Dr. Joel Porcher, Chair
The engineering department is dedicated to teaching fundamental
laws of God’s creation, manifest through science and
as building blocks of a solid engineering
Understanding the forces at work within nature enables man to
control and direct these forces to achieve human goals. While a
firm theoretical foundation is laid, a strong emphasis is placed on
practicality and application of principles for solving design problems
in preparation for engineering employment.
High School Preparation
Modern engineering education
demands much specific high school
preparation. Ideally, the beginning
engineering student should have a
good understanding of basic physical
sciences, a highly developed ability in
and competence to read
rapidly with comprehension. Minimum
adequate preparation includes
2 units of algebra and 1 unit each of
plane geometry, advanced mathematics
(trigonometry and analytical geometry
or precalculus), chemistry, and physics.
While prior computer knowledge is
helpful, it is not required.
Students not prepared to enter directly
into the engineering curriculum
able to make up certain deficiencies. In
this case, time required to complete an
engineering degree could be expected
All students in this program are required to be full-time students taking a minimum of 12 semester hours. First consideration for acceptance into the program will be given to residence hall students. PCC does not provide residence hall living space for married students or their families.
Bachelor of Science Degree
The purpose of the engineering major is to develop Christian engineers
who are prepared academically to be viable professionals in either the mechanical
or electrical engineering field.
Program Educational Objectives: Within the first five years after graduation, our engineering alumni are expected to make measurable contributions in the following spiritual and professional objectives:
- Entry-Level Employment—apply engineering knowledge, professional ethics, and Christian principles in the workplace
- Christian Ministry—support a local church and other Christian ministries
- Leadership—demonstrate Christian leadership through career, church, or community opportunities
- Lifelong Learning—advance intellectually through activities such as continuing education or industry certification
Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the engineering program will demonstrate the following outcomes:
- Technical Knowledge—solve technical problems by applying God's laws of the physical creation to determinate situations modeled by calculus, differential equations, chemistry, physics, and the engineering sciences;
- Experimentation—investigate hypotheses empirically by laboratory experiments or computer simulations involving data collection and evaluation and open-ended design;
- Engineering Design—develop an engineering solution that meets requirements and is safe, economical, sustainable, and practical for a component, assembly, process, or system;
- Teamwork—integrate individual responsibility, biblical values, and collaborative synthesis in laboratory team scenarios and in multidisciplinary project teams;
- Problem Solving—solve engineering problems by modeling systems, computing results, and validating solutions;
- Ethics—assess engineering rules of professional and ethical responsibility in light of the Golden Rule of Jesus Christ and other biblical principles;
- Communication—communicate effectively through engineering critiques, reports, and oral presentations in technical courses;
- Breadth—assess the nontechnical impact of historic or contemporary engineering solutions from spiritual, social, economic, national, global, and environmental perspectives;
- Intellectual Growth—plan personal goals for continuing engineering education and lifelong learning, such as application for professional membership, technical certification, advanced education, or licensing;
- Sensitivity—judge benefits and needs by examining spiritual, social, political, and business aspects of contemporary issues; and
- Current Practice—apply viable modern solution techniques, laboratory equipment, online resources, and computational tools available to engineering practitioners.
The purpose of the electrical engineering concentration is to promote the cause of Christ by providing engineering education in a
Christian and traditional, liberal-arts setting to develop undergraduates who are
biblical in their philosophical worldview, Christlike in their character, and exemplary
in their practice of electrical engineering.
Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the electrical engineering concentration will also demonstrate the following outcomes:
- Analysis—analyze electrical and electronic devices, circuits, and systems;
- Design-Integrate—perform detailed design of electrical, electronic, and digital devices and systems; and
- Stochastic Analysis—apply probability and statistics to analyze electrical and electronic components, signals, or systems.
The purpose of the mechanical engineering concentration is to promote the cause of Christ by providing engineering education in
a Christian and traditional, liberal-arts setting to develop undergraduates who
are biblical in their philosophical worldview, Christlike in their character, and
exemplary in their practice of mechanical engineering.
Additional Learning Outcomes: Graduates of the mechanical engineering concentration will also demonstrate the following outcomes:
- Mechanical Design—apply calculus and differential equations, basic science,
and engineering principles to modeling, analysis, design, and realization of
mechanical engineering components, systems, or processes; and
- Integrated Design—solve open-ended design problems in the mechanical
engineering disciplines of HVAC and Refrigeration, Mechanical Systems and
Materials, and Thermal and Fluids Systems.