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Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Engineering Technology

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The Department of Engineering Technology offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science, with majors in Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Science Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. The Civil Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC), of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). For more information, visit http://www.abet.org. The Electronics Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Commission (ETAC), of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. For more information, visit http://www.abet.org.

Engineering Technology embraces the physical sciences, mathematics, and the practices and materials of modern industry, which are utilized in the design, and construction of the machines, structures, highways, power sources, process systems, communication systems, and products needed to maintain a highly technological society. The activities of engineering technology are concerned with translating the concepts and theories of professional engineers and scientists into actual devices and products by using tests to provide data for rational solutions and designs. These tests are followed by interpretations of data and preparation of appropriate plans for use by skilled craftsmen who produce the devices and/or products.

The objectives of the Engineering Technology and Computer Science Technology programs are to prepare their students for successful careers, and this process requires the department to provide opportunities for students to acquire the essential educational experiences for applying their knowledge and methods coupled with skills in support of technical activities.

Registration for Professional Engineer

To protect public safety, each state establishes laws to license engineers involved in projects affecting public health, safety and life. The registration process involves written examination, professional work experience and professional recommendations.

Although it is not the goal of Savannah State University to prepare an individual for professional engineering registration, it is possible for an Engineering Technology graduate of Savannah State University to become registered in Georgia and some other states. Students considering registration as a professional engineer should contact the Department of Engineering Technology for further information.

Engineering Technology graduates from ETAC of ABET accredited programs are qualified for professional licensing by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET). Students interested in this certification may contact the department Chair for more information.

Engineering Technical Organizations

Students are encouraged to join appropriate engineering societies to stimulate their interest in professional activities, to promote their pursuit for life-long learning, and to expose them to professional conduct and ethics. The department has, at present, the following student organizations:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE)

Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Special Requirements for Majors

Students enrolled in the Department of Engineering Technology who earn less than a “C” in any English, Mathematics, sciences or major course required in their curriculum must repeat the course during the next semester that it is offered. Major courses are those courses offered by the Department of Engineering Technology and Mathematics.

Major Comprehensive Examination

To satisfy the institutional requirements for a comprehensive examination, all students in Engineering Technology are required to take an exit examination administered by the department.

Civil Engineering Technology Major

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

The curriculum in Civil Engineering Technology is designed to provide ample instruction in those areas of knowledge required for successful performance in the following capacities as well as in other construction-related positions.

Architectural and Structural Draftsman and Designer - plans, designs, and supervises construction of frame, steel, and concrete structures; makes architectural inspections and appraisals for architects and builders.

Highway Engineering Technologist - collects and tests soil samples, concrete and other materials to ascertain their physical characteristics for use in highway construction; establishes the location and measurements of points, elevations, lines, areas and contours of land needed for highway construction and prepares hard copy, draft or computer generated drawings of land.

Estimator - determines quantities and costs of materials and labor required to erect structures.

Materials Tester - determines mechanical properties of materials used in the erection of structures and highways.

Surveyor - supervises, directs, and is responsible for the accuracy of the work of an engineering survey party engaged in determining the location and measurements of points, elevations, lines, areas, and contours on the earth’s surface for purposes of securing data for building and highway construction, map-making, land valuation, mining, or other purposes.

Environmental Technologist - Plans, designs, and monitors water, wastewater, and other environmental pollution control systems.

Cooperative Education Program

The Cooperative Education Program enables engineering technology students to gain work experience in industry as paid employees during their college tenure. The program is coordinated through the Office of Cooperative Education. The program is available to students who have acquired at least 30 semester hours, including at least five courses in the major; who are proficient in a computer language; who have a satisfactory academic record; and who meet the job specifications of the employer.

Students work in industry and attend college during alternate semesters or as arranged. To remain in the program, they must maintain creditable records at both places. Students must register for the appropriate cooperative education course each semester they are employed and must observe all applicable regulations of the cooperating company.

Students pursuing the coop program should expect their matriculation to extend beyond four years. The University does not guarantee the availability of coop stations, duties, or compensation. At the conclusion of the coop experience, students are not obligated to accept employment with the cooperating companies nor are the companies obligated to offer them employment.

Students interested in this program should consult with their advisors.

Engineering Degree Programs

Regents’ Engineering Pathway Program (REPP)

Savannah State University (SSU) participates in the Regents’ Engineering Pathway (REP). The REP allows the students to complete thirty or more credit hours in specific courses at Savannah State University and then complete the engineering degree program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University, or the University of Georgia.

Following are the REP requirements:

  • Meet all the criteria for admission as transfer students to any of the participating institutions.
  • Complete all required math and science, as well as some engineering courses at SSU (Listed in Appendix A of the REP Agreement on the USG website)
  • For more information, review REP information and the REP agreement (PDF) on the USG website

University System of Georgia (USG) Regents’ Engineering Pathway (REP)

Admission requirements, including GPA, vary at the partner institutions. Please visit the institution’s website to review the admission criteria.

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