Engineering Major

Engineering majors study at George Fox, a top Christian college

Engineering majors at George Fox University get the hands-on training that will lead to rewarding careers in any number of fields related to the engineering profession.

From artificial limbs to cell phone networks to aircraft controls, the innovation of engineers touches nearly every part of the human experience on a daily basis. At George Fox, our engineering majors build microprocessors, engines, MP3 equalizers, talking alarm clocks, and much more. And they do so at a Christian engineering college where faith is integrated with learning.

Choose from five concentrations:

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by applying the principles and techniques of engineering to biology and medicine. The profession is service-oriented, as it integrates both the hands-on nature of engineering and the caregiving nature of creating healthcare solutions for individuals. George Fox's biomedical engineering program offers both a medical device sequence and a pre-physical therapy track.

Civil Engineering

The civil engineering concentration features a curriculum centered on this “people-serving” profession, in that it involves working with public facilities and infrastructure. From highways, bridges and buildings, to water purification and environmental impact studies, civil engineers plan, design and construct solutions that address the basic needs of everyday human existence. Areas of specialization include transportation, construction and civil planning, structural, environmental, geotechnical and water resources.

Computer Engineering

Computer engineers are trained in the fundamentals of electrical engineering and computer science. With these skills, they are prepared to work in many aspects of computing, including designing microprocessors, supercomputers, embedded systems, and personal computers and their peripherals. Students in the computer engineering concentration are trained to design solutions for a wide variety of applications, including communications, controls, avionics, graphics processing, and robotics.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers explore the behavior of electrical devices, circuits and systems. Their work ranges from microchip development to the design of hybrid vehicle electronic systems. You see the products of electrical engineering in cell phones, biomedical equipment, robots, WiFi networks, GPS and smart grid technologies. Areas of specialization in this concentration include communication systems, digital signal processing, wireless devices, integrated circuits, electric power, automatic controls, and optoelectronics.

Mechanical Engineering

Students in the mechanical engineering concentration focus on study concerning machinery, thermal power, product manufacturing, and production methods. Mechanical engineers are involved with the design and development of equipment and processes for all sectors of society, including renewable and alternative energy systems, propulsion systems, materials handling, industrial robots, as well as artificial organs and limbs. Specialty areas include energy conversion, solid mechanics, dynamic systems, and manufacturing processes.

Request more information about the engineering major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

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

Bachelor's degree graduates earning engineering degrees are expected to be the highest paid, leading all STEM graduates, according to the 2016 Job Outlook survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Job growth for engineers is expected to rise, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to an infrastructure that continues to age (civil engineering), the ever-increasing demand for highly skilled computer scientists, and the ability of electrical and mechanical engineers to develop and apply new technologies. “Job prospects may be best for those who stay abreast of the most recent advances in technology,” notes the BLS.

  • Electrical Failure Analysis Engineer, Intel
  • Electrical Engineer, Boeing
  • Embedded Software Design Engineer, Tektronix
  • Semiconductor Design Engineer, Teradyne
  • Reliability Engineer, Lattice Semiconductor
  • Various engineering positions, Daimler Trucks North America
  • Mechanical Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Applications Engineer, MCAD Technologies
  • Structural and Payload Engineer, Boeing
  • Development Engineer, Contech Engineered Solutions
  • Project Engineer, Anderson Construction
  • Civil Design Engineer, KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • A-dec, Newberg, Ore.
  • Teradyne, Portland
  • CUI, Portland
  • Intel, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Boeing, Seattle, Wash.
  • Lattice Semiconductor, Portland
  • HP, Boise, Idaho
  • 3D Systems, Wilsonville, Ore.
  • Tektronix, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Climax, Newberg, Ore.
  • Cascade Steel, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Biotronik, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of Washington
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Georgia
  • Purdue University
  • USC
  • Texas A&M

In the News

George Fox University engineering students

Engineering gets $64,000 grant to assist local vineyards

George Fox engineering students have been busy developing the prototype of an autonomous rover that can collect data on grapes as they grow. Now, thanks to a $64,000 grant through the Oregon Innovation Council’s High Impact Opportunity Project, they will get the opportunity to develop the project even further.

Data collected from the rover will assist vineyard managers with estimating eventual vine yields and plan for the harvest and winemaking process. It's the latest example of the department's ongoing commitment to assist the local agricultural community. Read more...

Student Experiences

Jake Ferrier

“During my time at George Fox I’ve gained a lot of resilience and trust in my ability to push through challenges. It’s been amazing to be in a place where the professors invest in me and show me by example how to use my engineering skills to serve God and my community.”

- Jake Ferrier

Daniela Makowski

“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

Points of Distinction

  • Students receive rigorous training in both technical and life skills.
  • Hands-on learning is a major component of the curriculum.
  • Students are given the opportunity to use their technical gifts to help others through the Servant Engineering program.
  • A Christian worldview is integrated throughout the program.

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. That ranks among the national leaders in study abroad participation.

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 has been ranked among the nation’s top colleges by publications like Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.