What is General Engineering?
General Engineering programs differ from the other engineering majors (Mechanical, Electrical and others) because it is an interdisciplinary, broadly focused major studying concepts related to several engineering disciplines.
The initial coursework (e.g. mechanics, materials, math and science, thermodynamics) for General Engineers is the same as the course work taken for other engineering majors and you will interact closely in many of the same courses other engineer students are taking for most of your third- and forth class years. In our program, students take course work from Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering areas as well as the standard math and science courses employed by any engineering major. The required courses in the program address all of the engineering topics encountered in the national Fundamental of Engineering Examination.
The engineering accrediting body ABET (ABET.ORG) describes the learning outcomes for General Engineering students as:
A successful general engineering graduate is expected to:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- an ability to communicate effectively.
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- a knowledge of contemporary issues.
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice