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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering opens many doors of possibility

Mechanical engineering is perhaps the most diverse of the engineering professions. It opens doors to opportunities in manufacturing, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, transportation, automotive, aerospace, power generation and many other industries.

A degree in mechanical engineering from Gonzaga University provides you with a broad range of career opportunities from design to manufacturing and from working in large teams such as is common in the aerospace industry to working in small start-up endeavors. Our program prepares you for this versatility by providing a broad foundation in a variety of mathematical, scientific and engineering concepts. You’ll study topics such as chemistry, physics, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials, manufacturing, design, control theory, experimentation and economics. In addition, courses and lab experiences provide practical skills in mathematical techniques and computer tools such as computer-aided design (CAD) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). You will also study and practice the design process through hands-on project experiences starting in your sophomore year and extending into your senior design project.

Recent graduates of our program have pursued a variety of careers ranging from employment in the aerospace industry, to service opportunities, to graduate studies.

To learn more about Mechanical Engineering, visit the American Society of Mechanical Engineers website.

Notable Mechanical Engineering Zags

Cesar Ortiz Rios in the materials lab at the Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Credit Janean Schmidt

Cesar Ortiz Rios ('18)

Mechanical Engineer, First-Generation Graduate

This recent officer of GU's chapter of the engineering honor society models success for his entire extended family.


Olivia Bridston ('18)

Mechanical Engineer Accepts National Safety Award

ASME’s Safety Engineering division awarded the 1st Place Undergraduate Paper to a Gonzaga senior design team for the 3RD year in a row. Olivia traveled to Pittsburgh to present and represent the team.

Payton Lieske ('20)

Payton Lieske ('20)

Mechanical Engineering

Gonzaga scholarships are turning his fascination in electrical circuits and calculus structures into preparation for a career.

It is the goal of the Department of Mechanical Engineering to develop men and women who are both competent engineers and educated, responsible human beings.

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