ETM Program Mission and Goals
The mission statement, educational objectives, goals, and program outcomes are included in the Engineering Technology Management (ETM) assessment and continuous improvement plan.
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mission of the ETM program is to provide a
high-quality bachelor’s degree education for students possessing an associate’s degree in engineering technology. The engineering technology students being
served align closely with the metropolitan mission of USC Upstate as most are
non-traditional students often working in local businesses.
program students will gain an understanding of the relationships among the
management tasks of planning, organization, leadership, quality control and
team management for both production and service organizations. ETM program
graduates will also understand the integration of management systems in a variety
of different technology environments. The ETM program intends to maintain
a nationally recognized, high quality ETAC of ABET accredited program.
program faculty will provide leadership in promoting the Upstate’s economic,
social and cultural development through its teaching, professional service,
scholarly activities and creative endeavors. Faculty will serve in
professional/student organizations that support students and graduates
seamlessly from their freshman year at a technical college through their senior year
at USC Upstate and beyond.
faculty members are committed to forging and maintaining partnerships with
local businesses. Local industry will be served by the ETM program
faculty and students through industry projects interwoven with traditional
coursework for an enhanced experiential learning process.
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Program Educational Objectives
Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve ABET. The ETM program is designed to achieve the following objectives. Associated career and professional accomplishments are identitifed in parenthesis.
- Graduates will be prepared to effectively incorporate economic, non-economic, and technical considerations in the systems decision making and problem solving processes.
- Graduates will be prepared to effectively manage projects.
- Graduates will be prepared to effectively manage the quality of products and services.
- Graduates will be prepared to effectively manage teams.
- Graduates will be prepared to effectively communicate with management and technical personnel.
- Graduates will be prepared to effectively manage their career.
These objectives are achieved by achieving the Student Outcomes.
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Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the ABET program. They describe the specific skills, values and attitudes students should be able to exhibit that reflect the broader goals (USC Upstate Assessment Committee). The expected student outcomes grouped by Program Educational Objective are as follows:
1. Graduates will be prepared to effectively incorporate economic, non-economic and technical considerations in the systems decision making and problem solving processes.
- Ability to account for economic factors in engineering and management decisions and practices.
- Ability to analyze and design work processes.
- Ability to apply systems decision theory to complex problems.
- Ability to troubleshoot or methodically find the root cause of a problem.
- Ability to apply information from professional resources to solving problems.
- Ability to account for ethical, social, environmental and other non-economic and non-process factors in engineering and management decisions and practices.
2. Graduates will be prepared to effectively manage projects..
- Ability to identify and organize project tasks.
- Ability to schedule projects.
- Ability to monitor and control projects.
- The ability to identify project risks.
- Ability to manage project closure.
3. Graduates will be prepared to effectively manage the quality of products and services.
- Ability to apply quality control and assurance methods.
- Ability to use total quality and other quality management techniques.
- Ability to perform measurements and statistical analysis.
- An understanding of quality standards.
- Ability to change a quality process.
- Ability to train others to implement a quality control and assurance method or process.
4. Graduates will be prepared to effectively manage teams.
- Ability to motivate and empower team members.
- Ability to diagnose and solve team problems.
- Ability to effectively run a meeting.
5. Graduates will be prepared to effectively communicate with management and technical personnel.
- Ability to develop and deliver effective technical and managerial presentations.
- Ability to develop effective technical and managerial written communication.
- Ability to effectively participate in meetings.
- Ability to develop a persuasive proposal.
6. Graduates will be prepared to effectively manage their career.
- Awareness of and an ability to use appropriate resources to stay current in engineering technology management.
- Awareness of and an ability to participate in professional development activities.
- Recognition of the need for lifelong learning.
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The Engineering Technology Management program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.