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Mechanical Engineering

Imagine and create the technology of tomorrow. Craft innovative solutions to challenging problems.

Apply complex theory to the design of innovative products.

Combine technical skill with a love for Christ in one of only two faith-based mechanical engineering programs in Michigan! Built around NASA’s Engineering Design Process, SAU’s mechanical engineering major emphasizes theory, design and project building to help students thrive within one of the most flexible and in-demand fields in the U.S. As a mechanical engineering student at SAU, you’ll design, build, test and improve solutions to complex engineering problems.

Program Stats

132 credit-hour major
12:1 student-to-faculty ratio

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As a mechanical engineering major at SAU, you’ll spend time in and out of class engaging in hands-on engineering projects. Whether you’re building your own 3D printer or perfecting your electric bicycle, you’ll be practicing teamwork with your peers and gaining practical skills that will benefit you in your future career. In the course of your academic career at SAU, you’ll learn multiple programming languages and tour a variety of engineering facilities. Take your ideas from theory to reality in these and other courses:

  • EGR 100 Introduction to Engineering I (3)
  • EGR 110 Introduction to Engineering II (1)
  • EGR 112 Basics of Engineering Design (1)
  • CPS 201 Foundations of Computing I (4)
  • CPS 202 Foundations of Computing II (4)
  • EGR 401 Senior Design I (4)
  • EGR 402 Senior Design II (4)

Find a complete list of mechanical engineering courses in the undergraduate catalog.

SAU’s mechanical engineering program prepares students to become outstanding, entry-level engineers, immediately after graduation. With the advantage of learning with the same equipment used in professional settings, you’ll be ready to get to work in any of the following fields after graduation:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive Industry
  • Consumer Wearable Devices Design
  • Energy Production and Delivery
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Preservation and Recovery
  • Medical Device Design
  • Medical Grad School
  • Military Service
  • Research Science

Combine classroom education with practical experience! Hear from guest speakers who work as astronauts and racing engineers. Pursue an internship, join a prayer group or help local high school students discover a love for engineering! During your time at SAU, you’ll have the chance to get involved and serve God and your community through these and other great opportunities:

FIRST Alumni Club — Open to all students who have participated in FIRST Robotics, this group of engineering majors has the chance to invest in their community while engaging with their passions! Help sponsor a local high school FIRST Robotics team and foster a love of engineering in the next generation of thinkers and doers. 

Lean Rocket Lab — Students are encouraged to develop and market products in this downtown Jackson business incubator. Find out more about Lean Rocket Lab.

Interfaith Shelter Ministries — SAU students regularly visit this homeless shelter in Jackson, Michigan, to serve food and interact with people in need. Form relationships with people from all walks of life and share Christ’s love with others.

Tutoring — Use your gifts and talents to help others succeed in their academic pursuits. Join the Academic Student Connections office in helping students make the most of their time at SAU by providing support to your peers in a variety of subjects.

Small Groups — Join — or create — a small group Bible study! Connect with others through Student Development, Spiritual Life or Residence Life programs, or start something new! Form deeper relationships with your peers and challenge yourself to grow spiritually during your time on campus.

Spiritual Life Retreat — Spend a weekend away from campus worshipping and studying the Word with peers. This retreat is all about spiritual development — and quality time in fellowship!

Spring Break Mission Trips — Teams of students spend spring break on mission trips around the country and abroad, engaging with communities and attending to their greatest needs.

At SAU, you’ll find professors who care about you personally. As a mechanical engineering student, you’ll learn from the following experienced and caring faculty members:

  • Ron DeLap, Dean of the School of Engineering
  • Victor Karthik, Assistant Professor of Engineering