Undergraduate student resources

Ariane Ouellette, undergraduate student.
Ariane Ouellette, undergraduate student.

Undergraduate program outline

The Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (BEng) degree requirements are 48 courses (72 units) and four co-op work terms (18 units):

If your graduating GPA is in the top 20 per cent of those graduating in your academic unit, the notation "with distinction" will appear on your degree parchment, convocation program and transcript.

Technical electives and pathways

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a large number of Technical Electives (around 22 per year). Students in the MENG BEng program need to complete eight technical electives (12.0 units) to be chosen from the lists below.

If you complete six units in one of the listed topic areas you can request an Pathway Certificate from our departmental office.  Credits from MECH497, 498 and 499 can only be used for one Pathway. Topic areas will not be shown on your transcript.

Some courses may appear under more than one category. Many of these technical electives are also offered in parallel with corresponding graduate courses.

Advanced Manufacturing

MECH 410 Computer Aided Design
MECH 411 Planning and Control of Production Systems
MECH 450 Special Topics: Pulp and Paper Technology
MECH 460 Computer Aided Manufacturing
MECH 462 Small Business Organization
MECH 466 Microelectromechanical Systems
Topic, thesis or project courses*

Advanced Materials

MECH 423 Engineering Ceramics
MECH 450A (481) Special Topics: Bio Materials & Tissue Engineering
MECH 472 Introduction to Electron Microscopy
MECH 473 Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals
Topic, thesis or project courses*

Biomedical Engineering

MECH 450A (481) Special Topics: Bio Materials & Tissue Engineering
MECH 483 Mechanics and Energy Conversion for Living Cells
ELEC 434 Biophotonics
ELEC 435 Medical Image Processing
Topic, thesis or project courses*

Computer Aided Engineering

MECH 410 Computer Aided Design
MECH 420 Finite Element Methods
MECH 459 Fundamentals of Hybrid Vehicles
MECH 460 Computer Aided Manufacturing
MECH 495 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
Topic, thesis or project courses *

Energy Systems

ENGR 400 Sustainable Energy Systems Design Project
MECH 443 Advanced Thermodynamics
MECH 445 Cryogenic Engineering
MECH 447 Energy Systems
MECH 449 Fuel Cell Technology
MECH 459 Fundamentals of Hybrid Vehicles
MECH 493 Design of Thermo-Fluid Systems
MECH 494 Thermofluids and Introduction to Mass Transfer
MECH 497 Green Vehicle Technology Project
MECH 450 (446) Introduction to Ocean Engineering
MECH 450 (444) Wind Power Systems
Topic, thesis or project courses*

Fluids and Aerodynamics

MECH 475 Aircraft Design
MECH 492 Transport Phenomena
MECH 493 Design of Thermo-Fluid Systems
MECH 494 Thermofluids and Introduction to Mass Transfer
MECH 495 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
MECH 450 (444) Wind Power & Renewable Energy Systems
MECH 450 (446) Introduction to Ocean Engineering
Topic, thesis or project courses * 

Mechatronics

MECH 464 Mechatronics Design Project
MECH 421 Mechanical Vibrations
MECH 430 Robotics
MECH 458 Mechatronics
MECH 459 Fundamentals of Hybrid Vehicles
MECH 465 Machine Vision and Sensors
MECH 466 Microelectromechanical Systems
MECH 485 Mechanisms and Manipulator Synthesis
Topic, thesis or project courses*

*Can be used for certificate, when related to certificate topic

MECH 450 Special Topic Courses (1.5 units)
MECH 497 Green Vehicle Technology Project (3.0 units)
MECH 498 Honours Thesis (3.0 units)
MECH 499 Technical Project (1.5 units)

Students outside the mechanical engineering program may take a mechanical systems minor.

The minor requires nine units of MECH-designated courses, with a minimum of 4.5 units at the 300 course level or above. Permission of the department is required.

Co-operative Education (co-op) combines practical work experience with academic studies. Once you’re admitted to the program, you’ll generally alternate four-month work and four-month study terms. You’ll need to submit a written report at the end of each work term.

You normally complete four work terms in addition to the other academic requirements to complete your BEng degree. Learn more about co-op.

The MECH undergraduate adviser can help you decide which option’s best for you.

See the course list for information on the courses we offer.