Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Degree Type
Bachelor of Science
Honors Bachelor of Science
College of Engineering
Hybrid: Primarily in-person; select courses teleconferenced from Corvallis.


Mechanical Engineering with an Energy Systems Engineering Option

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.

Mechanical engineers design, develop and manufacture tools, machines and systems that are essential to our society. In the Energy Systems Engineering 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.

Mechanical Engineering at OSU-Cascades is a hybrid degree program. The 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 teaching assistant.

*Program begins fall 2024, pending final approvals from OSU, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Selected courses delivered remotely through the OSU College of Engineering, with in-person teaching assistant.



tools to solve the world's greatest energy challenges



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


In Demand

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

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 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
  • Entrepreneur
  • 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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