Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

Mass production wouldn’t be possible without mechanical engineers. They design and improve every kind of machinery, from the largest systems like airplanes and oil drills to the smallest like hearing aids and batteries.

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Program Intro

As one of the most diverse engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering is used in such varied industries as aerospace, automotive and alternative energy. In CBU’s mechanical engineering bachelor's program, students study foundational principles of engineering, computer programming and physics. They learn how to work throughout a product’s life cycle to optimize its design, development, installation, testing and maintenance.

113 Units

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36 Required Major Courses
100 % Christian Faculty and Staff

Why Study Mechanical Engineering at CBU?

Work in the industry and gain real-world experience

One of the most important parts of students’ college training will be learning in a real engineering job. Students have a special course to prepare them for this first engineering job. Their official internship will be the summer of junior year, although other opportunities may occur for them to work in the industry. Students have interned with such companies as Inceptus Design, NSWC, UTC Aerospace Systems, HP, and more.

Learn how to manage projects

Industrial representatives continue to emphasize that they wish new engineers had more project management experience. Engineering students in their junior year work with and co-mentor business students. Our goal is that eventually all students in our program will develop one of their own creative ideas and go through the process to receive a provisional patent.

Take part in extracurricular activities

Students give back to the community through service projects, and also have the opportunity to do research with faculty members. Our SAE Car Club competes annually in competitions, where students gain experience with SAE car design, a prerequisite for employment with SpaceX, and other engineering companies.

Have a cross-cultural experience

All engineering students are required to have a cross-cultural experience. This can be achieved several ways including participating in an International or Engineering Service Project (ISP or ESP), choosing a senior capstone project with cross-cultural emphasis, taking an approved intercultural studies course, or going on an approved study abroad.

Complete in 3 years

Learn more about the engineering accelerated program that will allow you to earn your Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in as little as 3 years.

What You'll Learn

CBU mechanical engineering graduates are expected to acquire:

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Program Details

EGR 344: Materials and Manufacturing Process

Properties of the principal families of materials used in mechanical engineering design with an introduction to the manufacturing processes.

EGR 346: Machine Design

The fundamentals of machine elements in mechanical design.

EGR 431: Control Systems

Introduction to state variable methods and digital control. Includes lab projects on real-time control systems.

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CBU's bachelor degree program in mechanical engineering (BSME) has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

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Amanie Abdelmessih, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Fellow ASME

Office Phone: 951-552-8781
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 342

April Xiuhua Si, Ph.D.

Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Office Phone: 951-552-8479
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 341

Ziliang Zhou, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Office Phone: 951-343-4681
Office Location: College of Engineering Building, TEGR 340


I became interested in engineering when, as a kid, I took apart a workout machine and turned it into a go-kart with my dad. At CBU, I like how involved the professors are. They’ve helped me understand how to creatively analyze and solve problems.

Cole '21


The professors have really challenged my beliefs. They go above and beyond and are always available outside of class.

Josaiah Trejo '20

Ryan Bustos

I think this major is an interesting field of study and everyone is super helpful. I want to work for a major car company and this major is preparing me to have the tools and knowledge that I need.

Ryan Bustos '20

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Student Opportunities: SAE Club

Students in CBU's SAE Car Club compete annually in competitions, gaining experience with SAE car design, a prerequisite for employment with SpaceX, and other engineering companies. In June 2021, at the Las Vegas competition, the Lancers placed fourth overall, ahead of all other California schools.

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Career Possibilities

Mechanical engineering majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers in the engineering industry. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Alternative Energy Engineer
  • Maintenance Specialist
  • Thermodynamic Engineer
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Production Planning Specialist
  • Product Manufacturer
  • Medical Device Engineer
  • CAD/CAM Design Engineer
  • Petrol-Chemical Engineer
  • Power Generation Specialist
  • Medical Device Engineer
  • Micro Technology Engineer

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