Bradford, PA: Starting next fall, engineering students may choose to study one of the four four-year engineering technologies at Bradford University in Pittsburgh, which prepares them for exciting careers in the region and beyond.
The new majors, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Energy Engineering, take similar courses in mathematics and engineering, focusing on hands-on, practical applications and preparing students for similar engineering degrees.
Associate Professor of Engineering, Dr. Matt Crowf, said the new major designs have been designed to include hands-on learning and practice beyond traditional engineering degrees. Graduates of engineering technology programs will compete for similar degrees in engineering, including design and innovation, automation, control of industrial processes, or development of new ones.
Both new major students will be exposed to a wide range of mathematics, engineering and science to enter the various fields of engineering.
Craftsmanship will take place in a new 40,000-square-foot building dedicated to science, technology and engineering. The new building, which will open in late 2022, will showcase special places to stimulate student creativity.
Engineering laboratory gaps include
- Circuit laboratory with seating for sale, generators and analog / digital trainer desktops, spectrum analysts and oscilloscopes.
- A measurement laboratory where students work with sensors and automation on industrial automation and robotic systems, microprocessor prototype hardware, ultrasound detectors and more.
- A computer shop for computer-controlled machines, including plasma cutters, vertical milling machines, precision bolts and variable speed printers.
- Strength and Materials Laboratory, where students can test what they have created with pressure, stress test and dynamic tester, as well as testers for difficulty, strength, and pressure.
- Fluid variable lab with wind tunnel, liquid processing and automation system, stage cycler and more.
- And a 3D printing and scanner space for quick prototyping to share information technology program.
Students in the Energy Engineering Technology Program use Pit-Bradford space in the heart of two major river basins in the United States, as well as in the center of abundant wood and biomass resources.
In addition to shared engineering technology courses, these students gain knowledge in geographic information systems and automation and instrument sensors throughout the energy industry – from solar arrays and windmills to drills and pipelines. They can specialize in conventional energy, renewable energy or energy efficiency.
Rick Esh, interim president of Pitt-Bradford, said: “We are thrilled to present these two innovative programs to our students, which will prepare many of them for engineering work and create unique spaces in a new building. Challenge and motivate them. ”
Long-term employment opportunities are bright for both programs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of mechanical engineers will increase by 7 percent between 2020 and 2030, even if more baby boomers retire.
According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, wind turbine technicians are the fastest growing industry in the country, and other fast-growing green technology projects include solar installers, clean car engineers, sustainable builders and other sustainable professionals.
Pitt-Bradford plans to hire three new engineering faculties next year to teach the new departments needed for both majors.
The new core elements are part of Pet-Bradford’s study of the environment and energy. Other programs include a two-year science fellowship in petroleum technology. Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies and Energy Science and Technology; And adolescents in biology, chemistry, environmental science and geology.