The history of the department is connected with the history of the technological and economic faculty. In 1975, a general technical faculty was created at the university (at that time, EGPI), later renamed the techno-economical faculty. In September 2011, in connection with the transition to new areas of student training, the Faculty of Technology and Economics was renamed to engineering and technology, and the department of technical mechanics and engineering - to the department of general engineering training.

In recent years, in the framework of research work, the department deals with modern problems of technological and engineering education.

The teachers of the department published a large number of articles in prestigious journals, collections of international and all-Russian scientific and practical conferences, as well as monographs, educational and teaching aids. A lot of scientific work is being done with students: articles have been published in various collections, the winners and prize-winners of All-Russian, Republican and University competitions for the best student research have been prepared.

The department actively cooperates with national education authorities: teachers work on refresher courses and retraining of teachers, engineering and teaching staff vocational schools, make reports and master classes at national, republican and regional scientific and methodological seminars for educators, participate in preparing, organizing and conducting competitions and technology competitions among schoolchildren at various levels: municipal, regional, republican.

Topics of applied methodical research

• Propaedeutics of engineering education in secondary school