Whether your goal is to advance the energy sector, design public water systems, or oversee the manufacturing of equipment and products, St. Ambrose University has a program to help you reach your goals.
Our graduates work at Accenture, ExxonMobil, Genesis Health System, Boeing Charleston, Deere & Company, HON Company, and Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems.
- Extensive Hands-On Research & Design Experience
- Exceptional Lab Facilities
- Personal Attention: Faculty Focus On You
Our rigorous, but rewarding, Mechanical Engineering program gives you hands-on, real-world experience. You will be guided by an expert and engaged faculty and gain skills that make you a sought-after asset in the workforce.
The St. Ambrose Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org).
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Mechanical Engineering uses a combination of human, material, and economic resources to provide solutions to problems faced by society. As an applied science, it focuses on design, development, manufacture, management, and control of engineering systems. Courses include engineering design, materials science, manufacturing processes, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and control theory.
St. Ambrose is the only university in the Quad Cities region that offers this degree. If you want to dual major in Industrial Engineering (pdf), we offer that program, too.
Full-time students generally earn the dual major in 4.5 years (or less), and we give part-time students up to eight years to complete any of the engineering programs. No matter what you choose, you will work closely with engaged faculty who give you a real-world education in and outside the classroom.
WHY CHOOSE S.A.U. ENGINEERING?
Our Liberal Arts focus makes us different than any other engineering school. Yes, you will learn the same math, science, and analytical skills here, but you will also learn to think critically, how to communicate, work in teams, and gain the ability to see how and where you fit into the greater world. These are assets regional and national employers are looking for in new hires, and they tell us that our students excel in those areas. That could be why 99% of our domestic students have a job lined up before they graduate.
Enrollment in our engineering programs has more than doubled in recent years from 50 students in 2009 to more than 150 this year. That is a lot of growth, yet we remain a small department committed to giving you personal attention. Our goal is to educate engineers, not conduct personal research projects. And you will be taught by Ph.D.s, not teaching assistants.
Our engineering programs get high praise and support from regional employers who offer internships, professional mentorships, and job opportunities. Some even have given financial support to the university, allowing us to provide you with three floors of state-of-the-art labs.
WHAT UNIQUE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES WILL I GET AT S.A.U.?
- Internships: Companies throughout the region highly support our engineering programs, and provide internships, professional mentors, and job opportunities. Through our extensive network of engineering alumni and companies across the country, you get on-the-job experience in a mandatory internship at leading manufacturers such as Deere & Company, the Rock Island Arsenal, Caterpillar and more.
- Design Experience: Enroll in sophomore design courses and undertake a real project for a real customer, then present your work at an Engineering Showcase. Our students have completed projects for local companies and even engineered ways to help people with disabilities lead more active lives.
Watch how S.A.U. engineering students helped people with disabilities in Brazil by creating new assistive technologies.
- Engineering Club: The club hosts pizza and study nights throughout the year, members volunteer at events that promote engineering and community service, organizes tours of local companies, and participate in Quad Cities Engineering and Science Council events.
- Society of Women Engineers: Our official chapter of SWE focuses on professional development and outreach to youth. Our members go to area high schools and tell students about the opportunities that abound in STEM fields. We annually host Introduce a Girl to Engineering Night, and in the Spring of 2017, it garnered a crowd of more than 500 girls, ages 3-13, who learned about engineering through hands-on activities.
- Engineering Ambassadors: You, too, can represent S.A.U.'s Mechanical and Industrial Engineering programs. Ambassadors share their experiences as Ambrosians and members of the engineering program. They help with recruiting, retention, outreach, and industry relations for the Engineering and Physical Science Department.
WHAT ARE SOME POTENTIAL CAREER OUTCOMES?
Engineers can work in design, manufacturing, robotics, electrical systems, quality, process improvement, and in civil engineering for local, state and federal governments.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the median pay for mechanical engineers at $84,190 and the field is growing (2016). In fact, 95% of S.A.U. engineering program graduates who pursue employment are working in the field. Many of our students are sought out by employers before they graduate.
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Last updated April 17, 2018