What is Mechanical Engineering?

Simply speaking, mechanical engineering deals with anything that moves, from the tiniest micro-particle to the largest spacecraft, and even the human body—one of our most complex machines. It is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, and interdisciplinary work is key to our department’s success. Our flexible curriculum focuses on IT-enabled design and manufacturing catering to the needs of the 21st Century product companies.

What do mechanical engineers do?

It’s difficult to identify an aspect of our daily lives that hasn’t been touched by mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineers use their knowledge of materials, design and manufacturing to advance the world around us. They design and create everything from micro-sensors, medical devices, computers and car engines to robots, cookstoves, sports equipment and aeroplanes.

Where do mechanical engineers work?

Mechanical engineers are employed in nearly every kind of industry and business type, from small startups to Fortune 500 companies. They are involved with seeking new knowledge through research, creative design and development, and with the construction, control, management and sales of the devices and systems needed by society. Additionally, some mechanical engineers take their knowledge and apply it to non-traditional career pathways in medicine or law.

Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two undergraduate, two dual degree and two masters programs.

Progressive Technologies

• Additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping

• Advanced composite materials

• Biotechnologies, biomechanics and human movement

• Clean, renewable and alternative energies

• Controls, robotics and system dynamics

• Electrochemical and microsystem engineering

• Fluids, microfluidics, electro-fluids and biofluids

• Innovation in health and biomedical device development

• Nanotechnology in advanced materials and sensors

• Photonics – imaging and display technologies

Undergraduate Programs

• Fundamental coursework in mass and energy balances, fluid and solid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, dynamics and vibrations, biomechanics, acoustics, materials, design, controls and manufacturing.

• All students participate in laboratory courses and research or design projects.

• Teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills development, systems analysis, process and product design, prototyping and interdisciplinary projects.

• Specialisations available in Smart Manufacturing.

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