Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Engineering

Siena offers a four- or five-year, cooperative, dual-degree engineering option with several engineering schools. Students major in one of the physical sciences at Siena for three years then transfer to the engineering school for a fourth and fifth year in an engineering curriculum.

Siena’s engineering programs give students an advantage because they attain the benefits of a liberal arts education with focused studies in engineering. Students learn to think critically, communicate effectively and develop a comprehensive grasp of the principles and techniques of engineering.

Engineers report some of the highest job satisfaction ratings due to the profession’s financial security as well as the rewards of being able to benefit society through scientific and technological discovery.

Engineering School Partners

Students in the 3/2 program spend their first 3 years at Siena and then transfer to an affiliated engineering school to complete an additional 2 years. At the end of 4 years, the student receives his/her BS in physics from Siena, and at the end of five years, the student receives a BE.

  • Binghamton University
  • Catholic University
  • Clarkson University
  • Manhattan College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Western New England College
  • Union Graduate College (4 year program)

The cooperative program with Union Graduate College School of Engineering allows students to earn a master’s of engineering in electrical engineering, energy systems and engineering management. Students complete 4 years at Siena, earning a bachelor’s degree in physics. By beginning graduate classes during their senior year, students are able to complete the master’s program in one additional year from Union Graduate College.

Engineering Specialties

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Civil
  • Biomedical
  • Aeronautical
  • Nuclear
  • Materials
  • Chemical

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Career Opportunities

Aerospace Engineers perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

Job titles: Aerospace Engineer, Flight Test Engineer, Design Engineer, Systems Engineer, Structures Engineer, Test Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Aerospace Stress Engineer, Avionics Engineer, Flight Systems Test Engineer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $103,720 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Civil Engineers perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

Job titles include: Civil Engineer, Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Structural Engineer, City Engineer, Civil Engineering Manager, Design Engineer, Railroad Design Consultant, Research Hydraulic Engineer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $79,340 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 15-21% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Software Developers, Systems Software, research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Job titles include: Developer, Infrastructure Engineer, Network Engineer, Publishing Systems Analyst, Senior Software Engineer, Software Architect, Software Developer, Software Engineer, Systems Coordinator and Systems Engineer.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $99,000 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21%(faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Biomedical Engineers apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.

Job titles include: Biomedical Technician, Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET), Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Electronics Technician, Biomedical Engineering Technician, Research Engineer, Professor, Biomedical Engineering Director, Biomedical Manager, Clinical Engineer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $86,960 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 22%+ (much faster than average) growth from 2012 to 2022.

Nuclear Engineers conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.

Job titles include: Engineer, Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear Reactor Engineer, Nuclear Licensing Engineer, Nuclear Design Engineer, System Engineer, Resident Inspector, Scientist, Criticality Safety Engineer, Generation Engineer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $104,270 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 8-14% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Nanosystems Engineers design, develop, or supervise the production of materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition, applying principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, or biological engineering.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $92,030 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Mechanical Engineers perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.

Job titles: Mechanical Engineer, Design Engineer, Product Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineer, Process Engineer, Equipment Engineer, Design Maintenance Engineer, Systems Engineer, Chassis Systems Engineer, Commissioning Engineer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $80,580 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 3-7% growth from 2012 to 2022.

Computer Systems Engineers/Architects design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions. Job titles include: Systems Engineer, Electronic Data Interchange System Developer (EDI System Developer) and System Architect.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $81,140 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Chemical Engineers design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Job titles include: Process Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Engineer, Scientist, Project Engineer, Development Engineer, Engineering Scientist, Process Control Engineer, Process Development Engineer and Refinery Process Engineer.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $94,350 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-5% from 2012 to 2022.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Job titles include: Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Director (IT Director), Systems Engineer, Network Manager and Network Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $72,560 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Technology is one of the most pervasive forces in our society today – we use it both to connect and detach, to save time and to waste it – so we’re especially dependent on those who make their living by creating, powering and supporting our electronics and information systems.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the information technology industry is expected to grow 47% by 2020.

Graduate Teaching Assistants assist faculty or other instructional staff in postsecondary institutions by performing teaching or teaching-related duties, such as teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving examinations, and grading examinations or papers. Graduate teaching assistants must be enrolled in a graduate school program. Graduate assistants who primarily perform non-teaching duties, such as research, should be reported in the occupational category related to the work performed.

Job titles include: Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Teaching Assistant (TA), Graduate Assistant, Instructor, Graduate Fellow, Graduate Research Assistant, Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Fellow, Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)

Wages:

The median annual wage was $31,270 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 8-14% growth from 2012 to 2022.