About

Do you have an associate in applied science (AAS) degree? Are you looking for a program that is flexible and tailored to your specific career goals? Are you transferring from a community college?

The industrial technology program prepares technical- and/or management-oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education, and government whose duties and responsibilities primarily involve the management, operation, and maintenance of complex technological systems. The curriculum has a strong emphasis in management, which allows the graduate to function well in either technical or decision-making career fields. Students develop a combination of technical, business and communication skills that allow them to succeed and lead in their respective disciplines.

Our industrial technology program offers eight different concentrations, six of which can be completed entirely online. Concentrations include information and computer technology, industrial supervision, manufacturing systems, distribution and logistics, bioprocess manufacturing, health information technologies, architectural technology and mechanical technology.

Please note that our online option is designed for part-time enrollment of one to two courses per term though more courses can be taken if seats are available. Online classes are delivered via state-of-the-art teaching tools such as BlackBoard, CENTRA, Moodle, and more.

ECU Advantage

The industrial technology program allows students to use their technical or industrial associate in applied science (AAS) degree to complete up to half of their bachelor of science degree at ECU. Students in this program experience flexibility of curriculum as well as time. The degree can be completed entirely online or on-campus, as well as part-time or full-time. Students can choose from eight different concentrations based on their career interests and goals.

The industrial technology program is dual-accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The faculty in this program ensures that graduates are prepared to enter management and leadership positions immediately after graduation and succeed in their careers. Graduates from this program can expect to earn $10,000+ a year more than they would with their AAS degree alone.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: David Batts (230 Slay Building; 252-328-9673; battsd@ecu.edu)

The industrial technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering. Students must have an associate of applied science degree from an approved technical program to apply to this program and must complete a minimum of 42 s.h. credit of upper division core and concentration courses at ECU. Industrial technology courses completed at East Carolina University (ECU) and transfer courses must total at least 66 s.h.  All students pursuing a bachelor of science in industrial technology through distance education (online) are required to complete ITEC 3000 in the initial semester of enrollment at ECU. For distance education (online) students only, ITEC 3000 will fulfill 3 s.h. of the required 27 s.h. in the chosen concentration area. ITEC 3100, ITEC 4100 or any course that does not meet as a class may not be used as upper division core or concentration courses.

Minimum degree requirement is 124 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics

  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra or
  • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making

  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 3241 - Personnel and Industrial Psychology
2. Lower division core - 24 s.h.

(Transfer technical courses up to 24 s.h. or approved technical courses.)

    3. Upper division core - 15 s.h.
    • ITEC 3200 - Introduction to Statistical Process Control
    • ITEC 3290 - Technical Writing
    • ITEC 3300 - Technology Project Management
    • ITEC 3800 - Cost and Capital Project Analysis
    • ITEC 4293 - Industrial Supervision
    4. Concentrations - 27 s.h.

    (Choose one.)

      Architectural technology concentration:
      • DESN 3030 - Architectural Drafting
      • DESN 3031 - Architectural Drafting Laboratory
      • DESN 3032 - Engineering Graphics II
      • DESN 3033 - Engineering Graphics II Laboratory
      • DESN 3036 - Architectural Design and Drafting
      • DESN 3037 - Architectural Design and Drafting Laboratory
      • DESN 3038 - Sustainable Design
      • DESN 3039 - Sustainable Design Laboratory
      • PLAN 2410 - Fundamentals of GIS
      • PLAN 3021 - Introduction to Planning Techniques
      • PLAN 4003 - Urban Form and Design
      • Approved technical electives (6 s.h.)
      Bioprocess manufacturing concentration:
      • ITEC 3292 - Industrial Safety
      • ITEC 4150 - Microbiology for Industrial Processing
      • ITEC 4250 - Engineering for Food Safety and Sanitation
      • ITEC 4300 - Quality Assurance Concepts
      • ITEC 4350 - Separation Techniques for Industrial Processing
      • ITEC 4450 - Waste Treatment Techniques for Industrial Processing
      • ITEC 4550 - Quality in Regulatory Environment
      • Approved technical electives (6 s.h.)
      Distribution and logistics concentration:
      • IDIS 2771 - Introduction to Distribution and Logistics
      • IDIS 2830 - ERP Systems for Distributors
      • IDIS 3700 - Transportation Logistics
      • IDIS 3790 - Technical Presentations
      • IDIS 3795 - Distributor Sales and Branch Management
      • IDIS 3796 - Distributor Sales and Branch Management Laboratory
      • IDIS 3815 - Supply Chain Logistics
      • IDIS 3835 - Security and Risk Analysis for Distributors
      • IDIS 3840 - Procurement Logistics and Inventory Control
      • IDIS 3850 - Warehousing and Materials Handling
      • IDIS 3851 - Warehousing and Materials Handling Laboratory
      • IDIS 4600 - Strategic Global Sourcing for Distributors
      • IDIS 4785 - Strategic Pricing for Distributors
      • IDIS 4790 - Global Logistics
      • IDIS 4800 - Distribution and Logistics Internship
      • IDIS 4802 - Distribution and Logistics Research
      Health information technologies concentration:
      • HIMA 3000 - Medical Terminology for Health Professionals
      • HIMA 3120 - Health Care Delivery Systems
      • HIMA 4030 - Quality Management in Health Care
      • HSMA 2000 - Professional Roles and Environments in Health Care
      • HSMA 3020 - Health Care Payment Systems
      • HSMA 3025 - Professional Ethical Codes and Law in Health Care
      • HSMA 3035 - Interpersonal Team Skills for Health Care Supervisors and Practitioners
      • HSMA 4010 - Health Information Management
      • Approved technical electives (3 s.h.)
      Industrial supervision concentration:
      • IDIS 2771 - Introduction to Distribution and Logistics
      • IDIS 3790 - Technical Presentations
      • IDIS 3815 - Supply Chain Logistics
      • IENG 3300 - Plant Layout and Materials Handling
      • IENG 4023 - Advanced Manufacturing Systems
      • ITEC 3292 - Industrial Safety
      • ITEC 4300 - Quality Assurance Concepts
      • Approved technical electives (6 s.h.)
      Information and computer technology concentration:

      (Choose 27 s.h. from the below courses.)

      • ICTN 2530 - Network Environment II
      • ICTN 2531 - Network Environment II Laboratory
      • ICTN 2900 - Fundamental Network Security
      • ICTN 2901 - Fundamental Network Security Laboratory
      • ICTN 3250 - Internetwork Routing Technology
      • ICTN 3251 - Internetwork Routing Technology Laboratory
      • ICTN 3540 - Network Environment III
      • ICTN 3541 - Network Environment III Laboratory
      • ICTN 3900 - Web Services Management
      • ICTN 3901 - Web Services Management Laboratory
      • ICTN 4040 - Enterprise Information Security
      • ICTN 4064 - Regulations and Policies
      • ICTN 4150 - Switching Network Technology
      • ICTN 4151 - Switching Network Technology Laboratory
      • ICTN 4200 - Intrusion Detection Technologies
      • ICTN 4201 - Intrusion Detection Technologies Laboratory
      • ICTN 4250 - Enterprise Network Security Technology
      • ICTN 4251 - Enterprise Network Security Technology Laboratory
      • ICTN 4310 - Digital Forensics
      • ICTN 4402 - Special Topics
      • ICTN 4404 - Special Topics
      • ICTN 4406 - Special Topics
      • ICTN 4408 - Special Topics
      • ICTN 4501 - Laboratory Problems
      • ICTN 4503 - Laboratory Problems
      • ICTN 4505 - Laboratory Problems
      • ICTN 4520 - Wireless Communication
      • ICTN 4521 - Wireless Communication Laboratory
      • ICTN 4590 - Network Maintenance and Troubleshooting
      • ICTN 4591 - Network Maintenance and Troubleshooting Laboratory
      • ICTN 4600 - Enterprise Information Technology Management
      • ICTN 4601 - Enterprise Information Technology Management Laboratory
      • ICTN 4700 - Virtualization Technologies
      • ICTN 4701 - Virtualization Technologies Laboratory
      • ICTN 4750 - Enterprise Data Storage Technologies
      • ICTN 4800 - Information Assurance Technologies
      • ICTN 4801 - Information Assurance Technologies Laboratory
      Manufacturing systems concentration:
      • IENG 3300 - Plant Layout and Materials Handling
      • IENG 4020 - Manufacturing System Planning
      • IENG 4023 - Advanced Manufacturing Systems
      • IENG 4200 - Work Methods and Ergonomics Analysis
      • ITEC 3292 - Industrial Safety
      • ITEC 4300 - Quality Assurance Concepts
      • Approved technical electives (9 s.h.)
      Mechanical technology concentration:
      • DESN 3032 - Engineering Graphics II
      • DESN 3033 - Engineering Graphics II Laboratory
      • DESN 3230 - Rapid Prototyping
      • DESN 3231 - Rapid Prototyping Laboratory
      • DESN 3234 - Jig and Fixture Design
      • DESN 3235 - Jig and Fixture Design Laboratory
      • DESN 3236 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
      • DESN 3237 - Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Laboratory
      • IENG 2076 - Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
      • IENG 2077 - Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Laboratory
      • IENG 3020 - Robotics in Computer Integrated Manufacturing
      • IENG 3021 - Robotics in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory
      • IENG 3300 - Plant Layout and Materials Handling
      • Approved technical electives (6 s.h.)
    5. Cognates - 5 s.h.
    • FINA 2244 - Legal Environment of Business
    • MATH 1074 - Applied Trigonometry
    6. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • "Industrial Distributions and Logistics"
      • 1. Business to Business Sales
      • 2. Distribution Branch Manager
      • 3. Fleet Manager
      • 4. Logistics/Transportation Mgr
      • 5. Logistics Analyst
      • 6. Procurement/Purchasing Agent/Buyer
      • 7. Scheduling and Planning Associate
      • 8. Supply Chain Analyst
      • 9. Transportation Analyst
      • 10. Transportation Broker
      • 11. Warehouse/Distribution Ctr Supervisor
      • "Industrial Technology"
      • 1. Application Engineer
      • 2. Distribution and Logistics Manager
      • 3. Industrial Technolog/Technicians
      • 4. Manufacturing Engineer
      • 5. Network Engineer
      • 6. Project Manager
      • 7. Quality Assurance Manager

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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