Thursday, December 07, 2023


The Bridging Program at the College of Engineering offers graduates the opportunity to bridge into
several engineering degree programs. The purpose of the Bridging Program is to prepare students
who hold a Technical diploma from a two-year or three-year Technical College to pursue a Bachelor
of Science in Engineering Degree at FBSU.

The duration of the Bridging Program is two years of a major maximum after the bridging preparatory
year. The bridging year consists of two components in two semesters. The first component covers
intensive instruction in English (12 Credit Hours) and an academic part (mainly Math and IT ) for
the purpose of raising the students’ skills level in these subjects and enhance their conditions for

The level of a student is assessed by the placement tests. According to his performance on the
English and Math test, a student shall follow one of the following three study tracts:

1. Student’s score is above 75%, the student would be exempted from the Bridging English courses
and can start directly the academic courses
2. Score between 50 and 75%, the student would be enrolled in the Bridging English level 2 (BENG 2:
9 Contact Weekly Hours), which would take one full semester to complete.
3. Score below 50% the student must take the full Bridging year.

The College of Engineering offers the Bridging Program in the following majors:
1. Civil Engineering
2. Electrical Engineering

Engineering Bridging Program Requirements

The specific program requirements are shown under the respective department section. The total
number of credit hours required in the two majors is as follows:

Civil Engineering: (87) Credit Hours, Students are exempted from (50) Credit Hours
Electrical Engineering: (83) Credit Hours, Students are exempted from (51) Credit Hours

Engineering Bridging Program Career Opportunities

Many of the important things in our lives that we take for granted are the products of civil engineering.
From paths and roads, the construction of power stations, water supplies, railways, to airports,
buildings, water and ports. In fact, most structures, large or small, require a civil engineer to
design, plan, or actually manage the project. They are responsible for making the public and private
buildings safe and they have a responsibility to minimize society>s impact on the environment.

Demand for civil engineers has been consistently high during the last decades; this has been
particularly the case in the Gulf region where engineers have been involved primarily in large
development projects. The emerging construction activity offers ever increasing and expanding
opportunities for civil engineers.

The Civil Engineering graduate will generally work either in the private sector, or in government
agencies. The fields open to the engineer are in consulting, contracting, or management. Being
interrelated, it is not unusual that these fields are combined during the performance of a project.
The civil engineer can work as an employee, partner, or owner in contracting firms, in construction
management consultant offices, and in local or regional consulting design offices in departments such
as Transportation and Planning, Structures, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering,
Water Resources, and Information Technology.

Electrical and electronic engineering is found at the centre of all modern day processes and industrial
applications - communications, computing and sound and vision systems. The result is a vast range
of opportunities for careers and roles in technological development.

Studying in this field, you will be able to develop your skills in information technology, communication
and design as well as obtaining a range of engineering skills.

An electrical engineer will have a wide choice of careers in the mainstream electrical and electronic
industries and in other engineering and <high-tech> fields. The majority of our graduates move
into research, development or manufacturing companies - a choice many make when accepting
sponsorship from a company - but opportunities do exist in most other professional spheres such as
computing, medicine, finance, management and the media.

The College of Engineering Department is committed to providing its students with meaningful,
up-to-date skills and knowledge that will allow them to pursue successful engineering careers and
make deep impacts all over the Gulf region. With these objectives in mind, the College of engineering
programs are designed around fostering contemporary best practices and skills in line with the job
opportunities for civil and electrical engineers within Tabuk and the Gulf.

Engineering Bridging Program Final Year Project

Student will be involved in an engineering study (may be research) or development project under
the personal supervision of a faculty member. The specific responsibilities of the student will be
arranged by mutual consent of the student and his supervisor. The culmination of this project is a
written thesis that is approved by a committee of departmental faculty members. The student will
also present a public, oral defense of the thesis.

The Final Year Project aims to:

1. Allow students to demonstrate a wide range of the skills learned at the College of Engineering,
2. Encourage a multidisciplinary approach through the integration of material learned in a number of
3. Allow students to develop problem solving, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and design skills.
4. Encourage teamwork.
5. Improve students> communication skills.

Engineering Bridging Program Summer Internship

All engineering students are required to fulfill a 1-credit hour summer internship period of 8 to 12
weeks. This graduation requirement entails that each student gains practical training experience
during the summer prior to graduation with either a company or another academic institution.

Engineering Bridging Program Graduation requirements

• To graduate with a BSc in Civil Engineering must satisfactorily complete 137 credit hours and
• to graduate with a BSc in Electrical Engineering must satisfactorily complete 134 credit hours