Introduction to Engineering Technology, Global Edition

Jeffrey L. Rankinen / Robert J. Pond  
Total pages
September 2014
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For introductory courses in Engineering Technologies

Introduction to Engineering Technology, 8th Edition, explains the responsibilities of technicians and technologists in the dynamic world of engineering. The basic tools of engineering technology, including problem solving, calculator skills, conversion of units, geometry, computer skills, and technical reporting, are explained. Mathematical concepts are presented in a moderately-paced manner, including practical, worked-out examples for the engineering calculator. In addition to developing students’ skills in algebra, trigonometry, and geometry, this popular text also helps them to understand the broad spectrum of today’s technologies.


  • Combines a description of the engineering technology field and the types of jobs available, including some of the tools an aspiring technician needs to be successful in other courses.
  • Content has been piloted and used in several college classrooms for several years, producing a strong track record for preparing students for the rigors of the occupation.
  • Students who aren't as strong in math and science appreciate that the concepts in the book flow from the simple to the complex.
  • The text can be used in secondary school programs.

New to this Edition

Updated employment and salary information.

Detailed descriptions of major technologies, including chemical, civil, architectural, electronic, computer, and mechanical engineering fields

A how-to guide to surviving college, including how to use the college library, how to maintain good grades and an understanding of GPA, how to schedule adequate study time, and how to apply basic problem-solving skills.

Instruction that combines calculator skills with basic algebraic concepts (such as the use of signed numbers). Introduction to Engineering Technology, Eighth Edition is the only introductory engineering text that presents practical examples for the engineering calculator. Algebraic concepts are integrated throughout the examples.

Conversion of units and dimensions, featuring a simple, four-step approach and an explanation of the importance of the metric system.

Coverage of networking, the Internet, and industrial automation.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Engineering Technology as a Career
  • 2. Career Choices in the Engineering Technologies
  • 3. Survival Skills — Preparing for the Engineering Technologies
  • 4. The Calculator
  • 5. Measurement Systems
  • 6. Right-Triangle Trigonometry and Geometry for Technologists
  • 7. The Technical Library
  • 8. The Personal Computer
  • 9. Networking, Internet, and Industrial Automation
  • 10. Your Future in Technology
  • Appendix A: Professional Organizations in Engineering
  • Appendix B: Algebraic Rules
  • Appendix C: Trigonometry
  • Appendix D: Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems