Comparisons between Engineers and Engineer Technicians

Comparison point Engineers Engineering Technicians
Education 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in a field of engineering
  • 2-year Associate of Applied Science degree in a field of engineering technology
  • 4-year degrees available
  • The 2-year degree is not transferable to college except toward a 4-year Bachelor of Technology degree.
  • The 4-year degree is only partially transferable toward an engineering degree.
Nature of Work
  • Design, Development, Analysis, Testing, Project Management
  • Generally based on a strong theoretical background
  • Work with new or improving technology
  • Hands-on, physical interaction
  • Work with existing technology
Given the example of a machine that makes widgets in the setting of a manufacturing facility, the job responsibilities are:
  • Design the machine
  • Analyze failures or problems
  • Determine root cause and solution
  • Redesign and test
  • Operate the machine
  • Perform maintenance
  • Perform routine repairs
  • Into Management and supervision is highly likely.
  • Possibilities include captains of industry or US President.
Shift supervisor, foreman
Salary Entry level is $35,000 - $55,000 Entry level is $15,000 - $25,000
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