School of Engineering

Welcome to the School of Engineering

WIU's School of Engineering is one of the newest ABET accredited engineering programs in the State of Illinois. We offer a multidisciplinary degree that allows students to build specialization on top of a fundamental core of subjects from Math, Science, Mechanics, Materials, Electronics, Robotics-Automation, Thermo-Fluids, Structures, Engineering Management, and Design. Why? Because we live in a multi-disciplinary world and these are the subject areas you need to master if you are going to remain competitive in this century!

Western Engineers can chose from six “emphasis” areas in Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Manufacturing-Quality, and Materials Engineering, and Engineering Management. We encourage you to take electives in more than one emphasis area since this makes you more valuable to potential employers and gives you greater flexibility in career paths. The beauty of our program is that you make the decision of which area you want to specialize in at the beginning of your senior year! So if you are undecided and want to do an internship before making your choice, you can do it! That’s flexibility!

Entrepreneurial Engineering, Innovation, Leadership...are the hallmarks of this program!

Program Accreditation

ABET accreditation is an essential indicator that WIU's engineering program is recognized internationally for its quality and best practices in engineering education.

On the 23rd of August 2012 the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) granted accreditation to Western Illinois University’s Engineering program. It retroactively covers all our graduates. Learn more about ABET Accreditation.

Why should you join our engineering program?

Multidisciplinary, entrepreneurial, personal touch, lifelong knowledge…

I was once asked, "What do you offer students interested in engineering?"

That´s a real serious question when you consider this: If a doctor goes "oops" it´s called a tragedy. If an engineer goes "oops" it´s called a disaster.

There is an element of public trust and integrity surrounding an engineer’s proficiency that we take very seriously. So what we offer is rigorous learning with no compromises. We offer mentoring into the profession of engineering. We will teach you, we will test you, we will assess your mettle, and we will insist on the highest standards of integrity, and in the end, we will certify you as an engineer. The faint of heart need not apply!

Yes, it’s a serious business but it doesn’t have to be drudgery! Learning engineering can be intense, fun, exciting, and rewarding all at the same time. We will teach you to use all the latest software tools but ensure you understand the principles and science behind them. We will help you as you design and build exciting projects but more importantly we will help you become problem solvers.

WIU is the only public university with an engineering program in the Quad Cities, surrounded by 10,000 engineers and thousands of high tech engineering and manufacturing companies. One of our important strengths is our industrial partners here in the QC. By requiring our students to complete a paid internship with industry starting as early as their sophomore year, they begin to practice the art of engineering, learn valuable skills, and learn to solve real world problems. We call this ‘Earn while you Learn’.

We’ve got students and graduates creating howitzers with the Mandus Group, automating production lines at Sivyer Steel, solving manufacturing problems at Deere, and working on leading edge technology at the Quad Cities Manufacturing Group. What they learn and the experiences they gain mean that they can hit the ground running when they graduate and make an immediate contribution to their company’s bottom line… because they’ve already been doing it. The reward for your hard work? The title of ENGINEER, and an exciting, great paying job!

So yeah, it’s tough! But the rewards are great and you can count on us to help you become an engineer! Come join us and build the new World!

William F. Pratt, Ph.D.
Director, School of Engineering
Western Illinois University - Quad Cities Campus
3300 River Drive
Moline, Illinois 61265
Phone: (309) 762-9481