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The James P. Keeter School of Engineering at College of the Ozarks began in fall 2016 with 24 students and moved into its new, state-of-the-art facilities on the north side of campus in fall 2018. The program received accreditation from ABET in 2022 and has tripled in size. Graduates are employed in a wide range of industries nationwide with many alumni choosing to stay in the Ozarks region.

The College had a long history of providing a pre-engineering program.  Alumni from the pre-engineering program went on to complete engineering degrees at larger schools in the region and are working in engineering positions in the Ozarks and throughout the US.  The foundations in math, science, liberal arts, and the work, patriotic and Christian education that led to that success of the pre-engineering program remain with the new full, multidisciplinary engineering degree.

Engineering Degree Program

The engineering major at College of the Ozarks results in a B.S. in Engineering degree. It is a multidisciplinary program, as opposed to a more focused, discipline-specific degree such as mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. The multidisciplinary engineering program provides the core engineering skills common to all engineering disciplines as well as an introduction to tools and techniques unique to a wide variety of engineering disciplines.  Opportunities are available for additional focus on an engineering discipline of interest.  Students will learn about engineering problem solving in the classroom and laboratory and have opportunities to apply and further develop their skills working on projects and working alongside practicing engineers.  The objectives of our program are structured to create engineers of value to our region, the nation, and Christ's kingdom. Learn more about the objectives and outcomes we want to instill in our graduates.

The B.S. in Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org,





Richard Burkhalter, P.E., Covenant Engineering

Reiny Cash, P.E., White River Electric Cooperative, retired.

Brian Crouse, Slingshot Aerospace

Visiting Professors

2019-2020: Dr. C. Pat Koelling, Associate Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Advisory Board

Richard Burkhalter, Covenant Engineering

Nic White (alumnus), Olsson

Naomi Fisher, Vecino Group

Dave Frey, Cobham

Brent Fullerton, Loren Cook Company

Chris Hamon, White River Valley Electric Cooperative

Nathaniel Keen, Corps of Engineers

Steve Lane, Diamond Lane Manufacturing

Michael Shafer, Trinity Engineering Solutions

Careers for College of the Ozarks Engineering Graduates

Graduates armed with a B.S. in Engineering from College of the Ozarks have a wide range of opportunities as engineers. Our first engineers graduated in May 2020. Our graduates are employed in manufacturing engineering, electrical power engineering, control systems engineering, mechanical engineering, construction management. We have graduates pursuing graduate engineering degrees and others have started their own businesses. Our graduates are outperforming the national average for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which is the first step toward pursuing professional licensure.

For information, please contact:
Dr. Mark Nowack
Engineering Department
College of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 17, Point Lookout, MO 65726
(417) 690-2559


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