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ERIC Number: ED159555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Pages: 128
Abstractor: N/A
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The Educational Objectives of the Engineering Technology Program as Compared to the Engineering Program and Its Effects on the Engineering Technologist Position at the Engineering-Oriented College Placement Interviews at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Mennella, Joseph
The recruitment process of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) program at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) was evaluated. Surveys were conducted to obtain data. Subjects were 163 NJIT students and 293 employment recruiters who conducted campus interviews. Findings indicate that campus recruiters, a majority of whom were engineers, held a condescending attitude toward the technologist and that they and their middle management lacked an understanding of the technologist's functions. The BSET student left the interview with no job and a low opinion of the program. This negative attitude was also found in instructors. Information being exchanged by executives is not being adequately appreciated by those in direct contact with the students. While the technologist student did not do as well at campus interviews as the engineering student did, he did do well when he approached the corporation. Program usefulness is evidenced by the fact that 60% of technologists surveyed had been technically employed for approximately four years. Steps should be taken to keep the BSET program viable in a changing society and to increase general understanding of the program. While this study is school-specific, it speaks to a general problem in placement and employment. (Author/JLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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