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Mechanical Engineering

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering involves the design and application of mechanical systems, although it overlaps significantly with other engineering disciplines and is perhaps the most interdisciplinary engineering field. A variety of industries rely on mechanical systems, which can be found all around us in vehicles, robotics, heavy machinery, and energy systems.

What do Mechanical Engineers do?

Mechanical engineers are traditionally concerned with the planning, design, construction, implementation and operation of mechanical and related systems in a wide variety of situations. Mechanical engineers often improve systems to lower economic, environmental and social costs. Other disciplines including biomechanics, environment protection and many other vital and emerging fields frequently rely on the expertise of mechanical engineers.

What types of careers do Mechanical Engineers find?

Typical fields of work are in the energy, manufacturing, machinery, automotive and aerospace industries. Because of the very broad nature of their discipline, mechanical engineers are usually in high demand. Beyond working for private enterprise, some graduates may work in government and non-government organizations.

Program Description

The comprehensive four-year Mechanical Engineering program combines theory with application across the broad discipline of mechanical engineering. Topics covered include robotics, mechatronics, solid mechanics, controls, computer-aided design and thermodynamics.

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Energy Engineering Specialization

Energy engineering deals with all aspects of energy, from its generation to its end use, including energy conversion, storage, transportation and distribution. There is an increasing focus on the efficient and environmentally benign use of energy, as well as energy security and reliability.

Mechanical Engineers who specialize in Energy Engineering are traditionally concerned with the planning, design, construction, implementation, operation and improvement of energy and related systems. They often seek out methods to effectively increase efficiency and to use energy in cleaner ways. Energy engineers often deal with energy systems simulation and energy management.

Students enrolled in the Energy Engineering specialization find careers in many fields related to energy, including the design and application of systems for electrical power production using conventional and alternative technologies. Many opportunities deal extensively with energy-conversion systems such as internal combustion engines, which convert the chemical energy in fuel to thermal energy and then to mechanical energy. The discipline also addresses engineering aspects of electric pumps and compressors, solar photovoltaics, and steam and gas turbine generators, which produce electric power from wood, fossil fuels or uranium.

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Engineering and Management Program

The Engineering and Management combination programs meet the rapidly increasing need for engineers with the leadership skills to succeed in business and management. Students can choose to complement their technical studies in this engineering program with business and management courses by opting for the five-year Engineering and Management program that corresponds to this discipline.