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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology provides you with a unique career advantage with five engineering concentrations in Electrical, Facilities, Mechanical Design, Plastics and Production Operation. These concentrations share common technical courses that allow you to switch or add a second concentration. The program's applied laboratory and theoretical education develop engineering technologists who are:

  • In-demand by employers in their respective engineering technology discipline
  • Recognized for their ability to apply technology expertise in their discipline
  • Recognized for their leadership and teamwork skills
  • Demonstrating continued career growth and professional development

Established in the 1950s, the Engineering Technology program collaborates with an industry advisory board to stay up-to-date on design, production, automation, manufacturing and application-related trends. Our faculty has industrial experience in their specialized fields of mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, facilities management, project management and production operations.

University of Wisconsin-Stout's Engineering Technology program focuses on the application of engineering and scientific concepts to manufacturing related industries. / UW-Stout

A broad technical core stresses applied laboratory experiences. Your theoretical education is based on the practical experiences of your professors, all of whom have industrial experience in their specialized fields. The strong professional studies area provides you with the foundations you need for a future management career track.

UW-Stout's reputation with industry has been built on the outstanding performance of previous graduates, who creatively solve problems analytically and are skilled in the materials, processes, systems, and technologies of design, development and production.

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Technology affects many aspects of our daily lives, and the majority of us take it for granted. However, the quality of life we enjoy is a direct result of efficient and highly developed technical goods, services and products. There is an ever-increasing demand for talented individuals in this high-growth field. Are you one of them?

Preparing for Engineering Technology

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.

Starting Out

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.

Admission Requirements

New Freshmen

  • Rank in the top 40 percent of your class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
    or
  • have a minimum ACT score of 22 (or SAT equivalent) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)

Students who do not meet one of the academic requirements above will be admitted as Pre-Engineering and may qualify for the Engineering major by completing the appropriate courses at UW-Stout.

Transfer Students

1. Both "Test A" and "Test B" below must be satisfied:

  • Test A 
    • have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
      or
    • rank in the top 40 percent of your high school graduating class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Test B
    • have a minimum ACT math score of 22

2. You have transferred either of the following Calculus courses with a grade of "B" or better (note: a grade of "B-" is not sufficient):

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

3. You have transferred the following sequence of courses with an earned cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH-154: Calculus II  or  MATH-157: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • PHYS-291: Statics  or  PHYS-281: University Physics I
  • CHEM-135: College Chemistry I

If you do not meet any of the academic requirements above, but do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted to the university as Pre-Engineering. You may qualify for the engineering major by meeting either requirement 2 or 3 once at UW-Stout.

Objectives & Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

The Engineering Technology program develops engineering technologists who are:

  • In demand by employers in their respective engineering technology discipline
  • Recognized for their ability to apply technology expertise in their discipline
  • Recognized for their leadership and teamwork skills
  • Demonstrating continued career growth and professional development

Student Outcomes

UW-Stout Engineering Technology program graduates will have:

  • An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  • An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  • An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  • An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  • An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  • A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Career Opportunities

Program graduates are in demand by industry and have received some of the highest starting salaries of all UW-Stout graduates.

Program concentrations tend to provide a focus or primary area for future employment. However, industry is so diverse, yet technically interrelated, that it is common for graduates to use their area of specialty in a wide range of job titles, in order to develop products and services. Entry-level positions involve technical activities, usually in a team environment, and perhaps with limited supervisory functions. The general and professional studies, along with work experience and continuing education, will provide you with the basis for future growth in the areas of technical responsibility and/or management options.

Typical Job Titles

  • Applications Engineer
  • Associate Production Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Industrial EngineerMaintenance Supervisor
  • Materials Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Plant Engineer
  • Processing Engineer
  • Product and Quality Control Production
  • Research and Development
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Research and Development
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Tool and Die Designer
  • Sales Engineer

Where Graduates Work

  • IBM

  • Kolbe and Kolbe
  • Phillips Plastics
  • Donaldson Co. Inc.
  • Honeywell Inc.
  • Boeing Aircraft
  • Ecolab
  • Hutchinson Technology
  • Polaris
  • Deere and Co.
  • Oscar Mayer Foods
  • Ashley Furniture
  • Greenheck Fan
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Midwest Manufacturing
  • Trane Company
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