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Welcome to the Northern Illinois University Department of Technology. The Department was developed nearly 100 years ago to provide students with a broad vocational background. Over the years, the Departmental mission and direction have evolved. Today, the Departmental mission crosses several key boundaries.

The first and foremost Departmental mission is providing a quality education for our students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department offers undergraduate programs in Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Electrical Engineering Technology, as well as an Industrial Management graduate program for individuals in the manufacturing field.

Working with Industry is another area that is at the forefront of the Departmental mission. The NIU Department of Technology prides itself on industrial interaction. Many of the Departmental senior projects are conducted with industrial involvement. In addition, students and faculty are involved with projects sponsored through industry. As is the case in the technology disciplines, our relationship with industry is the basis behind the concepts that are taught in our curriculums. The Department maintains the following well-equipped laboratories,

  • Computer-Aided-Design and Engineering
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Ergonomics
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Automation and Integration
  • Machining Technology
  • Electronic Controls
  • Electronics Circuits
  • Digital Electronics and Communications
  • Plastics Molding Technology
  • CNC Machining Technology
  • Metrology
  • Metal Fabrication and Welding

We are always ready to assist industry in the areas of laboratory and computer-based applications through the usage of the departmental laboratory facilities. In addition, the departmental faculty members are very active in application-based scholarship, and we have a long history of working with regional industry. Department faculty members have been involved with industrial research and design projects with industry in all of the following areas:

Mechanical Design and Computer-Aided Engineering
Design of mechanical systems and components, Structural analysis, Kinematics - gearing, robotics, mechanisms, Material testing, Failure modes, Finite element analysis, Reverse engineering, Solid modeling, Fluid power (pneumatics and hydraulics), and Heat transfer

Product design and improvement, Rapid prototyping, Machining processes Joining techniques, Micromachining, Programmable logic controllers (PLC’S), Automation and robotics integration, Vision inspection systems, Computer-aided-manufacturing, Application software development, Production control, Supply chain management, Process optimization, Plant layout, Work simplification, and Material handling

Plastic molding and forming, Material properties, Materials testing, and Composites

Quality Control
Metrology (Measurement techniques), Quality control and assurance, Statistical process planning, ISO standards, and Material handling and equipment selection

Circuit design and analysis, Power systems, Hybrid systems, Energy efficiency, Control systems, Communication systems, Microprocessor design, and Digital electronic design

Project Management
Industrial and strategic management, Teaming, International project management

Safety Issues
Hazard control, Disaster preparation, OSHA rules and regulations, Workers compensation, Industrial hygiene and pollutants in the workplace, Ergonomics, and Homeland security issues

The Faculty of the Department of Technology stands ready to work with the Rockford Manufacturing Industry. If our knowledge of applications engineering can assist your company, please contact us at or call us at (815) 753-0531.