Engineering is a broad discipline that prepares students for rewarding careers in almost any industry. An engineering degree is intended for students with a strong scientific background to apply their skills to solving real-world problems.
The two-year program provides a firm foundation in physics and core engineering curriculum, allowing students to transfer seamlessly to most four-year institutions and be successful. Students will learn how to analyze internal and external forces acting on structures and machines, including consideration for the behavior of fluids and the transfer of energy. Computing plays an increasing role in engineering professions and this is reflected in the program, with introductory courses in several commonly used software packages. In addition to the theory, opportunities will be provided for practical application of the engineering design process through a variety of projects designed to connect concepts with hands-on experiences. These opportunities allow students to combine their creative and analytical skills while gaining real problem solving experience. In addition, qualified students compete for statewide internships that initiate professional employment opportunities.
Graduates from Western are well-positioned to transfer into many specializations that include Energy Systems, Civil, Petroleum, and Chemical Engineering. On completion of a four-year degree, hard-working students can expect to be well compensated in challenging and exciting careers. Practicing engineers may design components, improve processes, or manage projects in their chosen industry. Some common industries include oil and gas, mining, energy production, aeronautical, biomedical, automotive, and agricultural.