Mechanical engineering at Saint Martin's

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Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering
5000 Abbey Way SE, OM 329
Lacey, WA 98503-7500
Phone: 360-688-2731

Richard Beer, interim dean

Hopie Lopez, executive assistant

Mechanical Engineering Program (Major)

What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineering is a discipline that deals with the research, design, and manufacture of products and systems for a variety of applications. Mechanical engineering is behind nearly every product you can imagine. Practicing mechanical engineers are generally required to take a product from concept to prototype and beyond. Mechanical engineers work in a wide range of industries: automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, solar, and materials processing. In addition to using basic math and science tools, mechanical engineers must also be creative to solve open-ended problems.

Why study mechanical engineering 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.

Additional benefits include:

  • Accreditation through the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Non-competitive system: students who are qualified are accepted into the program
  • Five year program for academically qualified students: combine an undergraduate degree with a master's degree
  • NEW! Industrial building (2015-16) includes labs for fluids, manufacturing, robotics and mechatronics, soils and materials testing
  • Contact with local engineers and alumni through the Engineering Advisory Board (EAB), which advises students on their education and internships

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate mechanical engineering outcomes website.

What's required?

  • Minimum of 32 semester hours of math and science courses
  • 16 semester hours of general engineering courses
  • 48 semester hours of mechanical engineering courses

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of mechanical engineering requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

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 For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Research/internship opportunities

  • 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

Related fields of study

Civil engineering (M.) | Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) | Master of Engineering Management (MEM)