Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes


The mechanical engineering program at Seattle University provides students with a strong foundation in both the technical and communication skills needed for the profession. The rigorous curriculum prepares students for employment and graduate studies. The mechanical engineering faculty, each with unique talents and technical specialties, are committed to fostering a learning environment focused on each student's distinctive interests and skills.

The principles learned in the classroom are explored in greater depth in our well-equipped instructional laboratories and the Machine Shop. During their time at Seattle University, students are encouraged to explore educational opportunities by participating in undergraduate research (both on campus or at other institutions), industry internships, study abroad, and engineering club activities. The educational experience is enhanced by a year-long capstone senior design project in which small groups of students work on engineering projects sponsored by companies and organizations.

Program Educational Objectives

The program strives to provide a personalized, world-class educational experience, in keeping with Seattle University's Mission, that enables graduates to:

  • Professional: Attain a position solving real-world problems using mechanical engineering skills and principles developed while studying at Seattle University
  • Personal: Participate in ongoing personal and professional growth by actively seeking additional skills and experiences, for example engaging in continuing education and/or pursuing advanced degrees
  • Societal: Contribute to society through involvement in professional organizations, developing mentorship relationships, taking on leadership roles, and other service activities.

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, students from our mechanical engineering program are expected to have

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data,
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability,
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams,
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
  • an ability to communicate effectively,
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context,
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning,
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues, and
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

The program enrolled 111 students in Fall 2017 and awarded 34 degrees in academic year 2016-17.

The mechanical engineering program at Seattle University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,