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Mechanical Engineering

In this program you’ll explore clean energy systems and renewable technologies. You’ll study these systems:

  • automotive
  • aerospace
  • marine
  • robotic

Potential careers

What can you do with a mechanical engineering degree? Here are a few jobs that relate to the program:

  • project engineer
  • component engineer
  • manufacturing engineer
  • automotive engineer
  • plastics engineer
  • project manager
  • aeronautical engineer
  • marine engineer
  • robotics engineer
  • safety engineer
  • intelligence developer
  • systems designer
  • entrepreneur
  • researcher
  • program administrator

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the mechanical engineering program

  • With the Co-op Program you can alternate study with paid work. 

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to mechanical engineering:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the mechanical engineering program offer extensive hands-on learning.


Co-op work terms     
Alternate academic study with paid work terms to gain workplace experience


MECH 458 - Mechatronics                   
Explore mechatronics by engaging with an industry guest speaker

MECH 497 - Green Vehicle Technology Project        
Explore course content by engaging with an industry guest speaker

Creative or design project       

ENGR 110 - Design and Communication I
ENGR 120 - Design and Communication II                 
Gain skills with practical projects and engage with industry experts

MECH 200 - Engineering Drawing, CAD and Manufacturing
Do a design project and produce standard engineering drawings

MECH 335 - Theory of Mechanisms  
Design and analyze a mechanism, such as a child’s crank toy automaton

MECH 350 - Engineering Design                      
Complete engineering design projects in teams

MECH 400 - Capstone Design Project
Complete an engineering design project and report results

MECH 450A - Special Topics
MECH 450B - Special Topics
MECH 450C - Special Topics
MECH 450D - Special Topics
MECH 450E - Special Topics
MECH 450F – Special Topics
(variable topic courses)            
Produce a design project 

MECH 458 - Mechatronics
Design a mechatronics system, such as a conveyor belt system

MECH 493 - Design of Thermo-Fluid Systems
Work in teams to design a thermofluidic system, such as a heat recovery system

MECH 498 - Honours Thesis 
Research, write and orally defend a graduating honours design or research project


MECH 150 - 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Design
Gain experience with 3D printing and rapid prototyping technologies

Professional and technical skill development            

ENGR 110 - Design and Communication I
ENGR 120 - Design and Communication II
Develop writing and presentation skills

ENGR 130 - Introduction to Professional Practice
Gain skills such as résumé writing and career development

ENGR 446 - Technical Report
Write a major technical report 

Research project         

MECH 497 - Green Vehicle Technology Project
Research green vehicle technology design and orally present findings

MECH 498 - Honours Thesis               
Research, write and orally defend a graduating honours design or research project

ENGR 499 - Technical Project             
Conduct and present independent research on a technical project

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the mechanical engineering program.

Professional practice

  • focus on the safety, health and welfare of the public
  • focus on environmental protection
  • promote health and safety in the workplace
  • take on professional assignments only when qualified
  • maintain confidentiality and avoid a conflict of interest
  • keep informed to maintain competence
  • act with fairness, courtesy and good faith toward clients, colleagues and others
  • extend public knowledge and appreciation of engineering

Reliability, safety and failure analysis

  • understand quality assurance standards and testing procedures
  • ensure that systems or components perform their required function
  • maintain a current knowledge of safety standards
  • establish the mean time between failures when assessing reliability


  • gather full requirements for a project
  • understand the client’s needs
  • model a solution using the appropriate tools
  • communicate the design process to the client
  • use safe and effective designs
  • understand how a design integrates into its environment

 Engineering tools

  • design equipment and systems using a variety of software packages
  • simulate mechanical and electronic systems using the appropriate tools
  • analyze systems, equipment and data using the correct tools
  • operate mechanical equipment in a lab or workshop
  • use electronics and electrical equipment
  • develop software and scripts in a variety of environments and languages
  • use computer software and systems
  • understand and use databases 
  • research and recommend new tools where existing tools are inadequate
  • choose tools based on their strengths and weaknesses

Engineering knowledge

  • understand the mathematical fundamentals of engineering
  • use the correct statistical methods to analyze and investigate data
  • understand the natural sciences for their discipline of engineering
  • understand engineering fundamentals
  • understand engineering economics
  • understand how engineering specifics integrate into a larger project
  • study related subjects to help a project’s success


  • understand the property differences between materials
  • determine project needs by considering the characteristics of materials
  • estimate requirements
  • optimize performance using best practices in material extraction and processing
  • manage the recovery, reuse, recycling or disposal of materials
  • take part in material research and development

Structures and machines; systems and dynamics

  • use the fundamentals of statics and dynamics to solve engineering problems
  • consider force, torque, stress and strain in the design process
  • determine the safe operating limits for structures or machines
  • work with trusses, cranes, hoists, gear units and ratios
  • take part in the research and development of structures and equipment

Advanced thermodynamics and fluids

  • use math to solve thermodynamic engineering problems
  • understand the science of fluid dynamics
  • design fluid movement systems
  • choose the appropriate pump for the application
  • design heat transfer systems
  • take part in the research and development of new heat transfer

 Power and energy systems

  • apply the fundamental science associated with electricity
  • understand the generation, transmission, distribution and processing of energy
  • consider the characteristics of an energy system in requirements gathering
  • improve energy usage with alternative systems
  • outline the fault-tolerant, reliable operation of power systems
  • research and develop new energy systems

Control theory and systems

  • apply the fundamentals of control theory in the design of dynamic systems
  • understand feedback control systems
  • Identify design specifications
  • assess system performance
  • use a control system using feedback circuits
  • understand processors and microcontrollers

What's next?

To explore more visit the mechanical engineering site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.

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