman 103

CH Abbie Betzoldt, Denise Laux  

7-2297, 7-2048 Chem Sci 206A, Chem Sci 607C

CM Alexis Snell 7-2472 Chem Sci 203A

CS Cheryl Simpkins, Vicky Roy  

7-2209, 7-2316 Rekhi Hall 221, Rekhi Hall 227

ED Rachelle Gariepy 7-2460  Meese 111

EE Judy Donahue 7-2232  EERC 131 

ENG Darlene Saari 7-3057  Dillman 112

ENT Rick Berkey 7-4309   M&M 722

FA Juli Martin 7-2067  Walker 209

FW Stacy Cotey 7-2953  Noblet 120

GE Kelly McLean 7-2531   Dow 630

HU Modern Language 

Jackie Ellenich Maria Bergstrom

7-2008, 7-0984, Walker 301A Walker 316

MA Beth Reed 7-2287  Fisher 205A

MEEM Ryan Towles, Tricia Stein 

7-2564 MEEM 204A/B

MY Dan Seguin 7-3375 M&M U101

PE/EH Terry Anderson, Christina Lehmann

7-2715   SDC 231

PH Will Slough (1100,1140/1,1200/10)
John Jaszczak (2100/2200)

7-2273. 7-2255, Fisher 221, Fisher 102

PSY Rachelle Gariepy 7-2460  Meese 111

SS Amy Spahn, Gina Stevens 7-2113 AOB 214

TECHNOLOGY Peggy Gorton, Danise Jarvey

7-2260, 7-2259, EERC 425, EERC 423 


Study Abroad?

Study Abroad

 If you are considering a study-abroad experience, the first thing you should do is contact International Programs and Services (IPS) by going to their offices on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building or attending one of their publicized information sessions.  Study abroad programs are available ranging from several weeks in the summer to a full semester to an entire year.

It is important that you clarify your goals for your study abroad experience according to these guidelines:

  • “I want to study abroad and I am not concerned about maintaining progress in my degree program(s) at Michigan Tech.”  No real limitations on the programs a student might choose.

  • “I want to study abroad and I want to complete some required credits, but will target general education (UN, HASS) or other common credits (math, chemistry, physics, free electives, co-curriculars).”  Most programs and international institutions will be able to support these kinds of course equivalencies.

    Once you have identified a specific experience/location with IPS, it is then critical that you have all your study-abroad equivalent courses pre-approved before leaving Michigan Tech.  Typically, study-abroad credits though sanctioned study-abroad programs are considered to be Michigan Tech credits and are normally graded as pass-fail according to minimum standards of grades that are earned while studying through those programs.  Pass-fail graded courses are not included in Michigan Tech GPA calculations.  Contact IPS for more information on the pre-departure process.  Courses will be evaluated and possibly approved as equivalent to Michigan Tech courses similarly to the syllabus submission process detailed below.

    Study abroad courses must be evaluated for equivalency to Michigan Tech courses by sending the below information to IPS.

  1. University or college name and location (including country)
  2. Course number, course title, and number of credits (credits converted to U.S. standard semester credits if necessary, IPS can assist with credit conversions)
  3. Syllabus.  A short catalog description is not enough information to evaluate a course for possible Michigan Tech credit. You must provide a syllabus.
  4. Textbook(s) used (usually on the syllabus)
  5. Detailed description of topics and grading system (usually on the syllabus)
  6. If all this information is available online, you can send the link(s).
  7. Before submitting a course for evaluation, please make sure that the course is being offered and offered in a way that you are at least able to take it.  Do not submit evaluation requests for courses that you are not likely to take.
  • Once you have approved course(s) identified, your academic advisor will sign off your Course Planning Sheet (form from IPS) for individual SOT courses and on your overall plan for credits to be attempted.

  • If a study abroad course you are taking is a pre-req for a course you plan to take in your next semester at Michigan Tech, notify IPS of your registration and an in-session (IS) placeholder can be entered into Banner.  The IS will act as a pre-req to allow you to register for the next course you need here at Tech.

  • When your study abroad is complete, request an official copy of your transcript be sent to Michigan Tech as soon as you have completed the course(s) and grades are posted.  This may not happen automatically.  You should make a transcript request from the institution where you have completed courses.  Official transcripts are sealed and must be received by Michigan Tech directly from other institutions. Do not request these transcripts to be sent to yourself, academic advisors, etc.  Earned study abroad credits are not included in any GPA calculations, but can impact your GPAs if the credit replaces a grade of ‘CD’, ‘D’. or ‘F’ from a previous attempt here at Tech.  Removal of these poor grades for these calculations may cause GPAs to improve once study abroad credits are entered.


Feeling stressed. What can I do?

I am feeling stressed. What can I do?

Stressed? Many things come into play during college life that can increase stress. Trying to balance everything is tough. First, remember why you are here and keep reminding yourself of that. Second, you are here for yourself and not anyone else. Watch out for number one!

Why am I here? Your goal may be something like this: To earn a nationally accredited mechanical engineering degree at one of the nation’s top engineering universities. To obtain a position with one of the large, successful companies that hires Michigan Tech graduates or go on to earn your graduate degree.

  • Establish personal priorities that will allow you to perform well academically and meet your goal.
    • If your friends want you to hang out, but you’ve got homework or a test, hang out another day.
    • If you are working too many hours, evaluate your need to work or consider reduced course loads.
    • If you are involved in too many organizations or a position that takes away time and hurts your grades, cut back, limit your hours, or postpone. You have your entire future to pursue your interests. It’s O.K. to graduate in 4.5 or 5 years.
  • Attend all your classes.
    • Research at the University of Michigan states that the most important factor for success in college is class attendance.
    • Don’t skip a class to catch up on sleep or to catch up in another class. This is where you learn what you need in order to be successful on quizzes, homework and tests.
    • If you rely on just reading the textbook, you will miss out on important information.
  • Get help when you need it.
    • If you are falling behind in any of your classes, see your instructor, a learning center coach and your academic advisor.
    • If you are feeling pressures from all corners of your life, see the academic advisor or Counseling Services and nip it in the bud. You have to watch out for yourself and seek help if needed.
    • If your grades are continuously low, see your academic advisor early on.
  • Get your homework done, study for quizzes and exams first. There will be plenty of time for fun after that. If you reverse this priority – your grades and your chance for success will suffer.

Grades, probation, and suspension: If you are getting low grades, see your academic advisor early on. Once you get on probation, it can be a very long and difficult process to get yourself back to good academic standing. If your grades do not improve after two semesters, consider whether or not you are in the right major. Remaining on academic probation can lead to academic suspension.

Career Services offers a detailed career exploration guide called MyPlan. Visit their website at

Counseling Services Center offers Academic Counseling. Call 906.487.2538.    If you are overwhelmed, unable to focus on homework and studying for exams, experience test anxiety, are depressed, or have high anxiety, call 48 7. 2538. Learn new study skills and how to focus on what is important to you in order to reach your personal goals.

When you are in a tough class, and you just give up, do you really want to take the class again? Seek help as soon as you know you need it.    See the instructor and the academic advisor. Go to the learning center.

Homework: Prepares you to be successful on quizzes and exams. If you don’t understand how to do a problem, don’t let it slide. See your instructor and/or the learning center coach. Do the problem over and over until you can do it yourself without error. This will help tremendously on exams. Take interest in your subject. One class is a building block for another, so it is important to do well in each.

Instructors: Your instructor wants you to succeed. He/she is not trying to trick you. Ask questions; learn how to learn. Explore the subject. Master the material. Instructors don’t ‘give’ grades, you earn grades. Our curriculum is challenging. Get help as soon as you need it. Know your instructor’s office hours. Your instructors are experts in their fields and enjoy teaching those who want to learn.

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Why should I choose a degree program in the School of Technology?

Academic programs in the School of Technology are designed to prepare you for a career as a technical or management-oriented professional in business, industry, education, and government.

The hallmark of an education in the School of Technology is the practical application of technical knowledge—a hands-on education that prepares you to address and solve the problems of our global society.

Technology program graduates are involved with the design, installation, management, operation, and maintenance of complex technological systems.

As a result of a broad education, skills in working with people, and technical problem solving abilities, technology program graduates are often the go-to person in many organizations. Industries employing technology program graduates are extremely diverse, ranging from construction to health care, from small family-owned business to international corporations.

Graduates of four-year technology programs often get jobs similar to those obtained by graduates with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.


Are the School of Technology programs accredited?

The Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).  The Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.  The Computer Network and System Administration program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.  The Surveying Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


What preparation do I need in high school?

As a high school student you should take at least three years of math, science, English and communications. In addition, practical, hands-on courses and at least one year of hands-on computer experience is strongly recommended.


What is the deadline for submitting applications?

Apply by January 15 of the year you plan to enroll for priority consideration for admission, financial aid, and scholarships.


How do I apply for admission?

The information you need to apply can be found here:  It’s free and you can apply online or submit a paper application.


What type of advising is available in the School of Technology?

The School has a dedicated advisor that will guide you through the curriculum in each program.


What are my career opportunities?

Excellent career opportunities are available in all programs of study in the School of Technology.  The placement rate is nearly 100%.  Please see specific programs for additional information.


Do the School of Technology faculty members have industrial experience?

The majority of the School’s faculty members have extensive industrial experience.


Will my classes be taught by full-time faculty?

All School of Technology classes are taught by full-time faculty or qualified instructors.  Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) may be employed to assist with labs.


Will all of my professors be involved in research?

The faculty members in the School of Technology maintain a balance between teaching and scholarship.  A number of our faculty have been nominated and/or received the Distinguished Teaching Award.  Several faculty members are involved in applied research and they typically include undergraduate students in their projects.


What is the average class size for School of Technology courses?

The average class size for School of Technology courses is approximately 20.


Are there any graduate programs in the School of Technology?

There are Master’s Program in Integrated Geospatial Technology and Medical Informatics.

Integrated Geospatial Technology is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds for careers in surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), terrestrial laser scanning industries, and for allied areas that require knowledge and understanding of the acquisition, processing, and analysis of spatially referenced data.

Medical informatics is the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. This field deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine.