Department of Industrial Technology
Dr. Athanasios Alexandrou, Chair
Industrial Technology Building, Room 212, M/S IT 9
The Industrial Technology program at California State University, Fresno is geared towards preparing students for managerial and leadership roles in the industry. The program equips students with the necessary skills to use and manage state-of-the-art technologies in the fields of agricultural information systems, manufacturing, processing and packaging, quality systems and transportation. A blend of lectures, online instruction and hands-on lab activities together with engaged faculty and staff provides students with an environment that nurtures critical thinking and encourages innovation. The undergraduate curriculum includes technical concentrations in the areas of automotive technologies, food processing, and packaging, manufacturing quality and spatial technology which build on the strong foundations of our technology and management core courses.
The program for the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology is accredited by the Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The department was awarded the highest possible accreditation, six years which is valid until 2024.
The major focus of IT is to prepare individuals for technical and industrial management positions. Examples of positions held by IT graduates include plant engineer, fleet service representative, manufacturing engineer, operations supervisor, production planning analyst, production scheduling coordinator, and quality systems supervisor.
Average salaries for Fresno State IT graduates are commensurate with those offered to business managers and engineers in the Central Valley as well as in the greater Bay Area and Los Angeles areas. IT graduates typically enjoy career growth in both management and technological pathways.
The program also provides students the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and practitioners through activities organized by various professional societies such as the American Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE); American Society of Quality (ASQ); Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE); American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE); and Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Major student clubs are Advanced Technology Enterprises (ATE); Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT); Motorsport Club; and Robotics Club. Through participation in one or more of these groups, students learn more about their profession and interact with working professionals in their field. Internships are also available to provide on-the-job experience to interested students.
The Master of Science in Industrial Technology program offers an individually tailored program with a blend of theory and practice that provides an enriching learning experience and prepares tomorrow's professionals for exciting and rewarding careers. The graduate program includes a set of core courses and electives besides a culminating experience in the form of a project or thesis.
The mission of the department is to prepare individuals for technical and management careers in agriculture, business, industry, and government for the improvement of regional and global economy.
The Industrial Technology Department continues to receive equipment and financial support from a number of California-based industries. Facilities supported include the Bee Sweet Citrus Packing Line lab, WAPA Nut Processing Line lab, computer-aided design (CAD) lab, Programmable Logic Controller lab, materials testing lab, robotics lab, woodworking lab, manufacturing labs with conventional and CNC equipment. Specialized software is used in various labs.