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What is Industrial Technology?


  What is  Industrial Technology?  

Industrial Technology is a field of study designed to prepare technical and/or management oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education, and government.  Industrial Technology is primarily involved with the management, operation, and maintenance of complex technological systems while Engineering and Engineering Technology are primarily involved with the design and installation of these systems.  Industrial production managers plan, direct, and coordinate the production activities required to produce millions of goods every year in the United States.  They make sure that production proceeds smoothly and stays within budget.  Depending on the size of the manufacturing plant, industrial production managers may oversee the entire plant or just one area.


One of the main responsibilities of the industrial production manager is to oversee the production process, reducing costs wherever possible, and making sure products are produced on time and are of good quality.  They do this by analyzing the plant’s personnel and capital resources to select the best way of meeting the production goals.  Industrial production managers may determine which machines will be used, whether new machines need to be purchased, whether overtime or extra shifts are necessary, and what the sequence of production will be.  They monitor the production run to make sure that it stays on schedule and correct any problems that may arise.


Academic Program:

Industrial Technology graduates are hands-on problem solvers.  They fill a critical need in business and industry as supervisors and managers who possess a combination of technical and managerial backgrounds.  The ability of Tech graduates to contribute on the job from day one increases their value while providing them professionally rewarding careers with significant potential for advancement.

Why get a degree in Industrial Technology?


The BS degree in Industrial Technology at MTU is ideal for the student with an existing technical associate degree or a significant amount of transfer credit.  Depending on the specific prior courses taken, up to 95 hours of previous credit could apply toward the degree.  This highly flexible program prepares graduates for technical management positions in industry by building upon prior technical course work.  Through a balance of technical theory, hands-on application, and solid management courses, students are prepared to solve industrial problems.  Students may also consider Michigan Tech's signature Enterprise Program which gives teams of students the opportunity to participate in real-world settings to solve engineering, design, and communication problems in partnership with industry sponsors.  The program is unmatched in the preparation of students for the challenges that await them after their college careers.


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