Engineering

engineering at dordt

Be challenged. Be changed.

 

Do you like to design, build, troubleshoot, and improve things? If so, consider joining Dordt’s engineering department.

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 biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering.

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.

Program Options

Engineering Emphases

Accredited* Emphases

The following are bachelor of science degrees.

  • Biomedical engineering: As a biomedical engineer 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: You will learn to develop equipment and processes to convert both natural and recycled resources into fuels and materials for everyday products.
  • Civil engineering: As a civil engineer you'll plan buildings, bridges, and roads, and design systems to clean the air and manage water resources.
  • Computer engineering: 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: In this emphasis you'll learn to develop technologies to move energy and information, developing systems ranging from microprocessors to the electric power grid.
  • Mechanical engineering: As a mechanical engineer 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.

Non-accredited** emphases

The following are bachelor of arts in engineering science degrees.

  • Architectural Engineering: As an architectural engineer you will gain knowledge in the areas of engineering, construction management, and art.
  • Construction Management: 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.

Outcomes

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.

More Outcomes

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. 

Resources

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

Learn More

Check out our program strengths and get to know our facilities.

Dr. Ethan Brue

Dr. Ethan Brue
Professor of Engineering
Department Chair

SB 2610
(712) 722-6034
ethan.brue@dordt.edu

Dr. Manuela Ayee

Dr. Manuela Ayee
Assistant Professor of Engineering

SB 2609
(712) 722-6739
manuela.ayee@dordt.edu

Dr. Derek Chitwood

Dr. Derek Chitwood
Assistant Professor of Engineering

SB 2605
(712) 722-6288
Derek.Chitwood@dordt.edu

Dr. Douglas De Boer

Dr. Douglas De Boer
Professor of Engineering

SB 1638
(712) 722-6245
Douglas.DeBoer@dordt.edu

Dr. Jeff Gladstone

Dr. Jeff Gladstone
Assistant Professor of Engineering

SB 2608
(712) 722-6279
Jeff.Gladstone@dordt.edu

Tayler Hoekstra

Tayler Hoekstra
Instructor of Physics and Engineering

SB 2614
(712) 722-6306
Tayler.Hoekstra@dordt.edu

Ben Saarloos

Ben Saarloos
Engineering Instructor/Lab Systems Engineer

SB 2805
(712) 722-6265
Ben.Saarloos@dordt.edu

Dr. Kevin Timmer

Dr. Kevin Timmer
Professor of Engineering

SB 2606
(712) 722-6290
Kevin.Timmer@dordt.edu

Dr. Nolan Van Gaalen

Dr. Nolan Van Gaalen
Professor of Engineering

SB 1638
(712) 722-6289
Nolan.VanGaalen@dordt.edu

Dr. Justin Vander Werff

Dr. Justin Vander Werff
Associate Professor of Engineering

SB 2604
(712) 722-6291
Justin.VanderWerff@dordt.edu

Jason Wyenberg

Jason Wyenberg
Instructor of Physics and Engineering

SB 2615
(712) 722-6285
Jason.Wyenberg@dordt.edu

Danielle Wyenberg

Danielle Wyenberg
Engineering/Physics Lab Instructor

SB 1608
(712) 722-6426
Danielle.Wyenberg@dordt.edu

Donna De Vries

Donna De Vries
Administrative Staff Retiree

SB 1623
(712) 722-6293
Donna.DeVries@dordt.edu