Department of Engineering
Dr. Paul R. Leiffer, P.E., Chair
Engineering represents excellence at LeTourneau, and the inventive and entrepreneurial spirit of our founder, the late R.G. LeTourneau, continues today. The engineering program continues to emphasize the strong technical tradition, built upon Christian values, that has been a hallmark of LeTourneau University since its founding.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering is an integrated general engineering program offering the following concentrations:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Materials Joining Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
The program is basic preparation for registration as a Professional Engineer and provides the educational background for professional employment or for graduate study. A unique blend of mathematics, sciences, and engineering topics, together with communications, humanities, social sciences, and Biblical studies prepares students for professional engineering positions. Graduates from this program hold professional positions in research, development, design, production, applications engineering, and management in many industries including aerospace, automotive, aviation, robotics and manufacturing, electronics, microelectronics and computers, telecommunications, welding and materials joining, and information systems.
Mission and Objectives
The engineering program of LeTourneau University will produce graduates that are able to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical application for preparation as effective engineers in an ever-changing technological environment. This will be accomplished within an interdisciplinary framework and with a sense of a Christian vocation and commitment to serving God in society.
The objectives of LeTourneau’s engineering program are that graduates will:
- Effectively complete engineering designs and other applications employing both theoretical and practical knowledge.
- Be characterized by their interdisciplinary engineering strengths.
- Exhibit effective teamwork and communication skills in the work place.
- Be characterized by a high level of technical leadership skills.
- Adapt to changing industry and technology advancements and also be committed to continuous improvement.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior with a sense of Christian purpose in the workplace.
- Be successfully employed as engineers or accepted into graduate programs.
Academic Expectations and Requirements
The program is designed to be completed in a four year period by students who have completed four units of high school English, two units of algebra, one unit of geometry, one half unit of trigonometry, and one unit of science (chemistry or physics). Both physics and chemistry are desired. Students who transfer from another college or university should understand that there are sequences of courses in the curriculum, up to six semesters in length, which build on one another.
Communications skills are required and are emphasized in all engineering courses. Written material presented for credit is graded for the correct use of English, form, and content. Oral presentations are expected in laboratories and classes, and they are evaluated on both content and presentation. Reading skills in both technical and non-technical areas, as well as proficiency in listening and evaluating, are also emphasized.
Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, all incoming students are admitted to the engineering and engineering technology degree programs on a provisional basis. Students remain in provisional status for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years. Formal acceptance into the engineering and engineering technology programs is accomplished via an application and interview. Acceptance criteria include a minimum GPA of 2.10 in engineering coursework and demonstrated integrity in all academic coursework and campus life. To remain in the engineering program, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.10 for all engineering courses taken at LeTourneau after completion of 12 semester hours in engineering courses at LeTourneau.
Industrial Advisory Council
LeTourneau University is privileged to have a distinguished group of engineering professionals who serve as consultants to the program. The Engineering and Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Council meets twice a year to review the university’s engineering programs. Council members – practicing engineers from all parts of the country – provide guidance in keeping the programs relevant to the needs of industry and engineering practice in general. The members study facilities and equipment needs, provide valuable input on the curriculum, and interact with faculty members and administrators.
LeTourneau’s B.S. Engineering Technology degree is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.