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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Technology

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Howe - Chair, Marsh & Wilson
Ummel Technology 153 • 417.625.9849


The Department of Engineering Technology (ET) provides programs designed to develop leaders in industry and society as a whole by providing a quality education to students that is application-oriented and connected to the needs of regional and global businesses.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what Industrial Engineering Technology graduates are expected to accomplish within a few years of graduation. The Engineering Technology department at Missouri Southern will produce graduates who:

  1. have the technical and managerial skills necessary to develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy.
  2. function effectively on teams.
  3. communicate effectively with professionals and lay audiences.

Student Outcomes:

The 11 student outcomes for the Industrial Engineering Technology program are listed below. They encompass all of the ABET/ETAC Criterion 3B outcomes. The successful IET graduate will have

  1. an ability to demonstrate knowledge of various manufacturing processes and use of modern tools.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of various manufacturing processes and use of modern tools.
  • Ability to demonstrate expertise in CAD and design principles.
  • Ability to apply knowledge, techniques, and skills of probability and statistics.
  • Ability to apply knowledge, techniques, and skills of engineering economics.
  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to problem solving.
  2. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes..
  3. an ability to design integrated systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems using appropriate analytical, computational, and application practices and procedures.
  4. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  5. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems.
  6. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  7. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  8. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity..
  9. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context..
  10. a commitment to (a) quality, (b) timeliness, and (c) continuous improvement.

Curricula Options

The department offers a variety of instructional programs. These programs are:

  • Industrial Engineering Technology (IET)*, BS
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET), AS
  • Automation, Minor and Certificate
  • Continuous Process Improvement, Minor and Certificate
  • Certification - Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt
  • Certification - CNC Operator
  • Certification- Quality Technician
  • Industrial Training

*Designates program that has been accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Industrial Engineering Technology (IET), BS

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology program provides a broad curriculum focused on determining the most effective and efficient ways to make a product or to provide a service. Industrial Engineering Technology is concerned with increasing productivity and quality and reducing costs through the management of people, methods of business organization and technology. Industrial Engineering Technologists have skills and knowledge that allow them to work in a wide variety of businesses. The curriculum prepares individuals for positions such as industrial engineer, quality engineer, manufacturing engineer, project engineer, process engineer or improvement specialist, as well as graduate school.

The Industrial Engineering Technology program at Missouri Southern is unique for it will allow students to earn their Six Sigma Green Belt and/or Black Belt certification should they choose to do so.

Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET), AS

The Associate of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program prepares students for a broad range of career opportunities in both traditional and computer-automated manufacturing environments.

Graduates enter employment with positions such as technicians, CNC programmers, first-line supervisors in manufacturing industries or pursue a baccalaureate degree.

Students graduating with the Associate of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology may continue their education by pursuing a baccalaureate degree in one area:

  • Industrial Engineering Technology (IET)

Automation Minor/Certificate

The use of industrial technology is continually growing throughout the world. There is need for people who know how to program and operate industrial robots. There is also a need for people who understand how industrial robots integrate with manufacturing processes.

The minor in automation prepares students for automation related careers in process control, manufacturing, computerized hardware/software integration and sustainable automated systems.

The Minor in Automation is designed to be taken in combination with the field of Industrial Engineering Technology as well as the fields of Computer Information Science, Computational Mathematics, Physics, and Physics-Engineering.

Continuous Process Improvement Minor/Certificate

This minor/certificate was developed for non-Engineering Technology majors and focuses on skills and techniques used to improve processes and systems in a variety of industries. Any student majoring in business, health, criminal justice, CIS, biology, chemistry, technical writing or other fields will increase their competitiveness with this minor because any organization benefits from reducing cost and increasing productivity and quality. Some examples of industries who are looking for improvement analysts include Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Food, Chemical Industry, Healthcare Services, Telecommunications Services, Medical Devices and Supplies, Financial Services, Insurance, Law Enforcement, Business Services, Computer Software, Computer Hardware, Management Consulting Services, Government and Military Engineering Services, Mortgage Industry, Aerospace and Defense, as well as Energy and Utilities.

Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt Certification

This program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, techniques and tools necessary to successfully fulfill the Green Belt or Black Belt role in many sectors of industry.

Six Sigma is a data-driven methodology used to improve a product or process. Six Sigma has become the world standard for manufacturing as well as service companies. Six Sigma is about understanding customer requirements, tying improvements to strategic goals of the company, quantifying the financial benefits of improvement projects and following a disciplined process in applying statistical tools to achieve a “near-perfect” process.

CNC Operator Certificate of Competency

This certificate was developed for non-degree seeking students.

The program is designed to provide skills in the operation of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) lathes and milling machines. The student will be equipped to be a CNC Technician upon completion of the program.

Quality Technician Certificate of Competency

This certificate was developed for non-degree seeking students.

The program is structured to prepare individuals to assure quality in manufacturing and service industries. The trained individual will have the skills to assist a Quality, Manufacturing or Industrial Engineer in gathering and analyzing data pertinent to products and services to maintain and improve quality. The program prepares the individual to work as a Quality Technician, Quality Inspector, Quality Analyst or Process Improvement Technician.

Industrial Training

The department offers professional development opportunities for engineers, technicians and managers in areas of Engineering Technology. Examples of seminar or workshop topics include Lean, Root Cause Analysis, Basic Quality Tools with Minitab, Process Mapping, Failure Mode Effect Analysis, Understanding Heat-Treatment, AutoCad, Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt.


The department provides an excellent environment for instruction and has several laboratories with sophisticated design, production and testing equipment. The manufacturing laboratory at Missouri Southern State University is a modern facility for learning about manufacturing processes. The lab contains full-size industrial machining and automation equipment including manual lathes and milling machines, CNC machining centers and robots. The material testing lab is a hands-on laboratory where students gain experience on the following equipment: metallurgical prep equipment and microscope, impact tester, universal testing machine, Rockwell hardness tester, micro-hardness tester and precision measuring equipment. Our computer facilities are equipped with personal computers and software including Minitab, Design Expert, AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks, Mastercam, as well as a 3-D printer.

For additional information contact:
Dr. Elke Howe, Department Chair
Engineering Technology
Ummel Technology 153
417.625.9849 • howe-e@mssu.edu




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