Mechanical Program Overview
- Areas of study: Thermal science, fluid mechanics, manufacturing and controls, material science engineering, applied mechanics, productions and operations research
- Option: Aerospace
- Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical)
Mechanical engineers use the principles of mechanics and energy to design machines and processes. Many mechanical engineers work in energy and environmental specialties such as building systems, engine design, oil refining, mining, and air quality control, and pollution control processes. Others are involved in the automotive, manufacturing, materials science and biomechanics areas. Mechanical engineers can specialize in the aerospace area, and work in the design and development of technology for aviation and space exploration.
The University of Manitoba's Mechanical Engineering program is ranked 5th among universities in Canada, and 15th in comparison with other mechanical engineering programs in North America. Accreditation of this program is recognized as equivalent in seven countries outside Canada. 10% of the department faculty, and 17% of the engineering students, are female. A PC-based computer laboratory facility is available 24 hours to students in the department, as well as access to Sun workstations. Well equipped, modern laboratory facilities enhance course work: biomechanics, wind tunnel, robotics and automation, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, thermal fluid sciences, and polymer composite processing. There are a number of student chapters of technical societies events each year: SAE (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Engineers), CASI (Canadian Aerospace Students Institute) and CSME (Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers) build cars and gliders for international competitions.
Mechanical Engineering starts with a common first year with other engineering students, then goes on to a common second year with Manufacturing Engineering students. Undergraduate engineering courses teach students how to use computer software, analysis techniques, devices and equipment, and standardized data to improve mechanical systems and processes. Typical courses are heat transfer, mechanics of machines, stress analysis, fluid mechanics, energy, controls, dynamics, vibrations and acoustics, communications, electronics, economics, production and operations management, and materials science.
Technical elective courses can be selected from a group which includes thermal systems, d. automotive engineering, noise control, air conditioning, linkage synthesis, and compressible fluid flow. Three technical studies electives must be taken. Mechanical engineers can also study Manufacturing Engineering courses, or choose to specialize in the aerospace option, where courses include aerodynamics, propulsion systems, avionics, aircraft performance, and aerospace materials. In addition, one complementary studies elective must be chosen from the liberal arts or management.