Mechanical Engineering Concentration

The work of mechanical engineers impacts our lives on a daily basis. You see their hand in the power-producing machines we use, from refrigerators and escalators to electric generators and internal combustion engines. They are the innovators who research, design, build and test the mechanical and thermal sensors in our tools, engines and machines.

In a nutshell, if you’re fascinated by robotics, machinery, and computer and electronic product development – and can see yourself dreaming up engineering solutions in arenas ranging from architecture to transportation – our mechanical engineering concentration within the engineering major is right for you!

Think about it: Someday, your fingerprints could be seen in transmissions, engine parts, aircraft engines, control systems, gas and wind turbines, robots, and artificial organs and limbs.

The question is, how will you apply the skills you learn as a mechanical engineer to improve lives in the 21st century?

Curious about our track record? Get this: 100 percent of our engineering graduates have a job or are in graduate school within the first six months after graduation.

Choose a Specialization Area

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In this concentration, you’ll learn the principles of engineering, physics, math and science for the manufacturing of mechanical systems, preparing you to design, develop and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines and machines.

As a bonus, you have the opportunity to specialize in a certain area, whether that be in energy conversion, solid mechanics, dynamic systems or manufacturing processes. And you will do so in small classes led by faculty mentors who will provide personalized attention in an applications-based learning environment where theory and practice connect.

Hands-on Experience in State-of-the-Art Facilities

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In our maker hub – a 6,000-square-foot configurable project-build space – you’ll develop conceptual ideas into working prototypes throughout the four-year program. You will create, invent and learn with other students as you work on design-build projects in an additive manufacturing lab; machine, welding and woodworking shops; a computer design lab; a tool room; high-tech design studios; and in environmental, geotechnical, construction and transportation lab spaces.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for the world of work, able to implement projects successfully in collaborative, multidisciplinary teams.

An Emphasis on Service

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Our emphasis on Christ-centered service pervades the program. The Servant Engineering program, included in the core curriculum, stresses the privilege of using your technical ability to benefit others. Even as a student, you’ll begin using your skills to help others.

For example, engineering students developed a neuromuscular therapy bike with motions that help recreate damaged neurological patterns, initiated after a university community member suffered a brain injury.

What will you create to help others?

Why Study Mechanical Engineering at George Fox?

Beyond our facilities and our commitment to service and individualized attention in the classroom, the reasons for joining our program are many. What else sets us apart? Here, you will:

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What Will I Study?

Recent mechanical engineering projects have included:

  • Compressed air engine design and machining
  • Mechanical failure analysis and redesign
  • Reciprocating air compressor
  • Wind turbine blade optimization
  • Eccentric Venturi flow meter analysis
  • Campus energy study and carbon footprint assessment
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Daniela Makowski, Engineering Product Manager, Columbia Helicopters

It wasn’t that difficult for me to find a job after graduation, knowing that I had a great degree. [Employers] really knew that they could count on my education. ... The best decision I ever made was to go to George Fox for engineering.