Engineering Technologies and Applied Design

Division II Chair: S. Hall


Department Chair: M. Mahoney


Faculty: C. Ely, D. Feinberg, K. Gadd, G. Mahoney, M. Mahoney, and W. Wu




Courses: TAD Courses


Course Sequencing Table: Engineering Technologies and Applied Design


Major/Minor Requirements: Engineering Technologies and Applied Design B.S.Engineering Technologies and Applied Design with a Technology Management Concentration B.S.Engineering Technologies  and Applied Design Engineering and Technology Education Concentration B.S.


Mission Statement


The Engineering Technologies and Applied Design Department (ETAD) at Berea College provides dynamic, relevant, and contemporary curriculum and facilities that engage students in design and production while emphasizing sustainable practices. Through practical, hands-on experiences within an immersive liberal arts education, the department strives to cultivate critical and creative problem-solvers with the capabilities to identify, analyze, and implement design solutions as responsible and globally minded citizens 

Areas of Concentration

The Engineering Technologies and Applied Design Department offers one degree and two concentrations:

• Technology Management
• Engineering and Technology Education (grades 5-12)

The objective of these offerings is to provide students with a broad professional and liberal-arts education necessary for entrance into careers or into professional or graduate schools. (More on Concentrations below.)


The course work provided includes, but is not limited to, these areas:

• Appalachian Crafts
• Architecture
• Automation
• Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
• Construction
• Design
• Electricity/Electronics
• Energy and Power Systems
• Graphic Communication
• Manufacturing/Production
• Material Processing/Testing
• Photography
• Prototyping
• Quality Control
• Videography
• Woodworking

Departmental Emphasis

Throughout the department, emphasis is placed on:

• Application
• Design
• Problem Solving
• Quality
• Research
• Sustainability
• Technology

When declaring a major in ETAD, a student may select core degree or one of the two concentration options.


Technology Management concentration prepares the student for a variety of leadership positions in a wide range of technology-based career fields. This degree program is designed to give the student a strong background in design, production, communications, and power/energy technologies, combined with a study of management strategies and procedures. Students completing this degree program may pursue careers that include:

• Design Engineering
• Industrial Engineering
• Manufacturing Engineering
• Production Management
• Quality Control
• Sustainable Development

Engineering and Technology Education concentration prepares students interested in gaining certification to teach in the area of engineering and technology education (grades 5-12). The student must double major in Education Studies (Teaching and Curriculum with Certification) and in Technology and Applied Design (Engineering and Technology Education concentration) to be certified.


In addition to supporting students' achievement of the Aims of General Education, the Engineering Technologies & Applied Design Department seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals and associated learning outcomes:

Engineering Technologies & Applied Design Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1: Demonstrate critical thought, analysis, and problem solving ability.

Learning Outcome 2: Demonstrate and apply a design approach.

Learning Outcome 3: Exhibit understanding with appropriate selection and application of materials and their associated processes.

Learning Outcome 4: Develop, design, and produce solutions to problems that necessitate visually driven responses.

Learning Outcome 5: Display comprehension and application of components and systems used for energy collection, control, and transmission

Learning Outcome 6: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the utilization of current hardware and software