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Industrial Technology

The Industrial Technology major is a 120-hour program designed to prepare students to enter industry as supervisors, managers and industrial trainers. (Program sheet in an Acrobat format.)

Industrial Technology is a field of study designed to prepare technical and/or management oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education, and government. Industrial Technology is primarily involved with the management, operation, and maintenance of complex technological systems while Engineering and Engineering Technology are primarily involved with the design and installation of these systems.

The goal of the Industrial Technology Program is to produce a technical generalist who is competent in assessing problems and proposing solutions to improve productivity related to product specifications, materials and processes, industrial control and information systems, and manufacturing production.

Industrial technology graduates have a high rate of success because they have:

  • Been prepared as a technical generalist who knows about a wide variety of technical subjects rather than some narrow specialty.
  • Hands-on lab experience using real-world materials and equipment.
  • Completed a core of business/management courses that provide the necessary business background needed in today's industrial world.

Typically, the graduate finds employment as a Manufacturing Supervisor, Process Supervisor, Production Supervisor, Quality Systems Engineer, Technical Specialist, Industrial Trainer, and Plant Manager. Positions in industrial and technical sales, design, and testing also offer the graduate abundant job opportunities.

The faculty enthusiastically lend their expertise and considerable personal experience in their respective fields to assure individual student mastery of courses and area concentration. "Hands-on" lab participation in most STEM courses is incorporated in the curriculum to promote rapid student mastery of subjects. It is a team-work approach between faculty and students that ultimately enables the I.T. graduate to emerge with the skill and confidence required for supervisory positions in industry.

Required courses include: ACCT 201; COUN 343; MGMT 325, 340; MKTG 311; STEM 112, 202, 221, 231, 241, 242, 243, 251G, 320, 323, 351, 370T, 382, 402, 471/475; SEPS 400; PSYC 303U, and nine hours of business electives.

See the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) for additional information on careers in this field of study.

For more information about the industrial technology program, contact the program faculty:

Dr. Petros Katsioloudis
Industrial Technology Program Director
Education Building 228
757-683-4305
pkatsiol@odu.edu

Dr. Philip A. Reed
Technology Education Program Leader
Education Building 228
757-683-4305
preed@odu.edu

Dr. John Ritz
OTS Graduate Program Director
Education Building 228
757-683-4305
jritz@odu.edu