Bachelor Mechanical Engineering


Program Description

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 advanced energy, robotics, bioengineering or aerospace.

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 ONU alumni will become your friends and family. They will help you succeed and open doors for you.

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!


Make the world better

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.

The Ultimate Learning Environment

We are overjoyed to open the brand new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building this fall. The 105,000-square-foot facility is able to accommodate 600 students and includes more than 10,000 square feet of a large-scale project and design space for capstone projects, competitive design projects, and other direct industry engagement. Further, it provides flexible space that can be adjusted to various projects and features more than 2,000 square feet for research labs that can exist on their own or can be combined into larger spaces for bigger projects.

Get A High-Impact Head Start

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.


Learning Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the mechanical engineering program will attain:

  • Success in their chosen profession.
  • Recognition for their ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and to work with people of various backgrounds.
  • Respect by working in a dedicated, competent, and ethical manner.
  • Professional development through continued studies.

Student Outcomes: By the time of graduation, students majoring in mechanical engineering will have:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Accreditation: The degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Student Organizations

In the College of Engineering, we have a variety of active and award-winning student organizations. Through participation in one or more of these groups, you’ll have the opportunity to network, be a leader, make lifelong friends, gain knowledge about your chosen profession, volunteer, travel to regional and national conferences, and more.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

This professional organization has more than 90,000 members worldwide who share information and exchange ideas for advancing the engineering of mobility systems. SAE is a one-stop resource for the latest information and expertise in self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space. SAE hosts the Baja SAE and SAE Aero Design competitions.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

This professional organization is open to male and female engineers who are dedicated to making known the need for more female engineers and for encouraging young women to consider majoring in engineering. ONU’s chapter provides support for its female students and hosts social activities.

Phi Sigma Rho

This group is a social sorority for women in engineering or engineering technology. Sisters develop the highest standard of personal integrity, strive for academic excellence and build friendships that last a lifetime.

Tau Beta Pi

This national honorary engineering association is for juniors who are in the upper 12.5 percent of their class and seniors who are in the upper 20 percent of their class.

Innovators of Ohio Northern (ION)

This new group is for innovative students interested in physical space and design. The group’s focus is on improving the physical environments in which students learn on campus.

Joint Engineering Council (JEC)

This group represents the study body of the College of Engineering. Members work closely with the dean of the College of Engineering, the faculty, and our student organizations. Its purpose is to cultivate greater cooperation and communication between all groups.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional society specializing in the aerospace field. ONU's on-campus chapter gives students many opportunities, including competing in the SAE Aero Design competition, where students design, build and fly a radio-controlled airplane against other universities at locations across the country.

Theta Tau

Theta Tau is the oldest, largest and foremost coed fraternity for engineers. ONU’s chapter helps members develop and maintain a high standard of professionalism while forming lasting friendships. All engineering majors are encouraged to join.


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 that will align with your interests and passions.


Think Success

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 the 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.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, E ... Read More

Ohio Northern University is an independent, comprehensive University located in the scenic village of Ada, Ohio. The University comprises five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law. Since our inception in 1871, we’ve been devoted to developing students who are ready to immerse themselves and progress to the next level? in everything they do. Read less