Engineering Technology Division Overview

The Engineering Technology Division (ETD) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has as its principal function the support of individual member interests related to the field of engineering technology. Its membership is composed of public and private two and four-year engineering technology educators from all over the world, as well as representatives from industries that employ engineering technology graduates. A number of engineering educators are also members.

ETD sponsors national and regional meetings, publishes a newsletter, promotes studies of engineering technology, and publishes a journal. The Engineering Technology Division acts as a general forum for the exchange of ideas pertinent to the disciplines, administration, and industrial interests in engineering technology education. It offers members an opportunity to become involved in up-to-date information exchange and personal contacts with others sharing similar interests.  You can join the Engineering Technology Division through the ASEE website (http://www.asee.org) as part of being an ASEE member.  In addition to becoming plugged into the ET community at a national level, your dues give you the following benefits.

ETD Membership Benefits

  1. Receive the Journal of Engineering Technology (JET). JET is a refereed journal published semi-annually by the Engineering Technology Division. The journal is one of the major publication venues of refereed scholarly works for engineering technology educators.
  2. Eligibility to participate in the annual Mini-Grant program,  which provides members of the division an opportunity for partial funding on projects that will benefit ETD or a segment of the engineering technology community.
  3. Have a voice in advancing engineering technology education through the Engineering Technology National Forum (ETNF).
  4. Opportunities to take a leadership role in advancing engineering technology education.
  5. Access to professional development opportunities for engineering technology faculty, staff, and administrators through conferences such as the Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (ETLI), the ASEE Conference on Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC), and the ASEE National Conference.
  6. Network with peer engineering technology educators and sharing of best practices.
  7. Support the efforts of the Engineering Technology Division – the voice of engineering technology education.

IMPORTANT! Information about ABET Criteria Changes

The first draft of revisions to ETAC General Criteria 3 and 5 submitted by the Criteria Committee has been approved by the Executive Committee and will be submitted to the full commission during the July meeting.   Members of ETAC criteria committee will attend the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference in Columbus, OH. There is a session, T599, sponsored by ABET on Tuesday, June 27, at 3:15 where a preview of the draft proposed changes in Criteria 3 & 5 will be presented.

ABET General Criteria Changes

On January 14, 2017, the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) approved a change to the format of program criteria to include only “Curriculum” and “Faculty” content. The primary reason for making this change is that programs, evaluators, and team chairs disagreed widely how to evaluate compliance with ETAC program criteria that include “outcomes.” In addition, this new template aligns Program Criteria more closely with proposed changes in General Criteria 3 &5.

ETAC Program Criteria Change Guidance