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Engineering and Physics


Your Career

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What does your career in Engineering look like? What are some graduate school options? Learn about your path after St. Ambrose, and be amazed at your choices!

Job Outlook

Being an engineer has its perks. For starters, the salary. 

  • Median pay for industrial engineers was $83,470 (2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics). Mechanical engineers have a similar median wage at $83,590. Both fields are expected to grow in the next 10 years.

And in general, you shouldn't have a tough time finding a job.

Read the graduate outcomes on the Career Center website


Ambrose Engineers would have these types of titles on their business card:
Process engineer
Medical doctor
Systems engineer
Manufacturing engineer
Quality Engineer
Production engineer
Process improvement specialist
Work designer
Design Engineer
Electrical systems
Heating and cooling systems
Cities/Counties/State/Federal engineering projects (a.k.a. civil engineers)

St. Ambrose engineers work in these areas:

  • Manufacturing: HNI, Deere, Sears Mfg, R.A. Jones, MUSCO lighting, and many others
  • Government: Arsenal Island
  • Aerospace: NASA, Boeing
  • Hospital/healthcare: Genesis 
  • Software: Cerner
  • Consulting: Accenture

Read the Graduate Outcomes on the Career Center Website

St. Ambrose graduates are doing cool things and changing the world

Danielle Frank, Industrial Engineering '14
Industrial Engineer for Supply Chain at Arconic

I work on a team to develop and implement new supply planning software for the plant. This software allows users to launch metal to meet downstream material needs for automotive customers and soon-to-be aerospace customers.

Holly Thomas, Mechanical Engineering '15
PhD Biomedical Engineering program, University of Iowa

"My current research involves using discrete element analysis to computationally assess contact stress in hip dysplasia patients before and after corrective hip surgery. I plan to investigate the relationship between joint contact in various hip deformities and clinical outcomes (pain scores, etc.). This quantitative information can be used to assist orthopedic surgeons in their pre-operative planning, which in turn can help improve patient outcomes."

Justin Keister, Mechanical Engineering '16
PhD Mechanical Engineering program, University of Florida

"Forces and other mechanical signals affect the behavior of cells and tissues in living creatures. I am working on designing devices that allow me to study how cells and tissues respond to applied stresses and strains. I plan on investigating the mechanisms behind the formation of scar tissue at neural device implantation sites in the brain."

Tom Helms, Mechanical Engineering '16
Applications/Controls Engineering in the Advanced Materials Processing group at Genesis Systems

"I program industrial robots to perform Non Destructive Inspection on composite aerospace parts. Some other processes we automate with the integration of robots are shearography, laser ablation, ultrasonic welding inspections, and material handling."

Whats Next

Read what our engineers have been up to. One is designing space shuttles. Really.