Prior to the development of the SIU Edwardsville campus, six "Divisions of Academic Programs" were established for the Residential Centers in Alton and East St. Louis. When the move was made to the new campus in 1965, these "Divisions" became the Schools of Business, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.
The current School of Engineering originated as the Engineering Department of the School of Science and Technology. The department was elevated to School status in 1982.
The SIUE School of Engineering consists of the Departments of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Construction, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
The School of Engineering also administers the Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC) on campus and Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Center (SIAM) in Edwardsville. The National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) is housed in the campus' University Park business and research complex.
The SIUE School of Engineering offers 9 baccalaureate degrees (8 BS, 1 BA) and 5 master's degrees.
The school also offers a cooperative Ph.D. in Engineering Science with SIU Carbondale.
For continuing education, the Construction Leadership Institute was jointly developed by the SIUE School of Engineering's Department of Construction and the SIUE School of Business as a continuously updated program that allows participants the opportunity to become a part of a network of contractors, subcontractors, business owners, and industry experts in order to develop competencies for leadership, planning, and management.
The SIUE School of Engineering has more than fifty faculty members, most of whom hold professorial rank.
The 129,000-square-foot (12,000 m2) School of Engineering Building opened in the Fall of 2000. The building houses classrooms, instructional and research laboratories, an auditorium, and the offices of the school and its departments. It features a three story atrium with crossing walkways and exposed structural and utility elements that serve as an open laboratory for design and construction students. Facilities such as the computer integrated manufacturing lab, the dynamic strength testing lab, and the aerodynamic testing lab help to expand the school's research capabilities. The rooftop green roof project is a part of the University’s Green Roof Environmental Evaluation Network (GREEN).
The SIU Board of Trustees has awarded the initial contracts for the expansion of the Engineering Building. A new building with more than 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2) of offices, classrooms, and research space will be connected to the existing building by an enclosed bridge. Upon conclusion of the addition, some facilities will be moved from their existing spaces, which will then be renovated. Work was scheduled to be accomplished between the Spring of 2012 and the Summer of 2013 at a total cost of $14.2 million.
Since 1977, the Environmental Resources Training Center (ERTC) has been designated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) as the State of Illinois' center for the continuing education of personnel involved in the operation, maintenance and management of drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. It is also the state's site for training Illinois licensed plumbers and certified water operators to become IEPA certified Cross-Connection Control Device Inspectors. The ERTC contains offices, classrooms, and laboratories as well as the 20,000 U.S. gallons (76,000 L) per day training scale clean water and waste water treatment facilities. The ERTC recently installed 144 solar panels and a 120 feet (37 m) wind turbine generator for demonstrating the use of environmentally friendly alternative energy sources in the water treatment industry.
Located in the Lewis & Clark Community College N.O. Nelson Complex in Edwardsville, the Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Center (SIAM) is a joint venture with Lewis & Clark. The mission of the SIAM Center is to work with manufacturers in order to perform applied and basic product research and to help develop their work forces, making it possible to rapidly take initial product concepts through to marketed products.
Located in the SIUE campus' University Park, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) is the world's only facility dedicated to researching the ways and means of converting corn (maize) to ethanol. Using emerging technologies, the NCERC contains an analytical lab, a fermentation lab, and a pilot-scale production plant for performing research and training future workers.
The Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accrediting Commission of the American Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).