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? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for Buffalo State’s Industrial Technology program.
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. Industrial Technology should not be confused with information technology, which is the process of troubleshooting computers and Internet systems.
“You can print things that are very difficult to manufacture, things you wouldn’t be able to make or manufacture by hand,” said Jim Mayrose, provost, associate professor and former chair of the Engineering Technology Department about the college’s 3D printer. “If you can think it and design it, it can be printed.”
Part of Buffalo State Engineering Technology Department, the industrial technology offers two concentrations that provide students with the opportunity to develop a specialty within a broader framework of technical operations knowledge. The concentrations are:
All industrial technology students benefit from:
Buffalo State College offers over 100 student clubs and extracurricular organizations that give students the opportunity to socialize, expand their interests, and gain hands-on experience that will enhance their employability upon graduation. Clubs which may be of particular interest to industrial technology students include:
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
Credit hours previously earned will be evaluated for all transfer students upon admission to the college. A maximum of 90 credit hours may be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions, with no more than 66 credit hours transferred from two-year colleges. 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.
Industrial Technology majors are employed in manufacturing and engineering firms; industrial design firms; construction companies; government agencies; hospitals; public utility companies; and more. Common job titles obtained by IT majors include:
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