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    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


    Program Description

    Ready to learn how to design and manufacture products and systems of the future to help solve the real-world problems of today? Mechanical engineering may be the right major for you.

    Why Saint Martin's University

    The mechanical engineering degree program at Saint Martin's teaches students how to create solutions for the research, design, and manufacturing of products and systems. Students are highly-engaged with faculty on a wide variety of projects and learn in a world-class LEED platinum-certified engineering building.

    • Pursue a four-year ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MME), in a 4+1 hybrid BS/MS program.
    • Non-competitive system: students who are qualified are accepted into the program.
    • A wide variety of student activities, including student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Engineers without Borders (WEB), and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).
    • Complete service projects abroad while making contributions to the global community.
    • A brand new lab building and world-class LEED platinum-certified engineering building.
    • Small class sizes where students will receive personalized attention and guidance from experienced licensed faculty.
    • Saint Martin’s students have had internships or gone on to work with Boeing, Intel, state and federal government agencies, as well as local manufacturing and engineering firms.


    What to expect at Saint Martin's

    Engineering at Saint Martin’s is growing. An exemplary faculty and a strong focus on the undergraduate experience is being coupled with new infrastructure and new technology. Cebula Hall (built in 2013) --  home to the School of Engineering -- is the most energy-efficient building with LEED Platinum Certification in the Western Hemisphere. Engineering students are exposed to a broad range of topics that give them the facility to adapt to an ever-changing professional environment. With our faculty’s breadth of knowledge and depth of experience, students have access to a wide variety of specialty courses from aerospace to biomedical engineering.

    Additional benefits include:

    • The BS in the Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
    • Contact with local engineers and alumni through the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB), which advises students on their education and internships.

    Program objectives

    Our graduates will be:

    • Valued members of their organization and successful practicing engineers.
    • Complex problem solvers who can apply critical, sound, and ethical judgment while designing sustainable engineering systems for our society.
    • Effective communicators providing quality interpersonal and leadership skills.
    • Steadfast in pursuing personal and professional growth opportunities (e.g., continuing education, advanced degrees, professional licensing, membership in professional societies, etc.) to foster personal and organizational growth.
    • Engaged in service to their profession and their communities, consistent with the Benedictine tradition to serve.

    Student outcomes

    Student outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering Program are:

    • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
    • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
    • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
    • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
    • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
    • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
    • An ability to communicate effectively;
    • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
    • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
    • A knowledge of contemporary issues;
    • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

    4+1 dual degree program

    Qualified students earn bachelor's and MCE, MME, or MEM in 5 years.

    Undergraduate students in civil engineering can start their master’s degree in either civil engineering or engineering management. Undergraduate students in mechanical engineering can start their master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

    Research, internships, and study abroad

    • Proximity to the Washington state capital allows for access to quality internships opportunities;
    • Students have had the internships or gone on to work with Boeing, Intel, state and federal government agencies and local manufacturing and engineering firms;
    • Dean interviews and works with all senior students on their next steps;
    • STEM internships and career fairs offered each semester;
    • Students work side-by-side with faculty on research projects;
    • Yearly real-world projects with Engineers Without Borders in Papua, New Guinea.

    Career paths

    Due to the versatility, flexibility, and ability of mechanical engineers to work in a team, a wide spectrum of career opportunities is open to them, solving technical problems or taking on managerial responsibilities. Mechanical engineers work in areas as diverse as:

    • Aerospace and defense
    • Bioengineering
    • Energy systems
    • Propulsion, automotive, and transportation systems
    • Automated manufacturing and robotics
    • Some of our graduates further their education with advanced degrees in science, engineering, business, or medicine.

    Mechanical engineering program requirements


    • University core requirements
    • 32 semester hours of math and science courses
    • 16 semester hours of general engineering courses
    • 52 semester hours of mechanical engineering courses

    Concentration opportunities

    • Bioengineering
    • Design and entrepreneurship
    • Fluid mechanics and energy systems
    • Intelligent and dynamic systems and analysis
    • Numerical analysis

    Popular mechanical engineering courses

    • Biomechanical engineering
    • Machine intelligence
    • New product development
    • Prosthetics and medical devices
    • Robotics
    Last updated Dec 2020

    About the School

    Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by ... Read More

    Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, our identity as a university is rooted in our Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Saint Martin's is a member of the Independent Colleges of Washington. Read less