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Trinity's engineering program provides significant hands-on experience in engineering laboratories and participation in intensive design projects. This emphasis on fundamentals prepares students for dealing with the rapid pace of technological change and the interdisciplinary demands of today's engineering practice.

We encourage our students to seek summer internship opportunities, study abroad, compete in student design contests, and join professional and student organizations.

Summer Internships

Summer internships with appropriate industries are strongly encouraged during the sophomore and junior years. The engineering Board of Advisers and engineering alumni play an instrumental role along with the faculty in the placement of student interns.

Companies offering internships have included:

  • Chevron
  • KCI
  • Valero Energy
  • Technip
  • Bartlett Cocke
  • Bay Shore Industrial
  • Epic Aircraft
  • RAN Technologies
  • GE
  • Bechtel
  • Helix Energy Solutions
  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Zachry Group

Study Abroad

The engineering science department has identified several opportunities at universities in Australia and New Zealand, where students can take engineering classes combined with a variety of options for the common curriculum in order to fit a term abroad into the engineering major. This is generally most easily done in the junior year, although summer study is always an option.

Interested students should begin by attending a study abroad "First Steps" presentation. Once you have attended this introductory meeting, you will be able to make an advising appointment with one of the study abroad advisers to explore the opportunities available to you. Whenever possible, it is best to begin advising for a semester abroad about a year in advance.

In the fall of 2010, five engineering students studied abroad. Additionally, one student went abroad for the full year engaged primarily in German language study while serving an internship sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

For additional information, contact nerickse [at] trinity.edu (Nancy Ericksen).

Student Awards

Trinity engineering science students regularly enter their projects in local, national, and international design contests, and a number of those projects have been recognized for their quality and innovation. Below are some recent projects that have garnered awards from industry, utilities, and engineering and design organizations.

Professional and Student Organizations

Trinity's engineering department encourages its students to participate in student, professional, and service organizations that strengthen their understanding of the engineering discipline and enhance their opportunities for work and scholarship in the field. Trinity Engineers is an umbrella student organization for all engineering majors that is active in arranging plant tours, tutoring, and a variety of social events.

The department also hosts chapters of the following national and international organizations:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers:

Society of Women Engineers

  • Our Society of Women Engineers Chapter was recognized as one of the most outstanding collegiate chapters in the nation.