The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Science

Engineering Technology or Applied Engineering is the branch of engineering where   mathematics, science, and technology are applied in order to solve problems primarily through the implementation and extension of existing technologies with further innovation in methodologies and processes.  


The work of an engineering technologist is closest of all the engineering specialties to the final implementation of technologies for product improvement, industrial processes, and engineering operations.  The field is the most “hands on” of the engineering disciplines.     


The Engineering Technology program at UTRGV is focused in the areas of manufacturing and automated systems. The program emphasizes practical applications of technology in manufacturing, automation (robotics), autonomous systems, and systems design.   Students in the program will obtain several industrial certifications in manufacturing, automation, and systems engineering over the course of their studies and develop technical skills to be prepared for industrial problems and situations.  


The program also requires that students obtain practical experience through an industrial internship or several semesters of on-campus engagement in research and development. Thus, program graduates are prepared to immediately be productive employees upon graduation.   The curriculum prepares graduates to work in a wide range of industries where automation and control systems are critical including oil & gas, chemical process, agriculture, marine, automotive, and aerospace systems. 
   

 

Core Curriculum – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

020 Mathematics - 3 hours

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2413 is given three hour credits for the lecture component.

030 Life and Physical Sciences - 6 hours

Choose one pair:
PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

PHYS 1402General Physics II

4

Or

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

These PHYS courses are given three credit hours each for the lecture component.

040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture – 3 hours

PHIL 2326Ethics, Technology and Society

3

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

Required:
CSCI 1380Computer Science I

3

Choose one:

CHEM 1111General Chemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 1109Chemistry for Engineers Lab

1

Choose one pair:

PHYS 1401General Physics I

4

PHYS 1402General Physics II

4

Or

PHYS 2425Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 2426Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

These PHYS courses are given one credit hour each for the lab component

Major Requirements - 78 hours

Required Courses - 58 hours

Engineering Technology Core:
ENGT 1105Machine Shop Lab

1

ENGT 1201Foundations of Engineering Technology

2

ENGT 1310Design Graphics I

3

ENGT 1320Design Graphics II

3

ENGT 2307Engineering Materials

3

ENGT 2310Manufacturing Processes

3

ENGT 2201Programming for Engineering Applications

2

ENGT 3301Computer Numerical Control

3

ENGT 2321Industrial Electronics

3

ENGT 3303Programmable Logic Controllers

3

ENGT 3313Introduction to Systems Engineering

3

ENGT 3315Fluid Power Systems

3

ENGT 3318Instruments and Transducers

3

ENGT 3320Networked Systems in Manufacturing

3

ENGT 4126Metrology Laboratory

1

ENGT 4201Technical Project I

2

ENGT 4202Technical Project II

2

ENGT 4310System Simulation & Optimization

3

ENGT 4322Mechatronics Systems Design

3

ENGT 4315Robotics

3

ENGT 4326Quality Control and Lean Six Sigma

3

ENGT 4335Project Management

3

Prescribed Electives - 6 hours

Advanced Engineering Technology Electives

Choose three hours from:
ENGT 3300Topics in Engineering Technology

3

ENGT 3310Fundamentals of Product Design

3

ENGT 3321Solar Energy Systems

3

ENGT 4311Wind Energy Systems

3

ENGT 4312Industrial Process Control & Design

3

Choose three hours from
ENGT 3305Full Semester Co-op or Internship

3

ENGT 3105Part-time Internship or Research

1

ENGT 3105 may be repeated for credit

Support Courses - 14 hours

Required:
MANE 3332Engineering Statistics

3

MANE 3337Engineering Economics

3

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

MATH 2414Calculus II

4

MATH 2413 is given one credit hour for the lecture component.

Choose from:

CHEM 1311General Chemistry I

3

CHEM 1309Chemistry for Engineers

3

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120