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Engineering Technology Department

FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Department of Engineering Technology, Conlon Hall, Room 209 will provide assistance to all constituents remotely, Monday - Friday from 8am - 4:30pm for the Fall 2020 semester. If necessary, in-person visits will be coordinated by appointment only. For immediate assistance, please contact Diane Whitham at or 978-665-3255 or the Department Chair, Dr. Sanjay Kaul, at or 978-665-3050. To make an appointment with an Engineering Technology faculty member, please contact them directly. Contact information and office hours are listed elsewhere on this page.


When you choose a major in Engineering Technology or Applied Science and Technology/Engineering, you'll be able to create a program of study that will prepare you for a number of different careers in the real world.

Students in the department can concentrate in Architectural Technology, Construction Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Energy Management Technology, and Manufacturing Engineering Technology.

For graduate or evening students, the department offers a Vocational Approval Program as well as courses that lead to a Bachelor's degree in Occupational/Vocational Education, a Masters in Occupational Education and a Masters in Technology Education.

Whatever program you choose, you'll receive a common core of required courses that provide a strong technical foundation from the most comprehensive Industrial Technology program in Massachusetts.

Student focusing in class






Department Highlights 

The Engineering Technology Department has many specialized teaching laboratories and resource rooms that support its programs including:

  • Technical drawing and architectural design and model-making areas
  • Construction technology/management lab
  • Electronics and energy management technology labs
  • Robotics and automated manufacturing lab
  • Materials testing facilities
  • Wood and metal fabrication facilities
  • Technical theatre design and set construction lab
  • Technology education teaching modules
  • Specialized computer training lab
  • Student study room with networked computers
  • Lounge and presentation commons

All programs are supported by computer labs with current state-of-the-art software for CAD, BIM (Building Information Modeling) design, simulation, cost estimating, and project management. Software manufactures include Autodesk; Graphisoft ArchiCAD; Maxwell Systems Quest, Sage Timberline Office Solutions and Primavera Project Planner. These computer labs are supported with color printers and plotters, a high-speed large format plotter, and a 3D modeling printers. You are given a lot of hands-on experience that allows them to master the engineering design method of problem solving that can be applied to their future careers in engineering technology.

Internship opportunities are available but not required.

Location: Conlon Building Room 209
Chairperson: Dr. Sanjay Kaul, 978.665.3050
Administrative Assistant II: Diane Whitham, 978.665.3255
Admissions Office: 978.665.3144 or


Alicata, James - Occupational-Vocational Education - Professor Alicata is the Graduate Chair for Occupational and Technical Education. His research focuses on curriculum development and career and technical education.
Basu, Soumitra - Manufacturing Engineering Technology - Professor Basu is the Program Coordinator for Manufacturing. His research focuses on curriculum design, QFD and System Theory, and Energy Efficient Building Design and Fabrication.
Chenot, Keith - Architectural Technology - Professor Chinot is the Program Coordinator for Architecture. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts, with NCARB certification. His courses cover basic drawing skills to advanced CAD building information modeling (BIM) and Architectural Professional Practice. His design classes introduce students to energy efficiency and sustainable design, and often focus on urban reuse and development with Fitchburg as the backdrop. 
Kaul, Sanjay - Energy Management Technology - Professor Kaul is the Program Coordinator for Energy Management. His research focuses on contemporary electric power generation based on non-renewable resources such as oil, coal, gas, nuclear and new efficient and cost-effective small-scale renewable energy generation options that are commercially available. Also discusses the market distortions which need to be overcome in order to make renewable energies cost competitive in today’s economic environment.
Mani, Nirajan - Construction Technology - Professor Mani is the Program Coordinator for Construction Management. His research focuses on multi-level hierarchical analysis for productivity frontier estimation and optimal labor productivity including opportunities and challenges for modular construction in developing nations.
Mustafa, Abdel - Construction Technology - Professor Mustafa’s research focuses on sustainable technologies for water and wastewater management in the Third World and optimal engineering strategy for sustainable infrastructure.
Whitfield, Wayne - Technology Education - Professor Whitfield is the Program Coordinator for Technology/Engineering Education. His research focuses liability Issues, construction law, and testing for education licensure.
Yu, Hong - Electronics Engineering Technology - Professor Yu is the Program Coordinator for Electronics. His research focuses on multiple access protocol for WATM networks, embedded system design (FPGA and VLSIC) and  big data analysis for earthquakes.

Related links and Resources

Four Year Plans

Two Year Rotation

Clubs and Organizations

  • EPSILON PI TAU, Inc. (Technology Education and Industrial Technology Honor Society)
  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC)
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Technology & Engineering Education Collegiate Association (TEECA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)