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.

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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,
  • Contact with local engineers and alumni through the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB), which advises students on their education and internships

Qualified students earn bachelor's and MSCE, MSME, 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.

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  • 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

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.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Who to Contact

Shawn Duan, Ph.D.

Shawn Duan, Ph.D.

Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Mechanical Engineering,

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

2021-2022 academic catalog

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

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Jacob Ames, Class of 2012

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"Saint Martin’s provides many, if not all, of the qualities of a larger institution without most of the negative aspects ... resulting in an ambiance that feels more like home and less like a business."

Jacob Ames Mechanical engineering Class of 2012

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