This is kind of a follow up on what @blacksmith37 wrote:
When I was in engineering school (BSME 1981), I worked in the lab for both ME and MET classes and helped my friend with his BSMET homework. My observation was, many of classes had the same name but no where near the same content. In the mechanical engineering curriculum, we learned the how and why while the technology "equivalent" got magic formulas and cookbook methods. The technology classes were majorly watered down.
When you walk out the door with your newly minted engineering degree, you can expect a job doing engineering. When you have a new technology degree, you can expect to be a technician, doing the bidding of the engineer. With a technology degree, you may have an easier time getting jobs but part of that is because of the lower salary.
Something I have observed is "Little Brother Syndrome." If you were ever a technician, you will always be thought of as a technician. My friend got a masters in engineering and had to change to a different company to be taken seriously.
You can get a PE license with an engineering technology degree? News to me. A PE is vital if you are a civil engineer. If you are a mechanical, it's kind of nice but mostly ignored. One PE I know says the only time his seal is out of the case is when he is giving somebody a recommendation for a PE license.
This is not to say the Engineering Technology degrees are without value.
The BS Engineering Technology people I have worked with have been super-technicians. Anybody that has ever plugged in a cable or changed the oil in a car can be called a technician. The Engineering Technology graduates are worthy of the title.
As an example,
Years ago, I worked in R&D for a big plastics company. In my group, the "engineers" (most of whom had PhDs in Mechanical Engineering (I think one was a PE)) would come up with an idea for a new way to do something. He'd calculate out what's involved and satisfy himself that it would work and go to the MET to make a prototype. The MET would draw it up, checking with the ME along the way and send it to the shop to be made. Once it was ready, the two of them worked in the lab to get it working and once it was on the air, the ME would say, "I'd like to see what the results are for a 24 hour test, checking the temperature every ten minutes."
Then either the MET or a generic technician would actually run the test. Maybe the MET would set up the data logger and the technician would babysit it along the way.
They are different disciplines with a lot of cross over. Some of the engineers could do everything from one end to the other. (One of the engineers I worked with would go to the model shop and make his own prototypes.) Others would avoid getting their hands dirty.