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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Technology 

Industrial Management and Technology

Four Year Degree Path

What is Industrial Management Technology?

The B.S. degree in technology with an emphasis in industrial technology provides students with a combination of hands-on technical skills and a sound management base.

This emphasis requires seven courses, in which students are taught current technology concepts. Students are also required to take courses in the areas of management and supervision. Students who graduate from NIU with this emphasis have the skills to enter management or manufacturing fields.

These students are highly sought after by various companies both as interns during their studies or for employment after graduation.

The areas of study include the following:

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Students in this area of study learn the latest trends related to the use of the computer in design. Our graduates learn basic and advanced concepts in the use of AutoCAD and its application in the area of 2D drafting and 3D modeling, including advanced solid modeling techniques using SolidWorks. Students in this area learn to apply the CAD and drafting principles to the area of tool and die design as well as machine design.

Manufacturing Technology

Students in the manufacturing technology area of study are taught the basic fabrication principles process for plastics, metals, and other materials. Students also learn the basics of manufacturing systems and automation. As part of the requirements of this area, students learn programming and use of programmable logic controllers, one of the fastest growing areas in manufacturing. 

Occupational Safety

Students in this area of study are taught methods of risk management and compliance with OSHA requirements. Students are involved with occupational safety and making the workplace safer for all employees through the use of ergonomics and other safety techniques. Students also learn concepts in disaster preparedness and control of hazardous industrial operations. 

Electronics Technology

Information about electronics technology coming soon.

Program Accreditation

The emphasis in industrial management and technology received initial accreditation in 1998, and is fully accredited today by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).


Emphasis in Electrical Engineering Technology 

Four Year Degree Path

What is Electrical Engineering Technology?

Students who choose to pursue the area of study in electrical engineering technology under the B.S. degree in technology program are introduced to diverse and growing areas such as electronic circuits, digital systems, communications, electronic controls, industrial controls, and fiber optics.

The field of electronics is constantly growing, and NIU graduates with an area of study in electrical engineering technology are taught the fundamental and advanced concepts, which help them to excel in industry. With the application of computers and software, electrical companies consistently require engineering technologists who are able to handle a wide range of tasks.

The NIU graduates in this field have the theoretical design and development background in a broad spectrum of areas to handle complex tasks. In addition, these graduates possess a wide variety of hands-on skills, which makes them very desirable in industry, and are often employed at manufacturing companies, where they are called upon to design and implement automation components, intricate component testing procedures, and fixtures for testing complex circuitry.

Some graduates are employed in the computer industry, in the design and testing of components and systems; responsibilities also include writing software for system integration. Students who graduate from the NIU technology program quickly obtain employment at both large and small companies, with outstanding compensation, in most cases, prior to graduation. 

During their undergraduate course work, students in the electrical engineering technology area of study learn:

  • Theoretical and experimental concepts in the areas of AC and DC electronics.
  • The use of computers and computational skills in solving complex industrial problems. Students make extensive use of state-of-the-art computers and software like P-Spice, Matlab, and Electronic Workbench.
  •  The use of microprocessors and digital logic design in the control of electrical processes.
  • Control systems, communications, and electrical machines using the latest in software and laboratory techniques. To utilize advanced systems and systems integration incorporating vision, sensors, and electronics into the workplace.
  • Design skills through the inclusion of a senior design capstone course, in which the students solve an open-ended team project, similar to what they will experience on the job.

In the curriculum, students can use a variety of technical electives to achieve desired educational goals and interests.

The culmination of the program is a year-long senior capstone course. The senior project course stresses teamwork, design, construction, and written and oral presentation skills. The projects which are undertaken are a collaborative effort between students and industry, with faculty guidance. To simulate industrial conditions, many of the project teams are cross-disciplinary, in which electrical engineering technology students and manufacturing engineering technology students work together. 


Emphasis in Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Four Year Degree Path

What is Manufacturing Engineering Technology?

Students who choose to pursue the manufacturing engineering technology area of study are introduced to the diverse areas of manufacturing systems and manufacturing processes.

The field of manufacturing is comprised of many exciting and growing areas such as numerical control, automation, robotics, plastics processing, quality control, and computer-aided manufacturing, to name just a few.

The manufacturing environment consistently requires engineering technologists to handle a wide range of tasks, and thus, they must be trained in many areas within the field. In addition, in order to accomplish many of the common tasks, manufacturing technologists must possess a wide variety of hands-on skills.

The area of study in manufacturing engineering technology produces students with both a diverse theoretical education and the hands-on skills needed to succeed in manufacturing processes and manufacturing systems.

Students who graduate with this area of study quickly obtain industrial employment at both large and small companies, with outstanding compensation. 

During their studies, MET students are taught:

  • Current manufacturing concepts and equipment, which they will be expected to implement in industry.
  • The use of computers and computational skills.
  • To work with the latest equipment in the areas of programmable logic control, computer numerical control, and automation components like mechanisms and robots. Students learn to utilize the coordinate measuring machine, roundness gauges, and various other measurement techniques.
  • To use advanced systems and systems integration incorporating vision, sensors, and electronics into the workplace.
  • Basic machine skills and equipment, such as lathes, mills, and grinders. Computer-aided design is integrated across the curriculum.
  • Design skills through an experienced-based learning component, in which the students solve open-ended team projects, similar to what they will experience on the job.

In the curriculum, students can use a wide variety of technical electives to tailor a program to fit their educational goals and interests.

The culmination of the program is a year-long senior capstone course. This course stresses teamwork, design, construction, and written and oral presentation skills. The projects which are undertaken are a collaborative effort between students and industry, with faculty guidance. Many of the project teams are cross-disciplinary, in which manufacturing engineering technology students work with electrical engineering technology students. 

Frequently students enroll in the optional departmental internship course during their junior year. Students in the technology program are either placed at, or assist with, their own placement at local manufacturing companies. Upon completion of written reports and faculty visits to the company, students receive course credit for the internship. The inclusion of the internship has proved to be a valuable tool in students obtaining employment after graduation. 


Emphasis in Energy and Environmental Technology

Four Year Degree Path

What is Energy and Environmental Technology?

Energy and environmental issues, form climate change and land and water usage, to alternative energy, represent critical challenges for society.  This program is designed to examine energy and environmental issues from an engineering and technological perspective.

EET provides its students with an understanding of the applications and needs of the important area of energy and the environment.  This emphasis addresses engineering and technology advancements that improve the environment, development of new technologies that utilize green principles for manufacturing and transportation topics, as well as reducing our carbon footprint. 

Students who graduate with this area of study quickly obtain industrial employment at both large and small companies, with outstanding compensation. 

During their studies, EET students are taught:

  • Application and manufacturing of solar cells
  • The production of wind, thermal, and hydroelectric power
  • Basic and advances topics in building efficiency, including HVAC, reduction of energy usage, and efficient facilities management
  • Product design applying green manufacturing, materials, and processes