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Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology Concentration, M.S.

Engineering Technology

Enhance skills with MTSU's Engineering Technology M.S. program. Prepare for leadership roles in tech sector with flexible options.

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Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology Concentration, M.S.

The Engineering Technology Concentration in the Master of Science in Engineering Technology (M.S.) program is offered through the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.

The Engineering Technology M.S. program, geared toward full-time professionals with night classes, addresses dynamic changes in business and industry. Technically competent professionals can improve their skills to help them successfully transition into leadership positions in their field of expertise and into a general leadership role outside their area of technical expertise as their careers grow.

Students are educated at the master's level in core engineering technologies and the management of those technologies. The program incorporates courses covering topics common to all areas of the technology sector of industry, including Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, state-of-the-art technologies, alternative energy sources and conservation, engineering project management, applied research, and safety.

MTSU's graduate degree includes both thesis and non-thesis options. The non-thesis option includes a research and a business/industry project that must demonstrate Six Sigma methodology. Each course offers an industry component that provides real-world experience, while students also conduct applied research in several classes.

Faculty members are highly experienced in their fields and have close ties to area industry.

Under the Engineering Technology concentration, the degree requires the student to select courses, as approved by the graduate advisor, that provide the student with a technical area of specialty or a minor in another department. Currently, typical technical areas include computer systems and networking, mechatronics, robotics, energy harvesting, instrumentation and control, analog and digital electronics, automation, machine design, manufacturing, quality control, and optimization. Other technical areas or a minor can be designed to meet the student's individual needs if approved by the graduate advisor.

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Mechanical engineer updates skills with master's degree

Mechanical engineer updates skills with master's degree

Simone Howard enrolled in the Engineering Technology master's program to return to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom of four children for 13 years. Howard, a continuous improvement engineering technician at A.O. Smith, previously earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She worked in the power generation industry for about six years in design, marketing, and project implementation after her bachelor's degree. "I have always been fascinated by the challenges in the manufacturing environment," Howard says. The Six Sigma and Productivity Strategies/Lean Systems classes for her MTSU Engineering Technology master's helped her with "a vital combination of theoretical knowledge and practical applications" she uses in her job at A.O. Smith. "The program has helped me to discover my passions and to feel confident in pursuing them," Howard says.

Grad pursues cybersecurity through computer engineering

Grad pursues cybersecurity through computer engineering

Chad Lloyd, a software architect and cybersecurity specialist for Schneider Electric, completed his third degree at MTSU with his Engineering Technology master's specializing in computer engineering. Lloyd had a technology focus for his Recording Industry Management bachelor's degree, when he also minored in Electronics and Computer Science. He earned his first M.S. in Computer Science and then got his foot in the door with Schneider through his Engineering Technology M.S. in 2006. "It is a perfect fit for my skill set since I work on a team that designs software to interface with mission critical hardware for power monitoring and control," Lloyd says. "When I started at Schneider, I was able to hit the ground running." He especially benefited from digital design and communications courses, and his passion for networking security has led him to become a Certified Ethical Hacker.

News Briefs

Mechanical engineer updates skills with master's degree

Simone Howard enrolled in the Engineering Technology master's program to return to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom of four children for 13 years. Howard, a continuous improvement engineering technician at A.O. Smith, previously earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. She worked in the power generation industry for about six years in design, marketing, and project implementation after her bachelor's degree. "I have always been fascinated by the challenges in the manufacturing environment," Howard says. The Six Sigma and Productivity Strategies/Lean Systems classes for her MTSU Engineering Technology master's helped her with "a vital combination of theoretical knowledge and practical applications" she uses in her job at A.O. Smith. "The program has helped me to discover my passions and to feel confident in pursuing them," Howard says.

Grad pursues cybersecurity through computer engineering

Chad Lloyd, a software architect and cybersecurity specialist for Schneider Electric, completed his third degree at MTSU with his Engineering Technology master's specializing in computer engineering. Lloyd had a technology focus for his Recording Industry Management bachelor's degree, when he also minored in Electronics and Computer Science. He earned his first M.S. in Computer Science and then got his foot in the door with Schneider through his Engineering Technology M.S. in 2006. "It is a perfect fit for my skill set since I work on a team that designs software to interface with mission critical hardware for power monitoring and control," Lloyd says. "When I started at Schneider, I was able to hit the ground running." He especially benefited from digital design and communications courses, and his passion for networking security has led him to become a Certified Ethical Hacker.

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This program teaches students interpersonal, management, and engineering skills needed for success in technology-driven organizations, whether public or private. The focus on these enhanced skills reflects an increasing need in the workplace for graduate students to fast-track into engineering/technical management or high-value specialty knowledge management positions. Industry areas include manufacturing/assembly, medical, human resources/training, and service (retail, food service, etc.), as well as applied sciences. Some potential positions for degree-holders

  • Engineering designer
  • Engineering project manager for
    • Process control companies
    • Enterprise resource systems developers
    • Technology development enterprises
  • Manager for global technology companies
  • Process and product engineer for manufacturing operations
  • Safety engineers and manager for production operations
  • Engineering and technical manager for
    • Manufacturing operations (including design, assembly, and fabrication)
    • Health care
    • Food production
    • Training/consulting
    • Government agencies

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Barrett Rifles
  • Bridgestone-Firestone
  • Calsonic North America Inc.
  • General Mills/Pillsbury
  • MAHLE Tennex Filters
  • Murfreesboro Electric Department
  • Nissan North America
  • Rich’s Products
  • Schneider Electric
  • State of Tennessee
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Tridon Clamps
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • Veterans Administration

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