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Engineering Technology Overview - Disciplines - Preparation -
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Day in the Life
Beginning engineering technology graduates usually work under the supervision of others as they gain hands-on experience in their industry or field.  Recent grads will be involved in more simple technical tasks, and then progress to more involved work as experience levels increase. Career options are broad for Engineering Technologists.  After initial on the job experience, an ET might choose to move away from more technical responsibilities and become more involved in management, sales, marketing, or other support areas.  As our society is increasingly dependent on technology, ET experience is useful to large and small businesses, education, health care, travel, and other industries. Engineering technologists usually begin by performing routine duties under the close supervision of an experienced technician, technologist, engineer, or scientist. As they gain experience, they are given more difficult assignments with only general supervision. Some engineering technologists eventually become supervisors. On a daily basis, however, Engineering Technologists will apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve problems.

Teams and Coworkers
Almost all jobs in engineering technology require some sort of interaction with coworkers. Whether they are working in a team situation, or just asking for advice, most engineering technologists have to have the ability to communicate and work with other people.

Many engineering technologists assist engineers and scientists, especially in research and development. Others work in quality control--inspecting products and processes, conducting tests, or collecting data. In manufacturing, they may assist in product design, development, or production. Engineering technologists who work in research and development build or set up equipment, prepare and conduct experiments, collect data, calculate or record results, and help engineers or scientists in other ways, such as making prototype versions of newly designed equipment. They also assist in design work, often using computer-aided design (CAD) equipment. Most engineering technologists specialize in certain areas, learning skills and working in the same disciplines as engineers. 

The Workplace
Most engineering technologists work at least 40 hours a week in laboratories, offices, or manufacturing or industrial plants, or on construction sites. Some may be exposed to hazards from equipment, chemicals, or toxic materials.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.



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