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Master of Science (MS)


Engineering and Technology Education


John Van Derslice


The technologist needs and training requirements were determined from a selected cross-section of Utah industrial firms. The larger industries were significantly more aware of the training requirements and capabilities of four-year technologists than were the smaller firms. A significant difference was found regarding general and specialized training required by each firm. Thirteen of the 16 responding firms indicated specialized training as being most important. The 10 areas of technical training rated most critical in their order of importance were: electronics I, technical writing I, electricity, English, mathematics (calculus and above) I, machine shop I, manufacturing processes, physics, and metallurgy and design. There was no significant difference found between the wages offered by selected Utah industrial firms and the national average of comparable occupations.