Commonwealth engineering students

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:

Typical Descriptors for Engineering and Engineering Technology
Engineer Engineering Technician/Technologist
Conceiver Achiever
Planner Producer
Expert Expediter
Masters systems Masters details
Originator Completer
Theoretical Practical
Works with mind Works with hands

Job Functions

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.  

 

About

The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952