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Director: Dr. William Pratt
Office: WIU-Quad Cities, Caxton Block Building, 1701 River Drive, Suite 110, Moline, IL 61265 Telephone: (309) 757-4780
Faculty: Cleary, Pratt, Winowich.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is a multidisciplinary Engineering degree designed to prepare graduates for technology leadership in the 21st century. Students take core classes in mechanical design, materials, electronics, robotics, thermo-fluid dynamics, structural design, quality and technology management, and complete a senior capstone design experience with industrial partners. Electives are offered in the senior year in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Engineering, Quality/Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics/Automation Engineering, and Engineering Management. This multicisciplinary approach to engineering prepares graduates to provide crossdiscipline design solutions and leadership for the wide range of demands encountered by today’s practicing engineers in consulting offices, manufacturing businesses, industrial companies, and government agencies. The program provides the intellectual foundation for lifelong learning and successful careers in a world where the body of knowledge is doubling every 18 months.

Instruction for the junior and senior years is delivered at Western’s Quad Cities Riverfront campus in Moline. The Engineering program emphasizes innovation, hands-on laboratories, small, intimate classroom settings (never more than 25 students), mentoring by faculty, and thinking-outside-the-box solutions. Freshman and sophomore classes are offered by many community college partners in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri, and Western’s Macomb campus. Western Engineering students have many unique opportunities to work with industry through internship programs and the entrepreneurial technology development program as well as interaction with business development professionals in the Quad Cities, Quad Cities Manufacturing Laboratory at the Rock Island Arsenal, and the Midwest Intellectual Property Institute in Moline.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program can be completed in four years and 121 semester hours depending on a student’s math preparation and freshman and sophomore course offerings at the community colleges. Entrepreneurial Engineering, Innovation, Leadership…are the hallmarks of this program!

Transfer Students

There are two primary paths for students to enter the program: 1) transfer from a two or four year institution, or 2) register with WIU Engineering and a partner college. Transfer students seeking admission to the Engineering program must satisfy general University admissions requirements. Contact the School of Engineering for more details. Students seeking transfer credit for required Engineering core courses, Math 133 and 134, and Physics 211 and 213 must have earned a grade of C or better in all such courses to receive full credit (see degree requirements).

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science—Engineering

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Engineering must complete I, II, III, and IV below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 121 s.h.

  1. University General Education - 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses - 49 s.h. ENGR 105, 220, 251, 271, 300, 310, 320, 331, 340, 351, 360, 370, 470, 490†, 491; PHYS 312
  3. Directed Electives - 9 s.h.
    Students must take a minimum of 9 s.h. from ENGR/ET/MGT/CS 300-400 level courses
  4. Other Requirements* - 30 s.h.
    1. MATH 133, 134, 231, 333 (15 s.h.)
    2. CHEM 201; PHYS 211, 213; plus one additional Chemistry or Physics course (minimum 15 s.h.)
    3. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (NCEES)

#The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved study abroad program.

†ENGR 490 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement. *10 s.h. may count toward the University General Education requirement. ^Engineering majors must complete each ENGR core course, MATH 133 and 134, and PHYS 211 and 213 (or the equivalent transfer courses) with a grade of C or better.

Course Descriptions


105 (cross-listed with ET 105) Engineering Graphics. (3) An introduction to drafting including shape description, geometric construction, orthographic and isometric drawing, sectioning, dimensioning, and applied descriptive geometry. Basic dimensioning, tolerancing, and pictorial drawings will be covered. An introduction to computer based drafting. Not open to students with credit for ET 105. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab. IAI: EGR 941; IND 911.

220 Computational Methods for Engineers. (3) Programming basic numerical methods using MATLAB for engineering applications. Matrix algebra, order of convergence, root finding, quadrature, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, eigenvalue problems, numerical integration, differentiation, ordinary differential equations, error analysis, and problem solving related to engineering applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 211; Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 333. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

251 Strength of Materials. (3) Introduction to stress and deformation analysis of basic structural materials subjected to axial, torsional, bending, and pressure loads. Prerequisite: PHYS 312 or statics course. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

271 Engineering Electrical Circuits. (3) An introductory electrical circuits course for all engineering disciplines; provides comprehensive coverage of electronic theory, fundamentals, practices, and analysis and problem solving strategies for DC and AC circuitry, and RLC networks. Includes use of engineering software to simulate and analyze. Prerequisite: MATH 231 and PHYS 213. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

300 Engineering Thermodynamics. (3) First and second laws of thermodynamics, equations of state for liquids and gases, heat and work transfer, phase equilibrium and change, mass and energy balance for control volumes, availability, exergy, power and refrigeration cycles; strategies for solving engineering problems. Prerequisite: MATH 231. 3 hrs. lect.

310 Fluid Dynamics. (3) Introduction to the concepts and applications of fluid mechanics and dimensional analysis with an emphasis on fluid behavior, internal and external flows, analysis of engineering applications of incompressible pipe systems, and external aerodynamics. Prerequisite: ENGR 300. 3 hrs. lect.; 1 hr lab.

320 Mechanical Design. (3) Mechanical design including an overview of the design process, engineering mechanics, failure prevention under static and variable loading, bearings, transmission elements, lubrication, and characteristics of the principal types of mechanical elements. Includes use of engineering software to simulate and analyze. Prerequisites: ENGR 105 and 251; PHYS 312. 3 hrs. lect.

330 Engineering Economics. (3) This course will explain and demonstrate the principles and techniques of engineering economic analysis as applied in different fields of engineering. This course includes economic alternatives for engineering projects, decision making analysis tools and simulations. Prerequisite: ECON 231 and junior standing. 3 hrs. lect.

331 Engineering Project Management. (3) Concepts, steps, and techniques required to select, organize, manage, and deliver a successful technical or engineering project. Includes concepts in managing innovation and change, entrepreneurial engineering, engineering management, and ethical responsibilities of engineers. Prerequisites: junior standing in Engineering or permission of instructor. 3 hrs. lect.

340 Manufacturing Engineering. (3) A comprehensive overview of the manufacturing process. Key concepts include production system structure and design, manufacturability, quality control, and the techniques, tools, and methods that organizations use to improve overall performance while meeting customer cost, performance, and delivery requirements. Prerequisites: junior standing as an engineering student; MATH 133 or MATH 137; and permission of department. 3 hrs. lect. 345 (cross-listed with ET 345) Quality Engineering. (3) The study of statistical process control of manufacturing processes to include control charts, process capability studies, factorial designed experiments, and trouble shooting of processes. Not open to students with credit for ET 345. Prerequisite: junior standing. 3 hrs. lect. IAI: IND 914.

351 Engineering Material Science. (3) This course covers the use of materials in engineering designs including structures of polymers, metals, and ceramics; processes such as heat treatment and solidification; failure mechanisms in service and design techniques to avoid failures; and strategies for material selection. Prerequisite: ENGR 251. 3 hrs. lect.

360 Structural Design. (3) Modeling, analysis, and requirements for static design of trusses, frames, cable, and other common structural shapes including an introduction to light weight structures, use of computer analysis methods and other tools. Prerequisite: ENGR 351. 3 hrs. lect.

370 Micro-Electronics I, Circuit Analysis and Design. (3) An electronics course for interdisciplinary engineers 177 dealing with the design, analysis, and strategies for using OpAmps, semi-conductor devices in both analog and digital power electronics, communications systems, sensor systems, and electric power applications as part of a Mechatronic System. Prerequisite: ENGR 271. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

410 Intermediate Thermo-Fluid Dynamics. (3) Differential equation form of the conservation of mass, momentum, and energy applied to internal flows, boundary layers, lift-drag, and open channel flows. Applications include turbomachinery, gas-vapor mixtures, psychrometrics, combustion, and compressible flow. Prerequisite: ENGR 310. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

411 Heat Transfer. (3) Fundamentals of engineering heat transfer. Steady and transient heat conduction in solids. Finned surfaces. Numerical solution techniques. Forced and free convection, condensation, and boiling. Design and analysis of heat exchangers. Radiation heat transfer. Problems in combined convection and radiation. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENGR 410. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

453 Geotechnical Design. (3) An introduction to soil mechanics and foundation design. Topics covered include grain-size analysis, soil classification, compaction, seepage, soil stresses, consolidation, slope stability, lateral earth pressure, bearing capacity, settlement, and design of retaining walls; use of modern engineering software. Prerequisite: ENGR 360. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

460 Steel Design. (3) Design of structural steel elements using the LRFD (load and resistance factor design) methodology to resist the action of axial, shear, bending, and combined stresses; includes stability of structural elements and connections, and use of modern engineering software in design. Prerequisite: ENGR 360. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

461 Concrete Design. (3) This course covers the analysis and design of reinforced concrete members using current design standards including design of members for flexure, shear, and axial forces, serviceability criteria, bond and development length considerations; use of modern engineering software in design. Prerequisites: ENGR 360. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

470 Mechatronics I. (3) Mechatronics is the integration of mechanical, electrical, computer control, and systems dynamics design engineering. This course brings together all previous instruction in structures, mechanisms, electronics, programming, and design and makes use of modern integrated software to design a mechatronic system. Prerequisites: ENGR 220, 320, 370. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

471 Microelectronic Circuits II. (3) This course covers analysis and design of microelectronic devices and circuits with industrial applications. Devices and circuits will include: digital, single-ended, linear amplifiers, and other integrated circuits. Prerequisites: ENGR 470. 3 hrs. lect.; 1 hr. lab.

472 Mechatronics II. (3) This course is a continuation of ENGR 470 and involves the design, fabrication, and demonstration of a novel practical mechatronic system. Prerequisite: ENGR 470. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

473 Industrial Controls. (3) This course will emphasize basic to advanced knowledge of methods used in industry to deliver, control, and monitor electrical devices. Course content will focus upon understanding and creating wire diagrams, selection of electrical devices and programmable logic devices applications. Prerequisites: ENGR 470. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

481 Finite Element Analysis. (3) The finite element method and its application to engineering problems: truss and frame structures, linear elasticity, plane stress and plane strain, axisymmetric elements, isoparametric formulation, heat conduction, transient analysis; use of commercial software; overview of advanced topics. Prerequisites: ENGR 300, 320, 351. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab. 482 (cross-listed with ET 482) Parametric Modeling. (3) The application of computer aided design techniques utilizing industrial software within a minicomputer and workstation environment. Not open to students with credit for ET 482. Prerequisite: ET 207. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab. 490 Engineering Senior Design. (2, repeatable to 4) Students working in teams solve an industry selected problem. Students will be required to research, provide analysis and solutions to assigned projects. The course will also focus upon communication, team building, and critical thinking skills. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: C or above in all Engineering core courses and senior standing. Arranged.

491 Engineering Internship. (2) Off-campus work experience in engineering. Written weekly reports and copies of all projects, analysis, and other work are required. Recommend completion before entering last term on campus. Prerequisites: senior standing, a minimum GPA of 2.00, a minimum GPA of 2.00 from courses completed within the major, and approval of program coordinator. Graded S/U only.