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About Industrial Technology

Industrial technology is the science of making production faster, easier, and more efficient by using a variety of engineering and manufacturing skills. An IT professional might operate heavy machinery that manufactures products; configure equipment that forms product components; or identify quality defects and possible improvements.

Manufacturing Concentration: Students specialize in direct manufacturing support of a technical or managerial nature. They learn management principles, physical sciences, technology of industry, and liberal arts to optimize manufacturing processes, materials, and personnel. 

Quality Concentration: This concentration allows student to develop the ability to assist the product or service organization in obtaining the maximum level of quality performance in a lean environment. It requires a professional internship in a specialty position in a local organization as a culminating activity. 

Industrial Technology, B.S.

Quality, Minor

Safety Studies, Minor

Degree Information

Industrial Technology majors are employed in manufacturing and engineering firms; industrial design firms; construction companies; government agencies; hospitals; public utility companies; and more: 

  • Consultant
  • Cost Estimator
  • Drafter
  • Electronics Technician
  • Industrial Automation Engineer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Materials & Processes Inspector
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Supervisor/Manager
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Robotics Technician 
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Safety Engineer 
  • Safety Supervisor
  • Sales Supervisor
  • Technician
  • Time Study Analyst

 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (student chapter)

National Association of Black Engineers (student chapter): With more than 31,000 members with 250 active collegiate chapters, NSBE offers academic support including professional development, leadership training, resume building, and gateways to career opportunities. 

Join the NSBE

Epsilon Pi Tau (National Honor Society for Technology students) 

Math Club: Math Club takes the topics learned in the classroom and applies them to the real world. The club meets weekly through the semester and members engage in everything from games to in-depth talks from professors, guest speakers, and students. 

Join the Math Club

SAE Mini Baja Competition: This is one of the most unique and exciting extracurricular activities open to electronic technology and mechanical engineering majors. The goal of the competition is to design, build, and race off-road vehicles that can withstand the harshest elements and roughest terrain allows students to design, build and race off-road vehicles 

Learn more about SAE Mini Baja

 

Undergraduate research is integrated in senior design course sequence and many courses have applied learning integrated in them. There are internship opportunities at New York Power Authority (NYPA), National Grid, engineering consulting firms, and many other companies. 

 

Above: BS Industrial Technology enrollment history

 

Above: Comparative Undergraduate Enrollments and GPAs by Gender and Age

 

Academic profile of all first-time matriculated students (PDF)

One-year retention rate for all first-time full-time students (PDF)

Build the Future

Have you always had a knack for working with technology? Are you analytical, inquisitive, and patient? Do you like to make things run faster, more safely, or more efficiently? You might be the perfect candidate for Buffalo State’s Industrial Technology program. 

Professional Accreditation

Our program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

High Job Placement

Typically, 100 percent of students will find industry employment within one year or less after graduating. Students with the highest GPAs usually have multiple job offers.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

IT students may utilize the Thermal Sciences Lab, Vibrations and Structures Lab, CAD/CAM Lab, Control Systems Lab, Electrical Power Systems Lab, and/or Student Project Labs. 

3D Printing

Buffalo State engineering technology students are using 3D printers to make a range of objects out of plastic, including tools and a remote-control helicopter.

Transfer Student Credit

Most credit hours earned at other institutions will be accepted, although the college cannot guarantee how credit hours earned at two-year institutions will relate to bachelor's degree requirements.