School of Technology Profile
Our mission is to be a cohesive force linking:
Applications-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 technical and/or management oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education, and government.
These programs, which usually include a significant hands-on laboratory component, prepare students for practical design and production work rather than for jobs that require more theoretical and scientific knowledge.
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 problems of our global society.
Technology is defined as the process by which human beings fashion tools and machines to increase their understanding and control of the material environment. The mathematical and science foundations of technology programs prepare graduates to apply a systematic technique, method or approach to solve problems while working on the front lines of the technological revolution.
Technology program graduates are involved with the design, installation, management, operation, and maintenance of complex technological systems.
As a result of their broad education, skills in working with people, and technical problem solving abilities, technology program graduates are often the very valuable go-to person in many organizations. The industries employing technology program graduates are extremely diverse, ranging from construction to health care, from small family owned businesses to international corporations.
Employers regard technology program graduates as having skills between those of a technician and an engineer. Graduates of four-year technology programs often get jobs similar to those obtained by graduates with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Those who advance the fastest and are most successful are those who have acquired the proper academic training to meet the increasing complexity of industry.
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. Training areas included engineering aide-surveyor, drafting, engineering aide-electronics, tax assessor, lumber grader, saw filer, head sawyer, and forestry aide. These training classes 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 undergraduate 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.