engineering vs. engineering technology
Engineering: Leverage your math and natural science skills to use materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind. As an engineer, you will design, conceptualize, research and develop concepts into solutions for the real world.
Engineering Technology: Combine scientific methods with your technical skills to create application-oriented solutions. As an engineering technologist, you will install and operate technical systems, devise hardware from proven concepts, manage construction and production processes, and advise others regarding technical products.
Our Engineering Fields
Civil engineers design and supervise construction of bridges, buildings, roads and other structures. They may focus on transportation, environmental, structures or geotechnical projects. Environmental engineers design systems and solutions that prevent or remediate pollution of the air, soil and water. They promote public health through infrastructure and treatment systems that provide potable water, treat wastewater, and manage solid waste. Environmental engineers also design and use models to assess the environmental impact of current and/or proposed actions.
Civil engineering technologists perform technical work and provide supervision in construction of buildings, bridges, roads and residential developments. They may work for state or federal departments of transportation, engineering or architectural firms or environmental and health agencies.
Computer engineers design, construct and develop operational systems for computers in business and everyday life. They work with digital systems, operating systems, computer networks, software and hardware to bring electronic items to life.
Construction managers plan and coordinate construction projects for buildings, residential housing, roads, bridges and other community infrastructure. They are involved in hiring, budget management and setting project timelines. At UNC Charlotte, construction management majors complete core technical and business coursework.
Electrical engineers study electricity and identify ways to generate power that can be used in homes and businesses. They are also involved in the development of equipment and personal devices that use energy such as cell phones.
Electrical engineering technologists work in virtually all aspects of communications, electronic instrumentation, computer applications, computer networking, electric power generation and distribution, and consumer electronics.
Fire and safety graduates fight fire, perform technical rescue, provide emergency medical care, perform safety inspections, teach fire prevention, investigate fires and explosions and design fire detection and suppression systems. They may work in fire departments or in the private sector for fire protection firms or loss prevention companies.
Mechanical engineers design machinery and personal products with moveable parts. This includes everything from automobiles to robots to air conditioning systems for buildings. It is a broad field that also branches into areas such as medicine and nanotechnology
Mechanical engineering technology graduates design, build, and maintain a wide variety of machines, cars, jet fighters and other high-tech devices and systems. Some typical job titles of graduates include computer-aided designer, plant maintenance supervisor, materials testing technologist and quality control engineer.
Systems engineers create and execute processes to ensure that organizations can meet customer and stakeholder needs in a cost-effective, safe and timely manner. They develop efficient ways to accomplish goals in various industries.