Freshman Engineering Experience

At George Fox, hands-on projects begin on day one. Here, you don’t need to wait until your junior or senior year to get the opportunity to explore the world of engineering through practical application.

Our first-year engineering course, Engineering Principles, is an innovative, projects-based experience centered around the essence of engineering. In it, you will apply practical skills used by engineers to complete several significant projects.

three students working together on their engineering project

The skills you’ll learn include:

  • Machining and prototyping
  • Electronics assembly and testing
  • Engineering graphics and 3D modeling
  • Computer programming
  • Arduino application development
  • Engineering analysis and design methods
  • Project management
  • Product development
  • Effective teamwork
  • Professional presentations
  • Spreadsheet applications
  • Computer simulation

As for what you will do and build, here is a sampling:

  • Design and create an innovative microcontroller-based product as part of a Maker's Competition, a Shark Tank-like event we host each year
  • Design and create an oscillating one- or two-cylinder air engine (a.k.a. “The Wobbler”)
Watch video: The Wobble-Off