Engineering and Tech Management prepares students for 21st Century careers

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MOREHEAD – The need for qualified manufacturing engineers and supervisors is continually increasing. According to a recent article in The Lane Report, postings for advanced manufacturing jobs increased 43 percent in Kentucky between Dec. 2014 and Dec. 2015, with much of that growth seen in electrical and mechanical engineering, skilled materials, and process engineering and testing.

To meet this growing demand, Morehead State University’s Department of Engineering & Technology Management (DETM) is preparing students for successful careers in the field. The DETM prepares students for such positions through a variety of specialized bachelor’s, associate and master’s degrees in engineering technology, engineering and technology management, career and technical education, and more.

Students gain more than knowledge at MSU. They also gain practical, hands-on skills in interactive labs, including the newly-completed 21st Century Center for Manufacturing Systems. The center provides opportunities for students to work on applied engineering projects that integrate mechanical, electrical, computer and control system components. Featuring the latest technology in 3-D printing, automation equipment, robotic welders, and modeling and simulation equipment, it provides students with real-world experience while allowing them to become proficient in the most up-to-date manufacturing and fabrication hardware.

“Students who wish to attain careers in technology should choose MSU based on the reputation and history the Department of Engineering and Technology Management has for student success and career placement,” said Dr. Ahmad Zargari, associate dean of the School of Engineering & Information Systems. “The programs in the DETM, which are accredited by the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), have a proven track record of a high placement rate in high-paying jobs and careers.”

A survey of recent graduates revealed that 80 percent are employed full-time with more than 70 percent of those people offered their current position shortly after graduation. Dr. Zargari added DETM programs are shaped by input from industry leaders from across the region.

“We have an advisory board made up of representatives of local and regional industry that is actively involved in curriculum development, lab enhancement and providing internships, co-op opportunities, and full-time employment for MSU students,” he said.

MSU graduates are upwardly mobile, as evidenced by 40 percent being given a promotion within five years of graduation. After five years, the average salary for DETM graduates is $55,000 per year. Dr. Zargari said graduates of the DETM work at a wide range of companies.

“The graduates from within the Department of Engineering and Technology Management have received offers of employment from many leading companies in the region including Mitsubishi Electric, Mazak, the Kentucky Department of Transportation, Toyota, Lockheed Martin, Performance Contracting Group, KDMK, Cooper Standard, among a list of others,” he said. “Our graduates are placed in roles such as quality engineer, project engineer, industrial engineer and project manager. All of these titles come with a significant level of responsibility and accountability that I believe is evidence to the quality of programs offered at MSU.”

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