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The Engineering Technology learning community offers an academic year experience (fall and spring semesters) for students to learn and gain experience in computer aided design (CAD) and machining principles, while also designing and seeing projects through completion.  While learning in these experiences they will also participate with the Hands-On Design and Fabrication Learning community that helps introduce incoming students to the Bechtel Innovation Design Center, a space that was constructed to assist students in the design and creation of projects relating to their coursework or their own self-directed learning and innovation. It is our hope that this learning community will allow for Engineering Technology students to meet with other majors on campus and gain experience working in a multi-disciplinary setting.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute with a major in the School of Engineering Technology

Residential Component

  • Optional. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with an optional residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be admitted) to a learning community with an optional residential component. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component.
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  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying to a learning community. If you have questions about housing, contact University Residences ( at


Fall Semester Only

Associated Courses and Information

  • ENGT 18200 - Gateway To Engineering Technology
  • CNIT 10500 - Introduction to C Programming


Every fee eligible student involved with a learning community (LC) at Purdue will be assessed the $200 LC fee to their university account.  These funds support activities and travel, signature LC events, housing assignments and/or course registration and instructor stipends.

Events and Activities Included:

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Design and build time in the Bechtel Innovation Design Center
  • Coffeehouse hour
  • Video game night
  • Fall service project
  • Boiler Challenge ropes course
  • Periodic meals with faculty members

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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