Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineers use the principles of mechanics, materials and energy to design machines and processes. Many mechanical engineers work in energy, materials and mechanical design specialties such as biomechanical advanced materials design and application, alternate fuel and hybrid automotive design, building systems, and pollution control processes. Others are involved in improvement of health care delivery, product life design and recycle design, engine design, air quality control, aerospace design and technology development.

What are the typical courses?
Mechanical Engineering students take a common first year with all engineering students. In second year students take foundational mechanical engineering courses such as computer aided design, thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics and engineering materials. Third year applies the foundational concepts of second year with new concepts including vibrations and acoustics, stress analysis, and measurement and control and heat transfer. In fourth year students undertake courses in machine and engineering design, and a choice of elective courses. The Mechanical Engineering program allows great flexibility and choice with an Aerospace Option and Manufacturing Option, and specialties in energy systems, advanced materials and solid mechanics.

Is there a practical or work experience component?
The Mechanical Engineering program at The University of Manitoba was the first in Canada to introduce a co‑op education option to enhance the formal education by incorporating three paid work terms of industry experience in the last half of the program. This option extends the length of the under‑graduate degree program by 3 extra terms, or 1 year. In addition, practical design work is taken throughout the program, culminating in a Capstone Design course. Because Manitoba industry competes to have students work on their projects, the designs are challenging real‑life projects. Each team has both an industry contact person and professional engineer to guide them.

What is the advantage of studying Mechanical Engineering over science or other professions?
The mission of the engineering program at The University of Manitoba is to educate top quality future engineers and future industry, government and academic leaders. Our students will acquire creative and analytical skills to apply scientific approaches to study manufacturing and mechanics. Our award winning faculty and staff are routinely among the top‑rated professors in student evaluations. In addition, the program is fully accredited and leads to registration as a professional engineer. The accompanying enhancements in employment, salary and respect make engineering a more flexible and desirable degree than most.

What type of job will I get by studying Mechanical Engineering?
Many of our graduates work in the aerospace field, or the closely related automotive field. Mechanical engineers can work for consultants, manufacturers, government and utilities‑ Students graduating from our program are very successful in finding employment in regional, national, and international companies.

Why should I take Mechanical Engineering at The University of Manitoba?
Accreditation of this program at the University of Manitoba is recognized as equivalent in seven countries outside Canada. The Faculty of Engineering is housed in a state of the art teaching and research facility. Most teaching laboratories have been upgraded with new equipment with completion of the renovation expected in 2011. We have new teaching laboratories including design, manufacturing, controls, robotics, materials, thermal science and fluid dynamics. Students are provided with hands‑on experience using state of the art computer design packages and simulation tools. A virtual reality lab gives our students unique opportunities to test their design. There are a number of student technical societies in which students can participate: SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), CASI (Canadian Aerospace Students Institute) and CSME (Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers). These societies design and build vehicles for international competitions and hold events each year.

How do I get in?
Students in good academic standing are eligible for entry each year from University I (with the required courses), or following the first year of direct entry to engineering. The University of Manitoba General Calendar has more detailed information regarding admissions requirements.