Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs, 2013 - 2014

Effective for evaluations during the 2013-2014 accreditation cycle. Incorporates all changes approved by the ABET Board of Directors as of October 27, 2012. Please contact the ABET Accreditation Department if you have questions or need assistance.

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Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs 2013 - 2014

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DEFINITIONS

While ABET recognizes and supports the prerogative of institutions to adopt and use the terminology of their choice, it is necessary for ABET volunteers and staff to have a consistent understanding of terminology. With that purpose in mind, the Commissions will use the following basic definitions:

Program Educational Objectives
Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.

Student Outcomes
Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.

Assessment
Assessment is one or more processes that identify, collect, and prepare data to evaluate the attainment of student outcomes. Effective assessment uses relevant direct, indirect, quantitative and qualitative measures as appropriate to the outcome being measured. Appropriate sampling methods may be used as part of an assessment process.

Evaluation
Evaluation is one or more processes for interpreting the data and evidence accumulated through assessment processes. Evaluation determines the extent to which student outcomes are being attained. Evaluation results in decisions and actions regarding program improvement.

The criteria for accreditation are in two sections.

  1. General Criteria apply to all programs accredited by an ABET commission. Each program accredited by an ABET commission must satisfy every Criterion that is in the General Criteria for that commission.
  2. Program Criteria provide discipline specific accreditation criteria. Programs must show that they satisfy all of the specific Program Criteria implied by the program title. Any overlapping requirements need be satisfied only once.

It is the responsibility of the program seeking accreditation to demonstrate clearly that the program meets the following criteria.

General Criterion 1. Students

Student performance must be evaluated. Student progress must be monitored to foster success in attaining student outcomes, thereby enabling graduates to attain program educational objectives. Students must be advised regarding curriculum and career matters.

The program must have and enforce policies for accepting both new and transfer students, awarding appropriate academic credit for courses taken at other institutions, and awarding appropriate academic credit for work in lieu of courses taken at the institution. The program must have and enforce procedures to ensure and document that students who graduate meet all graduation requirements.
 

General Criterion 2. Program Educational Objectives

The program must have published program educational objectives that are consistent with the mission of the institution, the needs of the program’s various constituencies, and these criteria. There must be a documented, systematically utilized, and effective process, involving program constituencies, for the periodic review of these program educational objectives that ensures they remain consistent with the institutional mission, the program's constituents' needs, and these criteria.

General Criterion 3: Student Outcomes

The program must have documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives. There must be a documented and effective process for the periodic review and revision of these student outcomes.

For purposes of this section, broadly defined activities are those that involve a variety of resources; that involve the use of new processes, materials, or techniques in innovative ways; and that require a knowledge of standard operating procedures. Narrowly defined activities are those that involve limited resources, that involve the use of conventional processes and materials in new ways, and that require a knowledge of basic operating processes.

A. For associate degree programs, these student outcomes must include, but are not limited to, the following learned capabilities:

a. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;

b. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;

d. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;

e. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;

f. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

g. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

h. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and

i. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

B. For baccalaureate degree programs, these student outcomes must include, but are not limited to, the following learned capabilities:

a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;

b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;

d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;

e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;

f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;

g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;

j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and

k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

General Criterion 4: Continuous Improvement

The program must regularly use appropriate, documented processes for assessing and evaluating the extent to which the student outcomes are being attained. The results of these evaluations must be systematically utilized as input for the continuous improvement of the program. Other available information may also be used to assist in the continuous improvement of the program.

General Criterion 5: Curriculum

The curriculum must effectively develop the following subject areas in support of student outcomes and program educational objectives.

Mathematics

The program must develop the ability of students to apply mathematics to the solution of technical problems.

a. Associate degree programs will, at a minimum, include algebra and trigonometry at a level appropriate to the student outcomes and program educational objectives.

b. Baccalaureate degree programs will include the application of integral and differential calculus or other mathematics above the level of algebra and trigonometry appropriate to the student outcomes and program educational objectives.

Technical Content

The technical content of the program must focus on the applied aspects of science and engineering and must:

a. Represent at least 1/3 of the total credit hours for the program but no more than 2/3 of the total credit hours for the program.

b. Include a technical core that prepares students for the increasingly complex technical specialties they will experience later in the curriculum.

c. Develop student competency in the use of equipment and tools common to the discipline.

Physical and Natural Science
The basic science content of the program must include physical or natural science with laboratory experiences as appropriate to the discipline.

The Integration of Content
Baccalaureate degree programs must provide a capstone or integrating experience that develops student competencies in applying both technical and non-technical skills in solving problems.

Cooperative Education
When used to satisfy prescribed elements of these criteria, credits based upon cooperative/internships or similar experiences must include an appropriate academic component evaluated by the program faculty.

Advisory Committee
An advisory committee with representation from organizations being served by the program graduates must be utilized to periodically review the program’s curriculum and advise the program on the establishment, review, and revision of its program educational objectives. The advisory committee must provide advisement on current and future aspects of the technical fields for which the graduates are being prepared.

General Criterion 6: Faculty

Each faculty member teaching in the program must have expertise and educational background consistent with the contributions to the program expected from the faculty member. The competence of faculty members must be demonstrated by such factors as education, professional credentials and certifications, professional experience, ongoing professional development, contributions to the discipline, teaching effectiveness, and communication skills. Collectively, the faculty must have the breadth and depth to cover all curricular areas of the program.
The faculty serving in the program must be of sufficient number to maintain continuity, stability, oversight, student interaction, and advising. The faculty must have sufficient responsibility and authority to improve the program through definition and revision of program educational objectives and student outcomes as well as through the implementation of a program of study that fosters the attainment of student outcomes.
 

General Criterion 7: Facilities

Classrooms, offices, laboratories, and associated equipment must be adequate to support attainment of the student outcomes and to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning. Modern tools, equipment, computing resources, and laboratories appropriate to the program must be available, accessible, and systematically maintained and upgraded to enable students to attain the student outcomes and to support program needs. Students must be provided appropriate guidance regarding the use of the tools, equipment, computing resources, and laboratories available to the program.

The library services and the computing and information infrastructure must be adequate to support the scholarly and professional activities of the students and faculty.
 

General Criterion 8: Institutional Support

Institutional support and leadership must be adequate to ensure the quality and continuity of the program.

Resources including institutional services, financial support, and staff (both administrative and technical) provided to the program must be adequate to meet program needs. The resources available to the program must be sufficient to attract, retain, and provide for the continued professional development of a qualified faculty. The resources available to the program must be sufficient to acquire, maintain, and operate infrastructures, facilities and equipment appropriate for the program, and to provide an environment in which student outcomes can be attained.
 

II. PROGRAM CRITERIA

Each program seeking accreditation from the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET must demonstrate that it satisfies all Program Criteria implied by the program title.

Program Criteria for Aeronautical Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include aeronautical and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objectives
An accreditable program in Aeronautical Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with knowledge, problem solving ability, and hands-on skills to enter careers in the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or maintenance of aeronautical/aerospace systems. Level and scope of career preparation will depend on the degree level and specific program orientation. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in specifying, installing, fabricating, testing, documenting, operating, selling, or maintaining basic support and manufacturing practices for aeronautical/aerospace vehicle and component support. Baccalaureate degree graduates typically have strengths in the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, or oversight of more advanced aeronautical/aerospace systems and process.

Outcomes
Each program must demonstrate that the technical, scientific, and managerial areas of expertise developed by graduates are appropriate to the technical orientation and goals of that program. Much of aeronautical/aerospace engineering technology involves the translation of engineering ideas and concepts into functioning vehicles, engines, and components. It is anticipated that the fundamental experiential skills may incorporate portions of the approved FAA Airframe and Powerplant curriculum.
Associate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates can apply the following principles to the specification, installation, fabrication, test, operation, sales, or documentation of basic aeronautical/aerospace systems:

a. Technical expertise in a minimum of three subject areas chosen from: engineering materials, applied structures, applied mechanics, applied aerodynamics, applied propulsion, and fundamentals of electricity.

b. Technical expertise in assembly and support processes, industry standards, regulations and documentation, and computer-aided engineering graphics with added technical depth in at least one of these areas.

c. Expertise in applied physics having an emphasis in applied mechanics and other technical topics in physics appropriate to the program objectives.

Baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates can apply the following concepts to the analysis, development, implementation, or oversight of aeronautical/aerospace systems and processes:

a. Technical expertise in engineering materials, statics, strength of materials, applied aerodynamics, applied propulsion, and either electrical power or electronics.

b. Technical expertise having added depth in a minimum of three subject areas chosen from: manufacturing processes, vehicle design and modification, engineering materials, electro-mechanical devices and controls, industrial operations, and systems engineering including the appreciation of the engineering design cycle and the system life cycle relating to the manufacture and maintenance of aeronautical/aerospace vehicles and their components.

c. Expertise in applied physics having an emphasis in applied mechanics, plus added technical topics in physics and other science principles appropriate to the program objectives.

Program Criteria for Air Conditioning, Refrigerating, Heading, and Ventilating Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers  

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include air conditioning, HVAC, refrigerating, heating, or ventilating and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program in Air Conditioning, Refrigerating, Heating and Ventilating Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application installation, manufacturing, operation, marketing and maintenance of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have competence in air-conditioning processes, heating/cooling load calculations, ventilation principles, pipe and duct design, system controls, system components, heating, refrigeration, economic analysis and computerized energy evaluation methods. Baccalaureate degree graduates are well prepared for design and development of complex systems complementing and expanding on lower division work.

Outcomes
Graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and hands-on competence appropriate to the goals of the program in:

a. utilizing air-conditioning processes, heating and cooling load calculations, ventilation principles, pipe and duct design, system controls, system components, heating, refrigeration, economic analysis, and computerized energy evaluation methods in system design.

b. applying mathematics, physics or chemistry, thermodynamics, psychrometrics, and fluid mechanics to HVAC&R systems

Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate, in addition to outcomes expected of associate degree graduates, the ability to:

a. analyze and design complex HVAC&R systems.

b. apply project management to HVAC&R systems.

c. apply economic analysis and computerized energy evaluation methods to HVAC&R systems.

Program Criteria for Architectural Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Society of Civil Engineers 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include architectural and similar modifiers in their title.

Objective 

Graduates of Architectural Engineering Technology programs will have the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the planning, design, construction, operation or maintenance of the built environment.  Graduates of associate degree programs are prepared for careers in the construction, testing, operation, and maintenance of building systems; they have the abilities to produce and utilize basic construction documents and to perform basic analysis and design of system components.  Baccalaureate degree graduates are prepared for careers in which they will analyze and design systems, specify project methods and materials, perform cost estimates and analyses, and manage technical activities in support of architectural projects. 

Outcomes 

Graduates of associate degree programs will, to the extent required to meet Program Educational Objectives:

a.   employ concepts of architectural theory and design in a design environment;

b.   utilize instruments, methods, software, and techniques that are appropriate to produce A/E documents and presentations;

c.   utilize measuring methods that are appropriate for field, office, or laboratory;

d.   apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to architectural engineering; 

In addition graduates if baccalaureate degree programs will, to the extent required to meet Program Educational Objectives:

a.   create, utilize, and present design, construction, and operations documents;

b.   perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, and maintenance of building systems;

c.   select appropriate materials and practices for building construction;

d.   apply principles of construction law and ethics in architectural practice, and;

e.   perform standard analysis and design in at least one recognized technical specialty within architectural engineering technology that is appropriate to the goals of the program.

Program Criteria for Automotive Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: SAE, International 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include automotive and similar modifiers in their title. The term "automotive" refers to land, sea, air, or space mobility.

Objective
An accreditable program will prepare graduates with technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in design, manufacturing, marketing, operation, and maintenance in the field of automotive engineering technology. Graduates of associate degree programs are expected to have strengths in their knowledge of operations, maintenance, and manufacturing, while baccalaureate degree graduates are expected to be prepared for design and management in the automotive field.

Outcomes
The nature and level of proficiency demonstrated by graduates in the outcomes prescribed below must be appropriate to the program objectives.

The field of automotive engineering technology is dependent on the application of computers in analysis, design, manufacturing, and operation of facilities. The program must demonstrate that graduates are competent in the application of computer technologies commonly used in industry, governmental service, and private practice associated with land, sea, air, and space mobility.

Graduates must demonstrate proficiency in the application of probability and statistics to the solution of problems related to land, sea, air, and space mobility.

In the field of automotive engineering technology, management and technology are often inextricably intertwined. The program must demonstrate that graduates have acquired the ability to apply modern and effective management skills in identification and investigation of problems, analysis of data, synthesis and implementation of solutions, and operations of facilities related to land, sea, air, and space mobility.

The program must demonstrate that graduates have a working knowledge of the design, manufacture, and maintenance of major subsystems and technologies associated with land, sea, air, and space mobility.

Program Criteria for Bioengineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: Biomedical Engineering Society
Cooperating Societies: American Ceramic Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers,
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers,
American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include bioengineering, biomedical, medical electronics, biomedical equipment and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program in Bioengineering Technology will prepare graduates with the technical skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, operation and/or maintenance of biomedical equipment. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of existing biomedical equipment or systems, whereas baccalaureate degree graduates are well prepared for development and implementation of biomedical equipment or systems.

Outcomes
Graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and hands-on competence appropriate to the goals of the program in:

a. the application of circuit analysis and design, analog and digital electronics, microcomputers, bioengineering systems, and safety in the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of biomedical equipment.

b. the applications of physics, chemistry, and biological sciences to building, testing, operation, and maintenance of biomedical equipment in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.

In addition to the above, graduates of baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate:

a. the ability to analyze, design, and implement bioengineering systems.

b. the ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of bioengineering systems.

c. an understanding of the clinical application of biomedical equipment.

Program Criteria for Chemical Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Institute of Chemical Engineers 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs which include chemical and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in design, manufacturing, marketing, operation, and maintenance in the field of chemical engineering technology. Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs typically have strengths in their knowledge of laboratory applications, design, technical service and supervision. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in their knowledge of operations, maintenance, and manufacturing.

Outcomes
The field of chemical engineering technology is dependent upon the application of chemistry in an industrial setting. The program must demonstrate that graduates have a working knowledge and ability to solve technical problems by the industrial application of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry; physics, and process stoichiometry. The program must also demonstrate that graduates of the baccalaureate program possess a deeper and broader knowledge which enables them to solve technical and managerial problems of a more complex nature than those expected of graduates of associate degree programs.

In the field of chemical engineering technology, the operation of chemical processes is extremely important. The program must demonstrate that graduates have the ability to apply:

a. The concepts of chemical engineering unit operations such as mass transfer, heat transfer, distillation, and evaporation to the design, operation, and maintenance of chemical processes,

b. The principles of thermodynamics; process control and instrumentation, computer applications, and materials science to the design, operation, and maintenance of chemical processes.

The nature and level of proficiency must be appropriate to the program objectives.

In the field of chemical engineering technology, the various fields of the chemical sciences and the operation of industrial chemical process equipment are often inextricably intertwined. The program must demonstrate that graduates have the ability to operate, test, and check out chemical process equipment in accordance with appropriate safety, health and environmental considerations and regulations.

Program Criteria for Civil Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Society of Civil Engineers 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include civil and similar modifiers in their title.

Objective 

Graduates of Civil Engineering Technology programs will have the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the planning, design, construction, operation or maintenance of the built environment and global infrastructure.  Graduates of associate degree programs have skills in construction testing, operation, and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure and the ability to produce and utilize basic construction documents and perform basic analysis and design of system components.  Graduates of  baccalaureate degree programs are prepared to analyze and design systems, specify project methods and materials, perform cost estimates and analyses, and manage technical activities in support of civil engineering projects. 

Outcomes 

Graduates of associate degree programs will, to the extent required to support Program Educational Objectives:

a.   utilize principles, hardware, and software that are appropriate to produce drawings, reports, quantity estimates, and other documents related to civil engineering;

b.   conduct standardized field and laboratory tests related to civil engineering;

c.   utilize surveying methods appropriate for land measurement and/or construction layout;

d.   apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to civil engineering.

In addition, graduates of baccalaureate degree programs will, to the extent required to support Program Educational Objectives:

a.   plan and prepare documents appropriate for design and construction;

b.   perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, operations and  maintenance of systems associated with civil engineering;

c.   select appropriate engineering materials and practices, and;

d.   perform standard analysis and design in at least three sub-disciplines related to civil engineering.

Program Criteria for Computer Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Cooperating Society: Institute of Industrial Engineers
 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include computer and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program in Computer Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with the skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, operation, and/or maintenance of computer systems. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of existing computer systems and their associated software systems, whereas baccalaureate degree graduates are well prepared for development and implementation of computer systems.

Outcomes
Graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and hands-on competence appropriate to the objectives of the program in:

a. the application of electric circuits, computer programming, associated software applications, analog and digital electronics, microcomputers, operating systems, and local area networks, and engineering standards to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.

b. the application of natural sciences and mathematics at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.

In addition to the above, graduates of baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate:

a. the ability to analyze, design, and implement hardware and software computer systems.

b. the ability to apply project management techniques to computer systems.

c. the ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of computer systems and networks.

Program Criteria for Construction Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Society of Civil Engineers 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include construction and similar modifiers in their title.

Objective
 Graduates of Construction Engineering Technology programs will have the technical skills necessary to enter careers in construction, operation and/or maintenance of the built environment and global infrastructure.  Graduates of associate degree programs have skills in the construction, testing, operation, and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure;  they also have the ability to utilize basic construction documents to participate in construction activities. Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs are prepared to specify project methods and materials, perform cost estimates and analyses, and manage construction activities. 

Outcomes
Graduates of associate degree programs will, to the extent required to meet Program Educational Objectives:

a.   utilize techniques that are appropriate to administer and evaluate construction contracts, documents, and codes;

b.   estimate costs, estimate quantities, and evaluate materials for construction projects;

c.   utilize measuring methods, hardware, and software that are appropriate for field, laboratory, and office processes related to construction;

d.   apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to construction engineering.

In addition, graduates of baccalaureate degree programs will, to the extent required to meet the Program Educational Objectives:

a.   produce and utilize design, construction, and operations documents;

b.   perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, and maintenance of systems associated with construction engineering;

c.   select appropriate construction materials and practices;

d.   apply appropriate principles of construction management, law, and ethics, and;

e.    perform standard analysis and design in at least one sub-discipline related to construction engineering.
 

Program Criteria for Drafting / Design Engineering Technology (Mechanical) and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Cooperating Society: Society of Manufacturing Engineers
 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs with an emphasis on mechanical components and systems, that include drafting/design and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program in Drafting/Design Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with knowledge, problem solving ability, and hands on skills to enter careers in drafting and basic design of mechanical components and systems. Graduates of associate degree programs shall have competency in drafting, including at least one commercial CAD software package appropriate to the program objectives. Baccalaureate degree graduates are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter careers in applied mechanical design.

Outcomes
Graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in:

a. engineering materials, applied mechanics, and manufacturing methods.

b. applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas.

c. the application of physics and engineering materials having an emphasis in applied mechanics, or in-depth application of physics having emphasis in mechanical components and design.

Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to outcomes required of associate degree graduates, must demonstrate competency in the application of manuals, handbooks, material and/or equipment specifications, and related software in advanced drafting/design. Competency in the application of current codes and standards must be demonstrated with open-ended design experiences that integrate materials, manufacturing, design analysis, or graphics. Understanding of concepts relating to the environmental and economic impacts of design must also be demonstrated. Graduates must also demonstrate competency in:

a. design of machine elements, advanced drafting including current three dimensional computer representations as related to mechanical design, and manufacturing methods. Advanced proficiency must be demonstrated in at least three drafting / design related areas, consistent with the technical orientation of the program.

b. the in-depth application of physics and engineering materials having emphasis in drafting, manufacturing, and design of mechanical components.

Program Criteria for Electrical / Electronic(s) Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include electrical or electronic(s) and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program in Electrical/Electronic(s) Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and/or maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of existing electrical systems, whereas baccalaureate degree graduates are well prepared for development and implementation of electrical/electronic(s) systems.

Outcomes
Graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and hands-on competence appropriate to the goals of the program in:

a. the application of circuit analysis and design, computer programming, associated software, analog and digital electronics, and microcomputers, and engineering standards to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems.

b. the applications of physics or chemistry to electrical/electronic(s) circuits in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.

Given the breadth of technical expertise involved with electrical systems, and the unique objectives of individual programs, some baccalaureate programs may focus on preparing graduates with in-depth but narrow expertise, while other programs may choose to prepare graduates with expertise in a broad spectrum of the field. Therefore, the depth and breadth of expertise demonstrated by baccalaureate graduates must be appropriate to support the goals of the program. In addition to the outcomes expected of associate degree graduates, graduates of baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate:

a. the ability to analyze, design, and implement control systems, instrumentation systems, communications systems, computer systems, or power systems.

b. the ability to apply project management techniques to electrical/electronic(s) systems.

c. the ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of electrical/electronic(s) systems.

Program Criteria for Electromechanical Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Cooperating Society: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
and International Society of Automation
 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include electromechanical or similar modifiers in their title.

Objective
An accreditable associate degree program in electromechanical engineering technology will typically prepare graduates with the technical skills necessary to enter careers in the building, installation, application, and operation and/or maintenance of electromechanical hardware and software systems. An accreditable baccalaureate degree program in electromechanical engineering technology will typically prepare graduates for applied design, development, and management of electromechanical systems.

Outcomes
The field of electromechanical engineering technology depends heavily on the integration of electrical, mechanical, computer, and network components to the design, application, operation, and maintenance of electromechanical systems.

Accordingly, graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and technical competency, appropriate to the objectives of the program, to:

a. Use computer-aided drafting or design tools to prepare graphical representations of electromechanical systems.

b. Use circuit analysis, analog and digital electronics, basic instrumentation, and computers to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.

c. Use statics, dynamics (or applied mechanics), strength of materials, engineering materials, engineering standards, and manufacturing processes to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.

Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to the outcomes required of associate degree graduates and appropriate to the objectives of the program, must also demonstrate competency to:

a. Use appropriate computer programming languages for operating electromechanical systems.

b. Use electrical/electronic devices such as amplifiers, motors, relays, power systems, and computer and instrumentation systems for applied design, operation, or troubleshooting electromechanical systems.

c. Use advanced topics in engineering mechanics, engineering materials, and fluid mechanics for applied design, operation, or troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.

d. Use basic knowledge of control systems for the applied design, operation. or troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.

e. Use differential and integral calculus, as a minimum, to characterize the static and dynamic performance of electromechanical systems.

f. Use appropriate management techniques in the investigation, analysis, and design of electromechanical systems.

Program Criteria for Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Society for Engineering Education

These program criteria apply to engineering technology (without modifiers) and similarly named programs.

There are no program-specific criteria beyond the General Criteria.
 

Program Criteria for Environmental Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Academy of Environmental Engineers
Cooperating Societies: American Institute of Chemical Engineers;
American Society of Civil Engineers;
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers;
American Society of Mechanical Engineers;
SAE International;
Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include environmental and similar modifiers in their title.

Objective
The field of environmental engineering technology is broad, ranging from laboratory measurements to field measurements to design and system operation. An accreditable Environmental Engineering Technology program will prepare graduates to work in one or more specialties as described by the program objectives. Graduates shall understand the concepts of professional practice and the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private organizations pertaining to environmental engineering technology. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have competence in applied skills, while baccalaureate degree graduates have a deeper understanding and competence in the application of mathematics, physical sciences, and biological science to the field.

Outcomes
The field of environmental engineering technology includes environmental measurements and the design, management, and operation of environmental facilities. Associate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates are capable of applying mathematics and physical science appropriate to the program objectives. Baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates, in addition to the outcomes expected of associate degree graduates, are capable of:

a. applying probability and statistics to data and risk analyses;

b. formulating material balances;

c. applying principles of biological science, chemistry, physics and calculus, to situations relevant to the program objectives.

Program Criteria for Industrial Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: Institute of Industrial Engineers 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to industrial engineering technology programs and to those with similar modifiers in their titles, leading to either an associate or a baccalaureate degree.

Objective
An accreditable program in Industrial Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy. Graduates at the associate level will be prepared for immediate employment, but will also be prepared to continue in baccalaureate studies in industrial engineering technology and related upper level studies. Graduates at the baccalaureate level will be prepared for careers in higher levels of system design, integration, and management.

Outcomes
Graduates must demonstrate the ability to accomplish the integration of systems using appropriate analytical, computational, and application practices and procedures.

Graduates at the baccalaureate level must demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of probability, statistics, engineering economic analysis and cost control, and other technical sciences and specialties necessary in the field of industrial engineering technology.

Program Criteria for Information Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Cooperating Society: CSAB
 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include information and similar modifiers in their titles. The program title must include the words “engineering technology.”

Objective
An accreditable program in Information Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with the technical and project management skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, operation and/or maintenance of computer systems, networks, and telecommunications systems dedicated to the processing and transfer of information. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of existing hardware and software systems, whereas baccalaureate degree graduates normally are well prepared for design, development, and management.

Outcomes
The field of Information Engineering Technology depends heavily on the application of computer and network components for use in the processing, analysis, and transfer of information. Accordingly, graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and hands-on competence appropriate to the goals of the program in:

a. the application of computer and network hardware, operating systems, system and network administration, programming languages, applications software, and databases in the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of hardware and software systems.

b. the application of electrical, electronic, telecommunications, and digital signal propagation fundamentals in the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of hardware and software systems.

Given the breadth of technical expertise involved with information systems, and the unique objectives of individual programs, some baccalaureate programs may focus on preparing graduates with in-depth but narrow expertise, while other programs may choose to prepare graduates with expertise in a broad spectrum of the field. Therefore, the depth and breadth of expertise demonstrated by baccalaureate graduates must be appropriate to support the goals of the program. In addition to outcomes expected of associate degree graduates, graduates of baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate:

a. the ability to design, implement, maintain and provide for the security of facilities involved with the processing and transfer of information

b. the ability to apply project management techniques to facilities that process and transfer information

c. the ability to apply discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics in the support of facilities that process and transfer information.

Program Criteria for Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: International Society of Automation 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include “instrumentation”, “measurement”, “metrology”, “control”, "robotics", “automation”, and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program in instrumentation and control systems engineering technology will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in design, manufacturing, marketing, operations, and maintenance in the fields of measurement, control, robotics, and automation engineering technology. Graduates of associate degree programs, as a result of extensive laboratory experience in component/device operation, calibration and interconnection, have strengths in their knowledge of operations, maintenance, and manufacturing. Baccalaureate degree graduates are qualified to undertake the design and specification of control systems and for the subsequent management of their installation and operation.

Outcomes
The field of instrumentation and control systems engineering technology is heavily dependent on the application of computers in the analysis, design, and operation of manufacturing and processing facilities. The program must demonstrate that graduates have the ability to:

a. apply concepts of automatic control, including measurement, feedback and feedforward regulation for the operation of continuous and discrete systems,

b. design and implement systems utilizing analog and/or digital control devices,

c. apply the concepts of chemistry, physics, and electricity/electronics to measurement and control systems,

d. apply the concepts of digital and microprocessor systems and functionality of system components/devices for the automation of processes, e. apply the concepts of measurements and sensor selection, and

f. communicate the technical details of control systems using current techniques and graphical standards.

In addition, baccalaureate graduates must demonstrate the ability to

a. apply the concepts of mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer to the design of process control systems, and

b. understand and utilize programmable logic controllers (PLC), distributed control systems (DCS) and supervisory control systems for control of manufacturing and processing systems.

Mathematics forms the basis for design, synthesis and analysis in the field of instrumentation and control engineering technology. Associate degree graduates must demonstrate the ability to apply algebra, trigonometry, and elementary calculus in the installation, calibration and trouble-shooting of control systems. Baccalaureate graduates must demonstrate proficiency in the utilization of differential and integral calculus and ordinary differential equations in the design, analysis, and performance assessment of control systems.

In the field of instrumentation and control engineering technology, management and technology are often inextricably intertwined. Therefore

a. associate degree graduates must demonstrate the ability to recognize and apply the fundamental concepts of economics and management to problems in automatic control systems, and

b. baccalaureate degree graduates must demonstrate the ability to utilize modern and effective management skills for performing investigation, analysis, and synthesis in the implementation of automatic control systems.

Program Criteria for Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: Society of Manufacturing Engineers 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include "manufacturing" and modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable baccalaureate degree program in manufacturing engineering technology will prepare graduates with technical and leadership skills necessary to enter careers in process and systems design, manufacturing operations, maintenance, technical sales or service functions in a manufacturing enterprise. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in manufacturing operations, maintenance and service functions.

Outcomes
Programs must demonstrate that graduates are prepared for careers centered on the manufacture of goods. In this context, 'manufacturing' is a process or procedure through which plans, materials, personnel, and equipment are transformed in some way that adds value.

Graduates must demonstrate the ability to apply the technologies of materials, manufacturing processes, tooling, automation, production operations, maintenance, quality, industrial organization and management, and statistics to the solution of manufacturing problems. Graduates must demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a comprehensive design project related to the field of manufacturing.

Program Criteria for Marine Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineering 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include marine and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter a variety of different careers in the field of marine engineering technology. Graduates of associate degree programs must have strengths in their knowledge of operations, maintenance, and manufacturing, while baccalaureate degree graduates must also be well prepared for design and management in marine engineering technology.

Outcomes
The field of marine engineering technology is dependent on the application of the technical sciences to marine equipment, systems, and vehicles.

The program must demonstrate that the baccalaureate degree graduates are proficient in applying the principles of college-level physics and chemistry to problems associated with marine equipment, systems and vehicles. The program must demonstrate that associate degree graduates are proficient in applying the principles of college-level physics to problems associated with marine equipment, systems and vehicles. The nature and level of proficiency must be appropriate to the program objectives.

The program must demonstrate that graduates are proficient in applying the principles of fluid mechanics, hydrostatic stability, solid mechanics, materials, dynamics, and energy systems to marine equipment, systems and vehicles. The nature and level of proficiency must be appropriate to the program objectives.

Knowledge of modern instrumentation and proper laboratory practices is important in the field of marine engineering technology. The program must demonstrate that graduates are proficient in (a) the use and application of instrumentation for measuring physical phenomena related to naval architecture and/or marine engineering technology, and (b) the design of experiments, data collection, analysis, and formal report writing.

The program must demonstrate that graduates are proficient in the operation, maintenance, analysis, and management of modern marine power plants and associated marine auxiliary equipment and systems. The program must also demonstrate that graduates are proficient in the use of design manuals, material/equipment specifications, and industry regulations applicable to marine engineering technology. The nature and level of proficiency must be appropriate to the program objectives.

Program Criteria for Mechanical Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Society of Mechanical Engineers 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include mechanical and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program in Mechanical Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with knowledge, problem solving ability, and hands-on skills to enter careers in the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or maintenance of mechanical systems. Level and scope of career preparation will depend on the degree level and specific program orientation. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in specifying, installing, fabricating, testing, documenting, operating, selling, or maintaining basic mechanical systems, whereas baccalaureate degree graduates typically have strengths in the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, or oversight of more advanced mechanical systems and processes.

Outcomes
The mechanical engineering technology discipline encompasses the areas (and principles) of materials, applied mechanics, computer-aided drafting/design, manufacturing, experimental techniques/procedure, analysis of engineering data, machine/mechanical design/analysis, conventional or alternative energy system design/analysis, power generation, fluid power, thermal/fluid system design/analysis, plant operation, maintenance, technical sales, instrumentation/control systems, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), among others. As such, programs outcomes, based on specific program objectives, may have a narrower focus with greater depth, selecting fewer areas, or a broader spectrum approach with less depth, drawing from multiple areas. However, all programs must demonstrate an applied basis in engineering mechanics/sciences.

Associate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates can apply specific program principles to the specification, installation, fabrication, test, operation, maintenance, sales, or documentation of basic mechanical systems depending on program orientation and the needs of their constituents.

Baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates can apply specific program principles to the analysis, design, development, implementation, or oversight of more advanced mechanical systems or processes depending on program orientation and the needs of their constituents.

Program Criteria for Nuclear Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Nuclear Society 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to Nuclear Engineering Technology programs and those with similar modifiers in their titles, leading to either an associate or a bachelor’s degree.

Objective
An accredited program in Nuclear Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with knowledge, skills, and problem-solving abilities required to enter careers in those parts of the nuclear industry served by the program. Graduates of programs in nuclear engineering technology will have strengths in the areas of nuclear processes and operations, nuclear systems, and radiological safety, developed from an understanding of the fundamental principles, conservation laws, and rate processes of the physical sciences, and the importance of the safe operation of nuclear systems.

Outcomes
An associate degree program must demonstrate that graduates have acquired the following capabilities:

a. An understanding of nuclear systems and operations, and radiological safety, including

1. radiation protection procedures,

2. currently applicable rules and regulations, maintenance, control, performance, the human interface in operations, and quality assurance pertaining to the operation of nuclear systems, and

3. the importance of the safe operation of nuclear systems.

b. An ability to solve problems using foundation mathematics and the fundamental principles, conservation laws, and rate processes of the physical sciences that are commonly encountered in the segment of the nuclear industry served by the program.

c. An ability to conduct, analyze, and interpret laboratory experiments, and to interpret laboratory analyses that measure nuclear and radiation processes.

A baccalaureate degree program must demonstrate that graduates have acquired the capabilities specified above and the following capabilities:

a. An ability to apply advanced mathematics, including differential/integral calculus, to the solution of problems commonly encountered in the segment of the nuclear industry served by the program.

b. An understanding of the design processes for nuclear systems used in the segment of the nuclear industry served by the program.

Program Criteria for Surveying / Geomatics Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: American Congress on Surveying and Mapping
Cooperating Society: American Society of Civil Engineers 

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include surveying or geomatics and similar modifiers in their title.

Objective
An accreditable program in Surveying/Geomatics Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with the technical skills necessary to enter careers in boundary and/or land surveying, geographic and/or land information systems, engineering project surveying, photogrammetry, mapping and geodesy, remote sensing, or other related areas. The level and scope of career preparation will depend on the degree level and specific program orientation. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in utilizing measurement technologies and field mapping, and possess the ability to interpret basic land records and prepare maps and plats; whereas baccalaureate degree graduates possess a stronger background in geodetic science, photogrammetry and remote sensing, and data analysis, and are prepared to design and select appropriate measurement systems, analyze positional accuracy in conformance with appropriate standards, prepare land records and plats to meet legal requirements, and manage surveying/geomatics activities.

 Outcomes
Associate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates are capable of:

a. Utilizing modern measurement technologies to acquire spatial data;

b. Employing industry-standard software to solve technical problems;

Baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates, in addition to the competencies above, are capable of:

a. Applying technical concepts to the design of measurement systems to meet project requirements;

b. Analyzing data for conformance with precision and accuracy requirements;

c. Performing standard analysis and design in at least one of the recognized technical specialties within surveying/geomatics technology that are appropriate to the goals of the program. The specialties include boundary and/or land surveying geographic and/or land information systems, engineering project surveying, photogrammetry, mapping and geodesy, and other related areas.

Program Criteria for Telecommunications Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Programs

Lead Society: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers  

Applicability
These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include telecommunications and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective
An accreditable program in Telecommunications Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, management, operation, and/or maintenance of telecommunication systems. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of existing telecommunications systems, whereas baccalaureate degree graduates are well prepared for development and implementation of telecommunications systems.

Outcomes
Graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and hands-on competence appropriate to the goals of the program in:

a. the application of electric circuits, computer programming, associated software, analog and digital electronics, voice and data communications, engineering standards, and the principles of telecommunications systems in the solution of telecommunications problems.

b. the applications of physics to telecommunications systems in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.

In addition to the above, graduates of baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate:

c. the ability to analyze, design, and implement telecommunications systems.

d. the ability to analyze and implement switching technologies, wide area networking technologies, and policy.

e. the ability to manage, design, and plan wide area networks.

f. the ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, or applied differential equations in support of telecommunication systems and wide area networks.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CRITERIA

The following section presents proposed changes to these criteria as approved by the ABET Board of Directors on October 27, 2012, for a one-year first reading review and comment period. Comments will be considered until June 15, 2013. The ABET Board of Directors will determine, based on the comments received and on the advice of the ETAC, the content of the adopted criteria. The adopted criteria will then become effective following the ABET Board of Directors Meeting in the fall of 2013 and will first be applied by the ETAC for accreditation actions during the 2014-15 academic year.

Comments relative to any of the following proposed criteria changes should be addressed to: Senior Director for Accreditation Operations, ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 or to accreditation@abet.org.

PROPOSED PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AND SIMILARLY NAMED PROGRAMS

Lead Society: Society of Fire Protection Engineers 

Applicability 

These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include fire protection and similar modifiers in their title. 

Objectives 

An accreditable fire protection engineering technology program will prepare graduates to work in one or more of the areas of fire protection engineering technology including fire protection analysis, knowledge of codes and standards, fire protection management, fire science and human behavior, fire protection systems, and passive building systems and construction as they relate to fire protection.  Graduates of associate degree programs typically will have knowledge in the areas of fire science, fire suppression services, public safety education, and emergency services.  Baccalaureate degree graduates, in addition to the knowledge required in associate degree programs, will be able to apply the basics of fire protection engineering technology to practical environments involving the fire safety of buildings and occupants. 

Outcomes 

Graduates shall have competence in the application of mathematics, physical sciences, and biological sciences to the field and shall understand the concepts of professional practice and the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private organizations pertaining to fire protection engineering technology. 

Graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program to: 

  1.  basic fire science, 
  2.  fire suppression services, 
  3.  fire prevention, 
  4.  public safety education 
  5.  emergency management, and 
  6.  emergency medical and rescue services 

Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to the outcomes required of associate degree graduates and appropriate to the objective of the program, must also demonstrate competency in: 

  1. anticipating, recognizing, and evaluating fire hazards; 
  2. conducting fire risk analysis; 
  3. fire investigation; 
  4. formulating fire control and fire hazard mitigation strategies; 
  5. maintaining fire protection program/system effectiveness;  
  6. applying applicable codes and standards; 
  7. hazardous materials handling; and 
  8. demonstrating an understanding of the conduct of incident investigations, including associated legal responsibilities and record keeping.  

PROPOSED REVISION TO THE PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR CHEMICAL, PROCESS, PLANT ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AND SIMILARLY NAMED PROGRAMS

Lead Society:  American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Applicability 

These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs which include chemical, process, plant, and similar modifiers in their titles.

Objective 

An accreditable program will prepare graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in design, manufacturing, marketing, operation, and maintenance in the field of chemical engineering technology.  Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs typically have strengths in their knowledge of laboratory applications, design, technical service and supervision.   Graduates of associate degree programs typically have strengths in their knowledge of operations, maintenance, and manufacturing.

Outcomes 

The field of chemical engineering technology is dependent upon the application of chemistry in an industrial setting.  The program must demonstrate that graduates have a working knowledge and ability to solve technical problems by the industrial application of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry; physics, and process stoichiometry.  The program must also demonstrate that graduates of the baccalaureate program possess a deeper and broader knowledge which enables them to solve technical and managerial problems of a more complex nature than those expected of graduates of associate degree programs.

In the field of chemical engineering technology, the operation of chemical processes is extremely important.  The program must demonstrate that graduates have the ability to apply:

a.   The concepts of chemical engineering unit operations such as mass transfer, heat transfer, distillation, and evaporation to the design, operation, and maintenance of chemical processes,

b.   The principles of thermodynamics; process control and instrumentation, computer applications, and materials science to the design, operation, and maintenance of chemical processes.

The nature and level of proficiency must be appropriate to the program objectives.

In the field of chemical engineering technology, the various fields of the chemical sciences and the operation of industrial chemical process equipment are often inextricably intertwined.  The program must demonstrate that graduates have the ability to operate, test, and check out chemical process equipment in accordance with appropriate safety, health and environmental considerations and regulations. 

PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AND SIMILARLY NAMED PROGRAMS

Lead Society:  American Academy of Environmental Engineers

Cooperating Societies:  American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, SAE International; and Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration

Applicability 

These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include environmental and similar modifiers in their title.

Objective 

The field of environmental engineering technology is broad, ranging from laboratory measurements to field measurements to system design and system operation.  An accreditable environmental engineering technology program will prepare graduates to work in one or more specialties as described by the program objectives.  Graduates shall understand the roles and responsibilities of public and private organizations pertaining to environmental regulations.  Graduates are prepared to apply the shall understand the concepts of professional practice and assist in project management. the roles and responsibilities of public institutions and private organizations pertaining to environmental engineering technology.  Graduates of associate degree programs typically have competence in applied skills, while baccalaureate degree graduates have a deeper understanding and competence in the application of engineering principles to problem solving and to the design of engineered systems; and the application of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biologyal sciences, and biological science to the field.

Outcomes 

The field of environmental engineering technology includes environmental measurements and the design, management, and operation of environmental facilities and systems.  Associate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates are capable of:  applying mathematics and physical science appropriate to the program objectives. 

  1. Conducting sampling of environmental media; 
  2. Performing field and laboratory measurements of environmental parameters, including use of common instruments and equipment appropriate to environmental technology; 
  3. Applying quality control methods in sampling and measurement and utilizing basic statistical techniques in analysis of the results; 
  4. Preparing reports to adequately describe results of environmental sampling and measurement; 
  5. Explaining operating principles of a range of unit processes for environmental control; and 
  6. Performing CAD and GIS operations and applying them to solving engineering problems. 

Baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates, in addition to the outcomes expected of associate degree graduates, are capable of: 

  1. Applying probability and statistics to measured data and performing risk analyses;
  2. Formulating flow and material balances;
  3. Applying principles of biology,ical science chemistry, and physics and calculusto situations relevant to the program; and 
  4. Designing basic unit processes for pollution prevention and waste treatment. 

PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AND SIMILARLY NAMED PROGRAMS

Lead Society:  Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Applicability 

These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs that include "manufacturing" and modifiers in their titles.

Objective 

An accreditable baccalaureate degree program in manufacturing engineering technology will prepare graduates with technical and leadership skills necessary for manufacturing competitiveness and to enter careers in manufacturing process and systems design, manufacturing operations, quality, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, and sustainability. maintenance, technical sales or service functions in a manufacturing enterprise. Graduates of associate degree programs typically have careers strengths in manufacturing operations, maintenance and service functions.

Outcomes 

ProgramsGraduates must demonstrate the ability to apply the following to the solution of manufacturing problems to achieve manufacturing competitiveness: (a) materials and manufacturing processes; (b) product design process, tooling, and assembly; (c) manufacturing systems, automation, and operations; (d) statistics, quality and continuous improvement, and industrial organization and management. 

Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs must have a capstone or integrating experience that develops and illustrates student competencies in applying both technical and non-technical skills in successfully solving manufacturing problems. 

that graduates are prepared for careers centered on the manufacture of goods.  In this context, 'manufacturing' is a process or procedure through which plans, materials, personnel, and equipment are transformed in some way that adds value.  

Graduates must demonstrate the ability to apply the technologies of materials, manufacturing processes, tooling, automation, production operations, maintenance, quality, industrial organization and management, and statistics to the solution of manufacturing problems.  

 Graduates must demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a comprehensive design project related to the field of manufacturing.  

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