A Unique Curriculum for a Changing World 
Employers today are seeking engineers who are more than just technically competent. They are looking for graduates who can write and speak effectively, who are team players, and who can see the “big picture.” These are the kinds of engineers that Wartburg graduates. Unlike university curricula, Wartburg’s Engineering Science program emphasizes breadth of background over narrow specialization. Unlike engineering programs at most other liberal arts colleges, the program is a four-year bachelor’s degree that does not require further study at another institution before seeking industrial employment.

Engineering Science at Wartburg is designed to provide you with a unique combination of:

• technical expertise
• mathematical and scientific skills
• a true liberal arts perspective

The course requirements are carefully selected  to prepare students for graduate study if they wish further specialization or to give students the engineering know-how they need to succeed in industry.


The engineering science program is committed to improving engineering profession and its practice by helping students acquire fundamental scientific and technical knowledge; an understanding of the ethical, global, and societal dimensions of the profession; and skills in communication, critical thinking, team building, and self-training.

A well-rounded education

In addition to the standard requirements, students are encouraged to round out their educations with a broad mix of experiences. Most engineering science majors minor in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, or computer science. Many industry-bound graduates have also completed minors in business, leadership, or in a foreign language. Nearly 40% of engineering majors participate in intercollegiate athletics, and more than 20% are members of musical ensembles. About 30% study abroad during their four years and about half participate in summer or year-round internship programs.


Upon graduation, you will find that you will be well-positioned to choose between industrial employment and graduate study. Students who have chosen to go to industry have taken positions in design, research, development, technical sales, or as field engineers. Students following this path are encouraged to minor in fields such as business, art, English, or communication arts.

Some of our graduates choose to get Master’s degrees within an engineering specialty. Recent graduates have gone on to complete graduate study in aerospace, chemical, civil, construction, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Graduate-school bound students are encouraged to minor in biology, chemistry, physics or computer science – depending on their intended area of specialization. All Wartburg engineers are strongly encouraged to minor in mathematics.


Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg engineering graduates have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions:

  • Assembly Engineer, John Deere Davenport Works, Davenport
  • Graduate Student – Aerospace Engineering
  • Job Site Superintendent, Verdant Environmental Services, Omaha, Neb.
  • PDP Manufacturing Engineer, Volt Services/John Deere, Ankeny
  • Environmental Engineer, Terracon Consultants, Inc., Des Moines
  • Software Engineer, IBM, Rochester, Minn.
  • Traffic Engineer, City of Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids
  • Quality Assurance, Epic Systems, Verona, Wis.


The Science Center is designed for hands-on learning and close interaction among students and faculty. The facility includes a machining lab, a 3-D printer and more.

Hands-on learning with faculty mentors. WORTH IT.



Wartburg College students interested in a master’s degree in industrial engineering can begin earning credits toward that end the summer after their junior year, thanks to a partnership with Iowa State University. The “4+1” cooperative program allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Wartburg and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State in just five years. Wartburg students begin a graduate-level research project through Iowa State the summer between their junior and senior years. Some senior-level coursework will be substituted with graduate-level online courses from Iowa State. Additional information about the ISU graduate program is available at


Daniel Black

Professor of Physical Science and Engineering Science

LeAnn Faidley

Associate Professor of Engineering Science

Katie Nagle
Senior Lecturer in Engineering Science
B.S., M.S., University of Illinois (Civil Engineering)

John Fleming
Lecturer in Engineering Science
B.S.,, Iowa State University; M.B.A.,, University of Iowa; M.S., Ohio State University (Mechanical and Welding Engineering)