Discover Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering majors are part of a dynamic field of study that engages students in a diverse range of activities including machine design and analysis, product development, environmental control, robotics and manufacturing. Pacific students are provided the broad technical knowledge and practical experience necessary to thrive in their careers and postgraduate studies.

In their profession, mechanical engineers understand form and function while knowing about the material properties that influence material selection. Their skills and vision transform concepts into tangible products that follow the principles of functional design. From jet engines to medical devices, mechanical engineers build products that support society.

The School of Engineering and Computer Science (SOECS) also offers a master’s degree in engineering science with a concentration in mechanical engineering. Through our blended program, students can begin graduate course work during their senior year at Pacific and complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.


The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical Engineering Program Criteria. 

Calista Morita, mechanical engineering major, works on a project in the School of Engineering and Computer Science's advanced manufacturing lab.
Outstanding Student
Calista Morita '24

Calista Morita joined Professor JuEun Lee’s biomechanics lab as an undergraduate. Now, working toward her master’s in mechanical engineering through Pacific’s dual-degree program, she’s been able to dive deeper into those topics as a graduate student researcher. She says the experience has inspired her to explore opportunities in the medical field: “I would love to work on medical devices or even product design...there’s kind of unlimited options, you know?” 

Turning theory into practice

With over 30 laboratories on campus, students gain hands-on experience with a variety of equipment, such as:

  • Data acquisition systems
  • A machine shop with CNC equipment
  • Materials testing machines
  • Optical and electron microscopes
  • Robots and mechatronic systems
  • Solar collectors
  • Vibration and noise instruments
  • A wind tunnel
Mechanical engineering co-op student
SOECS student Owen Scott working on undergraduate research on bone drilling in orthopedic surgery for biomedical purposes
Outstanding Student
Owen Scott '26

In his first year at Pacific, Owen Scott has hit the ground running. From joining an undergraduate research team to building a solar-powered car with fellow engineering students, Owen is already gaining valuable experiences in and out of the classroom to prepare for his future career in mechanical engineering.

Blended MSE option

Students enrolled in the mechanical engineering program can work with their academic advisors to start taking graduate courses as they complete undergraduate degree requirements. Please contact Dr. Vivek Pallipuram for more information about the blended program and for an application.

Earn while you learn

As part of the mechanical engineering program, students complete a two academic term, paid CO-OP working in industry and earn an average of $3,700 a month. These professional experiences are crucial in giving students a competitive edge in the engineering job market after graduation.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Student Objectives
Through their careers in Mechanical Engineering or a related profession, Pacific BSME graduates are expected to demonstrate one or more of the following within a few years of earning their BSME:

  • Competence and/or leadership via promotion to positions of increasing responsibility, publications, and/or conference presentations;
  • Adaptability to new developments in science and technology by successfully completing or pursuing graduate education in engineering and related fields, or participating in professional development and/or industrial training courses;
  • Creativity and innovation in engineering and technology through participation in activities such as research, design, intellectual property development, and/or entrepreneurial endeavors;

Pacific BSME graduates are also expected to demonstrate an awareness of humanistic, societal, and environmental issues through involvement in local, national, and/or global activities.

Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes
Student outcomes required to achieve Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. 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.
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

Academic YearEnrollment (fall census)Awarded Degrees
2023-2024102--
2022-202311123
2021-202211919
2020-202112816
2019-202010517
2018-201910830

Engineering and Computer Science Scholarship Application Instructions

How to Apply

  • Visit https://pacific.academicworks.com
  • Sign in using your Pacific Net ID and Password
  • Complete the General Application
  • Complete the Conditional SOECS Application
  • Choose "Apply" for any recommended scholarship opportunities based on your responses and academic profile.  Please read the scholarship criteria carefully to confirm that you are qualified BEFORE you apply.
  • You will need to upload an unofficial transcript.

Any Engineering or Computer Science Major

Name of Scholarship Qualification Criteria
Maryam H. Dashti Endowed Scholarship Merit-Based; first preference for a student from Kuwait; second preference for a student from Gulf States Region; third preference for international student
B.G. Glenn A Goddard Veteran's Endowed Scholarship Merit-Based, currently serving in a military reserve program, honorably discharged veteran or participant in ROTC program.
Robert L. Heyborne Endowed Scholarship Merit-Based, full-time undergraduate student, minimum 3.0 GPA, Junior/Senior standing preferred
George and Sue Schroeder Endowed Scholarship Undergraduate School of Engineering & Computer Science student, Minimum 3.2 GPA
Paul M. Sensibaugh Engineering Endowed Scholarship Merit-Based, preference for students who have graduated or transferred from San Joaquin County Schools
Louise Stark Endowed Scholarship for Women Engineers Need-Based, Undergraduate Female, Good Academic Standing, minimum 2.5 GPA

 

Any Engineering Major

Name of Scholarship Qualification Criteria
Hamma Fund Scholar (administered by Dean's Office) Merit-Based, last two semesters of Undergrad Program with the goal of enrolling in Master's Program at Pacific, Member of Tau Beta Pi (Award covers 1 fiscal year of graduate school, including books)
Minority Engineering Endowed Scholarship Need-Based, Preference for African American or other underrepresented ethnicities
Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Need-Based, full-time Engineering major, minimum of 3.0 GPA

Contact Us

Engineering students with Professor
School of Engineering and Computer Science
209.946.2377

School of Engineering and Computer Science
Khoury Hall 103
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211