Engineering Technology and Commonwealth Engineering
Penn State offers degrees in both engineering and engineering technology. Both fields focus on problem-solving in a technical environment. But how do these fields differ, and which is the right choice for you?
Engineers use theory and advanced mathematics to solve problems.
Engineering technologists and technicians use a practical, hands-on approach to problem solving.
Typical descriptors for engineering and engineering technology include:
|Masters systems||Masters details|
|Works with mind||Works with hands|
Engineering technologists and technicians are in demand. Penn State has high placement rate for its engineering technology graduates. Most of our graduates stay in Pennsylvania, but our programs receives interest from employers all over the country.
The following graphic illustrates the general job functions for engineering and engineering technology graduates.
Student Enrollment and Graduation Data
For information on the number of students enrolled in our engineering technology programs, visit Engineering Technology Enrollment Statistics. For information on the number of degrees awarding in our engineering technology programs, visit Engineering Technology Degrees Awarded.