Mission and Program Outcomes


To offer engaged learning programs that promote strong partnerships with industry and foster a synergetic, interactive relationship between faculty and students. The Northern Illinois University Department of Technology is committed to providing our students with an industry-focused technical education that emphasizes theoretical and applications-oriented approaches to problem-solving. The departmental faculty will strive to provide technical programs that allow our students to excel in current and future industrial settings.


The Northern Illinois University Department of Technology is committed to technical education and programs that incorporate continuous improvement, student-centered engagement and applied research to prepare our students to analyze, develop and implement innovative and sustainable solutions for (contemporary) society.

Educational Objectives

As a statement of the career and professional accomplishments that the Department of Technology is preparing its graduates to achieve, we have adopted the following Educational Objectives, in consultation with our alumni, Industrial Advisory Boards, and other program stakeholders:

  • Apply scientific, mathematical and engineering principles to analyze, develop, and implement systems.
  • Communicate effectively and work cohesively on team-based projects.
  • Apply technical knowledge demanded by today’s innovation-driven industrial workplace.
  • Understand the need for continued professional development to enhance technical and professional skills.
  • Develop applied solutions that meet ethical, cultural and environmental needs of society.

Program Outcomes

The department's undergraduate program is designed to provide graduates with:

  • An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities
  • An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes
  • An ability to design systems, components or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
  • An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team
  • An ability to identify, analyze and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems
  • An ability to apply written, oral and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  • An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  • An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity
  • A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement