Bachelor of Technology
A Bachelor of Technology (Latin Baccalaureus Technologiae, commonly abbreviated as B.Tech. or BTech; with honours as B.Tech. (Hons.)) is an undergraduate academic degree conferred after completion of a three-year, a four-year or even a five-year (such as in Nigeria) program of studies at an accredited university or accredited university-level institution. B.Tech. is considered to be a skill-oriented course. The degree is conferred in the Commonwealth of Nations, the United States and elsewhere.
In Canada, the Bachelor of Technology designation is used inconsistently. Both universities and community colleges award the degree after completion of four-year programs but have different entrance requirements.
Care should be taken not to confuse the B.Tech. degree offered by university-level institutions with the Bachelor of Applied Technology (B.A.Tech. or BAT) offered by some community colleges in Canada. Community colleges are represented by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and university-level institutions by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the national accrediting body of universities in Canada. However, some community college engineering programs have recently been accredited by Engineers Canada, following a thorough review by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), i.e., Conestoga College. CEAB accreditation allows licensing as a "Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)" and ensures that graduates of these programs can continue with graduate engineering studies at traditional universities.
Care should be taken not to confuse the B.Tech. degree with the P.Tech (Engineering) in Alberta designation used in Canada by the engineering technologists and technicians associations. P.Tech (Engineering) allow engineering practice independently same as professional engineer, which is attained by after completion of a 2-3 year Engineering Technology diploma program.
Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Engineering qualifications include the following:
- 3 years BE/B.Tech. after Diploma in Engineering
- 4 years BE/B.Tech. after class 12
Degree is regulated under the aegis of University Grants Commission of India (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and National Board of Accreditation (NBA). Admission is through an engineering entrance examination.
In Kenya, the B.Tech. is not a very common course. Technical University of Kenya (TU-K), located in the country's capital and Murang'a University of Technology (MUT) offer B.Tech. in Engineering and Information Technology. The duration of study is usually 4 years with 11 semesters in total, with two academic semesters per year and an industrial Based Learning (IDBL) semester from second year to fourth year.
In New Zealand, Bachelor of Technology (Science) - BTech (Science) or Bachelor of Science (Technology) - BSc (Tech) is a 3-year program offered by Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) and University of Waikato respectively.
In Nigeria, the B.Tech. degree is awarded by the universities which can be federal, state or privately owned. The duration of study is usually four or five years. At inception, most of the universities offered core Science courses but have now expanded their course offerings to include Social Sciences and even Medicine.
In Pakistan, Bachelor of Technology - B.Tech. (old name) or Bachelor of Science in Technology/Engineering Technology - BSc/BS Technology/Engineering Technology (new name) is a four years undergraduate engineering technology degree in which first 3 years (six semesters) are study years and in the final or 4th year (7th and 8th semesters), students undergo a supervised industrial training. Degree holders are called engineering technologists. The accrediting body of engineering technology degree is National Technology Council (NTC) which is also responsible for registration of engineering technologists.
In South Africa, the B.Tech. is awarded by Universities of Technology and Comprehensive Universities - as distinct from Traditional Universities - and is generally practice or career oriented, as opposed to academically oriented. It is often offered in areas in which there is no corresponding B.Sc. or BComm (e.g. B.Tech.: Forestry Management, or B.Tech.: Explosives Management ).
The degree is obtained after 4 years of study and is usually offered as a 1-year program, following completion of a relevant three-year National Diploma.
The B.Tech. carries the same points as other bachelor's degrees in terms of South Africa's National Qualifications Framework (both having an NQF level of 7) At the same time, however, due to its orientation, it does not usually grant admission to the corresponding M.Sc. or MComm program, and students instead pursue the Master of Technology (M.Tech.) and Doctor of Technology (D.Tech.) degrees; it does grant admission to MBA programs (see List of business schools in South Africa). In some cases, however, admission may be granted, once demonstrated that the student meets the necessary academic level to complete the requirements of the M.Sc or MComm.
In Sri Lanka, the Open University of Sri Lanka offers BTech (Hons) in engineering disciplines which has a duration of minimum four years. Undergraduates can be specialized in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and Textile and Clothing Engineering.
University of Vocational Technology offers BTech in Multimedia and Web Technology, Network Technology, Software Technology, Construction Technology and Resource Management, Building Services Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Mechatronics Technology, Food Process Technology, Film and Television Production Technology, Media Arts Production Technology, Industrial Management Technology and Quantity Surveying.
In the United States, the Bachelor of Technology degree is awarded after completion of a 4-year academic program. The majority of the colleges and universities offering this degree are offered in the states of:
- New York (New York City College of Technology, State University College at Buffalo, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY College Of Technology At Alfred)
- Missouri (Northwest Missouri State University)
- South Carolina (Charleston Southern University)
- Oklahoma (Rogers State University, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University), Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee,
- Georgia (Southern Polytechnic State University)
- Washington (Lake Washington Institute of Technology).
- "Non-Universities receive engineering accreditation from the CEAB:"
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