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07/09/2011

What’s the difference between BSC in engineering, BTech in engineering, BEng in Engineering?

Some readers have asked about the difference between BSC in engineering, BTech in engineering, BEng in Engineering.
To be sure, the differences are not that much, especially when one looks at the Kenyan job market and is keen in working in the country. The differences are wide however in universities abroad.

A BSC in engineering, in the strict sense, prepares one for a career in research, and the level of theory is much more in depth. One will learn both the theoretical aspects as well as the practical aspects needed for the job. However, the primary aim of the course is to make one ingrained in the basic principles of a discipline. To a large extent therefore, a specialization in BSC Eng is more design and research oriented.

On the other hand a BTech or a BEng in engineering prepares one for a career in the field, in the professional aspects. The curriculum is much more devoted to the application of the theories to practical problems in the field. Equally, craft and other skills may also be incorporated, skills that are essential in the day to day performance of the job.

As I stated earlier, these differences are mainly in universities abroad. The job sector in countries abroad allows for such broad distinctions. However, when one considers the Kenyan job market, the market is basically the same, and the graduates of these fields end up working in the same places. For example, there is not much difference in the career prospects of a BTech or BEng mechanical engineering graduate from that of a BSC Mechanical engineering graduate.


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10 comments:

  1. Hi, Is it possible for one to study B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and take tests for B.Eng and qualify for both a Technician and Engineer?Hi, Is it possible for one to study B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and take tests for B.Eng and qualify for both a Technician and Engineer?

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    1. A B-Tech and a Beng are both Degrees in the engineering field, if you have a Beng / B-Tech you can work as an engineer or technician either way. The only difference between the two is that when you do your third year of your national diploma you will need to complete a lot of objectives in industry so you get training in the field. Then the B-Tech which is your fourth year is all theory again. So that is 3 years of theory and 1 year of practical training. Where as a Beng is four solid theory years with no industry training. The extra year in the Beng theory is mainly extra mathematics subjects mainly involving derivation which is not very useful at all in industry. All in all when you apply for a engineering job, at least in South Africa 90% of the time they say you need a Beng / B-tech or BSC so makes no difference really. I just completed my 3 year national diploma in electrical engineering and got a job as a software engineer in the automation field. If you really want to get all technical a Person with a B-Tech should be referred to a an engineering Technologist but no one calls them that anyway you still work as an engineer.

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  2. You can only pursue one program. If you choose BTech Mechanical engineering, then you will graduate with a degree in BTech in Engineering. If you pursue BSC in Mechanical engineering, then you will graduate with a BSC in Mechanical engineering. So, you choose which you think is a better fit for you and then pursue that line.

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  3. Hi, i did my kcse 2010 and got math-A, phyk-A-, Chem-B+, Histo-A-, CRE-B, kis-B, Eng-B and an aggre of 71.i was i was called for barchelor of arts social work at SEUCO since i dnt revise courses.is it possible to change course en take acturial science?

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  4. Is the reputation of BSc(ENGINEERING) more than B.tech?

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    1. BTech Mining Engineering and BTech Mineral Resource Management at University of Johannesburg is the best in African than BSc(Mining) from Wits and BIng(Mining) from University of Pretoria. The Universities contributed a lot in the Mining Industry from when it was called Technikon Witwatersrand and even in the present days. I can say University of Johannesburg is the only best School of Mines in Africa in the present days.

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  5. BTech Mining Engineering and BTech Mineral Resource Management at University of Johannesburg is the best in African than BSc(Mining) from Wits and BIng(Mining) from University of Pretoria. The Universities contributed a lot in the Mining Industry from when it was called Technikon Witwatersrand and even in the present days. I can say University of Johannesburg is the only best School of Mines in Africa in the present days.

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  6. It doesn't really assist anyone to be comparing the BTech qualification with either BSc or BEng. People follow different paths because of varying reasons. I know for a fact that a BTech path may be followed based on 1. High school training for university(conventional)readiness or lack of, 2. The instantaneous ability for academic comprehension (often reffered to as late bloomers, and 3. Financial muscle. Believe or not I am professionally registered technologist Pr Tech Eng with ECSA and earn a highly competetive salary. All of this I have earned through my experience and the post gradute studies I have undertaken (BSc Honours TUKS). The BTech path is slower than the the BSc or BEng ones but they all can lead to a successful engineering career.

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  7. Hi, thanks for the input guys. I have been admitted by JAB for a BTech Mechanical Engineering Tchnology at the Technical University of Kenya (Formerly Kenya Poly). I am reporting in a week's time and had been unable to find out he exact difference between Bsc Eng and Btech eng (except that the former had a higher cut off mark that I failed to attain hence qualified for the later).

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  8. Hallo I am doing Btech of civil engineering in south Africa at a school called TUT. I was asking if companies in Kenya will recognize my qualifications if I try and get a job in Kenya. Thank you.

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