All UW-Platteville engineering students begin their studies in the General Engineering Department. To gain admission into General Engineering, students must have a grade of 'C' or better in Calculus I (Math 2640 or its equivalent). Students who do not meet this engineering standard will remain in "Pre-engineering" until obtaining a 'C' or better in Calculus I (Math 2640).
Students must complete a certain core group of courses and attain a specified Core Grade Point Average (CGPA) in order to matriculate into either the electrical or mechanical engineering program. Core courses and required CGPA (link) or for more information, please visit the General Engineering website.
Both the electrical and mechanical engineering programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., (ABET).
Students in the Collaborative Engineering Program typically take the math, science, and pre-engineering courses at the UW Colleges. For a listing of required courses, please see below:
Students complete the professional engineering courses either at UW-Fox Valley, UW-Rock County, or by streaming video. For a listing of the professional engineering courses and their descriptions, please see below:
Please note: Depending upon the student's needs and educational background, a student may take general education courses along with math, science, pre-engineering, and professional engineering courses concurrently.
For further information about either of the majors, please see below:
Internships and co-ops have become the leading recruitment tool that many employers use today. Many employers hire only from their internship or co-op pool of students, never announcing entry-level positions. For more information please visit the Career Center's Internship Information.
The placement rate of UW-Platteville engineering graduates is excellent with starting salaries competitive with national averages.
Electrical Engineers – Graduates from the UW-Platteville electrical engineering program have positions with major industrial companies, applying technical skills to solve design, sales, and management problems. Employers of recent UW-Platteville graduates include Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Ameritech, IBM, GTE, Commonwealth Edison, Alliant Energy, WE Energy, American Transmission Co., Hamilton Sundstrand, Minarik, John Deere, Kimberly Clark, and Caterpillar.
Mechanical Engineers – A mechanical engineer (M.E.) may seek employment in a variety of areas. Some of these areas are sales, field engineering, manufacturing, development, design, research and management. Their versatility, structured problem solving skills, imagination, and persistence combine to make mechanical engineers one of the most sought after types of employees by business and industry. M.E.'s have made contributions in just about every industry, including aerospace, automation, automotive, computer, construction, heating and cooling, lighting, medical, and paper. The M.E. degree also provides an excellent background for those seeking advanced degrees in bio-medical engineering, aerospace engineering, and business administration. Employers of recent M.E. graduates include Caterpillar, General Kinematics, General Motors, Hormel, John Deere, Kimberly-Clark, Modine, and Sundstrand.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Career Center has designed services and programs to assist you in your career exploration. For resume advice, links to job search engines, interview tips, and more, please visit the Career Center Website.