Research Competencies in Engineering Technology

Expected by ABET

Excerpts from:

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs. Baltimore, MD: ABET Inc., 2006.

Criterion 1. Program Educational Objectives
Criterion 2. Program Outcomes
Criterion 3. Assessment and Evaluation
Criterion 4. Program Characteristics


Criterion 1. Program Educational Objectives

Although institutions may use different terminology, for purposes of Criterion 1, program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve during the first few years following graduation.

Each engineering technology program must have in place:

a. published educational objectives that are consistent with the mission of the institution and applicable ABET criteria,

b. a documented process by which the objectives are determined and periodically evaluated based on the needs of constituencies served by the program, and

c. an educational program, including a curriculum, that enables graduates to achieve the educational objectives.

Criterion 2. Program Outcomes

Although institutions may use different terminology, for purposes of Criterion 2, program outcomes are statements that describe what units of knowledge or skill students are expected to acquire from the program to prepare them to achieve the program educational objectives. These are typically demonstrated by the student and measured by the program at the time of graduation.

An engineering technology program must demonstrate that graduates have:

a. an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their disciplines,

f. an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems,

g. an ability to communicate effectively,

h. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning,

i. an ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities


Criterion 3. Assessment and Evaluation

Each program must utilize multiple assessment measures in a process that provides documented results to demonstrate that the program objectives and outcomes are being met.

Assessment measures typically consist of, but are not limited to, student portfolios, student performance in project work and activity-based learning; results of integrated curricular experiences; relevant nationally-normed examinations; results of surveys to assess graduate and employer satisfaction with employment, career development, career mobility, and job title; and preparation for continuing education.

Each program must demonstrate that the results of the assessment of program objectives and outcomes are being used to improve and further develop the program in accordance with a documented process.

Criterion 4. Program Characteristics

The program must provide an integrated educational experience that develops the ability of graduates to apply pertinent knowledge to solving problems in the engineering technology specialty.


Communications The communications content must develop the ability of graduates to:

a.   plan, organize, prepare, and deliver effective technical reports in written, oral, and other formats appropriate to the discipline and goals of the program,

b.   incorporate communications skills throughout the technical content of the program,

c.   utilize the appropriate technical literature and use it as a principal means of staying current in their chosen technology, and

d.   utilize the interpersonal skills required to work effectively in teams.


Last modified March 23, 2007
by Boris Teske, Prescott Memorial Library,
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272