We all know what an engineer is and what technology is but hardly any of us know the difference between engineering and engineering technology courses that are offered by several institutions. Engineering and engineering technology are separate but closely related professional areas that differ in some sectors. Let us look at the aspects on which they differ from one another.
- Curricular Focus – We know engineering courses which are often focused on the conceptual and theoretical aspects whereas we know engineering technology courses pay much more weight on how to implement a particular design and also about the application of it. Engineering courses require the candidates to know more about the subject in depth like high level mathematics like high-level calculus and several other calculus-based sciences as well. In this aspect engineering technology courses require more of a focus on applied calculus, trigonometry, algebra and other sciences related to the practical sciences like applications of the topics you would’ve learned in CBSE class 10.
- Career Paths – For candidates who graduate from engineering courses they will be termed by the name as engineers. These engineers will start off with an entry-level work wherein they will be working on research and development of conceptual designs. Some even continue to graduate-level work in engineering. For candidates who graduate from a 4-year engineering technology courses, they will be termed by the name technologists whereas candidates who graduate from a 2-year engineering technology courses they will be termed by the name technicians. These candidates are more likely to enter positions in sectors of our economy like technical services and sales, testing, product design,manufacturing or construction. Some who go further with their studies go for business administration, facilities management, or engineering.
This is not the complete gist of it. There is more to the relation between engineering courses and engineering technology courses. While some engineers may pick up an MBA on completing their engineering and start their own consulting firm, technologists prefer to spend their time on real-life applications which require their design capacities.
Thus we have discussed on what aspects the courses of engineering and engineering technology differ from each other. But to join any of these courses you need to have your basics covered properly. For help with covering topics of CBSE Class 9 and class 10, check out our YouTube channel –