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Mechanical Engineering Degree

Mechanical engineers directly influence and meet the ever-changing needs of society through the design and manufacturing of machines, devices, and processes.

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The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) at Oregon Tech prepares the next generation of leaders, innovators, and team-players in mechanical engineering. Designed around a foundational core of hands-on and applied engineering coursework in mechanics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermal science, and materials science, students gain practical knowledge and career-relevant experience. As a mechanical engineering student at Oregon Tech, you will create and cultivate partnerships with fellow students and with industry sponsors through our state-wide MECOP internship program to jump start your career before graduation.

Whether you already have career goals, want to pursue further education, or are looking for inspiration, we are here to guide you to professional success.


The state-wide Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) connects students with industry externships, jumpstarting a career before graduation. We welcome full-time students, transfer students, part-time students, and working professionals at our Klamath Falls and Portland-Metro campuses.

Shaping Society, Making History

The world would look much differently without mechanical engineers. The application of mechanical engineering has led to inventions and innovations in automobiles, air transportation, water supply and distribution, air conditioning, refrigeration, household appliances, and robotics.

Oregon Tech’s BSME students have created and designed:

Formula Race Car MMET
The Oregon Tech Racing team designs, builds, and tests a 3/4 scale Formula car for a yearly Formula SAE competition.
Smart EV Agricultural Vehicle
Semi-autonomous "Smart" EV for Specialty Agriculture

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


  • Klamath Falls
  • Portland-Metro
  • Seattle*

* Only available to Boeing employees. See Oregon Tech Seattle website for more info.

Robert Paxton

Robert Paxton, Mechanical Engineering Program Director


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Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.


A career of possibilities.

Almost every type of industry employs mechanical engineers. As innovative problem-solvers, mechanical engineers are needed to address a wide range of endeavors, including energy use and distribution, machine design, manufacturing, transportation, and aerospace. The BSME program at Oregon Tech prepares graduates for employment in design, research and development, testing and manufacturing, and consulting at governmental agencies, healthcare, education, and private businesses.

Mike Star & Dr. Nagi 

Mike Starr: Oregon Tech alumnus flies high at Boeing

Read about Mike Star, Oregon Tech MMET alumnus and Vice President of Actuation at Boeing's Portland Plant.

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Our graduates work for:

  • Boeing
  • Daimler Trucks
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Intel
  • Proctor & Gamble

Graduate Success
Among all Oregon Tech degrees 2017-2019

Employed: 90%
Continuing Education: 6%
Success Rate: 96%
Starting Median Salary: $60,000
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Students enrolled in the BSME degree benefit from small, engaged classes taught by top faculty with extensive industry experience. By choosing from a variety of elective courses not specifically required for graduation, students have the opportunity to pursue specific career objectives and interests within mechanical engineering

Typical coursework includes study in the following areas:

Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

Acquire core knowledge in physics, chemistry, mathematics, machining/welding, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and material science.


Gain skills and expertise in drafting, computer aided design, solid modeling, parametric modeling, and finite element analysis.

Solid Mechanics

Study the motion and deformation of solid materials under the action of forces.

Thermofluids Systems

Learn about heat transfer, gas laws, aerodynamics, and fluid mechanics.