Becoming a mechanical engineer starts with attending one of the six engineering schools in Oregon. Three schools have Associate's-level degrees and four schools have Bachelor's degree programs. There are four Master's degree programs and three PhD-level opportunities. The average cost of tuition in Oregon is $16,100.
Mechanical engineering degrees include a variety of classroom courses and lab courses. This is meant to give you a comprehensive education in mechanical engineering. If you want to earn an Associate's degree, you have to earn 60 credits. If you attend school full-time, you may be able to do this in two years.
A Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering is the lowest degree level that can be used for engineering licensure. This degree requires you to complete 120 to 140 credits. Some of the classes you may take at this level include Mechanics of Solids, Mechanics of Materials, Heat Transfer, and Applied Mechanics.
Earning a Master's degree can prepare you for a career in research or teaching, as can a PhD. A Master's degree should take you about two years to complete if you are a full-time student. PhD completion, on the other hand, takes an average of five to seven years.
While the average cost of tuition in Oregon is $16,100, tuition costs vary significantly between schools. The average cost of tuition for a two-year institution is $4441, and the average cost for a four-year public college is $8605. For private universities, the average tuition cost is $35092.
There are many different engineering scholarships that you can apply for. The Oregon Community Foundation awards over 300 scholarships every year to students in various disciplines.
Keith Walking Floor awards the Keith Foster Engineering Scholarship to Oregon engineering students every year. This scholarship is worth $2500.
After you have successfully graduated from your engineering program, you can apply to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam through the Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying. If you successfully pass this exam, you can then apply for your license. After that, you must keep up with biennial renewal requirements.