Florida College Expands Academic Horizons with Launch of Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree in Fall 2024

February 1, 2024 | 2-3 min read

Students at Florida College can take advantage of an innovative new career path starting this coming fall. In 2024, mechanical engineering will become the latest four-year degree option offered by Florida College.

Clay Soto, Associate Vice President of Enrollment at FC, said the mission of the engineering department is to prepare students for careers and leadership in mechanical engineering and related disciplines, as well as lives of service to their Creator and humanity.

“At Florida College, we believe in nurturing a generation of Christian problem solvers, creators, thinkers, inventors and researchers,” he said. “The world needs more Christian innovators. This education integrates biblical concepts that encourage further study of the nature and will of God and provides an environment allowing for creativity with moral clarity.”

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering will offer students a broad and versatile education of engineering principles, particularly with principles of the design and analysis of mechanical systems including materials, mechanics of solids, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and automation. Students will be prepared to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of physical systems used in manufacturing and end product systems for successful careers in a wide range of engineering disciplines.

The degree was developed through an exhaustive process of research, identification of needs, faculty advice, and review by preeminent engineering academics and industry professionals. Donny McCleeary, Mechanical Engineering Program Facilitator at FC, said mechanical engineers form the backbone of the field of engineering, with the most degree-seekers and graduates of all specializations.

 “We are not interested in offering a sub-optimal program that ‘fits the bill,’” McCleeary said. “Rather, we have built the foundations for a comprehensive, premier mechanical engineering program that leverages the unique strengths of Florida College with a strong foundation in mechanical engineering principles, coupled with a Biblical worldview that will serve students for the rest of their lives. I am truly excited to watch the birth of this new program, and cannot wait to see how Florida College B.S.M.E. graduates shape the future.”

To learn more about mechanical engineering at Florida College, click here.

(Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.)