About Baker Engineering

With customers including military suppliers and the U.S. Department of Defense (including Army/TARDEC, Air Force Research Laboratory, Navy, and DARPA), Baker Engineering demonstrates robust capabilities with unique engineering solutions.

Baker Team


Since 1965, Baker Engineering has specialized in custom engineering solutions. With in-house capabilities allowing control over cost, schedule, and quality, Baker is able to take concepts through testing, short-run, and long-run production. Baker’s dedicated team has the diverse R&D experience you need to deliver quality products on time and within budget.

Baker Engineering specializes in military and commercial research, combustion engine design and testing, full in-house prototype manufacturing, and vehicle subsystem development. From small parts to large assemblies, Baker is here to get the job done.

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Our Mission

Built on a rich racing heritage, our world-class team delivers high-quality, innovative, and cost-effective engineered technical solutions.

Our Vision

We will be the go-to supplier of engineered products and solutions that solve our customers’ most complex problems.


Heidi Ortiz

Quality Manager

Heidi Ortiz Joined Baker Engineering in 2022 as Quality Manager. Bringing over a decade of Quality experience in Manufacturing environments, including; Automotive, Medical, and Furniture....

Jack Adkins

Business Development Manager

Jack Adkins has a background in Combustion Engine Programs both in R&D and product portfolio launches. He is involved with both direct OEM program development...

Mark Dorner

Chief Engineer

Mark Dorner has advanced into his title of Chief Engineer after starting as a Design Engineer in 2004. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering...

Noah Hopson

Product Engineering Lead

Noah Hopson has a B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University and has worked at Baker Engineering since 2012 in Research & Development,...

Levi Roodvoets

Engineering Manager

Levi Roodvoets has a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan (2005) and an International Welding Engineer Certification from SLV Duisburg (2006)....

Shawn Knop

Manufacturing Manager

Shawn Knop joined Baker Engineering in 2022 as Manufacturing Manager. Knop is a Cross-Functional Leader with history in aviation and aerospace manufacturing including GE Aviation...

Luke Wackerle


Luke is an experienced professional of 20yrs who joined the Baker Engineering team in December 2022. He started his career as a design engineer in...

TJ Grimes

Performance Manager

TJ Grimes leads the performance team at Baker Engineering in street, drag race, off-shore marine, and circle track engine building. With a background in high...

  • 1965

    Baker Engineering founded by Ray Baker in Spring Lake MI
  • 1976

    Bob Senneker won 25 races with Baker Engines
  • 1978

    A.S.A Manufacturer of the year award with over 1000 race wins in 3 seasons
  • 1982

    Baja 1000 won with 60° V6 Baker Engine
  • 1998

    Start of R&D research programs for the DoD
  • 2001

    Demonstrated 5.8L, 3 Cylinder Opposed Piston "Giesel" Engine
  • 2007

    20kW Electrically Assisted Turbocharger Demonstrated
  • 2011

    Developed Single Cylinder Opposed Engine
  • 2013

    Demonstrated 150cc Twin Cylinder 2-Stroke Engine running on JP-8 with complete CI Fuel Injection System
  • 2016

    Demonstrated 640 hp Mazda 20B Rotary Engine for Air Force Research Laboratory - Advanced Induction Syrstem
  • 2017

    Dave Adkins sets the 1/8 mile speed and ET record for a LS engine w/ Baker Engineering Billet Heads
  • 2018

    Purchased by Waséyabek Development Company LLC
  • 2021

    AIE 225CS Tigershark Integration and Flight Demonstration
  • 2023

    AM General HUMVEE Charge Hybrid Electric Vehicle Concept
  • 2023

    HP Tuners Authorized Baker Engineering for GM "Global B" Tuning
  • 2024

    Production Launch of Billet LS Cylinder Heads for Retail


Air Force SBIR – Enabling Technologies – Baker Micro CI Fuel Injection System

  • U.S. Air Force
Baker Engineering developed a compact common rail fuel system and demonstrated the system on several engines from 28 cc to 400 cc per combustion chamber.
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Air Force Phase II SBIR – Enabling Technologies – Baker Light Weight Dry Sump System

  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Navy
To support the addition of an oil lubricated turbocharger and fuel pump drive on the Baker Heavy Fuel Rotary Engine, a compact, lightweight dry sump oil system was developed.

U.S. Army Phase II SBIR – Stryker – Opposed Piston APU

  • U.S. Army
Baker Engineering developed our single cylinder opposed piston engine into a complete APU package with integrated support systems in the front sponson of the Stryker vehicle.

The Tribal Advantage

Baker Engineering is a 100% Tribally-owned, Native American SBA 8(a) small business of Waséyabek Development Company, LLC. As a Native American Corporation (NAC), Baker Engineering is afforded unique federal contracting advantages.

Connect With an Engineer

Whether you have a government or private project, connecting with an experienced Baker engineer is an excellent way to ensure that your technical requirements are understood.

Reach out to us, and we will set a meeting between your team and one of our qualified engineers, who can answer your questions.

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