As technology evolves, so does the field of engineering technology. Career options in engineering technology are growing, with opportunities emerging in 5G, smart sensors, renewable energy, the Internet of Things and other disruptive technologies. Job openings requiring at least one disruptive tech skill are projected to grow between 17% and 135% over the next five years.
“In overseeing 1,100 engineering technicians, I can share the essential soft skills needed to meet the pace of technology advancement are interpersonal skills, time management skills, problem solving and entrepreneurial creativity.”
Today’s engineering technologists need to be equipped with interdisciplinary IT skills to keep pace with advances in technologies, as well as to inform data-driven decisions for businesses and demonstrate their IT agility. Particularly important is for engineering technicians to have hands-on experience working with complex technologies. While others may design the technology, engineering technicians are responsible for operating and maintaining systems and technologies – essentially making the technology work.
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“One of the most enduring legacies of the pandemic is the rapid digitization of all facets of our personal and professional life. This dynamic will result in the need for a new generation of technicians to make advanced technologies work,” said Shantanu Bose, provost and chief academic officer, DeVry University. “That’s why DeVry’s Engineering Technology programs reflect our changing world and provide a curriculum that prepares students with skills, like analyzing numerical data, designing solutions for technology-driven problems and deciphering user needs, to provide value wherever their tech career takes them.”
DeVry University’s Engineering Technology program, which includes an associate and bachelor’s degree option, prepares students with extensive knowledge of the tools and materials needed to design, create, operate and maintain technical products. It’s also designed to help students acquire soft skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, as well as highly sought-after hard or technical skills.
“Technology is quickly changing where everyday items have become smart and the interconnectivity of technologies across industries is increasing,” said David S. Brunson, senior director, Americas Service Delivery Leader at PerkinElmer and DeVry ‘84 alumnus. “In overseeing 1,100 engineering technicians, I can share the essential soft skills needed to meet the pace of technology advancement are interpersonal skills, time management skills, problem solving and entrepreneurial creativity.”
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The University’s Engineering Technology bachelor’s and associate degree programs include:
- Stackable Credentials: Students who enroll in the Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology program can also earn an IT Essentials Undergraduate Certificate as well as an Associate in Engineering Technology simultaneously.
- Industry-Aligned Curriculum: Courses in the curriculum focus on industry standards and prepare students to pursue industry certification opportunities, such as CompTIA A+ Certification, that help validate knowledge and skills.
- Tech Core: Students develop interdisciplinary tech skills, including programming, networking, operating systems and security, that are applicable to a wide range of industries.
DeVry’s Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology@ degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC of ABET) www.abet.org.
DeVry also offers specializations in the associate degree program, including Machine Learning and Design Techniques, Medical Technology and Healthcare Systems, and Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power.
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