Our Engineering major at Elizabethtown College, located in south-central Pennsylvania, is a rigorous program designed to lead students to a technical career in the workforce or to a graduate school to study engineering. We strongly believe in producing well-rounded generalist engineers who understand the mechanical and electrical systems of a design and how those systems interact with the environment and with industry. We challenge our students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills, pushing them to become innovators of the future. Our students receive personal attention from our faculty members and gain hands-on experience in design and fabrication.
Our engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( http://www.abet.org) and features open-ended team projects every year. This accreditation ensures that we meet global standards for properly instructing our engineering students and allows our students to work worldwide.
We encourage students to take upper-level coursework in a specific area of interest by specializing in one of our concentrations, which include: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Electrical engineering focuses on electricity and wiring, and how electrical components interact within larger surrounding systems. You’ll take electrical engineering courses, such as electronics, electromagnetism, physics of semiconductor devices, fiber optics, and communication systems, which examine the theory and application of electricity and magnetism. You will apply these concepts to projects involving solar energy generation, wireless communication, and autonomous vehicles. Learning these skills will help you better understand how to create stronger, faster, and more complex subsystems.
The Environmental Engineering concentration prepares you to problem solve and innovate for a more sustainable future. Environmental engineering courses focus on building environmentally-friendly infrastructure that will change the way we view urban planning and resource distribution. Our courses include: environmental engineering, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and hydrology, green architectural engineering and water and wastewater engineering. You will apply these ideas to water treatment, soil contamination and efficient building materials and design. Our curriculum serves as a solid foundation for graduates to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications.
Industrial and Systems Engineering
*Coming Fall 2017*
The Industrial and Systems Engineering concentration focuses on developing the skills to improve the efficiency of industrial processes and systems. Our courses in industrial and systems engineering methods, process improvement, quantitative methods, manufacturing, and analytics for supply chain management teach you industry standard approaches such as lean design and Six Sigma. You will apply these concepts to real-world projects sponsored by the Social Enterprise Institute at Elizabethtown College. This concentration prepares you for a career in the local manufacturing industry or in global procurement and logistics.
The Mechanical Engineering concentration focuses on the components that make up structures, transportation, energy generation, and biomedical device design and testing. You will study the principles of energy, force, and motion in our mechanical engineering courses, which include: strength of materials, analytical mechanics and vibrations, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and manufacturing. This fundamental knowledge will provide you with the background necessary to design and fabricate intricate, interrelated pieces of machines that successfully work together.
View the major degree curriculum, as well as more detail on the concentrations, here.
Our Bachelor of Science in Engineering is designed around the needs of individual students and a breadth of engineering knowledge and skills. Our students not only learn to apply advanced principles of math, science, and engineering, but also how to apply those principles to creatively solve real world problems. We offer our students the freedom to explore their specific interests within the major and prepare them for careers that will make a difference in peoples’ lives.
Our Engineering major is distinct and personal:
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- Elizabethtown Engineering graduates develop careers in a wide variety of technical and non-technical fields. In particular, students are equipped to design, develop, and implement innovative solutions to problems within specialties such as electrical and mechanical systems or environmental engineering.
- Our graduates become industry and civic leaders, as well as skilled problem solvers. E-town graduates possess the multidisciplinary background to help shape solutions and define the problems faced by our rapidly changing world and global marketplace.
- We embrace and adapt to emerging technologies, and allow our students to grow with advanced technology. Our graduates have the necessary knowledge, skills, and motivation to pursue advanced degrees, licensing as a Professional Engineer (PE), or certifications such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
- We encourage our students to utilize their professional skills to meet the needs of their local communities and our shared global community, serving the needs of others with creativity, personal drive and accountability, humility, and unwavering ethics.
Mechanical Engineering Concentration
Working towards earning a PhD in Aerospace and mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Research will focus on the development and prototyping of biped robots.
Martin was on the men’s soccer team for all 4 years at E-town and played on three different intramural teams. His favorite memory was winning against Messiah at a home game in E-town in front of 2,000 E-town students after a winless decade in his senior year. He also participated in on-campus research with the SCARP program for two summers in a row. He also had the chance to attend a conference in Seattle thanks to his summer research.
Mechanical Engineering Concentration
Josh Rowlands '13
Operations Development Program Engineer at Zimmer Biomet in Denver, CO
Josh is fulfilling the “Educate for Service” motto by working with Zimmer Biomet to develop devices for restoring joint mobility for patients. At E-town, he was very involved with intramural sports and took a study abroad trip to the Gambia. Without all of the opportunities to branch out, Josh might not have taken advantage of all of the amazing opportunities he’s had.
|Academic Year||Total Declared Majors||Number of Degrees Awarded|
|2015-16||91 students||26 graduates|
|2014-15||85 students||17 graduates|
|2013-14||58 students||11 graduates|
|2012-13||54 students||14 graduates|
|2011-12||38 students||11 graduates|
|2010-11||38 students||5 graduates|
*Data does not include first-year students, as they do not declare majors.