Mechanical Engineering Concentration (BS)

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 our 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.

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

Allen McLeod

Grad helps fund education of future engineering students

If there is one physics principle Allen McLeod can appreciate, it’s that of inertia – the reality that, as defined by Sir Isaac Newton, “An object at rest stays at rest until acted upon by an outside force, and once in motion continues in motion.”

In fact, McLeod, a 2014 graduate of George Fox’s mechanical engineering program, related to the concept so much that he decided to name his newly created, fully endowed scholarship – intended for students in George Fox’s engineering major – the “Inertia Fund.” 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

Madelynne Pirkl

“In the four years I was at Fox I became a much more confident, independent and well-rounded human being, while also developing the training and knowledge that I need to be a great engineer.”

- Madelynne Pirkl

Donald Williams Jr.

“My professors were always there if I needed any advice. The unique, hands-on learning experience taught me more than just how to solve problems, but also how to use different machinery and equipment, a skill many engineers lack.”

- Donald Williams Jr.

Points of Distinction

  • Our engineering program was again ranked among the nation's top undergraduate programs, earning a spot in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" list for 2020-21.
  • 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 national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.