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The Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction Department mission is to provide a quality education to undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing for professional careers. The department prepares the students for professional technical employment and insightful citizenship.

The Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction (ETSC) offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in selected industrial and engineering technologies. The department envisions itself as providing an educational service with customers at both ends of the system: students wanting an education leading toward employment, and industry desiring employees to lead them into the future. The programs are based on a foundation of technical courses, math and science, communications, and liberal arts. All of the programs work with industrial advisory committees to ensure that they stay current and meet accreditation guidelines. The ETSC department also offers a Master of Science in Engineering Technology (MSET) Degree.

The curricula of the department falls into ten programs:

  1. BS in Construction Management (CMGT)
  2. BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)
  3. BS in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET)
  4. BS in Technology Education (TE)
  5. BS in Industrial Engineering Technology (IET)
  6. BS in Risk, Insurance, and Safety Management (RISM)
  7. BAS in Risk, Insurance, and Safety Management (RISM)
  8. BS in Safety and Health Management (SHM)
  9. Master of Science in Engineering Technology (MSET) (currently on hold)
  10. Master of Science in Safety and Health Management (MSSHM).

Engineering Technology is a baccalaureate degree program. It is that part of the technological field which requires the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in a support of engineering activities; it lies in the occupational spectrum between the craftsman and the engineer at the end of the spectrum closest to the engineer.

The Construction Management (CMGT) program is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), 1717 North Loop 1604 East, Suite 320, San Antonio, Texas 78232-1570, (210) 498-6161. The construction management program is also a member of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).  Graduates of this program earn a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. This major prepares approximately 36 graduates each year for management positions in the construction industry. Job placement of Construction Management graduates is excellent, approaching 100 percent. Graduates of the construction management program are highly qualified and compete effectively for positions as construction managers, cost estimators, project schedulers, field engineers, project engineers and project coordinators.  Graduates who complete the “general construction” option in the program are typically employed by commercial building contractors and manage complex construction projects such as large retail stores, schools, higher education buildings, and commercial and public buildings.   Graduates who choose the “heavy/civil” option often pursue careers in the public works arena such as bridge, highway, utility and marine construction.  Some graduates have very successful careers working for major specialty contractors while others are employed as project managers for owners and government agencies.

Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) is the profession in which knowledge of applied mathematical and natural sciences, coupled with principles of technology gained by study and laboratory activity, is used to implement technological advances. The MET student is involved with the following three broad categories of study: energy, structures and motion in mechanical systems and manufacturing. The energy field involves the production and transfer of energy and the conversion of one form of energy to another. The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET,

The B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET, The technologists graduating from this program are applications oriented, building upon a background of mathematics, science and technology. They interface with engineers at the product level and produce practical, workable results quickly; install and operate technical systems; devise hardware from proven concepts; develop and produce products; service machines and systems; manage production facilities; and provide support for technical systems.

The Technology Education (TE) program at Central Washington University leads to a Bachelor of Science degree that allows candidates to teach exploratory Technology Education (STEM) at the junior or senior high level.

Technology refers to the diverse collection of processes and knowledge that people use to extend human abilities and to satisfy human needs and wants. Technological literacy is the ability to use, manage, assess, and understand technology.

Industrial Technology (IT) is a baccalaureate degree program designed to prepare individuals for technical managerial, production supervisory and related types of professional leadership positions. The curriculum has a balanced program of studies drawn from a variety of disciplines relating to industry. Included are a sound knowledge and understanding of materials and manufacturing processes, principles of distribution, concepts of industrial management, human relations, communications skills, humanities, social sciences, the physical sciences, mathematics, design, and technical skills to permit the graduate to capably cope with typical managerial and production problems.

The Safety and Health Management (SHM) degree prepares students to fill professional positions within the broad area of industrial safety and health management. The program provides three specializations: Safety and Health Management; Construction Safety; or Risk Management. This program prepares the student for a career in occupational safety and health in business and industry. These career positions range from construction, insurance, regulatory agencies, military, irrigation districts, aircraft and other manufacturing industries.

The Master of Science in Engineering Technology (MSET) (MSET) program is multi-disciplinary, having the specific purpose of broadening the technological backgrounds of persons holding bachelor degrees in the Engineering Technology (MET or EET), Industrial Technology (IT), engineering disciplines or other IET programs.

Students desiring vocational certification should see their major advisor about additional requirements.


  1. To nurture excellent programs in Technology, and Engineering Technology related disciplines by maintaining or obtaining national accreditation in the following programs:

    ·         Maintain ETAC/ABET accreditation for EET

  2. .         Maintain ETAC/ABET accreditation for MET

    ·         Maintain ACCE accreditation for CM

    ·         Maintain Washington State PESB accreditation for Technology Education

    ·         Obtain accreditation for SHM from ABET/ ASAC by 2016

    ·        Obtain Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) accreditation for Master of Science in Engineering Technology (MSET) and Industrial Technology (InT) programs by  2016
  3. Strengthen the visibility of the department’s programs.

    ·         Develop, publish (hard copy and online) and periodically update program goals, objectives and assessment plans 

    ·         Format all program and departmental web pages consistently

    ·         Proactive advising of campus students via major fairs, summer orientation, career fairs, and open house

  4. Serve the educational needs of the place-bound students.

    ·        Offer appropriate alternative methods of Distance Education where appropriate, develop and maintain appropriate virtual courses

    ·        Each program shall develop two DE classes in 5 yrs

    ·        Offer Bachelor of Science in EET and other appropriate IET degrees at selected CWU Centers

  5. Continuously improve physical educational environment

    ·         Maintain and improve lab equipment and lab experiences consistent, visual aids  with current industry practices

  6. Continuously improve the cultural, educational, and lifelong learning environment

    ·         Promote student professional organizations and professional activities

    ·         Encourage and recognize collaborations in research and publications

    ·         Encourage service learning from students

    ·         Sponsor professional short courses and professional seminars

    ·         Encourage undergraduate research with faculty mentors

    ·         Support the recruitment of a culturally diverse student and faculty population

    ·         Programs incorporate diversity ideas and their assessments into courses and student activities

  7. Develop a diversified funding base to support academic and student programs

    ·         Establish and maintain at least one foundation account for each program

    ·         Each program develop a budget plan for foundations funds and actively seek funding from external sources

    ·         Establish a software fund for any software used in ETSC courses that has a cost associated with its use

    ·         Establish a fund and plan for departmental hardware replacement

    ·         Establish endowed foundations for each programs as appropriate

  8. Build mutually beneficial partnerships with industry, professional groups, institutions, inter-department, inter-university, and the communities surrounding our campus locations

    ·         Every program served by an advisory board by Academic Year 2012/13

    ·         Encourage faculty membership in professional societies

    ·         Identify and develop community ties

    ·         Supply CWU Development Officer with alumni data

  9. Continuously improve support for the faculty and staff

    ·         Increase opportunities for service and scholarship

    ·         Provided resources for each faculty and staff member to attend one conference or offsite training session per year

    ·         Obtain necessary administrative and technical help for the department 

    1. ·        Obtain student help for each program laboratory

    ·         Increase administrative support by one FTE

    ·         Increase technical support by one FTE

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