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Engineering Program

  • Engineers are dreamers, problem solvers, researchers, product developers, and above all else, innovators. But Olivet engineers are something 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 that is fully committed to your success, Olivet offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to receive close personal attention, effective mentoring, challenging curriculum, missions opportunities and professional development.

    Reasons to apply

    1. We are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, with more than 25 years of experience.
    2. Classes are taught by outstanding faculty — not graduate assistants —with a passion for teaching
    3. Our curriculum emphasizes engineering fundamentals and relevant, hands-on experience.
    4. Our team engineering projects bring out the leader in you and prepare you for the workplace.
    5. We work with you to facilitate quality internship opportunities through our active alumni network.
    6. We offer life-changing Christian missions opportunities for you to apply your knowledge within developing nations experiencing great physical and spiritual needs.
    7. In the 2013-2014 academic year, Olivet graduates had a 90 percent first-attempt pass rate (national average of 76 percent for 2013 and 84 percent for 2014) on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

    Choose from four distinct engineering concentration areas:

    Your coursework and experiences will start you on the track for turning ideas into reality, such as:

    • Engineering design studios and computer labs, including new engineering expansion of Reed Hall of Science
    • Hands-on additive manufacturing (3D printing) allows you to make plastic prototypes of everything from bottle lids to pipe fittings directly from a CAD model
    • Capstone design and engineering project for all seniors to prepare them for a job in the field of engineering
    • Directed industry research in emerging technology areas
    • Baja SAE Collegiate Design Series all-terrain vehicle competition
    • Internship opportunities through our alumni network

    Putting knowledge to work

    Develop and practice your teamwork skills with other engineering majors.

    Be part of the Robotics Club and work on the ongoing intelligent ground vehicle design project.

    Members of Olivet's Society of Women Engineers (SWE) section have opportunities for professional development and mentorship with the goal of promoting the advancement of women in engineering and other STEM fields.

    On mission trips, see firsthand how God can use your engineering skills for His work around the world. Recent "missioneering" trips have involved: 

    • providing clean water for a village in Argentina
    • designing and installing a pumping method in two unirrigated fields in Swaziland

    Graduate School

    Graduates from our program have a nearly 100 percent acceptance rate when applying to graduate schools.

    Olivet engineering alumni have gone on to graduate from Michigan State University, Auburn University, University of Idaho, University of Michigan, University of Kansas, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, Illinois Institute of Technology, Loughborough University and Purdue University.


    As an Olivet graduate, you will compete favorably with grads from the country’s top engineering programs.

    Employers continue to confirm that our grads come out on top in work ethic, ability to relate with others, communication skills and integrity. Olivet graduates are directly involved in research, engineering and product development at the cutting edge of technology.

    When you’re ready for professional licensing, your first step is taking the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. In 2012, Olivet graduates had a 92 percent first-attempt pass rage (76 percent national average) on the National  Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

    Alumni careers include: Automotive engineer, CEO, structural engineer, application engineer, computer engineer, biomedical engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, professor, mechanical manufacturing engineer,materials scientist, engineering supervisor, quality engineer, senior process controls engineer, among many others.

    Some companies that have employed our alumni: Nissan, Honda, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Swagelok, Whirlpool, Motorola, Intel, Argonne National Laboratory, NASA, Engineering Missions International, Northrup Grumman, U.S. Government, Delphi Corporation, U.S. Navy, Bosch Tools, Teach for America, Bimba Manufacturing, Emerson Power Transmission Corp., JVH Engineering, Lockheed Martin, Otterbox and Caterpillar.

    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 Oliver professor"

    Recent news:
    "Engineering expansion of Reed Hall of Science dedicated to education and service"
    "Engineering students outperform peers with outstanding FE exam pass rate"
    "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"


    Olivet’s Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.

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    Program Educational Objectives

    Within three to five years after graduation, Olivet expects our engineering alumni to:

    1. Be characterized by effective Christian influence in families, churches, businesses and communities.
    2. Expand their knowledge and capabilities in a wide variety of engineering and professional assignments.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to determine and describe the underlying needs or root causes of problems.
    4. Be effective in engineering design and application of engineering principles.
    5. Exhibit effective communication skills with peers, clients, management, and the public.
    6. Support the improvement of the Olivet engineering program. 

    Student Outcomes

    Graduates from the Olivet Nazarene University Engineering Program (with engineering major) must demonstrate:

    1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
    2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    3. 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
    4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
    5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    7. an ability to communicate effectively
    8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
    9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
    10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
    11. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
    12. a Christian character expressed in service to church, campus and community

    Areas of study

    Engineering Major, B.S.E., with concentration in Computer Engineering
    Engineering Major, B.S.E., with concentration in Electrical Engineering 
    Engineering Major, B.S.E., with concentration in Geological Engineering
    Engineering Major, B.S.E., with concentration in Mechanical Engineering 

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  • Department Faculty

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    Robert Allen

    Joseph Makarewicz

    Shane Ritter

    Joseph Schroeder

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