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What are the major differences between Engineering degrees and Engineering Technology degrees in terms of employability?

One is training to be an engineer and one is training to be an engineering tecnologist. The best way to see the differences are to look at the course curriculum for each: Purdue BS EE Plan of Study ...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

In my civil engineering degree we used ODEs for the relationship between force, moment and deflection. I don't remember using PDEs myself, but my brother-in-law (doing civils at a different university)...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

I originally wrote this as a comment attached to AndyT's answer but in response to dcorking's comment I've decided to expand here. I graduated nearly 30 years and my experience is similar to AndyT'...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

A little background (honest disclosure). I started out getting my B.S./M.S. in Mech Eng. from a fairly practical/applied school before deciding to continue with a PhD at a more theoretical school. As ...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

This is from the view of a civil engineer. Engineers typically don't use higher level math because the code specifications are written specifically to avoid the need. You don't want a building or ...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

I agree, as discussed in a few of the other answers, that most of the time engineers do not directly use calculus (or other advanced math) very often in order to do their day to day job. And at the ...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

Depending on how you look at it, none and all of it. The cycle of doing something the hard way, learning a short cut and then moving on to advanced material repeats all the way through college. For ...
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Communicating losses and imprecision in liquid measurement by analogy

I'm not sure of the specifics of your problem, it seems to be relatively straightforward to me. I have previoulsy considered addressing the subject of measurement errors with schoolchildren in the ...
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Modern method for teaching controls

Disclaimer: I've studied control theory from a mathematics perspective, not an engineer's perspective. Classical Control Theory is based on linear systems and is also limited to them as well. ...
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Why are engineering programs so course intensive?

I went with my daughter's class to the science museum and while we were looking at things, I commented on why it worked that way and gave occasional interpretation of the displays. Impressed, my ...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

An electronics engineer here, who found the maths the most difficult part of his degree. I quite routinely have to use and manipulate complex numbers when doing RF engineering, circuit modelling and ...
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Making a mechanical device to measure the radius of the Earth

The experiment can be done during daylight but you need a very tall building overlooking the ocean & having an uninterrupted view of the horizon. This video show a group of US students doing the ...
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What are the major differences between Engineering degrees and Engineering Technology degrees in terms of employability?

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 Purdue BS EE Plan of ...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

As a computational scientist, i work closely with engineers developing the software tools they use to solve different kinds of engineering problems. My work relies heavily on partial differential ...
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Time constant - formula

Does the book not give you the mathematics? The underlying expression is: $$parameter = 1-e^{ -t/ \tau }$$ so you see at $t = \tau$ $$parameter = 1 - e^{-1} = 0.63$$ Now the second sentence says ...
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How can a Shoe Design Challenge better implement engineering concepts?

First, designing a shoe absolutely is engineering. Second, there is no simple way to measure the "goodness" of a shoe. If there were, there'd be only one model of shoe out there. You therefore have ...
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How can a Shoe Design Challenge better implement engineering concepts?

Designing a shoe is as much of a engineering task as doing anything else. Just because there are all sorts of other designers nowadays does not mean that shoes are not engineering worthy. ...
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What are the career implications of choosing a non-accredited postgraduate degree?

Try asking the IOM3 & other accrediting institutions why the courses you are interested in are not accredited and if there is a possibility that they could be accredited in the near future. The ...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

I have a bachelor's in computer engineering. I'm still early in my career (currently mostly software, but I'm trying to get more involved in the hardware aspect of things), but here's my experience: ...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

I'll give an example of calculus that I used today as a Software Engineer. We were estimating the computational time of performing an operation on each of many groups of elements. The time taken for ...
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Balance between technical and philosophical training

Most engineering schools will offer an upper-division class in business ethics and contract law. The course I took 45 years ago focused on case studies of what engineers in the workplace should do ...
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Balance between technical and philosophical training

If you are truly worried about this depth of ethical questions, to the level that it would keep you awake at night, the answer is simply "don't be an engineer." The basic purpose of ...
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What kind of math do engineers really use?

This is written from the point of view of someone getting a PhD in mechanical engineering. My math background is somewhat comparable to (but definitely inferior to) that of PhD students in an applied ...
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Why are engineering programs so course intensive?

Some of the difference is that some other courses have a lot of individual reading time and engineers get more class / lab / experiment time - which also means that the Uni needs expensive equipment ...
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Planes, lines and distances: looking for engineering problems

Doing piping layout for a new chemical processes utilizes 3D modeling software a lot of the time now. I would think trying to show how pipes can and can't physically be laid out could use those ...
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Balance between technical and philosophical training

Is there a consistent, if potentially complex, body of literature on technological ethics that all engineers should probably read at various stages of their careers? TL;DR: No, to my knowledge. ...
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Applications of simple spring harmonic oscillator

While nothing in the real world truly has zero damping, a good example, though it doesn't use a coil spring would be a tuned mass vibration absorber. "Tuned Dynamic Vibration Absorber" It's ...
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What is the difference between mechatronics and robotics, if any?

According to the course "The Mechatronics Revolution: Fundamentals and Core Concepts" from Georgia Tech: Robotics is a large multidisciplinary field including topics such as Computer ...
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What is the difference between mechatronics and robotics, if any?

I don't think that they are fundamentally that different. Possibly mechatronics would lean more towards industrial automation in a process and manufacturing type context whereas robotics implies more ...
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What is the difference between mechatronics and robotics, if any?

Mechatronics is a reaction to the fact that one can not design good next gen products without knowing both the electronical and mechanical realms. Having kickass electronics can not overcome a bad ...
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