The DBU Pre-Engineering Program equips students in a variety of ways:

Pre-Engineering Webinar

Informational Session and Q&A with Dr. Schipplein, Associate Professor of Engineering, while he shares about DBU’s new Pre-Engineering program and the exciting learning experiences this program offers!



Determining Your Calling to Engineering

Engineering is a broad and technical profession with many opportunities to serve society. Let us join in your pursuit of where God may have you serve in the profession of engineering. At DBU there are dedicated engineers/professors/advisors that can help you decide if engineering is your calling.


Preparing You Academically for Engineering School

The education and training received at DBU will provide students with real-life engineering experiences. Whether in industry manufacturing a part or participating in an open-ended design, build, and test lab, students will gain the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in engineering school.


Preparing You Personally and Professionally for Engineering School

Students will become familiar with professional engineering societies and will learn about engineering activities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Students of similar interest, small classes, accessibility to your professors, and student life will give you many opportunities to meet other students and share ideas and experiences.


Preparing You for Engineering School Admissions and Beyond

DBU is actively engaged in building relationships with engineering schools to receive the DBU graduates upon graduation. The Pre-Engineering advisor will be available to help guide the student in their decisions as to where to finish their four-year engineering degree. The Pre-Engineering advisor will also be available to guide the student into career paths of the students choosing and help them make decisions concerning professional opportunities.

DBU Pre-Engineering Advisor

Dr. Owen Schipplein

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Dr. Schipplein received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, a Masters in Bioengineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, IN. He has a P.E. credential from the State of Wisconsin, and an RN from the State of Indiana. Prior to DBU, Dr. Schipplein was an Assistant Professor/Scientist in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery/Research at Rush University in Chicago, a Vice-President of Engineering Systems, Inc. in Aurora, Illinois, founded Schipplein and Associates, Inc., cofounded Maestoso Press, Inc., and JOT and Title Publications, Inc. Dr. Schipplein’s areas of specialization include but are not limited to mechanical analysis, biomechanics, kinesiology, and accident investigation.

Pre-engineering Classes

DBU will prepare and encourage their graduates from the Associate of Engineering program to complete their four-year ABET-approved engineering degree.

The Associates of Engineering program at DBU is structured so that students would complete 70 to 74 hours at DBU. They would then be prepared to apply for admissions at receiving schools. Upon admission, they would enter into their third year of engineering studies. 

While completing the first two years of engineering school at DBU the students will benefit from being located in the Dallas Metroplex area, being influenced by the faculty and staff at DBU, and being able to network with the people, facilities, and opportunities associated with the industries in the Metroplex.

The Associates of Engineering program will provide the students with four tracks of study, i.e. mechanical, electrical, biomedical, and computer science. The following tracks and the course work associated with each track can be viewed by following the link provided.



Through the DBU Pre-Engineering program, students have the opportunity to meet with an advisor individually to help think through internship options and decide the best course of action. DBU works to create experiences and pipelines to equip students with the connections they need to be successful. Students also have the opportunity to learn through sponsored visits to schools. Touring with other students and professors can give a new perspective as well as provide ways to get to know other students in your field of interest.


DBU provides students with a Christ-centered learning environment that allows them the opportunity to grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially while they pursue their academic and professional calling. While unapologetically a Christ-centered University, DBU welcomes all students who desire to become engineers to come and learn in an environment that will prepare them for their life’s goals. The students at DBU can get to know their professors and be mentored by professionals in their field. The preparation for engineering school at DBU will provide an environment for the students to understand and adopt the life of service to society and learn to lead in the fields of their calling. This servant leadership model of academic and professional preparation will equip the students with problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and social interaction skills.

Dallas Baptist University, located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex where engineering is practiced daily in the areas of mechanical, electrical, biomedical, computer, civil, chemical, and materials engineering. Industry, medical complexes, manufacturing facilities, retail, research, consulting, and education institutes are prevalent in the metroplex. The location of these facilities makes practical the development of partnerships, internships, and experiential learning.

The pre-engineering, i.e. Associates of Engineering, degree was developed to further the scope of influence of the mission of DBU and to establish Christ-centered servant leaders in the area of engineering.

DBU students of the pre-engineering program will do their lab work off-campus and in manufacturing/industrial settings and be instructed by and work with professionals within the manufacturing industry. DBU students are taught to have excellent communication, speaking, listening, visual, and interpersonal skills, as well as learn the importance of teamwork. This skill set will enhance their ability to serve others, work as a member of a team, and understand and implement the needs of their employer. Dallas Baptist University offers a fresh look to a demanding and proven profession that serves humanity through service and leadership.