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Montana Tech's Civil and Mechanical Engineering Programs Receive ABET Accreditation

09/08/2020

The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET has accredited Montana Technological University's bachelor's degrees in civil and mechanical engineering.

ABET accreditation assures that Tech’s programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies and anticipating the public's welfare and safety needs.

"ABET accreditation is the gold standard in engineering accreditation," said Dan Trudnowski, dean of the School of Mines & Engineering at Montana Tech. "This is the culmination of four years of program development and hard work by the faculty. Both programs are now fully staffed with highly-qualified faculty and have large and growing enrollments."

Brian Kukay, head of the Civil Engineering program at Montana Tech, added, "We are grateful and excited to have our Civil Engineering program recognized as an ABET-accredited program. It assures that our program meets the Civil Engineering profession's quality standards that we prepare our graduates for.”

ABET noted that Tech’s Civil Engineering program features strong industry collaborations and incorporates industry professionals into the curriculum. Students are prepared to graduate with industry connections and experience.

"With ABET accreditation, Mechanical Engineering is now Montana Tech’s largest accredited engineering program,” said Jack Skinner, head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Montana Tech. “We are excited for the future of Mechanical Engineering at Montana Tech as we grow industry and professional collaborations to ensure strong recruiting pipelines both into Montana Tech for new students and out of the university into meaningful and rewarding careers for new Oredigger graduates.”

ABET noted particular strengths in Mechanical Engineering faculty with extensive industrial experience and high-quality, top-tier research labs. Students are prepared to succeed in professional practice and have unique pathways to graduate programs.

As Montana’s STEM-focused university, Montana Tech offers engineering degrees in civil, electrical, environmental, geological, materials science and engineering, mechanical, metallurgical and materials engineering, mining engineering, petroleum engineering, and software engineering. Montana Tech's civil engineering program offers a curriculum in construction engineering, water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. The university’s mechanical engineering program focuses on control systems, nanotechnology, mechanical design, and welding.