Choose a degree in engineering from Central and you’ll be fully prepared for a career or graduate program immediately after graduation. Central’s engineering degree is designed to be completed in four years (eight semesters) and readies you for a lucrative career at the interface of mechanical and electrical engineering.
Today’s engineering careers demand not only technical knowledge but creativity, versatility and great communication skills. You’ll benefit from the fact that Central’s program is anchored in the liberal arts, which engineering professionals regularly cite as strong preparation for an engineering career. Plus, engineering students can take advantage of Central’s partnerships with local global corporations, including two Fortune 500 companies.
Central graduates have a track record of employment with major engineering firms.
"I am a better person since being a Central. And with that in mind, taking on the rest of my life doesn’t seem so intimidating."
Central graduates are admitted to graduate engineering programs across the country.
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The engineering major will include coursework in materials, electronics, thermodynamics, dynamic systems, physics and mathematics. The major culminates with a two-semester Capstone Design course. Students will be able to complete the degree in four years (eight semesters) and gain practical experience through summer internships.
Graduates will have a strong foundation in physics and the basic sciences which, coupled with the Central College core curriculum, will prepare students broadly for careers or graduate school and long-term success in mechanical and electrical engineering.
Engineering students will be strongly encouraged and supported to complete internships and/or co-ops in engineering at local, national and international locations. Students interested in study abroad are able to complete international internships during a semester or summer around the globe. .
Learn more about engineering in the course catalog.
To support your coursework, independent studies and research projects with faculty, you’ll have direct access to the Vermeer Science Center classrooms and laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and advanced technological equipment. Mechanical and electrical engineering laboratories with state-of-the art equipment and a design studio are also available in Peace Hall.
Begin building your résumé by working alongside professors as a student instructor and/or teaching assistant. Funding for student research in engineering is made possible through the Arthur J. Bosch Endowment for Student Research, which supports collaborative research projects with faculty and alumni.
At Central, you’ll find a wide variety of research and professional development opportunities to choose from, including an X-ray diffractometer and a high-vacuum system with a mass spectrometer to conduct additional research projects. The on-campus observatory with an 11-inch reflector telescope allows you to observe planets, stars and other celestial objects.
Finally, the Central physics department is licensed by the state of Iowa to own and use a plutonium-beryllium neutron source and a cesium gamma-ray source for experiments in atomic and nuclear physics.
Enhance your development as a global citizen and earn credits toward your engineering major when you participate in one of Central’s international programs. Get the attention of prospective employers and graduate schools by adding this to your résumé. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Central's Career and Professional Development staff can provide guidance to help students identify career options in the engineering field.
Central offers assistance with finding and applying for internships and summer opportunities, including specific internship programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C., help with graduate school essays and related application materials, career mentoring through the use of a database of Central alumni in a wide variety of engineering careers and an annual graduate school conference with representatives from regional universities and presentations about success in graduate school.