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Mechanical Engineering with an Energy and Fluid Systems Option



tools to solve the world's greatest energy challenges



Take advantage of the MECOP partnership between Oregon's university engineering programs and industry



7% employment growth forecast in mechanical engineering
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

About the Degree

OSU-Cascades brings the excellence of OSU's College of Engineering to Bend, with world-class professors and the quality of education that only OSU delivers. The mechanical engineering degree program includes in-person courses (approximately 42 courses) taught by OSU-Cascades faculty and remote courses (approximately 8 courses) taught by OSU Corvallis College of Engineering faculty and an in-person teacher assistant.

Mechanical engineers design, develop and manufacture tools, machines and systems that are essential to our society. In the Energy and Fluid Systems option, you will focus on designing devices, processes and systems for renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels, or traditional energy sources, like oil and gas. Mechanical engineers are environmental stewards who solve the world’s most challenging energy problems by optimizing energy efficiency, reducing emissions, and improving safety and reliability.

As a mechanical engineering student, you'll receive a comprehensive education with a solid foundation in mathematics, science and computer science, along with an emphasis on creative problem-solving and design. You’ll learn the theoretical, computational and experimental methods of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics to design, analyze and evaluate thermal-fluid systems.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Fluid Systems Option

*Program begins fall 2024, pending final approvals from OSU, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Energy and Fluid Systems Option

The Energy and Fluid Systems Option concentrates on the design and analysis of engineered systems that rely on thermodynamics, heat transport, and fluid mechanics to operate. This transcript-visible degree option educates students on the theoretical, computational, and experimental methods of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics to design, analyze, and evaluate thermal-fluid systems. This option addresses industry demand for mechanical engineers with the ability to design devices, processes, and systems used to harvest, convert, distribute, and store energy and/or fluids.

Capstone Project

The capstone is the hallmark of the OSU engineering experience. The year-long senior course challenges student teams to bring their broad engineering knowledge to the forefront and work with an industry client on a real-world problem. Teams design, build and test a solution with surprising and successful results.

ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Fluid Systems Option is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Career Options

At OSU-Cascades, you can explore the many career paths in mechanical engineering through paid internships. Whether you're interested in developing cutting-edge technology, designing new products, or working on complex systems, a mechanical engineering degree will give you the skills and knowledge you need to make your mark on the world.

Careers with a Mechanical Engineering Degree

Construction engineer
Design engineer
Energy Systems engineer
Instrumentation engineer
Manufacturing engineer
Management consultant
Mechanical engineer
Production engineer
Process engineer
Product designer
Quality engineer
R&D engineer
Structural engineer
Test Engineer
Thermal engineer

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