Recently I sat in on presentations facilitated by our academic team here at Grantham University. One of them was given by our own dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Nancy Miller.

At Grantham, our undergraduate engineering programs are in engineering technology. I’ve often wondered what the difference is between earning a degree in Engineering and one in Engineering Technology.

From what I could gather from Dr. Miller’s presentation, the answer is … a whole lot of math.

(I’m not a math guy. In fact, the mere mention of Calculus III or Differential Equations makes my head hurt. Fortunately, Dr. Miller wasn’t finished in explaining the differences.)

An engineering degree requires more science and calculus but fewer labs. An engineering technology degree involves more labs with Algebra-based physics. On one hand, there is a lot of complex analysis, design and research ... on the other, a lot of testing, manufacturing, operations and production. High-brow theory versus relevant application. That I can wrap my mind around.

If it’s something you can wrap your mind around – maybe to the point of exploring colleges for engineering programs – you might want to think about these jobs which, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), offer relatively high median salary ranges:

Sales Engineers
By 2024, the BLS projects the need for nearly 75,000 sales engineers. These professionals sell complex scientific and technological products – and they need to know the ins and outs of equipment for computer systems, telecommunication industries and more.

In 2014, the median salary was $93,340. A bachelor’s degree is typically needed to break into the field.

Computer Hardware Engineers
From processors and circuit boards to systems and networks, these professionals find ways to help us all keep pace with advances in computer technology through design, development and testing.

By 2024, there will be more than 80,000 computer hardware engineers in the U.S. – all most likely requiring at least a bachelor’s degree to get in the door. Today, their median salary is right around $108,000.

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
While the overall job numbers for this position are trending down according to the BLS, the U.S. will still employ almost 140,000 of them in 2024.

It will take at least an associate degree to get into the industry, one that currently pays nearly $60,000 annually on average.

Did you earn your online degree in engineering technology? How are you putting it to use? Let us know in the “Add a comment” section below.

Interested in taking that next step in your engineering education … but don’t want a ton of math? Whether you’re looking at a cybersecurity certificate, an associate degree in electronics and computer engineering technology or a bachelor’s in engineering management, Grantham can help.

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