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Engineering vs Engineering Technology

While both engineering and engineering technology fields offer exciting study and career opportunities, one approach may be more appealing. Find what suits your interests and how Michigan Tech can create your future. 

What are the differences between Engineering and Engineering Technology?

Engineers apply scientific, theoretic, and economic knowledge to research, invent, design, and build structures, devices, and systems, making for a broad discipline that encompasses specialized fields of engineering.

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

Key Differences
Engineering Engineering Technology
  • 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
  • Innovators
  • Known as "engineers"
  • Research, development, and design
  • Management or entrepreneurs
  • Implementers
  • Know as "technologists"
  • Testing, construction, or in-the-field
  • Management or entrepreneurs
Degrees at Michigan Tech