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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 within Harrison Hall
  • You will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community.
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or Athletics, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall Semester Only

Associated Classes

  • ENGT 18000 - Engineering Technology Foundations
  • ENGT 18100 - Engineering Technology Applications
  • CNIT 10500 - Introduction to C Programming

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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