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Engineering Center of Excellence

Engineering is a broad discipline with many diverse specializations. The Engineering Center of Excellence at Shattuck-St. Mary’s is a fully engaging experience that introduces students to the world of engineering. It provides real, hands-on design and fabrication opportunities, while also preparing students for the rigors of college.

Program Components

Advanced level academics prepare our students for the rigors of college. College textbooks are used to introduce higher level engineering topics such as digital and sequential circuits, materials science, statics and dynamics, and various levels of programming. This academic background will provide the foundation for a successful transition to college and entrance into highly competitive college engineering programs.

About the Program

Here's How to Apply!

Students will be evaluated on their academic record, teacher recommendations, and application essays.

Meet the Director

Alexander Jones earned a master's degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He's also currently completing final requirements to receive a master's degree in education at UW-RF. He earned a position as a senior engineer at Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. and Engineer I at American Engineering Testing Inc. Since then, his love for teaching others has drawn him deeper into education. Most recently, Mr. Jones was a science teacher in Cannon Falls, Minn., teaching high school physics and chemistry and a middle school STEM course.


The Engineering Lab in Fayfield Hall is a well equipped space to support a range of engineering interests. The lab includes the following:

• Four 3-D printers
• Two CNC (computer numeric control) machines
• Laser cutter
• CREO Parametric software
• 16 CAD stations
• Virtual reality platform
• Robotics lab, including two platforms
• Mechanical assembly and testing area