DeVry University’s engineering technology degree programs aim to provide students with the advanced IT skills needed for careers in the digital economy

January 10, 2022

NAPERVILLE, Ill.—As technology evolves, so does the field of engineering technology. Career options in engineering technology are growing, with opportunities emerging in 5G, smart sensors, renewable energy, the internet of things (IoT), and other disruptive technologies. Job openings that require at least one disruptive tech skill are projected to grow between 17 percent and 135 percent over the next five years, according to a release from DeVry University.

Today, it’s important for engineering technologists to be able to demonstrate their IT agility. They need to be equipped with interdisciplinary IT skills to keep pace with advances in technologies and to inform data-driven decisions for businesses. It’s particularly important for engineering technicians to have hands-on experience working with complex technologies. While others may design the technology, engineering technicians are responsible for operating and maintaining systems and technologies—essentially making the technology work, DeVry said in the release.

“One of the most enduring legacies of the pandemic is the rapid digitization of all facets of our personal and professional life. This dynamic will result in the need for a new generation of technicians to make advanced technologies work,” said Shantanu Bose, provost and chief academic officer for DeVry University, in the release. “That’s why DeVry’s Engineering Technology programs reflect our changing world and provide a curriculum that prepares students with skills, like analyzing numerical data, designing solutions for technology-driven problems, and deciphering user needs, to provide value wherever their tech career takes them.”

DeVry University’s Engineering Technology program, which includes an associate and bachelor’s degree option, prepares students with extensive knowledge of the tools and materials needed to design, create, operate, and maintain technical products. It’s also designed to help students acquire skills like critical thinking and problem solving, as well as highly sought-after technical skills, according to the university.

“Technology is quickly changing, where everyday items have become smart and the interconnectivity of technologies across industries is increasing,” said David S. Brunson, senior director, Americas Service Delivery Leader at PerkinElmer and a DeVry ‘84 alumnus, in the release. “In overseeing 1,100 engineering technicians, I can share the essential soft skills needed to meet the pace of technology advancement are interpersonal skills, time management skills, problem solving, and entrepreneurial creativity.”

The University’s Engineering Technology bachelor’s and associate degree programs include a tech core that enables students to develop interdisciplinary tech skills, such as programming, networking, operating systems, and security, that are applicable to a wide range of industries.

DeVry’s Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC of ABET), according to the release.

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