Differences between Engineering and Engineering Technology

The primary difference between engineering and engineering technology lies in their curricular focus. Engineering programs focus on analytical tools useful in the development of sophisticated products and systems, and the application of mathematical and scientific principles to design and innovate. Engineering technology curriculum, on the other hand, emphasizes the practical application of engineering principles to solve problems in a practical manner by applying conventional solutions. Engineering programs tend to have a stronger theoretical background and focus more on analytical design aspects, while Engineering Technologist programs have a greater emphasis on the application and implementation of conventional technology solutions.

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Grinter Report
Summary of the Report on Evaluation of Engineering Education (1955)