Four Year Universities

There are 6 four year public universities in the state of Washington, each with degree options relevant to a career in the aerospace industry.  Below is information highlighting some of the educational programs in aerospace related fields offered at these universities throughout the state.  For more information regarding these programs, please click on the program title to be taken to its homepage or contact the universities directly.

Central Washington University

Master of Science in Engineering Technology

The Central Washington University (CWU) Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology (MSET) is a multi-disciplinary program of study to prepare graduates from Industrial Technology (IT), Engineering Technology (ET), or engineering disciplines for superior professional practice. Educational objectives include technology advances, technology management practices, and analytic techniques intended to support professional practice.

Four population groups have been identified as benefiting from the master's program: recent graduates from engineering and technological degree-granting institutions; professionals in the engineering workforce; faculty members in two- and four-year institutions, and technology education teachers.

CWU currently offers the MSET program for working professionals in the Puget Sound area at the CWU - Des Moines Center and at the CWU - Lynnwood Center (on the campus of Edmonds Community College in Edmonds).

Length of Program: 2 years 

Keywords: Controls, Power


Eastern Washington University

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at North Seattle Community College

Eastern Washington University and North Seattle Community College have partnered to offer an ABET accredited program that adheres to the same rigorous standards required of all ABET accredited electrical engineering programs. It requires a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours to complete. The degree combines studies in selected areas of physics, math, electronics, electricity, and science to prepare students to solve real world problems in electrical engineering. The first two years of the curriculum allow students to establish a solid foundation in mathematics and science, and to work on their general education requirements. The third year introduces students to a broad spectrum of electrical engineering coursework with specialization and capstone introduced in the fourth year.

The coursework is taught by faculty members from both EWU and NSCC through a series of distance education and regular classroom courses that include hands-on laboratories at the North Seattle campus. The addition of a new faculty member for fall of 2012 means more classes will be taught exclusively at the NSCC campus.

Length of Program: 4 years 

Keywords: Controls, Fluids, Composites, Propulsion, Plasma, Power, Structures


University of Washington

Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

The Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is a multidisciplinary professional graduate degree for recent graduates as well as working professionals. The MAE emphasizes the applied skills and experience needed in industry and differs from the Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics (MSAA), which emphasizes preparation for independent, academic research.

The MAE is a terminal degree (does not lead to a PhD). This degree is meant to be completed part-time in three years. Courses meet in the evening, once per week, with all students having flexibility to attend classes on campus or via distance learning (online).

Length of Program: 3 YEARS (PART-TIME)

Keywords: CONTROLS, FLUIDS, COMPOSITES, PROPULSION, PLASMA, POWER, STRUCTURES


Washington State University

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (BSMSE)

The mission of the materials science and engineering program is to provide excellence in education, research, and service in the field of materials science and engineering through educational programs that graduate students with strong backgrounds in scientific and engineering problem-solving methods. Materials science and engineering is the application of methods and principles of the pure sciences to study engineering materials.

Length of Program: 4 years

Keywords: Metals, Metallurgy, Polymers, Ceramics, Electronic Materials, Biomaterials, Composites


Western Washington University

Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering (MFGE)

Within a typical manufacturing organization, there are multitudes of machines performing many different functions on, perhaps, hundreds or thousands of different parts. Whether the finished product is an athletic shoe or a jet airplane, the logical set of events that must take place to produce that product must be planned and conceived in advance. The location of each machine, the movement of a part or machine tool and the order of operations - even the machines themselves - must be planned in detail. Day-to-day production problems must be solved.

A manufacturing engineer will help to solve the complex problems associated with manufacturing operations. Manufacturing engineers work in teams with engineers, scientists and technicians to solve manufacturing related problems. The Manufacturing Engineering program has a very application and "hands-on" oriented focus. There are laboratory components to most engineering courses where students learn to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to solve practical or applications-based problems.

Length of Program: 4 years

Keywords: Metals, Metallurgy, Polymers, Ceramics, Composites

Bachelor of Science in Plastics and Composites Engineering (PCE)

The Plastics and Composites Engineering program prepares students for productive, professional careers in the plastics industry. The technical curriculum is built upon a firm base of mathematics, physics, chemistry and materials technology, and provides extensive coverage of polymeric materials and processing methods. Practical experience in design, control analysis, processing, testing and production is a crucial part of the curriculum that is provided in the programs extensive and well-equipped laboratory facilities.

Length of Program: 4 years

Keywords: Polymers, Ceramics, Composites