Industrial Technology degrees (vs others)

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by Splas, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. Splas

    Splas New Member

    What exactly is an Industrial Technology degree considered? Is it considered a "computer degree"? How does it compair to IS, IT, and so on?

    The program I would take if I followed this course is this one:

    East Carolina University - IT: Information Secrurity

    I am currently employed as a IT Helpdesk associate at a health clinic (where security education would help) and am wondering if there is a better path to take to lead to a teaching (junior college) and/or management/administrative position in IT or Business Technology.

    BTW my undergrad is in Management & IT (a mostly business degree).

    Thank you.
  2. Mr. Engineer

    Mr. Engineer member

    It appears as if you are confusing Information Technology with Industrial Technology.

    Industrial Technology is the study of industries relationship to technology. It provides more of a hands-on approach to industrial design flows than Industrial Engineering. A lot of higher level technicians, or people that didn't have the grades to get into the Industrial Engineering program take the IT course. The course at SJ State is pretty good although I think you would be better off with a BSEET.
  3. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    The NAIT accreditation is growing in popularity and is equally acknowledge by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) as the ABET accreditation is. It is important to note that CHEA acknowledges them in different, but similar roles. However, these roles are so closely related in some categories such as "electronics," that it may be very easy to cross-over into the complimentary practice. Indeed, a corporation may choose to employ both to establish a flexible work environment.

    Many institutions that adopt the NAIT program accreditation already have a regional accreditation. A regional institution can designate its program as an engineering practice without an ABET approval (see the Electrical/Electronics Programs of Thomas Edison College on this page for example). Furthermore, the US department of Education no longer acknowledges ABET or NAIT. It appears that ABET withdrew from being recognized by the US Department of Education when they refused to add new requirements to comply with government standards. "ABET became non-compliant with US Department of Education regulations. Rather than go through an appeals process, ABET chose to withdraw prior to a re-recognition hearing before the Department of Education." (ABET, 3/18/01)

    "In 1994, Congress removed the authorization of the USDE to recognize specialized accreditation agencies unless specifically required to receive federal program support. NAIT, as well as many other specialized accreditation agencies, was therefore no longer recognized by USDE. NAIT is currently a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)."

    Many employers mistakenly determine that an Industrial Technologist is inferior to an Electrical Engineer or "EE," as they are sometimes referred to. Usually because they do not know the difference between an Engineering Technologist and the Industrial Technologist. Industrial Technology is not an (ABET/TAC) Engineering Technology program that is often perceived as a sub category of the (ABET/EAC) Electrical/Electronic Engineering accreditation. The NAIT accreditation is equally acknowledge by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) as the ABET accreditation is. As a result, the Industrial Technologist is equal in academic stature to an Electrical/Electronic Engineer (ABET/EAC). The ABET and NAIT programs both require four years of academic study to complete a Baccalaureate level. If an employer does hire personnel from both forms of practice (ABET & NAIT), it is important to establish a separate but equal ideology.

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  4. dl_mba

    dl_mba Member

    Below explains it all...

    Master of Science in Industrial Technology -- ONLINE

    The goal of the Master of Science in Industrial Technology (MSIT) program is to develop individuals in advancing engineering, technology and managerial areas. The curriculum is centered around real-world topics found in contemporary and future business and industrial environments. Learned competencies are designed to meet the current and future needs of practicing professionals as well as individuals with limited industrial and/or business experience

    Individuals with undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics,Engineering, Information Systems, Management, Mathematics, Physics,Quality, Technical Education and others are candidates for the degree in Industrial Technology.

    The Industrial Technology program is a 30 semester hour (10 courses),non-thesis program. Most, if not all, of the courses are available on-line.

    To be admitted to the MSIT graduate program, the following documents must be submitted to the Graduate School:

    An online application:
    Non refundable application fee of $35.00 ($50.00 for international applicants) paid before the application is processed.
    Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended.
    An application letter describing career objectives and how the M.B.A., M.A. or M.S. becomes a part of that plan. Additional information on leadership positions, previous work experience and other ffactors should also be highlighted when appropriate.
    A current resume.
    Three references from current or past business associates or professors who will describe your professional or academic career, as appropriate.
    If the student's undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is less than 2.75 overall or 3.00 for the last 60 undergraduate hours of coursework used towards the bachelor's degree, an official GMAT or GRE score must be submitted. Students who do not meet the 2.75 or 3.00 undergraduate GPA will be considered for admission in probationary status.

    Typical program course titles are:

    Management of Technology Systems Engineering
    Manufacturing Systems Software Quality Management
    Human Factors Engineering Management of Change
    Leadership Studies in Eng./Tech. Productivity Improvement
    Total Productive Maintenance Teaming
    Risk Analysis Inventions & Innovations
    Systems Simulation Quality Improvements
    Engineering Project Management Value Engineering
    Industrial Hygiene & Safety Technology Technology Entrepreneurism
    System Analysis & Design Lean Manufacturing
    Life Safety & Hazard Control Agile Manufacturing

    COMMERCE, Texas -- The master of science in industrial technology (MSIT) is now just mouse clicks away for people unable to attend classes on campus.
    The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the 30-hour non-thesis degree to be offered by Texas A&M University-Commerce on Dec. 8, 2004.
    "Many classes are already offered online and ready to go," says Dr. J.K. Crain, head of the industrial engineering and technology department. "We are accepting applications for the Online MSIT and will be adding classes each semester.
    "There is a great deal of interest in the degree. We find courses offering subject material under health, safety and the environment are of interest to some, while others prefer courses with an industrial technology focus."
    The admission requirements and process for the Online MSIT degree remain the same as for the traditional live-taught degree. Nine semester hours may be transferred into the degree from another institution.
    The degree plan requires three courses -- "Problems in Industrial Technology," "Applied Industrial Research and Collaboratory Technology" -- for a total of nine hours, with nine hours being elective industrial technology courses.
    Twelve additional classes may be elected from disciplines such as industrial technology, accounting, computer science, economics, business administration, management, mathematics and physics.
    Application information and assistance to the program can be made through the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, at (903) 886-5163, fax (903) 886-5165 or email [email protected]/gradschool/Applications/ Application.asp.
    A&M-Commerce nurtures and educates for success through access to quality academic, research and service programs at an affordable cost.

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