Mechanical engineering is the design, production and use of mechanical systems that control and transform energy.

Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

Mechanical engineers are trained in statics, dynamics and vibrations, heat transfer and fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and biomechanics, robotics, controls and mechatronics, materials science, analysis and synthesis of mechanical systems and manufacturing.

A first-year schedule sample

All first year engineering students will take a common set of classes before entering a specialization, such as mechanical engineering, in their second year.

Course Description

Fall Term
CHEM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers
COMM 102 Introduction to Business Management
GE 101 Introduction to the Engineering Profession
GE 111 Introduction to the Engineering Profession
GE 124 Engineering Mechanics I
MATH 123 Calculus I for Engineers

Winter Term
GE 121 Engineering Design
GE 125 Engineering Mechanics II
MATH 124 Calculus II for Engineers
PHYS 155 Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
GEOL 121* Earth Processes

* These are elective courses. You'll have a number of courses to choose between.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

EE 204: Basic Electronics and Electrical Power
This is a basic course on electrical topics for non-electrical engineering disciplines. It explores basic electrical and electronic devices as well as AC power and energy. Topics include force on a wire carrying a current, Faraday's and Lenz's Laws, electromagnetic induction, inductors, self and mutual inductance, DC inductive transient circuits, basic generator and motor principles, basic transformer operation, single-phase and three-phase complex power and power factor correction, transistor switches, basic logic, operational amplifiers and integrated circuits, microprocessor-based controllers, protection devices and basic test equipment.

ME 460: Automation and Robotics in Manufacturing
An introduction to production automation and robotic modelling. Topics include: flow line production, automated assembly systems and line balancing, industrial robotics, kinematics, dynamics and trajectory control of robots.

ME 495: Industrial Design Project
The synthesis and design of mechanical engineering components and systems. Students work in groups as a design team on selected projects submitted by industry. Oral and written presentations are made by students during the term with a formal oral presentation and final written report at the end of the course. Evaluations of oral and written presentations are made by supervisors as well as other outside examiners. Lecture material covers design processes and methodologies as well as design aspects related to occupational health and safety. This material is augmented through seminars given by industrial design specialists based on their design experiences.

Hands-on learning
You will use state-of-the-art technology in the lab to learn, experiment and test your ideas. From our wind tunnel to our anechoic chamber, our facilities can help you make textbook concepts tangible.

You can work with students from your classes and other disciplines to get the most from your education, whether working on homework, building a space elevator, racecar, remote control plane or art display, or finishing a design project.

Capstone Design Project
You will complete several design projects throughout your degree, but perhaps the most exciting is the fourth-year Capstone Design Project. The Capstone Design Project allows you to apply top-down design principles to a year-long project, starting with a basic description of the product or system and culminating in a presentation of a final working design. You will gain first-hand experience in the application of a formal design process while earning credit toward your degree.

Getting Involved
Our engineering students have a reputation for helping out and supporting our local community, the world’s developing nations and everywhere in between. Our students have accomplished amazing things in the areas of space design, mining competitions and agricultural design, and have been involved in projects where they aim to make a difference in developing nations through providing access to clean water, food and sustainable energies.

Whether you are interested in refining your creativity skills by collaborating with art students, developing a product to help someone with accessibility needs, traveling across the world to help build a well in Africa or designing/building a race car or airplane, we have a student group for you!

Academic support
The Engineering Student Centre works very hard to support students academically through advising and administering facilitated study sessions every week.


The mechanical engineering profession offers a wide variety of career paths, including opportunities in the following:

  • designing and manufacturing vehicles, from automobiles to spacecraft
  • designing and developing advanced renewable energy systems like wind turbines and solar collectors
  • designing mechanical devices for biomedical applications
  • working in all aspects of the energy supply and delivery systems: power generation, pipelines and petroleum production
  • designing heating, ventilating, air conditioning and building envelopes for efficient energy use
  • designing and controlling robotic systems

Today’s mechanical engineers typically work in large multi-disciplinary teams. As skilled problem-solvers, they combine an in-depth understanding of physics, chemistry and mathematics with applied engineering science and the art of design.

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $8,067 $22,023
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $10,514 $24,470

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.E.)

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree is a four-year program offered by the College of Engineering.

While you complete your Bachelor degree, you can also enhance your experience with the following options:

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
May 2020
Apr 1, 2020
Documents due: May 1, 2020
Feb 1, 2020
Documents due: Mar 1, 2020
July 2020
Jun 1, 2020
Documents due: Jun 15, 2020
Mar 1, 2020
Documents due: Apr 1, 2020
September 2020
Jul 1, 2020
Documents due: Jul 15, 2020
Jul 1, 2020
Documents due: Jul 15, 2020

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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