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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 and Environmental Engineering

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.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.) 
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (B.S.E.E.)

Civil Engineering Technology

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.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.) 

Computer Engineering

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.

Computer Engineering (B.S.Cp.E.) 

Construction Management

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.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (B.S.C.M.)

Electrical Engineering

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.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Electromechanical Engineering Technology graduates thrive at the intersection of electrical and mechanical engineering, integrating and improving new technologies in the automation, robotics and power industries.

*As of July 2024, Electrical Engineering Technology becomes Electromechanical Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.)

Fire and Safety Engineering Technology

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.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Fire and Safety

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and 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.

Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering (B.S.S.E.)

Mechanical Engineering

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.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

Mechanical Engineering Technology

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.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology