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Online Master of Science in Engineering Technology – Courses

Purdue University’s MS in Engineering Technology curriculum is designed to prepare you for leadership and advanced technical positions in industry, business, academia and government in applied research, solution development, entrepreneurial ventures and management.

The 30-credit online degree program can be completed in as little as two years, and consists of 12 courses. All courses focus on real-world knowledge relating to the management, development and innovation of new technologies that can be directly applied to solving business and industry problems. The curriculum is also dynamic in content and regularly updated to keep pace with emerging trends in engineering technology.

MET 52700 - Technology from a Global Perspective (3 credit hours)

This course gives students from all disciplines the opportunity to learn, research, and discuss, the global challenges faced by professionals when working and interacting with international organizations and companies. Global grand challenges we face as a society and in industry, and how to use technologies to solve these issues, will be covered. Other topics include international business and industry ethics, international cultures in the workplace, and global project management and innovation. Part of the course allows students to explore their own research and higher education passion on a global scale of impact.

ENGT 50700 - Collaborative Leadership and Agile Strategy / MET 581 – Workshop in MET* (3 credit hours)

Increasingly, companies must rely on collaborations with internal and external partners both to create and capture value. Innovation — the complex process of aligning technology and market development — is inherently collaborative. Yet our traditional approach to leadership development has been focused on equipping individuals to succeed within top-down, hierarchical organizations. Designing and guiding complex collaborations involves a different set of leadership skills. Participants will learn and practice these skills in order to leverage the power of networks and manage scalable and sustainable collaborations. The course will introduce agile strategy, an approach to strategy that replaces traditional strategic planning.

MET 53000 - Facilities Engineering Technology (3 credit hours)

A study of the application of the engineering sciences and technology to the solution of problems associated with mechanical and electrical systems in buildings. Emphasizes commercial and industrial facilities. Identifying energy conservation measures for both mechanical and electrical systems and evaluating their economic impact are an important focus of the course.

ECET 53500 - Energy Management  (3 credit hours)

The global need for comprehensive energy management to achieve sustainability goals is discussed, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. Energy audits of industrial facilities to identify and implement cost effective opportunities for improved performance  are targeted. The importance of post construction monitoring, evaluation, and reporting is emphasized.

ENGT 58100* - Smart Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain Management (3 credit hours)

This course will examine the selection, characteristics and optimization of materials, processes, big data, cloud analysis of design data, control and adaptive theories, energy consumption and personnel in a production environment. Additionally, an understanding of the policies, methods, and best practices of managing global supply chains in multinational corporations will be presented. Societal, cultural and historical contexts will be included in the course.

ENGT 59000-1* - Engineering Technology Capstone Research Writing (Review of Literature & Proposal) (1 credit hour)

Graduate students in the School of Engineering Technology need to be able to develop and format writing styles to present their work. Hence, this course will focus on the utilization and writing practices using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Not all of the writing you will do will conform exactly to APA style (IEEE for example), but a significant part will.  The purpose of this course is to expose you to a variety of methods of how to search for information of professional interest and to teach a formal approach to writing about it, leading to a project research proposal.

MET 50300 - Applied Optimization (3 credit hours)

This course will introduce technology graduate students and senior undergraduates to the basic concepts of optimization methods, with particular emphasis on applications in product and process design. Math reviews will be included as needed by the students. Unconstrained nonlinear problems will be presented and solved using robust methods that are simple to implement. Constrained problems will be solved using a basic extension of an unconstrained method. Permission of department required.

ENGT 58100* - Internet of Things and Cybersecurity (3 credit hours)

Pervasive systems such as the Internet of Things (IoT) will require management at all levels to understand the technology’s ecosystem, and the inherent security threats that computer and cyber-physical systems present. Illegally accessing (hacking) corporate data is increasingly becoming the most common form of corporate espionage in use today. Additionally, companies are increasingly faced with the practice of data being held for ransom or for blackmail purposes. Understanding the techniques and thwarting attacks aimed at information systems will be the key to keeping sensitive corporate information and secrets secure, and will require everyone’s participation, not just the IT department. For this course, students will learn the underlying system concepts, and the techniques used to commit corporate data-related crimes; how to detect and avoid these potentially catastrophic intrusions; and the means to protect one a company’s most important assets…its systems and data

ENGT 59000-2* - Engineering Technology Capstone Research Writing (Research Investigation & Writing) (1 credit hour)

The capstone purpose is a culminating Engineering Technology research and writing event requiring students to use the collective knowledge, wisdom and research that have been assimilated during the course of the degree program. Specifically, the learning outcome is an opportunity to select a problem or issue which is then analyzed, corrected and documented. Projects are typically an applied application of technology or process to solve a business, industrial or education problem as described by a problem statement and reinforced by a thorough review of the literature. The deliverables or concrete outcomes can take the form of comparative analyses, pilot/prototype systems, software development, physical plant layouts, educational and training media, human resource studies, design of experiments studies, multimedia development, and theory of constraints model applications, to name just a few. 

ENGT 58100* - Engineering Technology Statistics for Industry (3 credit hours)

The purpose of this course is to teach the practitioner how to making optimum process, business and personnel decisions as a manager by using engineering technology statistics. Emphasis will be placed on verification, validation, manufacturing, QA/QC, basic probability, summarizing data, basic tools (flowcharts, fishbone diagrams, Pareto charts, etc.), failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), SPC, Cp/CpK, upper and lower control limits/charts, use of control charts for continual improvement, Six Sigma, design of experiments and Taguchi methodology.

ENGT 59000-3* - Engineering Technology Capstone Research Writing (Deliverable) (1 credit hour)

The capstone purpose is a culminating Engineering Technology research and writing event requiring students to use the collective knowledge, wisdom and research that have been assimilated during the course of the degree program. Specifically, the learning outcome is an opportunity to select a problem or issue (possibly tied to your own company), which is then analyzed, corrected and submitted to a scholarly journal paper for publication in an appropriate journal or trade publication. Some students might choose to put it in perspective in the formative stages, for example, to evaluate your responsibilities in the workplace. You can identify processes, procedures and opportunities that could make your employer serve its internal and external customers better. While the capstone is an academic requirement, you can also use it to affect your organizations’ ability to be more effective.

TLI 53410 - Implementation and Advanced Topics of Six Sigma (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to expose graduate students to the theory behind implementation of Six Sigma at the enterprise level. Students will develop their own research with regard to the future of the discipline through particular assessments. Topics include structure and methodology of Six Sigma deployment, including systems thinking, change management, business process management, competitive intelligence through international standards and the future of the discipline. Students will learn the methodology of Six Sigma at the project level for technical skill building in addition to practices of implementing and managing Six Sigma at an organizational level.

*Official course number will be assigned upon approval from the Graduate School.

Prepare to Lead

Explore how Purdue’s online MS in Engineering Technology can prepare you for leadership and advancement in your engineering technology career. To learn more, call 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions advisor or request more information.

In addition to the online degree program, Purdue also offers the program on campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.