engineering at dordt
Be challenged. Be changed.
As an engineering major at Dordt, you’ll learn technical skills in the classroom and will have numerous opportunities to do hands-on projects. You’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action by participating in the concrete canoe, emergency shelter, steel bridge, or mini-baja competitions.
Engineering at Dordt will teach you how to engage the field from a Christian perspective so you can enter your career prepared to make a difference for Christ using your technical skills in a biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering concentration.
You can serve the public in any of the different engineering fields by working with consulting firms, government organizations, manufacturing industries, research laboratories, and more.
- Engineering Concentrations
The following concentrations are options within the bachelor of science in engineering degree.
- Biomedical engineering concentration: As an Engineering major in the biomedical concentration, you will learn to design technologies ranging from artificial organs to implantable sensors in order to improve and assist the function of our bodies.
- Chemical engineering concentration: You will learn to develop equipment and processes to convert both natural and recycled resources into fuels and materials for everyday products.
- Civil engineering concentration: As an Engineering major in the civil concentration you'll plan buildings, bridges, and roads, and design systems to clean the air and manage water resources.
- Computer engineering concentration: You will learn to work at the crossroads of the circuit board and the information superhighway, designing software and hardware for the networks and computers that find themselves in all areas of our contemporary life.
- Electrical engineering concentration: In this concentration you'll learn to develop technologies to move energy and information, developing systems ranging from microprocessors to the electric power grid.
- Mechanical engineering concentration: As an Engineering major in the mechanical concentration you will learn to design and control mechanical devices and thermal systems ranging from wheelchairs to solar collectors to refrigerators.
*accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The following concentrations are options within the bachelor of arts in engineering science degree.
- Architectural engineering concentration: In this concentration, you will gain knowledge in the areas of engineering, construction management, and art.
- Construction management concentration: You will learn to run a construction worksite, balance clients’ needs, and direct contractors, engineers, and architects. It helps to understand design, project bids, and the construction process. Construction often involves many individuals and teams working together to create the final product; master excellent communication skills to ensure that everybody is on the same page.
**The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, does not accredit construction management or pre-architecture programs. The engineering science major is not accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Dordt's engineering graduates work around the country in states like California, Indiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, Iowa, and more—and they work internationally, too.
At Dordt, you will be prepared to continue your education. Some of our graduates go on to pursue a master's degree or Ph.D. in their field of interest at schools like University of California – San Diego and more.
- Noyce Scholars Program
Engineering students can also learn to teach STEM subjects at the secondary or post-secondary level. The Dordt Noyce Scholars Program has been established to encourage STEM students to consider a teaching profession.
Noyce Scholars receive $15,000 scholarships each year to support their progress toward teaching licensure in a STEM field.
You'll have access to these labs and more:
- Computational labs: design and analyze 3D objects using solid modeling (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA), and computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
- Solar energy lab: monitor solar collector and wind turbine performance
- Prototyping lab: fabricate a project using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer numeric control (CNC) machining, and 3D printing
- Mechanics and materials lab: measure material behavior under loading
- Chemical reactor lab: experiment with combustion and gasification
- Civil engineering lab: analyze soil and concrete samples
- Biomechanics lab: measure forces and positions for the human body during movement
- Thermodynamics lab: test air-foils in a wind tunnel and measure the impact of a high-speed fluid jet on a vane
- Electronics lab: build, design, and test circuits and microprocessors