Materials Joining Engineering

What is Materials Joining Engineering?

Materials Joining Engineering (MJE) is a hybrid discipline that combines the fundamental principles of materials, mechanical, structural and electrical engineering, adapting them to the development and application of joining technology.

This includes materials selection, characterization and weldability assessment, procedure development and qualification, process automation and control, as well as the design, inspection, analysis and testing of joined structures and components.

From the Alums

"I had the privilege to spend two years studying under Mr. Kielhorn, and two years under Dr. Adonyi. This gave me the chance to fine-tune my hands-on skills, as well as learn and use some of the most sophisticated analytical tools available to industry today.

LeTourneau has continued to improve their facilities and program since I have graduated, and I sincerely feel that today's program is second to none for an undergraduate welding/materials engineering degree."

- Pete Nicklas, '98 Grad - more...

About the Program

LeTourneau University is one of only three universities in the nation that provides an ABET-accredited engineering program with a welding or materials joining concentration.

Graduates of LETU's BSE program with concentration in materials joining engineering are highly sought after and receive some of the highest paid engineering jobs available.

Materials joining is a general term encompassing many different processes, including various methods of welding, brazing, soldering, adhesive bonding and even some kinds of mechanical fastening.  Advances in the technology of these processes enable a wide variety of materials, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and electronic materials, to be joined in ways that maximize reliability and minimize cost.

Materials joining engineers invent new, safer and more efficient processes, create engineering specifications, and contribute to the performance and integrity of everything from consumer products to space vehicles.

The Materials Joining concentration at LeTourneau University involves a curriculum of 130 semester hours and is one of six concentration choices within our Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.

Learn what steps high school students can take to prepare for studying materials joining at LETU.

Interesting Classes You'll Take

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science of Joining
  • Joining Procession and Power Systems
  • Materials Testing & Characterization Lab

To learn more about course requirements, view the suggested course sequence.

What can you do with this concentration?

Engineers who understand the engineering aspects of joining materials are sought after by companies that produce:

  • Aircraft carriers
  • Skyscrapers
  • Fighter jets
  • Pressure vessels
  • Piping systems
  • Machinery used for various manufacturers

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