Because the Engineering Technology program requires college calculus, we encourage you to take as many math courses in high school as possible. Students with lesser math background may have to take preparatory classes to reach the calculus competency level. Additional courses in English, science and communications are also highly recommended. If you have a particular concentration in mind, then technical courses in that area would be valuable before attending UW-Stout.
Coursework for the major is a balance of:
- General education (common to all degree programs)
- Major studies (similar to other technical programs)
- Concentrations (unique to the area of focus within the program)
Each portion of the program provides you with sufficient general educational breadth and technical depth to become a successful professional in this field.
The first four semesters involve coursework in the general and major studies areas. During your first semester, the Introduction to Engineering Technology course provides an overview of the concentrations, program activities and typical employment expectations. At the end of this course, you will be asked to select a concentration and will then be assigned a faculty adviser familiar with your concentration.
As You Progress
Industry trends show an increasing demand for graduates who are not only technically competent but who can also function well in corporate and team environments. Interpersonal relations, communication skills, diversity issues and supervisory concepts are stressed and, when possible, integrated with the technical content. During your last four semesters, the emphasis will shift to more professional studies and concentration courses.
A co-op or field experience is strongly recommended, but not required. Usually, students will fit this in during the summer or a summer/fall experience (preferred). A number of student organizations provide you with additional professional and technical experience and the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and industrial contacts.
UW-Stout's reputation with industry has been built on the outstanding performance of previous graduates, who not only creatively solve problems analytically, but who are also skilled in the materials, processes, systems, and technologies of design, development and production. This program will continue to provide the industry with highly qualified technical professionals.