Mechanical Engineering uses a combination of human, material, and economic resources to provide solutions to problems faced in society. As an applied science, it focuses on design, development, manufacture, management and control of engineering systems. Coursesinclude engineering design, materials science, manufacturing processes, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and control theory.
St. Ambrose is the only university in the Quad Cities region that offers this degree. If you want to dual major in Industrial Engineering (pdf), we offer that program, too.
Full-time students generally earn the dual major in 4.5 years (or less), and we give part-time students up to eight years to complete any of the engineering programs. No matter what you choose, you will work closely with engaged faculty who give you a real-world education in and outside the classroom.
Our Liberal Arts focus makes us different than any other engineering school. Yes, you will learn the same math, science, and analytical skills here, but you will also learn to think critically, how to communicate, work in teams, and gain the ability to see how and where you fit into the greater world. These are assets regional and national employers are looking for in new hires, and they tell us that our students excel in those areas. That could be why 99% of our domestic students have a job lined up before they graduate.
Enrollment in our engineering programs has more than doubled in recent years from 50 students in 2009 to more than 150 this year. That is a lot of growth, yet we remain a small department committed to giving you personal attention. Our goal is to educate engineers, not conduct personal research projects. And you will be taught by PhDs, not teaching assistants.