Major in Electrical, Industrial or Mechanical Engineering



At Alvernia, we prepare students majoring in engineering to be fundamentally sound and application-ready. 


During your first three semesters, all engineering majors take the same sequence of courses. This affords students the opportunity to be exposed to each of the engineering majors offered before deciding on their area of concentration. Additionally, this provides the opportunity for engineering students get to know each other and work together in an interdisciplinary setting.


Our unique 4-year design sequence culminates with a year long design project sponsored by a local company. During the first year, engineering majors will work in teams to complete a real world design project. Each project will be mentored by a Berks County engineering firm. During year 2, students will focus on problem-solving using advanced and additive manufacturing techniques. During year 3, students will have the opportunity to participate in a co-op or research experience.


With the 2019 launch of Reading CollegeTowne initiative, Alvernia’s new downtown Reading location, the John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne is home of John R. Post School of Engineering. Our downtown location features state-of-the-art labs and research facilities. Our engineering programs partner heavily with local industry, including the entrepreneurial community and other institutions of higher education to deliver a world-class education in engineering.


"Dr. Ridley wants us to have a technological edge compared to other programs, splitting learning and hands-on experiences, and not having a traditional way of doing things. Typically, engineering programs weed out the plethora of students and then work on solidifying the fundamentals, but Dr. Ridley wants to flip that and make his students fundamentally sound before he starts teaching them the basics of engineering."

--Brian Czaus, Alvernia undergraduate student


What makes Alvernia's Engineering Programs Special?

  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Exposure to your discipline of choice within your first three semesters
  • 1st class within your discipline of choice occurs during your 4th semester
  • 4-year design sequence culminating in a year-long design project sponsored by a local business
  • Within a major, you can have a specialty e.g. batteries, robotics, or more
  • Strong math and science core
  • Rigorous liberal arts curriculum through SEARCH


"At Alvernia, we want our engineering students to be fundamentally-sound, application-ready engineers. To that end, we have designed a sequence of math, physics, and other science courses that will give our students this foundational advantage."

--Dr. Matthew Prudente, Assistant Professor of Mathematics



Industry Advisory Committee 

Alvernia's Engineering Program is closely partnered with local industry and business, resulting in a program that is cutting-edge and market-driven. Our advisory committee includes:


Member Title Company
Roger Heasley Director of External Affairs First Energy Corp.
Chris Pruitt CEO & President East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Daniel Langdon Former CEO East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Kelly Beaver VP of Engineering UGI Utilities, Inc.
Peter Rye President Brentwood Industries
Gregory Shemanski President & Owner Custom Processing Services, Inc.
Dave Shaffer President & CEO EnerSys
Joern Tinnemeyer Senior VP & Chief Technology Officer EnerSys
Momo Kechmir VP of Electronics and Systems Engineering EnerSys
Alan Holbrook Manager Engineering and Tech Services Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Inc.
Darryl A. Jenkins Vice President and Chief Engineer Spotts, Stevens and McCoy


Learn More

For more information about Alvernia's Engineering Programs, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or

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"Our engineering programs will provide students with a hands-on experience that allows them to be application ready. The program is going to focus on teaching the fundamentals, based on our industry partners and their ability to dynamically apply those fundamental skills."

-Dr. Rodney Ridley, Associate Provost and Vice President / COO for the O'Pake Institute

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