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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

About the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) Degree

Cedarville University’s B.S.M.E. degree will prepare you for a successful career as a mechanical engineer. The innovative curricula take advantage of up-to-date facilities, experienced faculty, and vast scientific and engineering resources. Whether setting the foundation through lectures, or putting engineering to practice in design competitions or laboratory exercises, we will provide you with an excellent education founded on biblical principles.

But more than just preparing you for a career, Cedarville’s Christian engineering faculty model their calling from God to help prepare you to use your vocation as ministry for Jesus Christ.

Why Study Mechanical Engineering at Cedarville?

Mechanical Engineering Degree Highlights

Real-world experience — Through laboratory experiences, design competitions, and internships, you will gain valuable real-world experience as you pursue your engineering degree.

Mentoring faculty — At Cedarville you will be taught by Christian professors with doctoral degrees who care not just about your professional success, but also your spiritual and character development. They advise students throughout their time at Cedarville, teach all of their classes including laboratories, spend time with them after hours, and invite students into their homes.

State-of-the-art facilities — The Engineering Projects Laboratory (EPL) is the perfect location to complete various design projects and class assignments.

Accreditation — Our B.S.M.E. program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, This is the same professional accreditation you will find at Big 10 and large research universities. (View our Student Outcomes, which meet ABET accreditation standards.)

What Can I Do With a Mechanical Engineering Degree?

With near 100 percent placement rates in any given year, our graduates have found great success in securing employment as mechanical engineers. They are working for companies like:

  • Cummins
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • Honda
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Rolls-Royce

In fact, some of these companies regularly recruit and interview students on our campus.

Our graduates are also prepared to enter highly acclaimed graduate schools, such as:

  • Cal Tech
  • Cornell
  • Georgia Tech
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of Michigan
  • Virginia Tech

Students choosing to complete our biomedical minor have enrolled at Case-Western, Ohio State, and Purdue.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

As you’re pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Cedarville, your education will be complemented by co-curricular opportunities.

Co-op program — When participating in the co-op program, you will begin earning a salary while still in college, gain professional experience, make great networking connections, and more. View our co-op handbook.

Internships — Our students have found that there’s no substitution for real-world experience. Our graduates have completed internships at Cummins, Innotec, GenTex, Honda, and Turbocam, among others.

Competitions — Cedarville engineering students participate in many design competitions sponsored by national and international organizations such as SAE International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Check out our teams and compare their results to those of your favorite school — you'll be impressed!

Student organizations — You will be encouraged to become an active member of one or more of our national and international professional societies. They organize meetings, promote tours of industry, travel to regional conferences, and rub elbows with professionals at senior section meetings.

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) — ASME is a student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, promoting practical experience and professional development.
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) — SAE provides its members opportunities to gain broader insight into the engineering profession.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) — Society for Women Engineers is an organization that stimulates women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders.
  • The Society of Engineers Aiding Missions — SEAM's mission is to educate, equip, and engage engineers in the cause of world missions.
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society — Tau Beta Alpha is a Cedarville University Engineering Honor Society, which recognizes junior and senior engineering majors for outstanding scholastic achievement combined with a strong Christian character.


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Get to Know the School

Get to know the School of Engineering and Computer Science through our yearly newsletter. You’ll learn about our award-winning competition teams, engineering missions opportunities, and more.

Placement Success

We're proud of our successful graduates. A three-year average of 97.9% of Cedarville graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

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Program Faculty

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Bob Chasnov, Ph.D., P.E.

Dean, Senior Professor of Engineering

  • Location ENS 180A
  • Phone 937-766-7683
  • Email Email
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Tim Norman, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering

  • Location EPL 140
  • Phone 937-766-3761
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Mechanical Engineering Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take a series of courses from the sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields.


Our CUinClass video project gives you the opportunity to sit in on a class, hear from our professors, and experience academics at Cedarville via in-demand video. View a class that interests you now! 

Sample courses:
  • Professional Ethics
  • ME Senior Design I and II
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog