The Department of Technology was established in 1908 as a manual training program primarily for the preparation of public school teachers. Since that time it has evolved into a technology oriented program serving the people of Illinois, the nation, and the world. In 1986, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology was founded based on degree programs that existed in the department at that time. These changes in focus reflect the ability of the department to adapt to societal needs and innovations in an ever-changing world. The ability to change testifies to continuous recognition for improvement in the pursuit of excellence as the department moves into the twenty-first century.
The mission of the Department of Technology encompassed the transmission, expansion and application of technological knowledge through teaching, research, and public service. The department prepares technically oriented professionals for leadership, management, and service positions in business, industry, education, and government. Major emphases included are Engineering Technology and Industrial Technology. Instruction in these emphases seeks to improve productivity, safety, and the well being of society through combining scientific, engineering, and management knowledge with technical skills. The history of the Department of Technology reflects flexibility in the face of change and consistency in the pursuit of excellence to provide lifelong learning by recognized national and international leadership.
Abilities such as leadership, practical applications, problem solving, creativity, intellectual curiosity, and a positive attitude toward lifelong learning are skills that are fundamental to the modern industrial community served by the Department of Technology. These needs are met in harmony with the University, educating traditional and non-traditional students through career preparation and enhancement programs. The faculty accomplishes this task using a variety of flexible, innovative, interesting, and creative delivery systems.
Maintaining a high level of professionalism, the faculty remains flexible in the face of change while balancing theory and practice. Thus, individuals are prepared for making a seamless transition to employment becoming productive, contributing members of society well into the twenty-first century.