McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Sciences


Since 1909, the McCormick School of Engineering has sought excellence in achieving its two parallel missions: to produce new knowledge and to engage and educate students. McCormick fosters a culture in which innovation is not only encouraged, but expected. That culture still thrives today, driving new initiatives, research discoveries, and superior education.

Major Information

Design Thinking & Communication (DTC) Course

Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) is a required two quarter course where students learn about the design process and develop their project management and oral communication skills through presentations. Students work within interdisciplinary teams to create product solutions for real life clients. The skills learned from this course are competencies for internship, co-op and full-time positions.

4-Year Plan

NCA has provided a general 4 year plan to help with your career path. Download the following handouts to follow the plan.*

*PLEASE NOTE: McCormick undergraduate students should consider the 4 year career plan document flexible due to every McCormick program having its own co-op and non-co-op sequence schedule. Please refer to your academic department regarding its co-op and internship sequence.

Skills Engineering Students Develop

Engineering students develop the following skills that help their professional growth:

  • Teamwork (being able to effectively contribute to groups from diverse backgrounds and disciplines)
  • Leadership (having the opportunity lead projects)
  • Entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills (being positive stewards for organizational image and work student creates) 
  • Design thinking (being able to focus on the human user and their needs within the design process)

McCormick Programs Served

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science and Applied Math
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • MMM Program
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • MS in Analytics
  • MS in Biotechnology
  • MS in Engineering Design and Innovation
  • MS in Information Technology
  • MS in Product Design and Development Management
  • MS in Project Management

Adviser Bio & Contact

Larry Jackson

Larry earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Bradley University and his Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. Larry has been working in career services for three years and advises McCormick undergraduate and terminal masters students on resume, cover letter and CV development, job and internship search strategies, networking, and interviewing for non-engineering related roles. In his spare time, Larry enjoys serving in several church organizations, singing and salsa dancing.

Upcoming Events

NCA and Engineering Career Development sponsor various workshops, programs, employer sessions, and career fairs throughout the academic year. Information about NCA-sponsored events can be found in CareerCat under the “Events” tab. For more information on Engineering Career Development-sponsored events, please go to Engineering Career Development Events Calendar.