Spokane, WA (population: 204,424) has two mechanical engineering schools within its city limits. Gonzaga University, the highest ranked school in the city with a mechanical engineering program, has a total student population of 7,633. It is the 962nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 22nd highest in the state of Washington (#1 is University of Washington-Seattle Campus). To learn more about mechanical engineering programs in Spokane, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of mechanical engineering professors at Gonzaga University such as Khyruddin Ansari, Phil Appel, Abdul Aziz, Massimo "Max" Capobianchi, Patrick Ferro, and Paul Lecoq.
Mechanical Engineering students from Spokane schools who go on to become mechanical engineers, mechanical design engineers, mechanical drafters, mechanical designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 232,660 people working as mechanical engineers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,580. Also, Mechanical engineering technicians make on average $50,700 per year and there are about 43,580 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Spokane area alone, there are 100 employed mechanical engineering technicians earning an average salary of $47,230. Mechanical engineers in this area earn $66,570/yr and there are 240 employed.
Spokane lies in Spokane county, which is one of the 24 counties in Washington. Overall, the Spokane area has 203,890 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $19.72/hr average worker wage, and a $41,010 average annual salary. Thus, about 1.197 out of every 1000 jobs in Spokane are held by mechanical engineers, and 0.466/1000 are held by mechanical engineering technicians.
Of the 2 mechanical engineering schools in Spokane, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Gonzaga University comes out as the most expensive ($26,287/yr) for mechanical engineering students, with Spokane Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,422/yr.