Engineering is a rewarding discipline with a variety of exciting occupational possibilities. Because we live in a world of ever-changing technology, skilled engineers are a staple of almost every sector of the economy.
If you have an inquisitive mind, enjoy creating new things and problem solving, and are looking for a fulfilling career either in industry or on the mission field, consider an engineering education at MVNU. As an engineering student at MVNU, you will not only be equipped with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in engineering but also a Biblical worldview.
MVNU offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with concentrations in either mechanical or electrical engineering.
- Outstanding faculty — All of our full-time engineering faculty have Ph.D. degrees from prestigious universities in their respective disciplines.
- State-of-the-art facilities — MVNU’s Department of Engineering is located in The Stephen W. Nease Center, a newly renovated building in downtown Mount Vernon. The 10,824-square-foot facility houses the university’s Engineering program and a community makerspace, in partnership with Knox Labs Inc. It includes advanced laboratories as well as contemporary project work areas and study spaces.
- Industry support — MVNU engineering students have extensive exposure to guest speakers from various industries and are routinely offered opportunities to attend area technical meetings and plant tours. In addition, the department receives support from the local community and industry, with several organizations/corporations regularly sponsoring student projects and co-op/internships.
- Practical experience and service-learning — Supported by MVNU faculty, students apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to help solve real-world problems, fulfilling MVNU’s motto: "To Seek to Learn is to Seek to Serve." Engineering education at MVNU is highly hands-on, with many courses having a lab or project component. For class projects and senior design projects, students either work with a local engineering firm solving a real engineering problem, or work with a local organization/church/individual on a service-learning project to help meet various technological needs of the community.
- Engineering graduates typically can secure permanent job offers within a few months of graduation or even before graduation. Engineering job placement rate is close to 100% and starting salary is typically between $55K-$65K.
- There are a number of career paths available to MVNU Engineering graduates.
- Electrical Engineering graduates typically go on to design and fabrication of a range of electrical and electronic systems, including microprocessors, electric motors, generators, and telecommunications systems.
- Mechanical Engineering graduates usually specialize in the design and manufacturing of mechanical components or systems, automotive, aerospace or consumer products, etc.
- Other career options include research and development, consulting, teaching, technical sales and project management.
MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors. In addition, Ariel Corporation, a local industry leader, annually donates $20,000 in scholarships exclusively for our engineering students.
- Students are encouraged to participate in industrial internships (paid) during summers. Engineering faculty and the MVNU Career Services Office routinely assist students in acquiring these opportunities. Students are taken to career fairs in neighboring cities such as Columbus each year.
- Typically engineering students participate in internships/co-ops starting their sophomore year. Students in the past have found opportunities with Ariel Corporation, AMG Industries, AEP, Owens Corning, THK, Tremco, and other corporations.
- Students also have opportunities working on campus as math/physics or engineering tutors/graders/Teacher Assistants or lab assistants.
All MVNU students are invited to participate in our many travel opportunities. In fact, cross-cultural experience is a requirement for graduation. Engineering students are offered the opportunity to participate in local, national, and international mission trips with faculty to countries like Belize.
- A Society of Automotive Engineers Baja club was organized in 2017, and welcomes all engineering students to join and participate in race car design, fabrication and competition.
- Engineering students are encouraged to participate in professional societies related to their particular disciplines, such as American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).