Product Development and Enterprise Class
For the past 16 years in the Department of Technology, located in the Industrial Technology Center (ITC), Dr. Doug Hotek has been teaching a course called TECH 3114, Product Development and Enterprise. This is a course where students are challenged as a team to come up with an original product idea, then design, market, produce, and sell it to paying customers. “It’s a realistic hands-on course about technology management,” says Dr. Hotek, “it allows students to learn by actually doing what it takes to successfully coordinate and manage the marketing, design, and production of a product. And it’s fun because you get to make stuff and see your ideas become a reality.” Students are graded on their collegiality of teamwork, the quality of their product, return on investment, and say/do ratio (How much they do vs. what they say they will do). Over the years, the course has cranked out various products, from clocks to coasters, bookends, and mugs to name a few, which were marketed and sold to students, staff and others throughout UNI. The most recent class created a cell phone charging station. The course is available every fall, and is helpful to multiple majors. As you hunt for fall classes this spring, you may want to add this innovative course to your schedule!
The Technology and Engineering Education program prepares students to become middle school and high school teachers of Industrial Technology. Technology teacher candidates learn to plan their curriculum, apply suitable teaching strategies and methods, and manage both traditional and contemporary instructional laboratories.
Project Lead The Way. Students who complete the program can automatically receive national certification upon graduation to teach the following PLTW courses:
- Introduction to Engineering Design
- Principles of Engineering
- Digital Electronics
If you are in, or have already taken any of these high school PLTW courses, you may be eligible for college credit towards the program. Contact the department office or program coordinator for details.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh, Program Coordinator
Many scholarship opportunities are available.
Professional organizations open to Technology Education students include the Technology Education Collegiate Association and other technology related student organizations.
Will I Get A Job?
There is a critical shortage of technology education/industrial technology teachers in Iowa and throughout the country. 100% of the graduates of the Technology and Engineering Education program find jobs within a year of their graduation if they chose to teach. Secondary school administrators and teachers from around Iowa and surrounding states consistently request graduates of UNI’s Technology and Engineering Education program. UNI is the only Iowa Regents institution that offers a technology teacher preparation program at the undergraduate level. The demand for technology education/industrial technology teachers is more than UNI’s Technology Education program can fulfill.