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  • Engineers are dreamers, problem solvers, researchers, product developers and — above all else — innovators. Olivet engineers are even more. They are missioneers — innovators with a Christian purpose. What will your innovations look like 10 years from now?

  • Olivet’s engineering program is growing, and we want you to be a part of it! With a dedicated and experienced faculty fully committed to your success, Olivet offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to receive close personal attention and effective mentoring while you take advantage of challenging curriculum, professional development prospects and mission opportunities.

    Reasons to apply

    1. We are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
    2. Classes are taught by outstanding faculty with professional experience and a passion for teaching. 
    3. Upon completion of the Engineering expansion to Reed Hall of Science in 2014, we moved our growing program in to this new state-of-the-art facility.  
    4. We work with you to facilitate quality internship opportunities through our active network of alumni and industry partners. 
    5. We offer a co-op program that links students with top companies to gain crucial experience and potential future employment. 
    6. We offer life-changing Christian mission opportunities to apply your knowledge within high-need world areas.  
    7. In 2014, Olivet Engineering seniors had an 89 percent first-attempt pass rate (national average is 76 percent) on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.  

    Four distinct engineering concentrations

    Other key features of ONU Engineering

    • Put your knowledge to work and prepare for a job in engineering as you complete your year-long capstone design project. 
    • Engage in hands-on additive manufacturing by using our 3D printers to make plastic prototypes of everything from bottle lids to pipe fittings directly from a CAD model. 
    • Build a car and enter it in national competitions as part of the SAE Baja team. 
    • Be part of the Robotics Club and work on the ongoing intelligent ground vehicle design project. 
    • Join Olivet's Society of Women Engineers (SWE) section for professional development and mentorship opportunities  to promote the advancement of women in engineering and other STEM fields. 
    • Compete favorably in the job market with grads from the country’s top engineering programs. Some companies that have employed our alumni include:   


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    John Deere

    Stryker Medical

    Ford Motor


    Dow Chemical


    Bear Archery


    Johns Hopkins


    U.S. Army


    G&W Electric

    Honda R&D

    Xylem, Inc.


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    Alumni testimonials

    “The lectures, readings and homework assignments gave me a solid background on how to perform the tasks I am given now. But the application of my knowledge through labs and presentations —especially my senior design project — prepared me the most. The most useful information I’ve taken away from my time at Olivet is that on any level, we are only human. We will forget equations, properties, how to use software, etc., but if we can retain the skills on how to attack problems, we can work through our mistakes and find a way to an answer. I was taught how to be a problem solver, and that’s what an engineer is, isn't it?” – Britny Timmer, Class of 2014

    “I really appreciate the fact that the professors care about each student and invest so much time and effort into each one. Their advice and support throughout my time at Olivet was invaluable, and I hope to be able to inspire students someday as they have inspired me.” – Amanda Luby, Class of 2013

    “Olivet [gave] me a solid background in many different areas of engineering — from basic mechanics and mechanical systems, to an introduction to electrical and software engineering. Because Olivet offers such a broad engineering education, I have a background in many different areas and am able to understand other types of engineers much better.” – Nicholas Pickering, Class of 2012

    “Olivet is unique in that it has an engineering environment that is very personal. One's fellow engineering students are classmates who become very close friends. There is a deep sense of interpersonal connection, and I think that pairing this connection with intentional academic study is a recipe for a successful, balanced individual.” – Wes Sprague, Class of 2011 

    “I’m a civilian engineer working for the Navy to create the plans to maintain and retrofit ships. I spend a great deal of time traveling to different Navy stations around the U.S. and the world, where the ships dock to verify production drawings and troubleshoot mechanical issues. Not only did Olivet give me the basic engineering knowledge that I would need to succeed in this discipline, it also taught me that I can use a professional skill like engineering to serve the Lord.” – Katie Sweet, Class of 2008

    Alumni stories

    ONU engineering grad lands job at Otterbox
    "Engineering alumna Heather Makarewicz honored with 2012 Young Alumni Award"
    "NASA researcher and ONU grad now Olivet professor

    ONU Engineering news
    "Engineering expansion of Reed Hall of Science dedicated to education and service"
    New Master of Engineering Management degree debuts"
    Missioneers to help turn on the power for developing countries"
    Dr. R. Shane Ritter takes helm of Department of Engineering"
    2013 summer research in engineering" 

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  • Department Faculty

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    Robert Allen

    Joseph Makarewicz

    Shane Ritter

    Joseph Schroeder

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