MAKE THE WORLD BETTER
At the T.J. Smull College of Engineering, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the field, learning about material science, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, the design process and more. You’ll have the option of specializing in an area that you’re passionate about – like renewable energy, robotics, biomedical devices or manufacturing.
Our academic program is rigorous. Expect to work hard and be challenged. But there’s no need to stress, because we offer a supportive and collaborative environment. Your professors, fellow engineering students and O.N.U. alumni will become your friends and family. They will help you succeed and open doors for you.
Your mechanical engineering education will blend challenging coursework with real-world learning. You’ll work on team projects and solve engineering challenges for actual clients. You’ll not only apply the knowledge you learn in class, but also hone skills in leadership, teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship. These skills are essential to every successful mechanical engineer.
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds, whether it’s designing the next-generation automobile, building a robotic system for a manufacturer, developing alternative energy solutions or starting your own company!
POWER IT WITH INGENUITY
The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) – sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – is the ultimate test of ingenuity. Student teams design and build strong, lightweight and aerodynamic vehicles powered by humans. Then, the race is on! Which vehicle is the fastest? Which best meets design standards? Which is the most portable? O.N.U.’s entry usually faces off against more than 30 competitors – and we often place near the top! It’s a fun challenge – and one that builds teamwork and organizational skills.
FROM FABRICATION TO FLYING THROUGH THE DUNES
Through the Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Collegiate Design Series, students from around the world design, build and test their own off-road vehicles to withstand punishing terrain. The competition is a combination of engineering skills, hands-on knowledge and real-world challenges. Every year, a team of O.N.U. engineers competes in this competition – and every year we excel. As a mechanical engineering student, you could be part of this cool experience.
JENNIFER SMITH BSME ’12
“O.N.U. THOROUGHLY PREPARED ME FOR REAL-WORLD ENGINEERING AND A TOP-NOTCH CAREER RIGHT FROM THE START. THE PROFESSORS ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR PROFESSION AND HOLD STUDENTS’ EDUCATION PARAMOUNT OVER RESEARCH PROGRAMS THAT OFTEN DISTRACT LARGER UNIVERSITIES FROM UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION. THE CURRICULUM IS STRONG AND CONSTANTLY ADAPTING TO SUIT INDUSTRY’S EVOLVING NEEDS. THERE ALSO ARE ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF ENGINEERING EXTRACURRICULARS AND OUTSIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO FURTHER ENHANCE ONE’S EDUCATION AT NORTHERN.”
Jennifer Smith, who received her BSME in 2012, was in “constant motion” as an O.N.U. student. She played varsity softball and club soccer. She served as president of O.N.U. Recycles and was an officer in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She joined O.N.U.’s Human Powered Vehicle Challenge team and pedaled her team’s creation on the Indy 500 track. She also had co-ops at Marathon Petroleum and Emerson Climate Technology. Today, she’s a researcher in Batelle’s Energy Systems division in Columbus, Ohio. She develops technology for the alternative and traditional energy sectors – including a pyrolysis reactor that converts biomass (like woodchips) into bio-oil.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- Our mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
- We boast a 100 percent placement rate for students in co-op employment opportunities, which begin in the second semester of the junior year and continue for one year. Our mechanical engineering students co-op at Battelle Memorial Institute, Borg Warner Turbo Systems, Emerson Climate Technologies, Honda and other well-known companies.
- Over the last five years, an average of 95 percent of our mechanical engineering majors found a full-time engineering job or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation
You’ll need 128 credit hours to earn your Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue a minor of your choice or a concentration in advanced energy or robotics that will align with your interests and passions.
Here are some courses you’ll take as a mechanical engineer major:
- Engineering Material Science
- Strength of Materials
- Mechanical Design
- Experimental Methods
- Dynamic Systems
- Heat Transfer
- Engineering Analysis
- Process of Design
- Senior Capstone