A Unique Curriculum for a Changing World 

Wartburg’s engineering programs provide students with a unique combination of technical expertise, mathematical and scientific skills, and a true liberal arts perspective. In addition to offering concentrations in mechanical and electrical engineering, Wartburg’s engineering program emphasizes breadth of background and prepares graduates who can see the “big picture,” a trait employers value.

In addition to the rigorous curriculum, our students are encouraged to take full advantage of the college community. Many of our graduates have participated in athletics or music ensembles and held key leadership roles in student organizations.The college’s facilities, which include a new Innovation Studio, gives students a chance to work with a variety of technologies, including a 3-D printer, laser cutter, and conventional and CNC machining equipment.

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Engineering Science classroom

First-year Engineering

In their first engineering course, Wartburg students learn about the design process and the service nature of engineering by redesigning children’s games for kids with disabilities.

Engineering science robotics

Robotic Design Competition

As part of the electronics course, student teams design, build, and test autonomous robots. Public demonstrations are held each year on RICE Day.

Engineering science senior design project

Senior Design

In senior design, Wartburg students partner with nonprofits in our community and around the world to design, build, test, and deliver a device engineered to solve a problem that the students and community partner identify together.


Upon graduation, you will be well-positioned to choose between industrial employment and graduate study. Our graduates 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, and for them, we recommend a 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 alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and more than 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:

  • Engineer, John Deere 
  • Design Engineer, Vermeer
  • Mechanical Engineer, MODUS Engineering
  • Research Aerospace Engineer, NASA Langley
  • Quality Engineer, Rockwell Collins
  • Traffic Engineer, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Designer, United States Alliance Fire Protection
  • Nuclear Propulsion Officer, U.S. Navy
  • Railroad Bridge Engineer, HNTB Corporation
  • Software Engineer, IBM
  • Assistant Project Manager, Modern Piping Inc.
  • Environmental Engineer, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
  • BioMedical Ph.D. student, University of Iowa
  • Industrial Engineering M.S. student, Iowa State University
  • Civil Engineering M.S. student, University of Minnesota

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.


The Science Center is designed for hands-on learning and close interaction among students and faculty. The facility includes the Innovation Studio, with 3-D printers, a laser cutter, and a machining lab with CNC capabilities.

Gain hands-on learning with faculty mentors. 



Daniel Black

Professor of Physical Science and Engineering Science

LeAnn Faidley

Associate Professor of Engineering Science/IINSPIRE Program Director

Murad Mahmoud

Associate Professor of Engineering Science