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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Page

  1. What is Industrial Technology?

  2. Why should I be interested in Industrial Technology?

  3. How is Industrial Technology different from Engineering?

  4. What kind of jobs can I apply for once I graduate?

  5. How many units does a B.S. degree require?

  6. How many General Education units do I have to take?

  7. Is the program mathematically intensive?

  8. Can I transfer my units from my community college?

  9. What is the difference between Technical core and Management core?

  10. What are the courses in Technical core?

  11. What are the courses in Management core?

  12. How many electives should I take?

  13. How do I choose my electives?

  14. Can I take electives from other departments?

  15. How do I find my advisor?

  16. When should I meet my advisor?

  17. What is an online course?

  18. Where are the classes held for an online course?

  19. Are online courses easier than regular courses?


  1. Industrial Technology is a field that focusses on applying engineering principles and technical skills to support managers and industrial engineers in their tasks. This program emphasizes industrial process control, manufacturing, transportation, quality control, facilities planning and production operations among other areas.  (adapted from to top)
  2.  If you are interested in managing people and technology (be it industrial or computer) to improve operations, this is the program for you. Our curriculum aims to arm you with the necessary technical and managerial skills through a unique blend of courses that provides you with ample hands-on activities that reinforces learning gained in the classroom.(back to top)
  3.  Industrial Technology is geared more towards the application of engineering principles. In fact, our professional society recently changed their name from National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) to Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). This new name is a more accurate reflection of what Industrial Technology is all about - managing technology and applying engineering principles.  (back to top)
  4.  The curriculum in Industrial Technology is geared towards providing you with the skills necessary for a wide variety of jobs such as (not limited to) production supervisor, process engineer,  quality engineer, production engineer, and many more. (back to top)
  5. The B.S. in Industrial Technology program requires a total of 120 units. This includes 51 units of General Education, and 69 units of program-specific courses. (back to top)
  6. The curriculum includes a total of 51 units of General Education courses.(back to top)
  7. Our curriculum emphasizes probability and statistics instead of calculus. (back to top)
  8.  Yes, you can transfer units from your community college where you obtained your Associates degree. Please see for more details on transferring units.  (back to top)
  9. Technical core includes courses that strengthen the technical skills such as manufacturing processes, basic electronics, industrial materials, and design. This also includes some preparatory courses such as statistics and general chemistry. Management core focusses on developing skills geared towards supervisory and managerial positions. This includes courses such as project management, quality, safety and production operations.  (back to top)
  10.  The technical core includes courses such as electricity and electronics, manufacturing process, industrial materials, product design, energy conversion and utilization and design and document systems. Please see the curriculum for a more detailed description. (back to top)
  11.  The management core includes courses such as facilities planning, quality assurance, safety management, project management, production operations, and advanced manufacturing technology. Please see the curriculum for a more detailed description.(back to top)
  12.  The curriculum requires you to take 15 units of electives. You may take more than the minimum number of electives. (back to top)
  13.  You should choose your electives based on your career goals and area of interest after consulting your advisor. (back to top)
  14.  Please consult your advisor before picking your electives from outside the department. (back to top)
  15.  You should find your advisor listed on your profile. You can also find who your advisor is by stopping by the department office. (back to top)
  16.  You should plan on meeting your advisor atleast once a semester to see if you are on the right track. This is especially important as you enter your junior and senior years. (back to top)
  17.  An online course is where the material is posted on Blackboard and much of the learning takes place outside the classroom. Most online courses do not meet in a regular classroom. Some might however require you to attend a few classroom sessions.  (back to top)
  18.  Most online courses do not meet face-to-face. Occasionally, there may be in-class sessions scheduled depending on the instructor. (back to top)
  19.  No! Online courses are just as rigorous as face-to-face courses. These are typically more challenging because you have a greater responsibility to keep yourself up-to-date about the happenings in the course in an online environment. (back to top)