Engineering majors with Mechanical Engineering Concentration study at George Fox, a top Christian college

Mechanical Engineers: Creating Devices Used in Everyday Life

Mechanical engineering students prepare for the challenging work of designing and creating the devices used every day. In the mechanical engineering concentration within the engineering major at George Fox, you’ll learn in a program meticulously designed to provide every opportunity for success.

The work of mechanical engineers reaches into nearly every industry in modern society – a scope that enables graduates to pursue a broad range of jobs and levels of challenge. Mechanical engineers play a vital role in equipment for infrastructure development, transportation vehicles, manufacturing and the generation and distribution of energy. Their work reaches into widespread areas – from aerospace, to engine designs, to construction, nanotechnology applications, industrial robots and artificial organs and limbs.

Study in an Applications-Based Learning Environment

In this concentration, students learn the principles of engineering, physics, math and science for the manufacturing of mechanical systems. This prepares you to design, develop and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines and machines. Specializations in the program include energy conversion, solid mechanics, dynamic systems and manufacturing processes. Small classes led by faculty-mentors will enable you to learn in a personalized, applications-based learning environment where theory and practice connect.

In state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll develop conceptual ideas into working prototypes throughout the four-year program. Engineering students create, invent and learn together in the Engineering Innovation Center’s “maker hub” – a 6,000-square-foot configurable project-build space. They also work on design-build projects in an additive manufacturing lab; machine, welding and woodworking shops; the computer design lab; a tool room; high-tech design studios; and in environmental, geotechnical, construction and transportation lab spaces. Upon graduation, you’ll be well prepared for the world of work, able to implement projects successfully in collaborative, multidisciplinary teams.

An Emphasis on Service

An 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 in Newberg, Oregon suffered a brain injury.

Christian professors are passionate not only about preparing students for real-world engineering, but also about fostering spiritual development. Our vision of your success is viewed, above all, from a Christian perspective.


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Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Engineering majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

Engineering is typically a lucrative career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, Apple
  • Mechanical Design Engineer, Boeing
  • Mechanical Design Engineer, Xerox
  • Mechanical Engineering Manager, Amazon - Computer Vision Hardware
  • Principal Mechanical Engineer, Microsoft
  • Optical Cross-Connect System Product Manager, Siemens Industry
  • Structural Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Lead Startup Engineer, Tokyo Electron
  • Research and Development Mechanical Engineer, Hewlett-Packard
  • Quality Systems Engineer, Novellus Systems
  • Controls Systems Design, Portland General Electric
  • Product Design Engineer, Warn Industries
  • Engineer, Intertek
  • Engineering Technician, Intel
  • Xerox, Portland, Oregon
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
  • 3D Systems, Wilsonville, Oregon
  • Siemens Industry, Beaverton, Oregon
  • US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, Oregon
  • A-dec, Newberg, Oregon
  • Hunter-Davisson, Portland, Oregon
  • Applied Medical, Tigard, Oregon
  • Thermal Energetics, Sherwood, Oregon
  • Cascade Steel Rolling Mills, McMinnville, Oregon
  • Survival Systems International, UK
  • Engineering Ministries International, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • USC
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Cal Poly
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • University of Portland
  • Michigan Technological University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Oxford

Student Experiences

Zachery Koppert ('13)

“George Fox has academically prepared me and other engineers beyond the expectations of the industry. I feel very blessed to have received such a firm understanding of the basics so that I could enter the industry ready to grow even more.”

- Zachery Koppert ('13)

Daniela Makowski ('12)

“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.”

- Daniela Makowski ('12)

Points of Distinction

  • Outstanding faculty with a Christian worldview
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Servant engineering curriculum
  • Small class sizes
  • Application learning environment beginning freshman year
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Real-world solutions created in collaborative teams

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.