Volume 3 No.3 Fall 1999

ISSN# 1523-9926

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES

 Gabriel D. Alungbe
Department of Engineering Technology
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT


 Abstract

A survey of alumni was conducted in the spring of 1997 to determine professional progress of graduates of civil/construction engineering technology program at Central Connecticut State University.  This article summarizes the results of the survey which shows that graduates with Bachelor of Science in engineering technology degree have excellent opportunities in their professional careers, and most work as project engineers, project managers and civil engineers. The survey also shows that the current salary of graduates range from $23,000 to over $50,000 per annum.

 

Introduction

Engineering technology education focuses mainly on the application of engineering, science, and mathematics leading to an award of associate degree in science after two years of study or a Bachelor of Science in engineering technology (BSET).  Some universities offer a Master of Science in engineering technology (MSET).  Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) currently offers the BSET degree.  Plans are afoot to offer the MSET degree in the near future.  High quality of engineering technology program is ensured through accreditation by Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET).  The engineering technology disciplines are numerous.  The disciplines offered in CCSU are civil, industrial systems, manufacturing, and mechanical.  The fifth discipline, composites and polymer materials engineering technology, was added to the curriculum in the fall of 1998.  The mechanical discipline was established in 1993.  The first three disciplines were among the first established in CCSU.  The civil and manufacturing programs have received prior accreditation that ended in spring 1998.  Consequently, the department applied for reaccreditation for the civil and manufacturing programs and accreditation for the new mechanical program.  In preparation for the visit, a survey was sent out to graduates of the programs in spring 1997 (see Appendix A).  This paper summarizes the results of the survey to show job opportunities for engineering technology graduates with BSET degree with emphasis in civil/construction from CCSU.

 

The Survey

About 110 students received a BSET degree with specialization in civil between 1990 and 1996 from Central Connecticut State University.  Survey forms were sent to the graduates in February 1997 using the contact information provided by the Alumni Office in CCSU.  The 18 (about 16% response rate) that responded were all male, 1 African-American, 1 Hispanic, and 16 Caucasian.  Figure 1 shows the number of respondents by race. 

Some of the information requested by the survey included (i) year of graduation, (ii) starting and current job title, (iii) starting and current salary, and (iv) current responsibilities.  Table 1 summarizes the hiring history by presenting the graduation year, starting and current job title(s), starting and current salaries and assigned responsibilities.


Table 1: Hiring History for Civil Engineering Technology Program Graduates 

No

Year

Graduated

Job Title (Year Started)

Salary

Current Responsibilities

(in graduate’s own words)

Starting

Current

Starting

Current

1

1990

Senior

Bridge

Inspector

(1988)

Project

Engineer

(1992)

$46,000

$52,000

Heavy/Highway Construction: Track

Quantities, schedule, cost reports, extra

work, job meetings, purchasing, sub contracting, sub payments, letters, resolve problems, record delays/claims.

2

1990

Transportation

Project

Engineer

(1990)

Transportation

Planner II

(1992)

$32,000

$45,000

Conduct transportation corridor studies, preliminary design of highway components, use CADD for design, supervise two planners.

3

1991

Resident/

Project

Engineer

(1991)

Project

Manager

(1994)

$27,000

Plus

bonus

$48,000

Plus

bonus

Developing contracts with subs, administering work force/work load, scheduling, estimating, purchasing, etc.

4

1991

Field Engineer--

Electrical

(1992)

President

(1995)

Not provided

Not provided

Design/Engineering (Architectural & woodworking). Also “running the company”, i.e. proposals, billing, etc.

5

1991

Concrete Inspector

(n.a.)

Not provided

$18,000

Not provided

Compression testing of concrete and grout samples; rebar inspection.

6

1992

Construction Inspector

(1989)

Project Engineer III

(19989)

$31,000 plus overtime

$50,000 plus overtime

Conduct investigations for department projects similar to EPA phase I and II in the Department of Environmental Compliance Division.

7

1992

Project Scheduler

(1992)

Project Manager

(1994)

$24,000

$45,000 to $50,000

Construction oversight and CM services on $20 million school addition and renovation project.

8

1992

Construction Engineer

(1992)

Building & Fire Safety Inspector II

(1994)

$24,000

$39,781

Licensure and certification inspection of all Nutmeg Homes, hospitals, group homes, clinics, and healthcare facilities for compliance to building fire codes.

9

1992

Plant Engineer

(1993)

Facilities Engineer

(1995)

$45,000

$35,000

Manage buildings, install phone system, three LAN and WAN for the company in all four US locations.

10

1993

Engineering Technologist

(1994)

Engineering Technologist

(1994)

$20,000

$23,000

Head of CAD Department, surveyor’s assistant, and engineering assistant.

11

1993

CAD Coordinator

(1994)

CAD Coordinator

(1994)

$35,000 plus overtime

Not provided

Maintain working drawing files and database for design and construction departments.

12

1993

Quality Control Inspector

(1993)

Estimator

(1996)

$25,000

$30,000

Quantity take-off, expediting, and drafting.

13

1994

Engineering Intern

(1994)

Maintenance Planner I

(1996)

$33,000

$42,000

Estimating and purchasing of goods and services for maintenance projects.

14

1994

Transportation Engineer

(1988)

Transportation Engineer

(1988)

Not provided

$45,000

Chief Inspector; Construction inspection, bridge load analysis, traffic and highway design.

15

1994

Assistant Proj. Manager

(1994)

Assistant Proj. Manager

(1994)

Not provided

Not provided

Procure materials, address/direct requests for information, coordinate construction activities and review requests.

16

1994

Engineer Intern

(1994)

Transportation Engineer I

(1995)

$35,000

$45,000

Monitor contractor construction activities to ensure that the work done meets the requirements of the contract documents. Maintain all project files.

17

1995

Hydrologist Trainee

(1996)

Civil Engineer

(1996)

$25,000

$27,000

Design subdivisions, retail development, septic tank and perform drainage analysis.

18

1995

Data/CADD Operator

(1994)

Civil Engineer

& Land Surveyor

(1996)

$29,000

$33,000

Develop site plans, design drainage, construction layout and conduct land surveys.

19

1995

Engineering Assistant

(1989)

Engineering Assistant

(1989)

Not provided

$42,000

No description provided.


Where Central Civil Engineering Technology Graduates Are Working

According to the survey 9 (50%) of the respondents were working for private consulting civil engineering firms and contractors, 6 (33%) were working for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), 2 (11%) run their own consulting firms, and 1 (6%) was working for City Government.  Figure 2 shows where graduates with BSET degree are employed.

 

Employment Functions of Civil Graduates

The current responsibilities of civil engineering technology graduates from CCSU are presented verbatim in the last column of Table 1.  It is obvious from the responses that the graduates are working as engineers/technologists, project engineers and managers, estimators, designers, CAD coordinators and inspectors.  Table 2 shows the employment functions of civil engineering technology graduates. 

Table 2: Employment Functions of Civil ET Graduates

 

Employment Function or Title

Percent of Responses

Start

Current

1

President

0.0

5.3

2

Project Engineers

10.5

10.5

3

Project managers

5.3

15.8

4

Engineers/Technologists

31.6

36.8

5

Estimators/Schedulers

5.3

5.3

6

CAD Coordinators/Trainee/Intern

26.3

5.3

7

Inspectors/Planners

21.0

15.8

 One respondent did not indicate his/her current employment function.

 

Analysis of Salary of BSET Graduates

A paired comparison method was used to compare the starting and current salary of each respondent.  The average (arithmetic mean) starting salary for graduates is $29,933 versus the current salary of $40,285 which represent an increase of $10,352 or about 35%.  The maximum and minimum starting salaries were $46,000 and $18,000, respectively.  The maximum and minimum current salaries are $52,000 and $23,000, respectively.  The current maximum salary represents a $6,000 (13%) increase over the starting maximum salary while the current minimum salary represents $5,000 (28%) increase over the starting minimum salary.  The standard deviation of the starting salaries is $18,111 versus $8,775 for current salaries.  Another measure of central tendency for the salary data was median (middlemost value).  The median starting and current salaries are $29,000 and $42,000, respectively.  The mode (most frequent) starting and current salaries are $24,000 and $45,000, respectively.  Figure 3 shows a plot of the start and current salary.


 

Miscellaneous Information

Information on the employment status at graduation, primary source for obtaining employment, duties within six months after graduation, number of employers had since graduation, professional registration status and membership in professional organizations were obtained from the survey and summarized below. 

Table 3 shows the employment status of graduates at graduation. 

Table 3.  Employment Status at Graduation 

Employment Status at Graduation

Percent Response

A

Had one or more offers at employment

12.5

B

Accepted an offer of employment

37.5

C

Had interviews but no offers of employment

25.0

D

Joined the military

0.0

E

Had not yet sought employment

25.0

One respondent was already employed at graduation.

The responses to the primary source where graduates obtained employment are summarized in Table 4 below.

 Table 4.  Primary Source for Obtaining Employment 

Primary Source for Obtaining Employment

Percent Response

A

CCSU Placement Office

0.0

B

Employment Agency

11.1

C

Job advertisements

44.5

D

Letters to employers

33.3

E

Other

11.1

 Table 5 presents the summary of what graduates did within six months after graduating from CCSU.

 Table 5.  What did you do within six months after graduating from CCSU? 

Activity within six months of graduating from CCSU

Percent Response

A

Obtained position in my major field of study

62.5

B

Turned down job offer in my major field of study

0.0

C

Unable to obtain employment in my major field of study

37.5

D

Joined the military

0.0

E

Enrolled in graduate school full time

0.0

The breakdown of number of professional organizations that graduates currently hold membership is presented on Table 6 below.

 Table 6.  Number of professional organizations you currently hold membership 

No. of professional organizations you hold membership

Percent Response

A

None

50.0

B

One

37.5

C

Two

12.5

D

Three

0.0

E

Four or more

0.0

 It is worth mentioning that about 17% of the respondents hold Engineer-In-Training (EIT) or Engineering Intern (EI) professional registration status. 

 

CONCLUSION

This paper presents information obtained from the survey of Central Connecticut State University graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) degree with specialization in the accredited civil/construction program from 1990 to 1995.  The following conclusions can be drawn:

(i)                  Graduates have excellent growth opportunities in their professional careers as evidenced by their progressively higher positions and salaries

(ii)                Graduates work in technical profession consistent with their training

(iii)               Majority (50%) of graduates work for private consultants and 33% for the Departments of Transportation

(iv)              Most graduates work as project engineers, project managers, and civil engineers/technologists

(v)                Over a third of the graduates accepted an offer of employment at graduation

(vi)              A quarter of the graduates had not yet sought employment at graduation and the same number had interviews but no offers of employment

(vii)             The primary sources for obtaining employment for most graduates are job advertisements and letters to employers

(viii)           About 63% of the graduates obtained position in the major field of study within six months of graduation

(ix)              Graduates did not use CCSU placement office for obtaining employment

(x)                Half of the graduates hold membership in at least one professional organization

 

REFERENCES

1.      Langley, Russell.  Practical Statistics Simply Explained.  Dover Publications, Inc.  New York.

2.      Khazanie, Ramakant.  Elementary Statistics, 2nd edition.  Scott, Foresman and Company.  Glenview, Illinois.

3.      Mott, Robert L.  “Twenty-five Years of Success with the Baccalaureate Degree in Engineering Technology.”  Journal of Engineering Technology, Fall 1992.


APPENDIX A 

SURVEY OF GRADUATES, 1997

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name                                                                         Telephone:    (        )                           

Address:                                                                                                                              

Street                                                     City                            State                Zip                 

Did you continue your Major:

BSET in                                             Graduation Year (Bachelor's Degree)                    formal education?

 Yes      No: _

       (Civil, Industrial Systems, Manufacturing, or Mechanical)

If yes, where?                                                                                                           

Additional Degree(s)                       Year(s)                   

 MS, MBA, etc.  


PRESENT EMPLOYMENT 

Employer                                                                                                  Year Started                         

Address:                                                                                                                                                 

Street:                                                       City                                        State           Zip                        

Job Title                                                                   Annual Salary (Confidential)                            

Description of Duties                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                             


FIRST EMPLOYMENT AFTER GRADUATION

Employer                                                                                                   Year Started                             

Job Title:                                                                      Annual Salary (Confidential)                            

Description of Duties                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


USING THE SCALE NUMBERS BELOW, RATE THE FOLLOWING:

(1) Excellent      (2) Above Average            (3) Average             (4) Below Average        (5) Poor

                           (a)     Your satisfaction with your Engineering Technology Program at CCSU.

                          (b)     The academic preparation for a professional career in your Engineering Technology program at CCSU.

                          (c)     Your career mobility opportunities as a result of your Engineering Technology Program at CCSU.


                                                    ** Additional Comments**


 PART A:       PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION

1.        What was your undergraduate major?

      (A)  Civil/Construction
(B)   Mechanical
(C)   Manufacturing
(D)  Industrial Systems
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

  2.        Are you:

(A)  Female
(B)    Male

  3.        Are you:

(A)  Asian/Pacific Islander
(B)   African-American
(C)   Hispanic
(D)  Caucasian
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

  4.        What is the highest post-baccalaureate degree(s) you have earned?

(A)  MS in Engineering
(B)   MA or MS in other than engineering or MBA
(C)   MBA
(D)  Law degree
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

  5.        What is the highest post-baccalaureate degree(s) are you studying for?

(A)  MS in Engineering
(B)   MA or MS in other than engineering or MBA
(C)   MBA
(D)  Law degree
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

  6.        What was your employment status at graduation?

(A)  Had one or more offers of employment
(B)    Accepted an offer of employment
(C)    Had interviews but no offers of employment
(D)  Joined the military
(E)   Had not yet sought employment

  7.        What was your primary source for obtaining employment?

(A)  CCSU Placement Office
(B)    Employment agency
(C)    Job advertisements
(D)  Letters to employers
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

8.        What did you do within six months after graduating from CCSU?

      (A)  Was successful in obtaining a position in my major filed of study
(B)    Was offered a position in my major field of study but did not accept the position
(C)    Was unable to obtain employment in my major field of study
(D)  Joined the military
(E)   Went to graduate school full-time

  9.        What best describes your employment status at this time?

(A)  Self-employed
(B)    Employed full-time
(C)    Employed part-time
(D)  On active duty in the Armed Forces
(E)   Retired

10.  (A)  Full-time student
(B)    Unemployed
(C)    None of the above

11.     Select from the following position types the category that best describes the type of position you held in your first job after graduating

(A)  Construction supervision
(B)    Consulting
(C)    Design and analysis
(D)  Education
(E)   Executive, administrative, managerial

  12.(A)  Plant operations
        (B)    Process development
        (C)    Manufacturing, quality control, maintenance
        (D)  Research and development
        (E)   Sales and marketing

13.     Select from the following position types the category that best describes the type of position you presently you presently hold or most recently held

(A)  Construction supervision
(B)    Consulting
(C)    Design and analysis
(D)  Education
(E)   Executive, administrative, managerial

  14.(A)  Plant operations
        (B)    Process development
        (C)    Manufacturing, quality control, maintenance
        (D)  Research and development
        (E)   Sales and marketing

15.     Including your first and last positions, how many employers have you had since graduating from CCSU?

(A)  One
(B)   Two
(C)   Three
(D)  Four
(E)   Five or more

  16.     In what range is your present or most recent annual salary?

(A)  Less than $30,000
(B)   $30,000$39,999
(C)   $40,000$49,999
(D)  $50,000$59,999
(E)   $60,000$69,999

  17.     What is your professional registration status?

(A)  Registered Professional Engineer (PE)
(B)   Registered Land Surveyor (LS)
(C)   Engineer-in-Training (EIT) or Engineer Intern (EI)
(D)  Certified Manufacturing Technologist (C. Mfg. T)
(E)   Certified Manufacturing Engineer (C. Mfg. E)

18.     In how many of the professional organization(s) listed in Table A,  do you currently hold membership?

(A)  None
(B)   One
(C)   Two
(D)  Three
(E)   Four or more

  19.     Have you been an officer at the local level of any of the organizations listed in Table A?

(A)  Yes
(B)   No

  20.     Have you been an officer at the state level of any of the organizations listed in Table A?

(A)  Yes
(B)   No 

21.     Have you been an officer at the national level of any of the organizations listed in Table A?

(A)  Yes
(B)   No   

22.     Have you been in a leadership capacity in community, school or church activities?

(A)  Yes
(B)   No


PART B:       ACADEMIC INFORMATION

  23.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to its rigor and technical content.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  24.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to the use of computers.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

25.     Rate the quality of the basic sciences and mathematics content of your program.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

26.     Rate the effectiveness with which written and oral communications were integrated into the technical curriculum.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  27.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to the engineering technology design experience.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  28.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to providing hands-on experience.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

29.     Rate the quality of your general education experience in philosophical, literary, artistic, historical, behavioral and social scientific modes.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

30.     Rate the quality of your educational experience with regard to helping you develop a good understanding of the moral and ethical issues in your career and how to deal with them.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

31.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to helping you develop an understanding of the social implications of engineering technology practice.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

32.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to helping you develop an understanding of the safety consideration in engineering technology practice.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

33.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to helping you develop an understanding of the economic considerations in engineering technology practice.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

34.     Rate the quality of your educational experience with regard to helping you prepare for lifelong learning.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  35.     Rate the quality of your education experience with regard to your career mobility opportunities.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  36.     Rate the overall quality of your educational experience at Central Connecticut State University.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent


PART C:       ET PROGRAM RATING

  37.     Rate your program with regard to helping you prepare for the technical aspects of your career.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  38.     Rate your program with regard to helping you manage technical activities.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  39.     Rate your program with regard to helping you prepare for graduate studies.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  40.     Rate the importance of cooperative education and/or internships in preparing you for your career.

(A)  Not important
(B)   Important
(C)   Very important


TABLE A:   PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
(check applicable Column M box(es) if you hold/held membership (question #18); Column LL if you are/were an officer at the local level (question #19); Column SL If you are/were an officer at the state level (question #20); and Column NL if you are/were an officer at the national level (question #21))

Professional Organizations that you hold/held Membership and/or have been an Officer at Local, State, and/or National Levels

Check Applicable boxes

M

LL

SL

NL

1

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

 

 

 

 

2

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM)

 

 

 

 

3

American Concrete Institute (ACI)

.

 

 

 

4

American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE)

 

 

 

 

5

The Masonry Society

 

 

 

 

6

Industrial Masonry Institute

 

 

 

 

7

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

 

 

 

 

8

Water Environment Federation

 

 

 

 

9

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

 

 

 

 

10

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

 

 

 

 

11

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES)

 

 

 

 

12

National Institute for Engineering Ethics

 

 

 

 

13

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

 

 

 

 

14

Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc. (SPE)

 

 

 

 

15

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

 

 

 

 

16

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

 

 

 

 

17

American Society for Quality Control (ASQC)

 

 

 

 

18

American Production & Inventory Control Society

 

 

 

 

19

Instrument Society of America (ISA)

 

 

 

 

20

National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE)

 

 

 

 

21

American Management Association

 

 

 

 

22

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

 

 

 

 

23

American Public Health Association (APHA)

 

 

 

 

24

American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

 

 

 

 

25

Institute of Industrial Engineers, Inc

 

 

 

 

26

Society of Engineering Science

 

 

 

 

27

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

 

 

 

 

28

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

 

 

 

 

29

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

 

 

 

 

30

American Academy of Mechanics

 

 

 

 

31

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)

 

 

 

 

32

American Foundrymen's Society

 

 

 

 

33

Hospital Information Management Systems Society

 

 

 

 

34

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

 

 

 

 

35

American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers

 

 

 

 

36

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

 

 

 

 

37

American Nuclear Society (ANS)

 

 

 

 

38

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)

 

 

 

 

39

American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)

 

 

 

 

40

Others (please specify):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Please rate these courses in your major field of study at CCSU according to how well they met your professional needs.

(i)      SPECIALIZATION:  Civil Engineering Technology

List of Required Courses in Civil Engineering Technology Specialty Having Course Number of 300 or Higher

 

Check Applicable Box per Course

Very

Important

 

Important

Less

Important

TC 313

Electrical Systems

 

 

 

TC 351

Estimating for Construction

 

 

 

TC 353

Construction Surveying

 

 

 

TC 355

Construction Planning

 

 

 

TC 356

Materials of Construction

 

 

 

ET 351

Applied Mechanics I (Statics)

 

 

 

ET 352

Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics and Hydraulics)

 

 

 

ET 357

Strength of Materials

 

 

 

ET 397

Structural Analysis

 

 

 

ET 451

Soil Mechanics and Foundations

 

 

 

ET 454

Transportation/Land

 

 

 

ET 457

Advanced Surveying

 

 

 

ET 470

Structural Steel Design

 

 

 

ET 471

Reinforced Concrete Structures

 

 

 

ET 497

Engineering Cost Analysis

 

 

 

ET 498

Engineering Technology Senior Project (Capstone)

 

 

 

OTHER(S):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please rate these courses in your major field of study at CCSU according to how well they met your professional needs. 

(ii)     SPECIALIZATION:  Manufacturing Engineering Technology

List of Required Courses in Manufacturing Engineering Technology Specialty Having Course Number of 300 or Higher

 

Check Applicable Box per Course

Very

Important

 

Important

Less

Important

TC 316

Metals Machining

 

 

 

TC 324

Fluid Power Systems

 

 

 

TC 416

Principles of Numerical Control

 

 

 

TC 446

Tool & Die Fundamentals

 

 

 

IT 360

Production Control

 

 

 

IT 464

Total Quality Systems I

 

 

 

IT 480

Robotics

 

 

 

ET 351

Applied Mechanics I (Statics)

 

 

 

ET 352

Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics/Hydraulics)

 

 

 

ET 360

Computer-Aided Planning

 

 

 

ET 440

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

 

 

 

ET 456

Materials Analysis

 

 

 

ET 461-

Manufacturing with Plastics/Composites

 

 

 

ET 462

Manufacturing Process Planning/Estimating

 

 

 

ET 466

Design for Manufacture

 

 

 

ET 497

Engineering Cost Analysis

 

 

 

ET 498

Engineering Technology Senior Project (Capstone)

 

 

 

OTHER(S):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please rate these courses in your major field of study at CCSU according to how well they met your professional needs.

(iii)    SPECIALIZATION:     Mechanical Engineering Technology  

List of Required Courses in Mechanical Engineering Technology Specialty Having Course Number of 300 or Higher

 

Check Applicable Box per Course

Very

Important

 

Important

Less

Important

TC 303

Electro Mechanical Converters

 

 

 

TC 321

Computer Aided Drafting

 

 

 

TC 324

Fluid Power Systems

 

 

 

TC 334

Mechanisms for Automation

 

 

 

ET 351

Applied Mechanics I (Statics)

 

 

 

ET 352

Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics/Hydraulics)

 

 

 

ET 357

Strength of Materials

 

 

 

ET 358

Applied Thermodynamics

 

 

 

ET 367

Machine Design

 

 

 

ET 440

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

 

 

 

ET 456

Materials Analysis

 

 

 

ET 462

Manufacturing Process Planning/Estimating

 

 

 

ET 464

CAD/CAE Solid Mechanics

 

 

 

ET 466

Design for Manufacture

 

 

 

ET 497

Engineering Cost Analysis

 

 

 

ET 498

Engineering Technology Senior Project (Capstone)

 

 

 

OTHER(S):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please rate these courses in your major field of study at CCSU according to how well they met your professional needs.

(iv)    SPECIALIZATION:     Industrial Systems Engineering Technology    

List of Required Courses in Industrial Systems Engineering Technology Specialty Having Course Number of 300 or Higher

 

Check Applicable Box per Course

Very

Important

 

Important

Less

Important

IT 359

Plant Layout

 

 

 

IT 360

Production Control

 

 

 

IT 364

Statistical Process Control

 

 

 

IT 410

Industrial Safety

 

 

 

IT 432

Worker/Supervisor Relations

 

 

 

IT 458

Productivity Improvement

 

 

 

IT 480

Robotics

 

 

 

ET 300

Human Factors Engineering

 

 

 

ET 351

Applied Mechanics I (Statics)

 

 

 

ET 352

Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics/Hydraulics)

 

 

 

ET 360

Computer Aided Planning (CAP)

 

 

 

ET 456

Materials Analysis

 

 

 

ET 497

Engineering Cost Analysis

 

 

 

ET 498

Engineering Technology Senior Project (Capstone)

 

 

 

OTHER(S):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


Central Connecticut State University
1615 ?????? Street
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1997 Survey of the Employers of Engineering Technology Graduates

Please complete the following items to help us assess the performance of the graduates of the Engineering Technology program at Central Connecticut State University.  Individual responses will be held confidential and only compiled results will be reported.  

1. Please rate your degree of satisfaction with the academic preparation of Central Connecticut State University Engineering Technology graduates.

 

         Highly satisfied                                                              Not satisfied

  5                                           3                      2                      1

2.   Please rate your degree of satisfaction with the performance of Central Connecticut State University Engineering Technology graduates.

Highly satisfied                                                              Not satisfied

  5                      4                      3                      2                      1

3.   Please rate the potential for Central Connecticut State University Engineering Technology graduates with regard to advancement and mobility with your organization.

High potential                                                                           Low potential

  5                      4                      3                      2                      1

4.   Please rate the oral presentation and written communicative skill of CCSU ET graduates.

  High potential                                                                           Low potential

5                      4                      3                      2                      1

5.  Please provide any additional comments about our Engineering Technology programs to help in

our continuous improvement efforts.

                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                

  6.   Would a master's degree program in Engineering Technology meet the expanding educational and technological requirements of your company and/or the engineering discipline:

  High potential                                                                           Low potential

5                      4                      3                      2                      1

7.      If a master’s degree program existed, an estimated number of personnel from your company who might enroll in the program is ________________.

Thank you.

  (You may attach a business card instead of writing the following information.)

Company Name________________________________________________________________ 

Company Address_______________________________________________________________

Your Name__________________________________ Title____________________________

Signature________________________________________ Date__________________________

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name                                                                         Telephone:    (        )                           

Address:                                                                                                                              

Street                                                     City                            State                Zip                 

Did you continue your Major:

BSET in                                             Graduation Year (Bachelor's Degree)                    formal education?

 Yes      No: _

       (Civil, Industrial Systems, Manufacturing, or Mechanical)

If yes, where?                                                                                                           

Additional Degree(s)                       Year(s)                   

 MS, MBA, etc.  


PRESENT EMPLOYMENT 

Employer                                                                                                  Year Started                         

Address:                                                                                                                                                 

Street:                                                       City                                        State           Zip                        

Job Title                                                                   Annual Salary (Confidential)                            

Description of Duties                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                             


FIRST EMPLOYMENT AFTER GRADUATION

Employer                                                                                                   Year Started                             

 

Job Title:                                                                      Annual Salary (Confidential)                            

 

Description of Duties                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


USING THE SCALE NUMBERS BELOW, RATE THE FOLLOWING:

(1) Excellent      (2) Above Average            (3) Average             (4) Below Average        (5) Poor

 

                          (a)     Your satisfaction with your Engineering Technology Program at CCSU

                          (b)     The academic preparation for a professional career in your Engineering Technology program at CCSU.

                          (c)     Your career mobility opportunities as a result of your Engineering Technology Program at CCSU.


                                                    ** Additional Comments**


 PART A:       PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION

1.        What was your undergraduate major?

      (A)  Civil/Construction
(B)   Mechanical
(C)   Manufacturing
(D)  Industrial Systems
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

  2.        Are you:

(A)  Female
(B)    Male

  3.        Are you:

(A)  Asian/Pacific Islander
(B)   African-American
(C)   Hispanic
(D)  Caucasian
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

  4.        What is the highest post-baccalaureate degree(s) you have earned?

(A)  MS in Engineering
(B)   MA or MS in other than engineering or MBA
(C)   MBA
(D)  Law degree
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

  5.        What is the highest post-baccalaureate degree(s) are you studying for?

(A)  MS in Engineering
(B)   MA or MS in other than engineering or MBA
(C)   MBA
(D)  Law degree
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

  6.        What was your employment status at graduation?

(A)  Had one or more offers of employment
(B)    Accepted an offer of employment
(C)    Had interviews but no offers of employment
(D)  Joined the military
(E)   Had not yet sought employment

  7.        What was your primary source for obtaining employment?

(A)  CCSU Placement Office
(B)    Employment agency
(C)    Job advertisements
(D)  Letters to employers
(E)   Other (specify) ____________________________

8.        What did you do within six months after graduating from CCSU?

      (A)  Was successful in obtaining a position in my major filed of study
(B)    Was offered a position in my major field of study but did not accept the position
(C)    Was unable to obtain employment in my major field of study
(D)  Joined the military
(E)   Went to graduate school full-time

  9.        What best describes your employment status at this time?

(A)  Self-employed
(B)    Employed full-time
(C)    Employed part-time
(D)  On active duty in the Armed Forces
(E)   Retired

10.  (A)  Full-time student
(B)    Unemployed
(C)    None of the above

11.     Select from the following position types the category that best describes the type of position you held in your first job after graduating

(A)  Construction supervision
(B)    Consulting
(C)    Design and analysis
(D)  Education
(E)   Executive, administrative, managerial

  12.(A)  Plant operations
        (B)    Process development
        (C)    Manufacturing, quality control, maintenance
        (D)  Research and development
        (E)   Sales and marketing

13.     Select from the following position types the category that best describes the type of position you presently you presently hold or most recently held

(A)  Construction supervision
(B)    Consulting
(C)    Design and analysis
(D)  Education
(E)   Executive, administrative, managerial

  14.(A)  Plant operations
        (B)    Process development
        (C)    Manufacturing, quality control, maintenance
        (D)  Research and development
        (E)   Sales and marketing

15.     Including your first and last positions, how many employers have you had since graduating from CCSU?

(A)  One
(B)   Two
(C)   Three
(D)  Four
(E)   Five or more

  16.     In what range is your present or most recent annual salary?

(A)  Less than $30,000
(B)   $30,000$39,999
(C)   $40,000$49,999
(D)  $50,000$59,999
(E)   $60,000$69,999

  17.     What is your professional registration status?

(A)  Registered Professional Engineer (PE)
(B)   Registered Land Surveyor (LS)
(C)   Engineer-in-Training (EIT) or Engineer Intern (EI)
(D)  Certified Manufacturing Technologist (C. Mfg. T)
(E)   Certified Manufacturing Engineer (C. Mfg. E)

  18.     In how many of the professional organization(s) listed in Table A,  do you currently hold membership?

(A)  None
(B)   One
(C)   Two
(D)  Three
(E)   Four or more

  19.     Have you been an officer at the local level of any of the organizations listed in Table A?

(A)  Yes
(B)   No

  20.     Have you been an officer at the state level of any of the organizations listed in Table A?

(A)  Yes
(B)   No

21.     Have you been an officer at the national level of any of the organizations listed in Table A?

(A)  Yes
(B)   No 

22.     Have you been in a leadership capacity in community, school or church activities?

(A)  Yes
(B)   No


PART B:       ACADEMIC INFORMATION

  23.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to its rigor and technical content.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  24.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to the use of computers.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

25.     Rate the quality of the basic sciences and mathematics content of your program.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

26.     Rate the effectiveness with which written and oral communications were integrated into the technical curriculum.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  27.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to the engineering technology design experience.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  28.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to providing hands-on experience.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

29.     Rate the quality of your general education experience in philosophical, literary, artistic, historical, behavioral and social scientific modes.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

30.     Rate the quality of your educational experience with regard to helping you develop a good understanding of the moral and ethical issues in your career and how to deal with them.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

31.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to helping you develop an understanding of the social implications of engineering technology practice.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

32.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to helping you develop an understanding of the safety consideration in engineering technology practice.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

33.     Rate the quality of your program with regard to helping you develop an understanding of the economic considerations in engineering technology practice.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

34.     Rate the quality of your educational experience with regard to helping you prepare for lifelong learning.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  35.     Rate the quality of your education experience with regard to your career mobility opportunities.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  36.     Rate the overall quality of your educational experience at Central Connecticut State University.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent


PART C:       ET PROGRAM RATING

  37.     Rate your program with regard to helping you prepare for the technical aspects of your career.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  38.     Rate your program with regard to helping you manage technical activities.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  39.     Rate your program with regard to helping you prepare for graduate studies.

(A)  Poor
(B)   Below average
(C)   Average
(D)  Above average
(E)   Excellent

  40.     Rate the importance of cooperative education and/or internships in preparing you for your career.

(A)  Not important
(B)   Important
(C)   Very important


TABLE A:   PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
(check applicable Column M box(es) if you hold/held membership (question #18); Column LL if you are/were an officer at the local level (question #19); Column SL If you are/were an officer at the state level (question #20); and Column NL if you are/were an officer at the national level (question #21))

Professional Organizations that you hold/held Membership and/or have been an Officer at Local, State, and/or National Levels

Check Applicable boxes

M

LL

SL

NL

1

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

 

 

 

 

2

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM)

 

 

 

 

3

American Concrete Institute (ACI)

.

 

 

 

4

American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE)

 

 

 

 

5

The Masonry Society

 

 

 

 

6

Industrial Masonry Institute

 

 

 

 

7

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

 

 

 

 

8

Water Environment Federation

 

 

 

 

9

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

 

 

 

 

10

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

 

 

 

 

11

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES)

 

 

 

 

12

National Institute for Engineering Ethics

 

 

 

 

13

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

 

 

 

 

14

Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc. (SPE)

 

 

 

 

15

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

 

 

 

 

16

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

 

 

 

 

17

American Society for Quality Control (ASQC)

 

 

 

 

18

American Production & Inventory Control Society

 

 

 

 

19

Instrument Society of America (ISA)

 

 

 

 

20

National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE)

 

 

 

 

21

American Management Association

 

 

 

 

22

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

 

 

 

 

23

American Public Health Association (APHA)

 

 

 

 

24

American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

 

 

 

 

25

Institute of Industrial Engineers, Inc

 

 

 

 

26

Society of Engineering Science

 

 

 

 

27

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

 

 

 

 

28

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

 

 

 

 

29

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

 

 

 

 

30

American Academy of Mechanics

 

 

 

 

31

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)

 

 

 

 

32

American Foundrymen's Society

 

 

 

 

33

Hospital Information Management Systems Society

 

 

 

 

34

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

 

 

 

 

35

American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers

 

 

 

 

36

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

 

 

 

 

37

American Nuclear Society (ANS)

 

 

 

 

38

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)

 

 

 

 

39

American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE)

 

 

 

 

40

Others (please specify):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Please rate these courses in your major field of study at CCSU according to how well they met your professional needs.

(i)      SPECIALIZATION:  Civil Engineering Technology

List of Required Courses in Civil Engineering Technology Specialty Having Course Number of 300 or Higher

 

Check Applicable Box per Course

Very

Important

 

Important

Less

Important

TC 313

Electrical Systems

 

 

 

TC 351

Estimating for Construction

 

 

 

TC 353

Construction Surveying

 

 

 

TC 355

Construction Planning

 

 

 

TC 356

Materials of Construction

 

 

 

ET 351

Applied Mechanics I (Statics)

 

 

 

ET 352

Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics and Hydraulics)

 

 

 

ET 357

Strength of Materials

 

 

 

ET 397

Structural Analysis

 

 

 

ET 451

Soil Mechanics and Foundations

 

 

 

ET 454

Transportation/Land

 

 

 

ET 457

Advanced Surveying

 

 

 

ET 470

Structural Steel Design

 

 

 

ET 471

Reinforced Concrete Structures

 

 

 

ET 497

Engineering Cost Analysis

 

 

 

ET 498

Engineering Technology Senior Project (Capstone)

 

 

 

OTHER(S):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please rate these courses in your major field of study at CCSU according to how well they met your professional needs.

 

 

(ii)     SPECIALIZATION:  Manufacturing Engineering Technology

List of Required Courses in Manufacturing Engineering Technology Specialty Having Course Number of 300 or Higher

 

Check Applicable Box per Course

Very

Important

 

Important

Less

Important

TC 316

Metals Machining

 

 

 

TC 324

Fluid Power Systems

 

 

 

TC 416

Principles of Numerical Control

 

 

 

TC 446

Tool & Die Fundamentals

 

 

 

IT 360

Production Control

 

 

 

IT 464

Total Quality Systems I

 

 

 

IT 480

Robotics

 

 

 

ET 351

Applied Mechanics I (Statics)

 

 

 

ET 352

Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics/Hydraulics)

 

 

 

ET 360

Computer-Aided Planning

 

 

 

ET 440

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

 

 

 

ET 456

Materials Analysis

 

 

 

ET 461-

Manufacturing with Plastics/Composites

 

 

 

ET 462

Manufacturing Process Planning/Estimating

 

 

 

ET 466

Design for Manufacture

 

 

 

ET 497

Engineering Cost Analysis

 

 

 

ET 498

Engineering Technology Senior Project (Capstone)

 

 

 

OTHER(S):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please rate these courses in your major field of study at CCSU according to how well they met your professional needs.

(iii)    SPECIALIZATION:     Mechanical Engineering Technology  

List of Required Courses in Mechanical Engineering Technology Specialty Having Course Number of 300 or Higher

 

Check Applicable Box per Course

Very

Important

 

Important

Less

Important

TC 303

Electro Mechanical Converters

 

 

 

TC 321

Computer Aided Drafting

 

 

 

TC 324

Fluid Power Systems

 

 

 

TC 334

Mechanisms for Automation

 

 

 

ET 351

Applied Mechanics I (Statics)

 

 

 

ET 352

Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics/Hydraulics)

 

 

 

ET 357

Strength of Materials

 

 

 

ET 358

Applied Thermodynamics

 

 

 

ET 367

Machine Design

 

 

 

ET 440

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

 

 

 

ET 456

Materials Analysis

 

 

 

ET 462

Manufacturing Process Planning/Estimating

 

 

 

ET 464

CAD/CAE Solid Mechanics

 

 

 

ET 466

Design for Manufacture

 

 

 

ET 497

Engineering Cost Analysis

 

 

 

ET 498

Engineering Technology Senior Project (Capstone)

 

 

 

OTHER(S):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please rate these courses in your major field of study at CCSU according to how well they met your professional needs.

(iv)    SPECIALIZATION:     Industrial Systems Engineering Technology    

List of Required Courses in Industrial Systems Engineering Technology Specialty Having Course Number of 300 or Higher

 

Check Applicable Box per Course

Very

Important

 

Important

Less

Important

IT 359

Plant Layout

 

 

 

IT 360

Production Control

 

 

 

IT 364

Statistical Process Control

 

 

 

IT 410

Industrial Safety

 

 

 

IT 432

Worker/Supervisor Relations

 

 

 

IT 458

Productivity Improvement

 

 

 

IT 480

Robotics

 

 

 

ET 300

Human Factors Engineering

 

 

 

ET 351

Applied Mechanics I (Statics)

 

 

 

ET 352

Applied Mechanics II (Dynamics/Hydraulics)

 

 

 

ET 360

Computer Aided Planning (CAP)

 

 

 

ET 456

Materials Analysis

 

 

 

ET 497

Engineering Cost Analysis

 

 

 

ET 498

Engineering Technology Senior Project (Capstone)

 

 

 

OTHER(S):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050


1997 Survey of the Employers of Engineering Technology Graduates

Please complete the following items to help us assess the performance of the graduates of the Engineering Technology program at Central Connecticut State University.  Individual responses will be held confidential and only compiled results will be reported.  

1. Please rate your degree of satisfaction with the academic preparation of Central Connecticut State University Engineering Technology graduates.

         Highly satisfied                                                              Not satisfied

  5                                           3                      2                      1

2.   Please rate your degree of satisfaction with the performance of Central Connecticut State University Engineering Technology graduates.

Highly satisfied                                                              Not satisfied

  5                      4                      3                      2                      1

3.   Please rate the potential for Central Connecticut State University Engineering Technology graduates with regard to advancement and mobility with your organization.

High potential                                                                           Low potential

  5                      4                      3                      2                      1

4.   Please rate the oral presentation and written communicative skill of CCSU ET graduates.

  High potential                                                                           Low potential

5                      4                      3                      2                      1

5.  Please provide any additional comments about our Engineering Technology programs to help in our continuous improvement efforts. 

                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                

  6.   Would a master's degree program in Engineering Technology meet the expanding educational and technological requirements of your company and/or the engineering discipline:

  High potential                                                                           Low potential

5                      4                      3                      2                      1

7.      If a master’s degree program existed, an estimated number of personnel from your company who might enroll in the program is ________________.

Thank you.

  (You may attach a business card instead of writing the following information.)

Company Name________________________________________________________________ 

Company Address_______________________________________________________________

Your Name__________________________________ Title____________________________

Signature________________________________________ Date__________________ 

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