Engineering

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.

Program Options

Dordt College offers an accredited* engineering program leading to a bachelor of science in engineering degree with concentrations in civil, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering.

  • Civil engineers plan buildings, bridges, and roads, and they design systems to clean the air and manage water resources.
  • Electrical engineers develop technologies to move energy and information, developing systems ranging from microprocessors to the electric power grid.
  • Mechanical engineers design and control mechanical devices and thermal systems ranging from wheelchairs to solar collectors to refrigerators.
  • Chemical engineers develop equipment and processes to convert both natural and recycled resources into fuels and materials for everyday products.

Other non-traditional concentrations and emphases include biomedical, construction-structural, computer, energy systems, environmental, and mechatronics engineering.

  • Biomedical engineers design technologies ranging from artificial organs to implantable sensors in order to improve and assist the function of our bodies.
  • Structural engineers design buildings, bridges, and industrial structures of all types, while construction engineers work closely with architects, contractors, and other engineers to plan, schedule, manage, and control the construction of buildings and public infrastructure.
  • Computer engineers 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. 
  • Energy systems engineers focus on the design and planning needed to bring energy and power to communities around the world. 
  • Environmental engineers design methods and develop systems to provide clean air, water, and soil to communities around the world. 
  • Mechatronics engineers develop automation, robotics, and control systems to improve the safety and productivity of equipment and production facilities by the integration of mechanical sensors and electronic control devices. 

Dordt also offers a non-accredited** engineering science major. This program allows for more flexibility in course selection so you can pursue the interdisciplinary fields of construction management and architecture.

You can serve the public in any of these fields by working with consulting firms, government organizations, manufacturing industries, research laboratories, and more.

Engineering students can also receive the background at Dordt to teaching STEM subjects at the secondary or post-secondary level. The DC Noyce Scholars Program has been established to encourage STEM students to consider a teaching profession.

*accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

**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.

    Opportunities

    As a graduate of Dordt's engineering program, you will not be limited to working in the Sioux County area or even in Iowa. Our engineering graduates work around the country in states like California, Indiana, Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, and more—and they work internationally, too. 

    At Dordt, you will be prepared to continue your education. Our graduates pursue masters of engineering degrees as well as PhDs in their field of interest at schools like University of California – San Diego and more. Read more about our graduates.

    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 2614
    (712) 722-6739
    manuela.ayee@dordt.edu

    Dr. Douglas De Boer

    Dr. Douglas De Boer
    Professor of Engineering

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

    Dr. Kayt Frisch

    Dr. Kayt Frisch
    Associate Professor of Engineering & Physics
    Department Chair

    SB 2609
    (712) 722-6306
    Kayt.Frisch@dordt.edu

    Dr. Jeffrey Gladstone

    Dr. Jeffrey Gladstone
    Assistant Professor of Engineering

    SB 2605
    (712) 722-6279
    Jeff.Gladstone@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 2806
    (712) 722-6294
    Danielle.Wyenberg@dordt.edu

    Donna De Vries

    Donna De Vries
    Science and Technology Administrative Assistant

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