What is mechanical engineering?
Mechanical engineering is concerned with the application of the fundamental principles and laws of nature to the development and betterment of a technological society and culture. Virtually anything that moves, whether animate or inanimate, falls within the scope of mechanical engineering.
Of all the engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering is the broadest and most diversified. In all technical areas and types of industries, mechanical engineers are involved in virtually every phase of design, synthesis, development, and refinement of machines, processes, and systems. Mechanical engineers are required to understand the laws of mechanics and thermodynamics, the effects of forces on solids and liquids, the flow of heat through substances, the properties of engineering materials, and the design of mechanisms to accomplish useful tasks. Mechanical Engineers will play a leading role in the advancement of technology for sustainable development.
What does a mechanical engineer do?
Mechanical engineers are expected to face many technical and managerial challenges, such as
- Supervision of machine and/or plant operation;
- Prototype design, testing and scale-up;
- Theoretical analysis and model simulations;
- Technical and economic feasibility analysis;
- Management of personnel and technology;
- Failure analysis and cause determination;
- Technical marketing and maintenance.
Areas of focus in mechanical engineering
Materials Engineering and Processing
Including heat treatment, casting, welding, cold and hot forming. Nonmetallic materials, including plastics and ceramics, and composites such as fiberglass and sandwich structures are also considered.
Welding and Joining Specialization
Welding and joining processes are used to fabricate almost all manufactured products. New automated manufacturing methods have made welding and joining more important than ever before. The courses in this specialization are intended to prepare students to work in all areas related to welding and joining, including welding metallurgy, welding and joining processes (including robotic welding), and welding design. The specialization is the only one of its type in Canada and compares well with programs in Europe and the US. If all Mechanical Engineering degree requirements and requirements for the Welding and Joining Specilaization are satisfied, then a Welding and Joining Specialization Certificate of Completion will be awarded on graduation.
Production and Automation
The courses in this area are designed to provide the students with an understanding of the principles and control of production processes, the application of computers to the manufacturing activity and the organization of production. Topics treated are: automation, metal forming, numerical control of machine tools, applications of fluid power and industrial noise control
The courses in this area develop and apply the principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics to such topics as combustion; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning of buildings; and energy conversion.
Mechanical Engineering Core with an Option in Management Sciences.