Natural Sciences and Engineering

Objectives and Student Outcomes

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE

Our Program Educational Objective is for our graduates to be employed in management and leadership roles with the following job titles once they have three to five years of technical work experience:

  • Process Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Manager
  • Quality Technician
  • Operations Manager
  • Manager of Technical People
  • Manager of Manufacturing Processes
  • Manager of Projects.

We expect our graduates to lead technical people, manage quality, and manage processes as well as manage their careers.

Student Outcomes

At graduation students will have:

  1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities.
  2. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to engineering technology ptoblems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies. 
  3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes. 
  4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems.
  7. 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.
  8. An understanding of the need for and the ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  10. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  11. A commitment to quality, timeless, and continuous improvement.

The Engineering Technology Management program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABEThttp://www.abet.org

Transfer Articulation

Which process students follow to transfer course credits to USC Upstate depends on whether they earn their associate’s degree in engineering technology (ET) from a program accredited by the ETAC of ABET. Students who possess an associate’s degree in ET from an ETAC of ABET accredited program will transfer course credits through the established articulation agreements.

Students whose ET degree is not from an ETAC of ABET accredited program must qualify to pursue an ETM degree at USC Upstate through the exception process.

Students within 12 hours of completing their ET degree may take the 300 level ETM courses at USC Upstate to facilitate scheduling. Students must complete their ET degree before enrolling in 400 level ETM courses.

For an overview of transfer credits, view the ETM Curriculum Summary.

Students currently enrolled in a technical college ET degree program who are interested in the ETM program should contact the ETM Program Coordinator immediately to plan the optimum transfer of credits. Contact the ETM Program Coordinator.

ET graduates should send an unofficial transcript to etm@uscupstate.edu for a review of eligibility to enter the ETM program.

Anyone interested in learning more about the ETM program may contact the ETM program coordinator.

Graduates from other colleges who possess an ABET-accredited associate's degree in engineering technology are also welcome to apply.

Verify the accreditation status of an engineering technology program.

USC Upstate and our technical college partners make it as easy as 2+2!

Please visit the websites of our partner institution for details on engineering technology programs aligned with the USC Upstate Engineering Technology Management program.

The Engineering Technology Management program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Engineering Management Student Association

The purpose of the USC-Upstate Engineering Management Student Association (EMSA) is to promote the Profession of Engineering Management. It will utilize both on campus and off campus activities to broaden students’ horizons beyond the classroom setting. This organization shall be open to USC-Upstate students and to interested students at technical colleges with programs that articulate with the USC Upstate Engineering Technology Management (ETM) program.

Go to the EMSA website or click on one of the following links for more information about EMSA.

Invitation to ETM and ET students
This organization is open to USC-Upstate students and to interested students at technical colleges with programs that articulate with the USC Upstate Engineering Technology Management (ETM) program. Please continue reading to find out what the Engineering Management Student Association (EMSA) is and what it can do for your professional and academic growth as a member.

EMSA Broadens Horizons
The purpose of the USC-Upstate Engineering Management Student Association (EMSA) is to promote the engineering management profession. It will utilize both on campus and off campus activities to broaden students’ horizons beyond the classroom setting.

EMSA will seek to become an American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) student chapter in the near future. We have permission to include associate degree students from Engineering Technology Management (ETM) feeder programs in an ASEM student chapter. Interaction with professional managers will be greatly increased once the EMSA becomes an ASEM chapter. Go to www.asem.org for more information about ASEM.

EMSA Enhances Networking
The scholastic benefits of EMSA include mentoring from upperclassmen and advice on how to transition into the ETM program. Some of the activities available to members include chapter development, industry field trips, and meetings with presentations by professional managers. EMSA provides the opportunity to network with professionals who provide valuable insight into the engineering management field and its future.

EMSA is Easy to Join
If you are interested in joining or want to find out more about the USC Upstate Engineering Management Student Association, please call Tim Ellis, ETM Program Coordinator, at (864) 503-5894 or e-mail tellis@uscupstate.edu.

EMSA Supports the University’s Mission
The Engineering Management Student Association (EMSA) supports the University’s mission to become a metropolitan university by encouraging students at the regional technical colleges to join and participate in the organization’s activities. EMSA will help prepare graduates to join the professional workforce.

EMSA will seek to become an American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) student chapter in the near future. We have permission to include associate degree students from Engineering Technology Management (ETM) feeder programs in both the EMSA and the ASEM student organizations. Interaction with professional managers will be greatly increased once the EMSA becomes an ASEM chapter.

EMSA supports the University’s mission of offering B.S. degrees by enhancing the ETM program recruiting at the regional technical colleges. EMSA will seek to bring familiarity and insight into the ETM program by facilitating mentoring and networking among ET and ETM students and professional managers.

The Engineering Management Student Association supports the University’s mission to promote experiential learning by providing members with opportunities to practice professional society leadership. This experience will be gained through meetings and forums held by the organization.

EMSA Constitution
Download the Engineering Management Student Association (EMSA) Constitution (pdf).

EMSA By-Laws
Download the Engineering Management Student Association (EMSA) By-Laws (pdf).

The Engineering Technology Management program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Faculty

Tim Ellis, M.S.
Program Coordinator
Instructor of Engineering Technology Management

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Office: UCG 104
Phone: (864) 552-4235
e-mail: tellis@uscupstate.edu

The Engineering Technology Management program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABEThttp://www.abet.org.

Accreditation

The Engineering Technology Management Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the ABET.  ABET is the recognized accrediting body for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.  Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 75 years.

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.

Visit ABET's website for more information about accreditation.

The Engineering Technology Management program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABEThttp://www.abet.org.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the degree and what can I do with it?

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.  Coursework includes project management, cost and work analysis, systems decision making, probability and statistics, and quality practices.  Communication skills and teaming are an integral part of the curriculum. 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.

For whom is the degree designed?

This degree program is designed for both working adults and traditional students. Working adults, who possess excellent technical training and knowledge, but not a bachelor's degree, may find career advancement options limited. For the working adult, our evening ETM courses and laboratories are scheduled to allow convenient degree completion options. The addition of a traditional daytime format is in the planning stage.

Where can I take courses?

Many of the lower division courses (100 and 200-level) are completed at a technical college as part of an Engineering Technology Associate's degree.  After earning an Associate degree in an approved engineering technology area, students complete two additional years of education through USC Upstate to earn a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology Management . This 2+2 baccalaureate degree requires an Associate degree in an ABET accredited engineering technology program prior to full entry into the program, although some coursework may be taken at USC Upstate prior to completion of the associate degree.  ETM courses are currently being offered at the University Center Greenville (UCG) with an online component.  Support courses can be completed at USC Upstate, UCG, and online.  Not all support courses can be found at UCG or online.  Traditional daytime ETM course offerings at USC Upstate are in the planning stage.

When can I take courses?

Lab-based ETM courses and the senior seminar course meet once per week in the evening.  With the exception of the Senior Seminar, the lecture component of ETM courses is offered online.  Some, but not all, support courses are offered in the evening or online.  Some general education courses are available only during the day.  Traditional daytime ETM course offerings are in the planning stage.

Do I need an Associate's degree to enter the ETM program?

According to the 2005 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Strong technical knowledge is essential for engineering managers, who must understand and guide the work of their subordinates and explain the work in non-technical terms to senior management and potential customers.  Therefore, these management positions usually require work experience and formal education in an engineering technology area.”  Consequently, students must have an Associates degree from an ABET accredited engineering technology program to be able to receive the B.S. ETM degree. More information is located under Articulation.

Does my ET degree need to be from an accredited program?

Students must possess an ABET Accredited Associates degree in Engineering Technology.  Students may be admitted to the program, but may take no more than 12 hours of ETM courses without the appropriate Associates degree.

What prior coursework will transfer into the ETM program?

When you apply for admissions to USC Upstate, you must request official copies of transcripts be sent to the Office of Admissions.  If you are accepted to USC Upstate, your transcripts will be sent to the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering office.  The Division Chair will evaluate your transcripts relative to the ETM program and determine what courses will transfer into the program.  You will receive notification from the Division that you have been accepted into the program along with your advisor’s name.  At that point, you should contact your advisor to discuss the results and to make a multi-year plan for completing the ETM program.

How many credit hours can I transfer from a technical college?

A maximum of 76 hours from a technical college, which includes 31 hours of technical content, may be counted toward degree credit at USC Upstate.  The last 31 hours of the ETM program must be from USC Upstate courses.

Where do I enroll in the program?

USC Upstate has partnered with the following outstanding South Carolina Technical Colleges: Greenville Technical CollegePiedmont Technical CollegeSpartanburg Community CollegeTri-County Technical College, and York Technical College.  Each partner institution has specific programs designed to seamlessly transfer into the USC Upstate ETM program.  In effect, when you enroll in an engineering technology curriculum at one of our partner institutions, you have entered the ETM program. You will, as a student bound for the USC Upstate Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management program, have access to both a technical college and USC Upstate advisor.  Your advisors will guide you at every step of the way to help you successfully complete your program of study.  If you already possess or are near completion of an Engineering Technology degree, you can apply for admission to USC Upstate through the Office of Admissions website.

How long will it take to complete the degree?

An Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology typically takes two years to complete full-time.  A Bachelor of Science degree in ETM program typically takes an additional two years of full-time study.  Part-time students taking two courses per semester including some summer courses can typically complete the +2 ETM program in four years.  More information is located under Curriculum and Courses.

Is the ETM degree accredited?

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) regionally accredits the University. 

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.  ABET is the recognized accrediting body for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

Why is accreditation important?

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.

How much will I earn when I get this degree?

Earnings for engineering managers vary by specialty, level of responsibility, and experience.  According to the 2005 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, median annual earnings of engineering managers were $97,630 in May 2004.  The middle 50 percent earned between $78,820 and $121,090.  Your earnings will be highly dependent on your work experience and technical discipline.

What is the employment outlook for ETM graduates?

According to the 2005 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Engineering managers held about 233,000 jobs in 2004.  About 27 percent worked in professional, scientific, and technical services industries, primarily for firms providing architectural, engineering, and related services; computer systems design and related services; and scientific research and development services.  Other large employers include government agencies and telecommunications and utilities companies.  Projected employment growth for engineering managers should be closely related to the growth of the occupations they supervise and of the industries in which they are found.  For example, opportunities for managers should be better in rapidly growing areas of engineering such as environmental and biomedical engineering than in more slowly growing areas, such as nuclear and aerospace engineering.

What are engineering managers’ working conditions?

According to the 2005 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Engineering managers spend most of their time in an office.  Some managers may work in laboratories, where they may be exposed to the same conditions as research scientists, or in industrial plants, where they may be exposed to the same conditions as production workers.  Most managers work at least 40 hours a week and may work much longer on occasion to meet project deadlines.  Some may experience considerable pressure to meet technical or scientific goals on a short deadline or within a tight budget.

What is the nature of engineering management work?

According to the 2005 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Engineering managers plan, coordinate, and direct research, design, and production activities.  They may supervise engineers, scientists, and technicians, along with support personnel.  These managers use their knowledge of engineering to oversee a variety of activities.  They determine scientific and technical goals within broad outlines provided by top executives.  These goals may include improving manufacturing processes, advancing scientific research, or developing new products.  Managers make detailed plans to accomplish these goals.  For example, they may develop the overall concepts of a new product or identify technical problems preventing the completion of a project.
To perform effectively, they also must acquire knowledge of administrative procedures, such as budgeting, hiring, and supervision.  These managers propose budgets for projects and programs and determine staff, training, and equipment needs.  They hire and assign scientists, engineers, and support personnel to carry out specific parts of each project.  They also supervise the work of these employees, review their output, and establish administrative procedures and policies.

In addition, these managers use communication skills extensively.  They spend a great deal of time coordinating the activities of their unit with those of other units or organizations.  They confer with higher levels of management; with financial, production, marketing, and other managers; and with contractors and equipment and materials suppliers.

Engineering managers may supervise people who design and develop machinery, products, systems, and processes, or they may direct and coordinate production, operations, quality assurance, testing, or maintenance in industrial plants.  Many are plant engineers, who direct and coordinate the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of equipment and machinery in industrial plants.  Others manage research and development teams that produce new products and processes or improve existing ones.

Are there graduate school options for ETM graduates?

An MBA seems to be to most promising option for graduate programs available to ETM graduates.  For example, the University of South Carolina and Clemson University offer programs in the evening at the University Center Greenville.

What is the history of the the ETM program?

The ETM program was developed in concert with an advisory group consisting of industry representatives and technical college representatives from Greenville Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Technical College, and York Technical College.  It was approved and began offering classes in the Fall 2006 semester. 

The industrial advisory committee, consisting of industry and technical college representatives, continues to guide the program.

The Engineering Technology Management program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.