Recently established programs in Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology have joined all other engineering and engineering technology programs at the school in receiving accreditation from ABET. This accreditation retroactively covers all graduates of the two programs.
ABET, the national accreditation board for applied science, computing, engineering technology, and engineering programs at colleges and universities, accredits more than 3,100 programs at more than 660 institutions in 24 countries.
Other accredited programs in the school include Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology.
“Most civil and mechanical engineering graduates go on to work for consulting firms or public agencies, such as states, counties, or municipal employers, which require Professional Engineer licensure,” said Jerry Shoup, interim director of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology. “The programs’ accreditation will ensure that current and future graduates will remain competitive in the private and public sector.”
Penn State Harrisburg began offering Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering in the fall of 2009. Since then, both majors have grown rapidly, said Shoup, and have become the two largest programs in the school. The accreditation process began as soon as the programs were eligible, after the first class of students graduated.
For information, contact the Civil Engineering program at 717-948-6124 or the Mechanical Engineering program at 717-948-6116.