Northeastern State University is preparing to roll out a new bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering to help address the challenges of Oklahoma’s workforce.
NSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Debbie Landry said there is a growing demand for mechanical engineers to help the state fill in-demand jobs. She added that occupation plays a role in almost every aspect of modern life and was identified by Oklahoma Works, the state’s workforce development initiative hosted by the Office of Development. Oklahoma’s workforce, as an essential occupation.
According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, employment of mechanical engineers is expected to increase 6.2% in Oklahoma and 7.11% in the Tulsa metro area between 2018 and 2028.
Landry said the university plans to welcome the first cohort of mechanical engineering majors to NSU this fall, adding that the institution has already begun the enrollment process.
“Students can expect a well-developed, quality program that will be rigorous yet rewarding,” Landry said.
Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions Dean Dr. Pamela Hathorn said the degree will be housed at the College of Science & Health Professions and will be offered at the Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses. The university will also hire additional teaching and laboratory staff as part of the new degree addition.
Hathorn said adding a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering has been a work in progress for many years. She said that when the university developed its degree in applied physics, it was the start of a possible development towards offering an engineering degree. Landry said some current applied physics majors at NSU are even considering switching majors.
Additionally, Landry said that to better meet demand, university officials are expanding their transfer partnership with Tulsa Community College to include a pathway for students who are currently earning an associate’s degree in engineering or engineering. mechanics to seamlessly transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at NSU. .
NSU will also explore the possibility of offering similar pathways to students at other nearby two-year institutions, such as Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and Carl Albert State College, who are completing physics, pre-engineering or other appropriate associate degree programs.
To learn more about College of Health Sciences and Professions degree offerings, visit https://academics.nsuok.edu/sciencehealth/default.aspx.