Are you curious about how things work? Do you like solving problems? Do you enjoy science and math? If so, then perhaps God has equipped you to pursue a career in engineering.
As a Christian engineer, you can have a fascinating career with endless opportunities to explore complex problems, develop innovative solutions and meet human needs as you carry out God’s commission to be a steward of the earth in a fallen Creation. And with the emergence of new fields such as nanotechnology, mechatronics, bioengineering and alternative energy, the opportunities to make a positive impact in our world are only limited by your own creativity.
BJU’s engineering program combines a quality ABET-accredited general engineering program, the BJU Core and one of three concentrations to prepare you for a successful engineering career in the 21st century.
Preparing to Study Engineering
- Take as much math and science as you can in high school.
- Take the ACT. For best results, take it soon after your last math class. If your ACT math score is below 26, you will need to prove your math ability on a placement test or you will need to take remedial math classes.
- If you are weak in math, consider taking a math class during the summer before you come to college.
Because engineering is a constantly changing discipline, you need more than just current technical knowledge to succeed. Rather, you need to be systematically taught how to think and how to learn on your own. Our engineering program offers you a broad foundation with core engineering and math classes including Statics, Materials, Circuits and Control Systems.
Design skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum and culminate in two senior design experiences. You will design and build an autonomous robot as part of a large interdisciplinary design team, and you will also complete a solo design project.
When you graduate from our program, you will be prepared for entry-level jobs in your chosen discipline or for further study in other disciplines. You will also take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which is an important first step toward licensure as a professional engineer.
Freshman Weather Balloon Project
BJU’s engineering program allows you to focus 15 credits on engineering electives on one of the engineering concentrations:
- Aerospace Engineering: Aerodynamics, Aerospace Propulsion, Operating in the Space Environment
- Civil Engineering: Structural Analysis, Structural Design, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Environmental Engineering
- Computer Engineering: Microprocessor Interfacing, Computer Systems, Computer Science II, Data Structures, Computer Network Fundamentals
- Electrical Engineering: Electromagnetics, Electronics, Electric Machinery, Linear Integrated Circuits, Microprocessor Interfacing, Computer Systems
- Mechanical engineering: Dynamics, Computer Aided Design, Thermal-fluid Sciences, Electric Machinery, Thermodynamics
You also have the option of creating your own concentration to best meet your career goals.
Broad life skills and interdisciplinary engineering are increasingly important for the 21st-century engineer. There is a growing demand for engineers to be good writers, communicators and team players. As part of your BJU education, you will take the BJU Core, a unique combination of liberal arts and Bible courses that grows your faith and develops these essential skills.
By being exposed to a broad range of subjects, you will develop important collaboration skills as you interact with others across a wide array of majors. Courses include English, speech, philosophy, economics and more.
If you have the time and interest, you may add technical writing and extra engineering and math electives to further enhance the core program.
Jeremiah Bauman, ’13
Mechanical design engineer for LuK
I could not be an engineer without the ability to learn. As an engineer, learning does not stop once you have graduated. The education I received at BJU did an excellent job of teaching me how to understand and interpret information. But more than that, it taught me how to research and understand new concepts I have never been exposed to.
Mechatronics was the class that taught me the most about what it means to be an engineer. It took much of the theory I had learned during the previous three years of engineering school and showed me how to apply it to everyday engineering applications. As a practicing engineer, I use what I learned in Mechatronics more than any other class.
The most critical project I performed during my undergraduate degree was my senior design project. I learned many lessons that have transferred into my professional career. I learned the importance of tolerances, manufacturability, materials, material processes, and incorporating purchased components. I also learned skills involving time management, patents, costing and determining market demand.
- Design engineer
- Test engineer
- Project engineer
- Validation engineer
- Quality engineer
- Applications engineer
There is a growing need for additional education beyond a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Both the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) have recommended requiring a master’s degree for obtaining an engineering license in the future. That’s why we strongly encourage you to continue your education after BJU if you are able.
Our engineering graduates have gone on to a number of graduate schools, including:
- Clemson University
- Purdue University
- University of California, Santa Cruz
- University of Minnesota
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of Arkansas
- University of Alabama
- Georgia Institute of Technology
Our track record speaks for itself: God has allowed engineering graduates to excel in a wide range of settings.
- Mechanical Engineer, Mercer Engineering Research Center, Ga.
- Electrical Engineer, McAlister Design, Greenville, S.C.
- Computer Engineer, Raytheon Company, Mass.
- Electrical Engineer, BAE Systems, Pa.
- Electrical Engineer, Occidental Permian Ltd, Texas
- Technologist, Rockwell Collins
- Mechanical Engineer, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Pa.
- Mechanical Engineer, RMCI Inc., Ala.
Engineers are needed in a vast number of fields and positions. Our graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level positions related to their engineering discipline. They are also well equipped to enter graduate school to study other branches of engineering. With the solid foundation laid by BJU’s engineering program, graduates have a wealth of career options to pursue.
BJU’s Career Services office helps both students and alumni through career advising, resume preparation, job search assistance, recruitment conferences and more.
Bruins Robot Team
Each year the senior engineering students at BJU design and build a robot for entry into the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. About 40 universities from around the world compete each year. The BJU team has qualified every year and has placed as high as fifth. Full details about the competition and results from previous years are available from IGVC.
A second robot team is open to all students regardless of their major. This team builds a second robot and also competes at IGVC. It is a great warm-up for underclassman engineering students looking to do well in the competition their senior year.
Senior Design Project
Each senior engineering student completes an individual design project. In this project you learn the entire design process from specifications to preliminary design and analysis to a working prototype. These are not merely paper exercises; you are expected to actually make something work and then test it to verify your design.
Recent projects include a scrolling digital wall display, a high-altitude weather balloon data collection system and a computer controlled X-Y machining table.
Our decision to offer a general engineering degree with a strong liberal arts component is driven by four trends that will shape the future of engineering in the 21st century:
- The emergence of new fields that don't fit traditional engineering disciplines. These include nanotechnology, mechatronics, bioengineering, alternative energy, etc.
- The increasing need for engineers to be multidisciplinary or to work on cross-discipline design teams.
- The growing need for additional education beyond a bachelor's degree. Both the NCEES and the NAE have recommended requiring a master's degree for obtaining an engineering license. Our program is designed for graduate school preparation.
- The growing demand for engineers to be good writers, communicators, and team players with good general life skills.
Rather than offering a changing list of narrow disciplines, we offer a broad foundation in general engineering. You may choose a traditional concentration or chart your own interdisciplinary course.
We suggest that you specialize, if desired, at the graduate level. We strongly encourage all students with the required ability to obtain a master’s degree in engineering.
Our four engineering professors bring 51 years of combined teaching experience to the program. Three hold PhDs in engineering, one is a licensed professional engineer, they were granted three patents, and they have a combined 45 years of industry experience.
All are participants in the BJU Summer Institute in Teaching Science and are dedicated to the highest quality education possible. Physics, chemistry and math faculty teach the related courses in their disciplines.
Courses & Objectives
Sample Course Outline
- BJU Core
Objectives and Outcomes
The BJU Engineering Department expects that graduates will within a few years of graduation
- Possess and maintain technical competency in applying science, math, and technology to solve human needs and problems.
- Pursue a fulfilling career including
- working in industry, research, or academia;
- further graduate study; or
- becoming a licensed Professional Engineer
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**Academic year includes degrees awarded between September and August