On one of the large banners that hang in the hallway of our ETL building at McNeese is a slightly shorter version of this quote, which was developed by ABET and ASEE and which guides our teaching in Engineering Technology:
Engineering technology is the profession in which a knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences gained by higher education, experience, and practice is devoted primarily to the implementation and extension of existing technology for the benefit of humanity.
Also guiding the work that we do in the Department of Engineering Technology are our program objectives and program outcomes, which I urge you to read at http://www.mcneese.edu/technology. These statements guide the faculty of Engineering Technology by defining what our graduates are prepared to do when they graduate and list the skills that will be developed in the students by our program so that they can do those jobs. Basically, it is my job and that of other faculty members to teach our Electronics and Instrumentation students how to use current equipment, how to troubleshoot and solve technical problems, and how to effectively communicate on-the-job. The use of current equipment, hands-on labs, lecture materials from well-known text books, and bringing actual industrial experiences to the classroom help me and our faculty prepare our students.
I and the other faculty in Electronics and Instrumentation take pride in helping deliver McNeese’s slogan of “Excellence With a Personal Touch” to our students. I feel that we do deliver on McNeese’s slogan for our students not only when we provide hands-on teaching and labs, but in one-on-one advising each semester, assisting them with job placement, in teaching them the value of producing good work in a timely fashion, and in providing them the opportunity to do work with lab and project partners.
At the end of each course, I hope that I have used my experiences in the electronics industry and memory of how it feels to be a student to provide a challenging, but fun and interesting experience to my students.