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Engineering

At Eastern we have spent millions to back up our belief that the best engineering education consists of a balance between in depth classroom explanation and hands on laboratory experience. In the Fall of 2005 we opened the 26 million dollar Computing and Engineering Sciences Building, and equipped it with all the up-to-date engineering gear necessary to support our programs. We installed a wind tunnel, a digital signals processing and communications lab, a rapid prototyper, an entire materials testing laboratory, a robotics lab, an integrated circuits lab, and a state-of-the-art power lab--among others. We are committed to using our laboratories to reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom. The range of equipment is impressive, and even more impressive is our faculty.

Our engineering classes are taught exclusively by faculty members with industry experience. They have worked for large multi-nationals as well as smallscale start-ups. They have been involved in research and production, and have now dedicated themselves to teaching. These same faculty work right along side our students in the classrooms and laboratories to help them develop real life problem solving skills. We understand engineering as a collaborative process, and so our instructors have designed the classroom experience to reinforce the importance of collaboration in addition to individual achievement.

What are the degree options?

We are proud to offer a range of engineering and technical programs. Close inspection reveals that a student may choose the level of theoretical intensity right for their interests and career goals. We offer the highly conceptual Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs. We also have the rigorous, but more pragmatic Mechanical Engineering Technology degree, and the far more hands-on, and production orientated Technology degrees, with options in Construction, Design, and Manufacturing.

In addition, students in certain technical fields at Clark College, South Seattle Community College, and Bellevue Community College have the option of completing a bachelor of science in Applied Technology on the community college campus through Eastern's B. S. in Technology, Applied option distance education program. Graduates with specific Associate of Science degrees from the Spokane Community College System may also complete bachelor degrees in Applied Technology on the Cheney campus.

We want everyone to find their best fit within the stimulating and rewarding field of engineering and technology. Please join us, and we will help you find the major that is right for you. Following is a brief overview of all our degree options.

B. S. in Electrical Engineering

This ABET accredited degree combines studies in physics, mathematics, electronics, electricity and science to prepare students to solve real-world problems in electrical engineering. The first two years of the curriculum allow students to establish a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences. The third year introduces students to a broad spectrum of electrical engineering course work, with specialization and capstone introduced in the fourth year. The B. S. in EE prepares students to work in the research and development of ideas, products, and processes in electrical engineering positions in business, industry and government.

B. S. in Mechanical Engineering

The ABET accredited Mechanical Engineering degree builds on concepts studied in physics, math and the sciences. Its aim is to prepare students to be knowledgeable in their fields and effective problem solvers. The first two years of study focus mainly on math and physics with some introductory engineering courses. During the second two years students are introduced to more complex and more specific mechanical engineering concepts thru a multitude of courses. The Senior Capstone project allows students to combine theory and practice in order to solve a specific engineering problem.

B. S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology

This ABET accredited program combines the studies of mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering technology to emphasize design and manufacturing applications. The curriculum includes courses fundamental to mechanical engineering technology with an emphasis on applications. This degree prepares graduates for positions in areas such as mechanical design, industrial and manufacturing engineering technology, CADD/CAM; management; applied research, and sales and service.

B. S. in Technology/Manufacturing

Focuses on selected areas of technology, science and business. Automated equipment, computer-aided drafting, and management are among the courses emphasized. This option prepares the student to enter and progress in industry in a variety of areas including quality assurance, inventory control, production line supervision, or process management.

B. S. in Technology/Construction

Focuses on selected areas of technology, physics, and math, emphasizing courses such as engineering graphics, materials and techniques, and construction internship. This major prepares graduates to enter and progress in the construction industry in positions such as estimating, materials testing, inspecting, surveying or in management or supervisory roles.

B. S. in Technology/Design

Includes courses fundamental to industrial design with emphasis on applications, including metals technology, engineering graphics, industrial design, CAD, and other applied engineering courses. This option prepares graduates for employment in areas such as mechanical design manufacturing, CADD/CAM, management, applied research and sales and service.

B. S. in Applied Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology education programs are designed for students who have graduated with very specific associate degrees in Applied Science (AAS). This degree allows students to continue their education by taking  additional advanced technology courses, general education coursework, and supporting courses to complete a bachelor of science degree. The program is offered both locally and as distance education. Please visit the Applied Technology page for a list of acceptable degrees.

What can I do with my degree?

Engineers research and develop solutions to technical problems by applying the theories and principles of science and mathematics. The branches of engineering include:
  • Aerospace
  • Agricultural
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer Hardware
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Environmental
  • Industrial
  • Materials
  • Mechanical
  • Mining and Geological
  • Nuclear
  • Petroleum
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