About the School of Technology
The School of Technology offers five undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees which you can learn more about by exploring the website. Class sizes are generally small with most classes having fewer than thirty students; junior and senior level classes typically have under twenty. Most faculty members in the school have industrial experience and balance their efforts between teaching and applied research. Excellent teaching is very important and a number of our faculty members have won the University Distinguished Teaching Award. Research projects are often focused on better teaching methodologies, along with a mix of applied industrial research. Undergraduate students participate in research projects and have had opportunities to write papers with the faculty and make presentations at national meetings.
Job prospects are excellent for our graduates with an almost 100% placement rate and very competitive salaries. Please visit the web pages for each program to learn more about the companies that hire our graduates and the variety of positions held.
Our mission is to be a cohesive force linking:
Application-oriented and recognized for contributions to their employers.
Demand for a technologically advanced workforce.
Recognized for teaching, scholarship, service and business/industrial experience.
The School of Technology will be recognized for advancing technological literacy through excellence in teaching, applied research and professional engagement, and preparing students to be productive citizens, leaders and innovators in a global society.
Academic programs in the School of Technology are designed to prepare students as applied engineers, information technology and cyber-security professionals, and construction managers, for employment in business, industry, education, and government.
These programs include a significant hands-on laboratory component and prepare students for careers that require practical design and analysis skills rather than for research and development positions.
The hallmark of an education in the School of Technology is the practical application of technical knowledge—a hands-on education that prepares students to address and solve the engineering and information technology problems of our global society.
As a result of their broad education, skills in working with people, and technical problem solving abilities, technology program graduates are very desirable employees. The industries employing technology program graduates are extremely diverse, ranging from construction to health care, from small family owned businesses to international corporations.
The School of Technology has dedicated computing and laboratory facilities in the Electrical Energy Resources Center as well as a modern, well-equipped machine shop which includes laser scanning and industrial quality 3D printing. In addition, collaborative agreements with other campus units ensure student access to specialized laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment.
The School of Technology had its beginnings in 1966 when Michigan Tech began offering Manpower Development Training programs in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Education. These early training programs included engineering aide-surveyor, drafting, engineering aide-electronics, tax assessor, lumber grader, saw filer, head sawyer, and forestry aide. These provided the foundation for establishment of the Department of Applied Technology in 1969, which administered Associate degree programs in Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Forest Technology, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, and Nursing. In 1973 the Department of Applied Technology became the School of Technology with its first Dean, Professor Gerald J. Caspary.
Today, the School of Technology provides hands-on learning to students with five different four-year undergraduate baccalaureate degree programs: Computer Network and System Administration, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Surveying Engineering; and two Master’s degree programs: Integrated Geospatial Technology and Medical Informatics.