ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Department of Industrial Studies offers two degree programs of study, one in industrial technology management with emphases in building construction management, building construction safety management, manufacturing technology management, and occupational safety management. The ITM program deals with the management of technologies in building construction and manufacturing and with safety issues in these areas. The second degree program is technology education and this program prepares students to become technology education teachers in middle and high schools.
Do you love building things, working with tools, machines, and other people who love to build things? If you do then obtaining an Industrial Technology Management degree may be for you!
Comparing Engineering and Industrial Studies
These two programs of study are related but different. Industrial studies graduates become managers. They manage the building of machines, the manufacturing of products, and the constructing of buildings. Engineers are designers. They use calculus, physics, and the other physical sciences to design machines, products, and building systems. Technology managers learn enough theory to effectively communicate with engineers. Technology managers also have sufficient "hands-on" experiences with machines and tools to effectively work with the trades (machine operators, carpenters, plumbers, brick layers, etc.).