Program Educational Objectives
- Religious Orientation: The Dordt College engineering program seeks to guide students as they develop a Christian worldview, so that graduates of the engineering program will recognize that they are empowered by the spirit of Christ in order to responsibly serve the Creator, fellow humans, and the entire creation through their calling as an engineer.
- Creational Structure: The engineering program is structured as a cohesive curriculum of diverse courses, such that graduates will engage in life-long learning in any area of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Graduates of the program will have the passion and competencies necessary for successful service as engineers in either graduate school or industry.
- Creational Development: The program and curriculum highlights the various aspects of human responsibility and involvement in the process of dynamically unfolding the creation. Graduates from the Dordt College engineering program will reflect a desire to unfold the potential of creation through science and technology as responsible stewards. Graduates will articulate the historical roots and philosophical moorings associated with contemporary science and technology and critically assess how the spirits of the age impact technological direction.
- Contemporary Response: The engineering program enables students to convert their insights and competencies into committed action in service to God and their neighbor. Graduates of the Dordt College engineering program will have the tenacity and perseverance necessary for engineering service. A Dordt College engineering graduate will articulate a vision for a community of kingdom-committed citizens who serve as lights in a dark world by developing normative technological models and living faithful lives. Graduates will recognize the need for bringing the Gospel of redemptive healing to technology and seek to develop technology in ways that reflect a desire for the well-being (social, economic, ecological, etc.) of all of God’s creatures.
In harmony with and guided by the four institutional coordinates (religious orientation, creational structure, creational development, and contemporary response, which also serve as the department PEOs) developed in the Educational Task of Dordt College and the Educational Framework of Dordt College, and coinciding with the department's mission statement, the graduate of the Dordt College engineering program should exhibit the following skills, abilities, and characteristics:
- Educational Breadth and Worldview: Students will engage in a broad-based curriculum that educates the whole person and enables the engineering student to develop his or her Christian worldview, recognizing the required breadth of knowledge in our global and culturally diverse world.
- Faithfulness and Responsibility: Students will do technology holistically in recognition of many factors including trust, ethics, justice, economics, relationships, language, culture, aesthetics, and logic.
- Societal and Historical Context: Students will understand contemporary issues within the broader context of cultural, societal, and historical development. They will know their place and task in the dynamic unfolding of creation in time, which has been called the cultural mandate.
- Life-Long Learning: Students will recognize that life-long learning is necessary to remain faithful and effective in their call to participate in the continual unfolding of creation.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students will have the ability to think critically and identify, formulate, and solve problems.
- Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Fundamentals: Students will have the ability to apply foundational knowledge in mathematics, science, and engineering, and gain an appreciation for the numerical and spatial aspects of the creation.
- Experimental Design and Analysis: Students will have the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
- Engineering Design: Students will have the ability to holistically design systems, components, or processes by giving consideration to norms for design that stem from a vision of faithful and responsible engineering service.
- Engineering Skills and Tools: Students will have the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools (e.g. computational tools) necessary for professional engineering practice.
- Teamwork: Students will have the ability to engage in the communal task of engineering and will recognize the importance of servant leadership and the interdependency of individual member strengths as part of the whole.
- Communication: Students will have the ability to effectively express ideas and information through public speaking, writing, and graphical forms of communication.