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Mechanical Engineering

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 (MSME), 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 Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 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 and 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 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.

View our program objectives and outcomes.

Additional benefits include:

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

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

Faculty spotlight 

"My classes are about more than learning how to analyze physical processes. They explore ways of controlling these processes to create something new, something of functional beauty."

Rico Picone, Ph.D.
Director, MSME program
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering


"It has been said famously that science is about knowing while engineering is about doing. Yet in today’s world, engineers must be both discoverers and creators. In my classes, I seek to empower students by revealing the beautiful connections between nature, the physical world at large and engineering creativity.​"

Daniel R. Einstein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Requirements

Details on courses, including university core requirements, can be found in the academic catalog.  

  • University core requirements
  • 32 credit hours of math and science courses
  • 16 credit hours of general engineering courses
  • 52 credit hours of mechanical engineering courses
  • Bioengineering
  • Design and entrepreneurship
  • Fluid mechanics and energy systems
  • Intelligent and dynamic systems and analysis
  • Numerical analysis

Mechanical Engineering at a Glance

Bachelor of Science
Program Type
4+1 Accelerated
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering
What can I do with this major?
Mechanical Engineering Mission & Outcomes
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4+1 program

Qualified students earn bachelor's and MSCE, MSME, or MEM in five 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.

Academic Excellence

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Engineering College of Distinction

Saint Martin's was named an Engineering College of Distinction for 2024-25.

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Interested in transferring to Saint Martin's?

Contact our transfer admissions counselors today: tbaker@stmartin.edu or cgordon@stmartin.edu. Scholarships are available.

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Transformative outcomes

Career paths

  • Aerospace and defense
  • Bioengineering
  • Energy systems
  • Propulsion, automotive, and transportation systems
  • Automated manufacturing and robotics
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Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering

The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering seeks to provide our graduates with an education that will prepare them for successful careers in engineering practice and serve as preparation for advanced graduate studies, all while keeping with our Benedictine tradition as the guiding principle.

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