JSU’s applied engineering program hosts the Alabama State VEX Robotics Championship and allows students to participate.

According to Jacksonville State University’s website, “engineering programs tend to teach the student to develop the latest technology. The Applied Engineering programs at JSU train students to implement, or apply, the latest technology for today’s companies. For students interested in pursuing traditional engineering degrees, JSU offers a two-year pre-engineering program that will permit the majority of students to transfer with junior standing to most undergraduate engineering programs at other colleges and universities.”

In an interview with department head Terry Marbut, he discussed the careers of future students. Marbut said most graduates go to work in manufacturing companies in engineering, or they hired for management positions.

According to the department’s Facebook page, individuals in this particular field can make anywhere from $19-40 an hour, or $91,613-115,822 in salary payment.

All of these estimates are calculated by averaging salaries and wages
from across the country. Based on  these statistics, the opportunity for a high income is very high in this field.

“We have several graduates that function at director, plant manager, vice president or president levels in manufacturing,” said Marbut.

A recent graduate is now in charge of all safety at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, and another held several positions of increasing responsibility with Honeywell before becoming CEO of Wencor Corporation, he said.

One of the most well-known graduates of the program is Bill “Bubba” Bussey, half of the “Rick and Bubba” radio show.

Some of the projects that are currently in progress are updating the rappelling tower and creating a new “controls system toolkit.”

The rappelling tower is being renovated up to current safety codes. This is one of the first projects the department is working on as part of their advanced restructuring of the manufacturing support center.

By creating the “controls system toolkit” Jacksonville State University is helping strengthen cyber security in northeast Alabama, and potentially elsewhere.

Not only does this department prepare students for a future in their career field, but these students are already impacting the world of engineering today.

There is a student chapter for this department, the Association for Technology, Management,
and Applied Engineering.

People who are familiar with the team refer to them as the JSU ATMAE Robotics Team.

These students actively engage in service-learning activities throughout the school year by providing support for VEX robotics in preschool through 12th grade schools across the region. The department is the host of the Alabama State VEX Robotics Championships.

The event occurs on campus in March of each year. Each member of the student organization plays a key role in that effort as well.

Selected members of the organization are invited to serve at the VEX World Competition in April. Other members of the organization are part of the robotics team that competes at the ATMAE national conference each year. JSU has finished first in the nation two times in the past five years.

The applied engineering department has a resume that consists of a wide variety of programs and holds the title of VEX World Competition host.

The programs under the applied engineering department range from traditional engineering that focuses primarily on research, to the development of new technologies.

These programs teach students to integrate existing technologies while simultaneously solving problems in order to improve the processing abilities of equipment.

Kara Morgan Burgess
Staff Reporter

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