School of Engineering
Develop your Professional Skills and Cultural Awareness. Prepare for Success in a High-demand Field.
As a student in the School of Engineering, you’ll be well prepared for all aspects of your career. Our mission is to graduate highly competent professionals who carry a Benedictine moral compass and a spirit of servant leadership – meaning you’ll learn the advanced knowledge you need in your chosen field, gain skills in communication and collaboration, and practice ethical leadership rooted in Benedictine values.
Our state-of-the-art facility — opened in 2020 and created with input from more than 35 top-level engineering companies – features a machine shop, student design center, a design fundamentals lab, and multiple lab spaces dedicated to each major. Our focus on undergraduate education means that you’ll have full access to those facilities (no getting booted by grad students!) and to our dedicated faculty, whose priority is teaching.
Plus, our small class sizes and hands-on approach to learning translates to student success: Mary engineering students have high job and internship placement rates.
A Message From the Dean
Each morning I walk into the Engineering School and see students everywhere – studying, chatting, building cool devices, and debating intricate mathematical equations on the windows and whiteboards. They are smiling and laughing with excitement in their eyes; you can clearly see they love it here. I love it here, too! And so will you.
Engineers are the technical brains behind our modern world. They invent new technologies: electronic devices, computer processors, power grids, robots, satellites, communication networks, and biomedical devices. They design our roads, cities, power systems, water systems, hospitals, and infrastructure. They create the motors that power everything from agricultural and industrial equipment to race cars, rockets, and jet airplanes.
As an engineer, you will help design and create the future world.
Our program provides students with technical skills and prepares them with leadership qualities and ethical values for a fulfilling career. We offer degrees in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering in addition to construction management and computer science. We recruit top-notch professors and technicians to teach students alongside industry experts in our state-of-the-art facilities – ensuring that our students emerge with cutting-edge skills required of today’s industrial workforce.
Through collaboration with industry, we offer paid internships, cooperative education programs, and research opportunities to our students. This real world experience translates into job offers for our students: The job placement rate for our graduates is 99%!
Through your time here, you will meet lifelong friends and enjoy activities that support you in growing both intellectually and spiritually. Our small class sizes, one-on-one interactions with professors, and hands-on laboratory experience set us apart. It will do the same for you, as an engineering student at Mary.
— Dr. Terry Pilling, Dean
The best thing about the University of Mary engineering program is the faculty’s knowledge and enthusiasm to help their students learn. I learned relevant and useful skills that I’m already grateful for in the first year of my career. Professors passionately teach during the day and respond to emails at all times – morning, afternoon, and evening – to answer students’ questions.
Are the Engineering programs accredited?
The University of Mary is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Students graduating before and during the ABET accreditation process will obtain a retroactively accredited degree when the accreditation process is completed.
What does the accreditation mean for a student’s status for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam) and becoming an Engineer In Training (EIT)?
Students can take the FE exam without attending an ABET-accredited university program. University of Mary graduates will obtain retroactively accredited degrees upon the school’s completion of the ABET process. This will occur within the five-year work experience window required prior to pursuing a Professional Engineering (PE) License.
What facilities and lab spaces are used in the School of Engineering?
The School of Engineering building was built in Summer 2020. This new facility features a machine shop, student design center, design fundamentals lab, and multiple lab spaces dedicated to each major. An extension housing additional lab space for upper-level civil engineering and construction management courses is under construction and will be completed in Summer 2022.
Are internship opportunities available to students?
The University of Mary’s School of Engineering has relationships with over 50 companies, agencies, and organizations with branches in Bismarck. Most of these companies have multiple paid internship opportunities available to students on a yearly basis. Faculty encourage students to pursue internships during the summer or part-time work during the fall or spring semesters.
Can I get an internship as an out-of-state student?
Many of the companies offering internships have multiple offices across North Dakota, the region, and the country. Students who’d like to work in Bismarck during the summer semester can live in residence halls on campus. Students who prefer to live at home during the summer can work with faculty to explore internship opportunities closer to home.
Is it possible to study abroad with the engineering curriculum?
A semester studying abroad is feasible with any engineering curriculum. We recommend you meet with your academic advisor to create an individualized plan of study for a semester abroad.
Is a double major or a minor degree feasible with the engineering curriculum?
Many students pursue minors or a double major in areas such as mathematics, music, business, and Catholic studies. This may not be recommended for all students; however, it is possible if a student is willing to add time to their degree plans or enroll in the summer semester. If you are planning to pursue multiple degrees, we encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor to plan your coursework.
Can I be a scholar-athlete and still complete a degree in engineering?
Yes, it is possible for scholar-athletes to study engineering. Football, softball, baseball, soccer, track, cross country, wrestling, and basketball athletes have studied in our School of Engineering. Some scholar-athletes choose to complete the program with a five-year plan to better accommodate practice and game schedules. If you are a scholar-athlete, we recommend that you meet with your academic advisor each semester to ensure progress towards degree completion.
What are typical class sizes?
With the exception of introductory-level courses, class sizes are capped at 20-25 students for engineering courses.
Does the curriculum feature labs/hands-on/design work?
Faculty include many real-word and hands-on applications in their coursework. Classes are taught in a laboratory setting, which allows free transfer between the fundamental theory and practical application. Students learn through a combination of lab work, design projects, and use of real-world data, such as case studies.
What if I do not know what area or major of engineering I want to pursue?
Our engineering programs are uniquely designed so that you don’t need to know what type of engineering degree to pursue prior to freshman year. All first year engineering students take the same courses, giving students time to learn the differences between the different types of engineering, while making progress towards an engineering degree. Throughout the curriculum, students take courses and complete design projects alongside students pursuing different engineering degrees. This gives students experience working on interdisciplinary projects with people with other areas of expertise, just as they will in the workforce.
What makes the University of Mary School of Engineering different from other engineering programs?
Our School of Engineering prepares engineers for the workplace. Graduates are professionally competent, and also have moral and ethical integrity. Students learn to integrate these qualities within themselves through a combination of our engineering curriculum, liberal arts core curriculum, internships, student life, and extracurricular activities.
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