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Engineering Program: Mechanical Engineering Concentration

  • Available as accredited Bachelors of Science in engineering major (B.S.E degree) with mechanical engineering concentration

    Your fascination with mechanical engineering most likely surfaced in childhood. While your peers were playing with toys, you were more likely to pull gadgets apart to see how they worked. Transform your curiosity into a successful career with the knowledge and training you’ll gain from Olivet’s Department of Engineering.

  • Mechanical engineers are fascinated by machines, structures, and kinematic motion.

    With an engineering degree with a mechanical engineering concentration from Olivet, you will be entering a thriving degree field with applied knowledge related to the design of machines, advanced materials, thermal fluid systems, dynamic systems, vibrations and control systems.

    Learn how to design and fabricate the next generation of machines and innovations that drive products we use every day — cars, airplanes, factory equipment, medical devices, power generation systems and much more.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study vibration analysis, heat transfer, machine synthesis, finite element analysis.
    • Apply your knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to solve practical problems.
    • Design and conduct experiments, while learning to analyze and interpret data.
    • Learn to function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Explore new advanced in materials science from professors published in emerging nanomaterials fields.
    • Gain skills in identifying, formulating, and solving engineering problems.
    • Grasp the importance of professional and ethical responsibility.
    • Practice and develop the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for a career in engineering with a focus on mechanical.
    • Benefit from small class sizes and flexible access to engineering faculty.
    • Be part of a technology mission team to directly assist people in developing nations with their mechanical challenges to help address their needs in a tangible way.
    • Tap into a large and growing engineering alumni network with opportunities for dynamic summer internships in the mechanical engineering field.
    • And so much more!

    Our faculty provides close support — not available at larger institutions — that helps you identify any personal weaknesses, encourages you to strive for excellence, maps out your major program sequence and ensures that you have every chance to succeed.

    As an engineer who works with a focus on mechanical, you will select the appropriate materials for products you design — everything from vacuum cleaners to space shuttles. You will work to ensure their structural integrity and operational stability. You will model and analyze dynamic systems and gain a keen understanding of machine synthesis and kinetics.

    Putting knowledge to work

    • Be part of Olivet’s design team that builds an all-terrain vehicle and enters the Baja SAE annual competition.
    • Tutor engineering students as well as students in other majors.
    • Assist faculty by being a grader or problem session leader.
    • Use your engineering expertise to serve on mission trips, such as the solar water heater project in Argentina.
    • Work on design projects with students from other areas of engineering, such as the Tigertron project to develop an autonomous vehicle.
    • Participate in summer engineering internships.

    Careers

    If you:

    • enjoy complex problem solving related to mechanical systems and machines
    • are creative and an innovator at heart
    • thrive as a team member
    • have excellent oral and written communication skills
    • are curious about how things work and want to make them work more efficiently
    • want to improve the world around you
    • are good at math and science

    then a career as an engineer with a focus on mechanical is for you.

    Possible careers and career fields for Engineering (Mechanical Engineering concentration) include: aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, heating and air conditioning, materials research, sound and vibration, thermal systems, power plants, robotics, automation, consumer product design 

    Program Information

    Engineering (Mechanical Engineering concentration) is part of the Department of Engineering within the School of Professional Studies.

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  • Learn from professors who care just as much about your personal growth as they do your academic success.

  • Department Faculty

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    Robert Allen

    Joseph Makarewicz

    Shane Ritter

    Joseph Schroeder

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