USC Upstate News

Engineering Technology Management Degree Provides Technical Graduates With Skills Necessary For A Global Environment

02- 20- 2007

Spartanburg, S.C. – Students who have graduated from area technical schools with a two-year degree in engineering technology now have the option of earning a four-year degree in a unique Engineering Technology Management (ETM) bachelors degree program thanks to a partnership that the University of South Carolina Upstate entered into with Greenville Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Community College, and York Technical College. The 2 + 2 Agreement allows for a seamless transfer from the technical schools into the ETM degree program at USC Upstate.

“The USC Upstate program was developed in concert with an advisory group consisting of industry and technical college representatives,” said Dr. David Ferris, chair of the department of natural sciences and engineering,” at USC Upstate. “It provides technical college graduates who earned an associate degree in engineering technology an opportunity to earn a B.S. degree with only two additional years of college.”

Faculty members from USC Upstate and the technical colleges work closely together to optimize student transfer credits. Students bound for the USC Upstate Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management program have access to both a technical college and USC Upstate advisor.

"Offering 2 + 2 programs in engineering technology is common for four-year institutions.  But this program is unique because USC Upstate relies solely upon graduates from technical colleges for its ETM degree program,” said Dr. Richard LeBoeuf, coordinator of the ETM program at USC Upstate.

The University’s ETM program builds upon the specialized engineering technology training offered by technical colleges, providing an efficient way to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree. The ETM program provides technical college graduates with additional technical content and an understanding of operations and project management, quality systems, management in a changing global environment, decision making, and human resources management techniques that apply to production, research, and service organizations.

“The ETM program blends ETM, business, and communications courses to equip graduates with management knowledge and skills, which when combined with their technical expertise, will open doors to career advancement,” said LeBoeuf. "The ETM program will equip students with the knowledge, abilities, and confidence to step through those doors.”

Chris Wright graduated from USC Upstate in the 1990’s with a liberal arts degree and now works as a project manager with the South Carolina Department of Transportation. He enrolled in the ETM program last fall and is very pleased with the faculty and the program.

“Dr. LeBoeuf has developed a really solid program and the students are from various backgrounds such as civil and mechanical engineering so we really benefit from each other’s experiences,” said Wright. “Earning a degree in Engineering Technology Management will make me more marketable and I will have more job options to choose from in the future.”

Joe Coward, a graduate of Spartanburg Community College, chose to enroll in the ETM program because it covers the entire engineering technology field.

“As a disabled veteran, this program is perfect for me,” said Coward. “My physical disabilities limit me to some degree in the construction engineering field but the ETM degree provides more variety in terms of job opportunities.”

The ETM degree program began last fall and currently offers evening classes to accommodate working professionals and traditional students.  Upcoming classes will be delivered in a hybrid format consisting of Internet-based lectures with traditional on campus laboratory sessions.

“Graduates of our Engineering Technology Management program will be equipped to work as advanced technicians, supervisors, and managers in their technical fields,” said Dr. Reginald Avery, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at USC Upstate. “The combination of technical expertise coupled with knowledge and experience in engineering technology management will enable graduates to be an effective interface between technicians and upper management. Graduates are prepared for supervisory and management positions in a variety of technical areas, ranging from engineering to production and quality control.”

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