The engineering technology discipline emphasizes hands on learning and practical aspects of engineering. It stresses the understanding and application of established engineering principles to design, fabricate, and test electronic and mechanical components and systems. Engineering technology is a creative blend of the physical sciences, engineering knowledge, methods, and technical skills that support engineering activities. Engineering technology courses emphasize application of engineering principles to analyze and solve industry type problems. Many engineering technology courses have laboratories, and laboratory experience is an integral part of the learning objectives of the program.
The primary goal of engineering technology department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is to provide integrated educational opportunities to students whose technological interests and aptitudes are application-oriented. The department fosters applied research, creative design, and service for students and faculty. The educational programs prepare students for entry-level positions in industry that require the knowledge of the application of current industrial practices and design procedures.
The 2014-15 Annual Report for the Department of Engineering Technology describes the mission, values, and vision of the department and lists some highlights for the year as well as describing information used in the accreditation process.