Pitt-Bradford Adds Four-Year Engineering

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford combines Pitt’s international academic reputation with Pitt-Bradford’s reputation for individual attention.

At Pitt-Bradford students can choose from more than 40 majors, nearly 50 minors and nearly 20 pre-professional programs. Academic advisers and faculty help students choose and combine programs to explore interests and discover passions.

Popular majors include biology, exercise science, business, psychology, nursing, and computer information systems and technology.

Starting in the fall of 2022, students interested in engineering can choose a four-year engineering technology major that will prepare them for exciting careers in the region and beyond.

The two new majors, mechanical engineering technology and energy engineering technology, will focus on firsthand, practical applications and prepare students for the same jobs as those with engineering degrees since they will take similar classes in math and engineering.

Engineering technology degrees involve more hands-on learning and application than traditional engineering degrees. Graduates from engineering technology programs compete for the same jobs as graduates with an engineering degree, including designing and fabricating, managing automated machinery, overseeing industrial processes, or developing new ones.

Students in both new majors will learn a spectrum of mathematics, engineering and science broad enough for them to enter a variety of engineering fields. “There are a lot of jobs for these graduates,” said Dr. Matt Kropf, director and designer of the new engineering technology degrees.

Classes and labs will take place in a brand new, 40,000-square-foot building devoted to science, technology and engineering. The new building, which is set to open this fall, will feature unique spaces to spark students’ creativity.

Engineering lab spaces include

• A circuit lab with bench space for soldering, function generators, analog and digital microcontrollers, spectrum analyzer, and oscilloscopes.

• A measurements lab where students will be able to work with sensors and automation in a space with programmable logic controllers, wireless sensing hardware, ultrasonic flaw detectors, and more.

• A machine shop with computer-controlled plasma cutter, CNC milling machines and lathes, variable speed drill presses, band saws, machine presses, disc and belt grinders, welders, and rapid prototype machines. Students will be able to create prototypes, then test them in the strength and materials or fluid dynamics lab.

• A strength and materials lab, where students can test, measure, and destroy their creations by pulling, pushing, and hitting them with a compression/tension tester and a dynamic fatigue tester as well as testers for impact, hardness, and torque.

• A fluid dynamics lab with a wind tunnel, table-top fluid process automation system, Rankine cycler and more.

• And a maker space, featuring 3D printing and scanning for rapid prototyping to be shared with the information technology program.

“We are going to have a lot of cool toys,” Kropf said of the new labs.

Students in the energy engineering technology program will also take advantage of Pitt-Bradford’s location in the heart of two of the largest shale basins in the United States, as well as at the center of plentiful wood and biomass resources.

In addition to shared engineering technology courses, these students will add knowledge about Geographic Information Systems and automation and sensors used throughout the energy industry – from solar arrays and windmills to drill rigs and pipelines. They will be able to specialize in conventional energy, renewable energy or energy efficiency.

The new majors are part of a suite of options Pitt-Bradford has for studying the environment and energy. Other programs include a two-year associate of science in petroleum technology; bachelor’s degrees in environmental science, environmental studies, and energy science and technology; and minors in biology, chemistry, environmental science and geology.

Outside of the classroom, first-year students live in their own residence hall, Livingston Alexander House, with common spaces to make friends, study, workout, play games or just watch TV together. Or they can live in apartment-style housing in one of Pitt-Bradford’s all-suite residence halls.

On-campus activities keep students busy, or they can use a free local bus to have lunch in town, grab groceries or see a movie. And there’s no bus needed to fish, hike, work out or take part in or watch one of Pitt-Bradford’s 17 NCAA Division III or club sports, including esports, hockey and cheerleading. Intramural sports are popular, too, and include flag football under the lights, broom hockey, floor hockey, basketball, soccer, softball and more.

Students can enjoy new experiences with a recreation program that includes water sports, ziplining and ropes courses, clay target shooting, horseback riding, bowling and more.

For more information on Pitt-Bradford, visit upb.pitt.edu, call 800-872-1787 or email admissions@upb.pitt.edu.