USC Upstate News

Engineering Technology Management Program Attains ABET Accreditation

09- 15- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Engineering Technology Management Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate recently attained accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). ABET is the recognized accrediting body for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, is a federation of 30 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 75 years.

The Engineering Technology Management Program at USC Upstate is a unique collaboration among the University and the technical colleges in Greenville, Spartanburg, Piedmont, Tri-County, and York to offer a unique +2 program in Engineering Technology Management (ETM).  The program builds on the technical foundation of a number of different ABET accredited Engineering Technology associate degrees by allowing a seamless transfer of credits to USC Upstate in order to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Richard Leboeuf“The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management (ETM) program contains a comprehensive blend of ETM courses, economics courses, and a large number of business electives to build a layer of technical management knowledge and skills on the technical foundation developed in an engineering technology associate degree program,” said Dr.  Richard LeBoeuf, ETM Program Coordinator at USC Upstate. “The ETM program will enable graduates to manage technical projects and teams and be an effective interface between technicians and upper managers. They will typically serve as technical project managers, functional managers for technical personnel, supervisors, or entrepreneurs in their technical field.”

As students earn their degrees and begin looking for job, having a degree from an ABET accredited institution is an advantage. The accreditation is an assurance that USC Upstate meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. To employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards, graduation from an accredited program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession. In fact, many of these groups require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification.

To learn more, contact Dr.  Richard LeBoeuf, ETM program coordinator at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5894 or rleboeuf@uscupstate.edu.