IMHO Engineering Technology degrees focus on Application engineering whereas engineering degrees are very scientific based. A review of the web links from @JedF support this fact
A quick compare of the above two curriculum's indicate the inclusion of course like Product and Program Management in EET curriculum and an absence of such courses in its counterpart. Based on my interaction with peers following EET programs it was quite evident the EET curriculum focuses more on laboratory base hands on study approach whereas the contemporary EE programs were more scientific base curriculums.
These support the claim that EET programs are aligned with application engineering where as the contemporary EE programs are aligned with industries requiring deep technical analysis. Both programs add value to the engineering discipline.
From an employability stand point for the most part EET degree candidates excel in hand on base work environment where as contemporary EE degree candidates excel in research oriented work environments. Good example would be that EET degree based would perform a required resistance calculation to an accuracy of 2 decimal places and use a 10% tolerance resistor where as a EE degree based engineer would do a same calculation to 10 decimal places and use a 1% tolerance resistor. Both get the job done but slightly different approaches.
From an education standpoint there are many Masters in Electrical Engineering Technology programs. One such is the Masters in Electrical Engineering Technology Program at Purdue University.
Unfortunately, contemporary EE degree candidates attain a slightly higher starting salary but there are many EET degree engineers who have obtain MBA’s and have gone on to hold executive leadership positions in reputable organizations.
At the end of the day what matters most is not the letter after your name, but what you do with those skills. There are many with and without letter after the name that has made a significant impact to the engineering discipline as well as society. Some of them are
I don’t own any apple products, but when I learnt the passing away of Steve Jobs it gave me goosebumps. People left flowers in front of Apple stores. To me that was a confirmation of the impact Steve Jobs had made in the society.
Besides obtaining an engineering degree it is also important to
- Develop soft skills
- Develop Leadership skills
- Develop Communication skills
- Have the ability to work in a team
- Be respectful and considerate toward others
The above skills will have a significant impact on your career after you obtain your educational credentials.
If you can spare 75 minutes, I suggest watching this youtube video Last Lecture by Professor Randy Pausch.