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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
Program Website: ryerson.ca/mie
Administered by: Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.

The Mechanical Engineering BEng degree program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

This program prepares students for various career opportunities in Mechanical Engineering. The curriculum is designed to develop and sharpen the student's abilities to conceptualize, analyze and synthesize. It provides studies in fundamental science and mathematics, engineering science and engineering design. The main engineering areas of the curriculum are machine design, manufacturing and fabrication, materials, thermal and fluid processes and mechatronics. A balance of liberal arts and complementary studies, including some management courses, further the student's ability in communication and provide a wider understanding of the modern technological society.

Admission Information

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U courses in: English, Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Physics (SPH4U) and Chemistry (SCH4U).

Notes:

  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. The grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 70 percent range) will be determined subject to competition.
  3. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.
Program Overview/Curriculum Information

A blend of theory and practice is found throughout the Mechanical Engineering program. Lectures are reinforced with comprehensive experiments and demonstrations in many laboratories.

Starting in fifth semester, students have the option of specializing in mechatronics. The Mechatronics Option concentrates on the integration of electronics with mechanical systems in applications such as robotics and system controls. Students not taking the Mechatronics Option can choose a wide variety of technical electives in the seventh and eighth semesters to provide a wider spectrum of exposure to technology and management.

First Year: The objective of the first year transition program is to provide students, who may need more time to adapt to the demanding university curriculum, with an immediate opportunity to upgrade their Academic Standing. In the second semester, Phase I of the transition program offers all first semester core courses: CHY 102, MTH 140, MTH 141, and PCS 211 in parallel with the second semester regular program courses. Students who have failed and/or are missing any one of these courses at the end of the first semester are required to upgrade their Academic Standing through enrolling in the transition program. During the condensed Spring semester (May-July) Phase II of the transition program offers all second semester core courses: AER 222, BME 100, CHE 200, CHY 211, CPS 125, CVL 207, ELE 202, MEC 222, MTH 240, MTL 200, and PCS 125. These courses represent a repeat of the second semester regular program courses that were not taken by students enrolled in Phase I of the transition program. These courses will be offered subject to adequate enrolment.

Second Year: The second year transition program is intended to help students who have failed or dropped the second year Fall courses MTH 425, MEC 323, and/or the second year Winter course MEC 311, to stay in-phase with their classmates and still have a chance to be promoted the third year in the following academic year. This is accomplished by allowing such students to enrol in MTH 425, MEC 323, and/or MEC 311 in the condensed Spring/Summer semester (May-July).

Highly innovative and proactive retention strategies play an important role in helping students build the skills for success in a demanding engineering curriculum. Through the First-Year Engineering Office, the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science has incorporated the Early Intervention Program into the first-year engineering experience. At the semester's mid-point, students who are failing courses in their core curriculum are identified and encouraged to attend an interview with a member of our academic support team (Program Director/Academic Advisor and/or the Student Counsellor). Together, they discuss options to help reduce the chances of academic failure.

All new engineering students are automatically enrolled in CEN 199: Writing Skills.

CEN 199 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, and is used to track the results of the Writing Skills Test (WST).

All students admitted into engineering are required to write the mandatory Writing Skills Test (WST) during Orientation Week. Students who pass the WST (by achieving a grade of ‘B' or higher) will receive a PASS in CEN 199 and therefore may enrol in the lower level liberal studies course of their choice (subject to availability).

Students who do not pass the WST will receive an INP (In Progress Grade) in CEN 199 and will be required to enrol in one of LNG 111, LNG 112, LNG 113, or LNG 121 as their first-year lower level liberal studies course. These courses, which count toward lower level liberal studies requirements, are writing-intensive humanities and social science courses designed to give students the opportunity to strengthen their foundations in communication. These students will then have three additional opportunities to write and pass the WST:

  • In May, following 2nd Semester.
  • During Orientation Week before 3rd Semester.
  • In May, following 4th Semester.

A PASS in CEN 199: Writing Skills is required to enrol in all third-year engineering courses. Students with a grade of INP in CEN 199 will not be allowed to enrol in any third-year engineering course.

Detailed information is available from the First-Year Engineering Office. Room ENG 377 Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4261.

Third year students with CLEAR Academic Standing may opt to enrol in the Co-operative Internship. If they are selected by one of the partner corporations, they spend a period of 12-16 months, from May to September of the following year, as engineering interns at the corresponding corporations. After the completion of the Co-operative Internship, students return to the academic program to complete their final year of studies. Enrolment in the Co-operative Internship extends the program length to five years.

Co-operative Internship students enrol in the course WKT 88A/B: Co-operative Internship Program during the academic year in which they work as interns. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Completion of the Co-operative Internship Program (CIP) will be identified on the student's transcript as WKT 88A/B: Co-operative Internship Program, with the appropriate grade achieved.

This option provides students with a solid foundation in innovation and entrepreneurship theory as well as the immersive experience of advancing and shaping an idea into a business. The lecture courses cover principles of engineering economics, entrepreneurship and innovation management, and technology based new venture creation. The practicum will guide students through the process of identifying a new business concept, developing their technology, and preparing their business for market readiness. For eligibility, registration and course information see Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OS EIE).

Students can enrich their studies and hone their management skills with the Optional Specialization in Management Sciences. Courses within the optional specialization cover four major areas in management sciences: Strategic Engineering Management, Operations Management/Operations Research, Finance, and Organizational Behaviour. For eligibility, registration, and course information see Optional Specialization in Management Sciences (OS MS).

Applicants approved into an Engineering program cannot expect to receive any transfer credits in Engineering discipline or Engineering-related discipline courses if their applicable post-secondary education was not completed at a program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). Refer to Engineers Canada for a listing of CEAB accredited institutions.

Core and professional engineering course transfer credits will ONLY be granted at the time of admission. An Offer of Admission will notify the applicant of transfer credit decision(s) subject to acceptance of their Offer.

Liberal studies discipline courses taken at CEAB accredited or non-accredited schools will be considered for either lower- or upper-level liberal studies transfer credit. College courses, in general, are not eligible for transfer credit except in the case of lower-level liberal studies courses.

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and two upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, and Undeclared Engineering

ARB, CHN, FRE, GRK, SPN and WLG courses are not available for credit.

BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183, ITM 277, MEC 110, PCS 111, PCS 181, PCS 182 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering

BLG 599, BLG 699, CHY 583, CHY 599, CPS 650, MTH 511, MTH 599 and PCS 581 are not available for credit.

ARB 301, ARB 401, CHN 301, CHN 401. FRE 301, FRE 401, SPN 301, SPN 401, SPN 510 and SPN 610 are not available for credit.

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Mechanical Engineering - First Two Years Common

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

CEN 100 Introduction to Engineering
CEN 199* Writing Skills
CHY 102 General Chemistry
MTH 140 Calculus I
MTH 141 Linear Algebra
PCS 211 Physics: Mechanics

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

CPS 125 Digital Computation and Programming
ECN 801 Principles of Engineering Economics
MEC 222 Engineering Graphical Communication
MTH 240 Calculus II
MTL 200 Materials Science Fundamentals
PCS 125 Physics: Waves and Fields

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

CMN 432 Communication in the Engineering Professions
MEC 323 Statics and Mechanics of Materials
MEC 325 Introduction to Engineering Design
MTH 425 Differential Equations and Vector Calculus
PCS 213 Physics: Light and Modern Physics

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

EES 512 Electric Circuits
MEC 309 Basic Thermodynamics
MEC 311 Dynamics
MEC 322 Manufacturing Fundamentals
MTH 410 Statistics

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

NOTE: All required courses in 1st and 2nd semester are prerequisites to all required courses in 3rd and 4th semester.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

EES 612 Electric Machines and Actuators
MEC 430 Stress Analysis
MEC 514 Applied Thermodynamics
MEC 516 Fluid Mechanics I
MTH 510 Numerical Analysis
MTL 300 Materials Science II

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

MEC 411 Mechanics of Machines
MEC 613 Machine Design I
MEC 616 Fluid Mechanics II
MEC 701 Heat Transfer
MEC 709 Control Systems
MEC 721 Vibrations

NOTE: All required courses in 1st and 2nd semester are prerequisites to all required courses in 5th and 6th semester.

Students who have a CLEAR Academic Standing after the 6th semester may opt to enrol in the Co-operative Internship Program. Eligible students should select WKT 88A/B during the Course Intention process.

7th Semester

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One of the following:

MEC 722 Thermal Systems Design
MEC 723 Mechanical Systems Design
MEC 734 Design for Manufacturing

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from the following:

ENG 503 Science Fiction
GEO 702 Technology and the Contemporary Environment
HST 701 Scientific Technology and Modern Society
PHL 709 Religion, Science and Philosophy
POL 507 Power, Change and Technology

PROFESSIONAL: Three courses as described below:

One of the following:

MEC 431 Advanced Manufacturing
MEC 740 Environmental Control in Buildings
MTL 700 Materials Selection for Engineering Design

Two of the following:

MEC 431 Advanced Manufacturing
MEC 531 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
MEC 617 Manufacturing System Control
MEC 626 Applied Finite Elements
MEC 713 Project Management
MEC 740 Environmental Control in Buildings
MEC 751 Measurements, Sensors and Instruments
MEC 813 Flexible Manufacturing Systems
MEC 817 Combustion Engineering
MTL 700 Materials Selection for Engineering Design

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

CEN 800 Law and Ethics in Engineering Practice
MEC 825 Mechanical Design

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses as described below:

One of the following:

MEC 810 Thermal Power Generation
MEC 811 Machine Design II
MEC 816 Fabrication and Tool Engineering

One of the following:

MEC 809 Integrated Manufacturing
MEC 810 Thermal Power Generation
MEC 811 Machine Design II
MEC 816 Fabrication and Tool Engineering
MEC 832 Reliability and Decision Analysis
MEC 850 Environmental Impact of Thermal Systems

Not every Professional course will be offered every semester. Contact the program department for further information.

All required courses in 1st through 4th semester are prerequisites to all required courses in 7th and 8th semester.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program - Mechatronics Option

The Mechatronics Option concentrates on the integration of electronics with mechanical systems in applications such as robotics and system controls.

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

EES 508 Digital Systems
EES 612 Electric Machines and Actuators
MEC 430 Stress Analysis
MEC 514 Applied Thermodynamics
MEC 516 Fluid Mechanics I
MTH 510 Numerical Analysis

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

MEC 411 Mechanics of Machines
MEC 613 Machine Design I
MEC 701 Heat Transfer
MEC 709 Control Systems
MEC 721 Vibrations
MEC 733 Microprocessor Systems

All required courses in 1st and 2nd semester are prerequisites to all required courses in 5th and 6th semester.

Students who have a CLEAR Academic Standing after the 6th semester may opt to enrol in the Co-operative Internship Program. Eligible students should select WKT 88A/B during the Course Intention process.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

MEC 751 Measurements, Sensors and Instruments
MEC 830 Mechatronics Systems Design

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from the following:

ENG 503 Science Fiction
GEO 702 Technology and the Contemporary Environment
HST 701 Scientific Technology and Modern Society
PHL 709 Religion, Science and Philosophy
POL 507 Power, Change and Technology

PROFESSIONAL¶: Two courses from the following:

ELE 719 Fundamentals of Robotics
MEC 617 Manufacturing System Control
MEC 626 Applied Finite Elements
MEC 713 Project Management
MEC 813 Flexible Manufacturing Systems

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

CEN 800 Law and Ethics in Engineering Practice
ELE 709 Real-Time Computer Control Systems
MEC 825 Mechanical Design

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

PROFESSIONAL¶: One course from the following:

ELE 819 Control of Robotic Manipulators
ELE 888 Intelligent Systems
MEC 809 Integrated Manufacturing
MEC 816 Fabrication and Tool Engineering
MEC 832 Reliability and Decision Analysis

¶ Not all technical courses will be offered in every semester.

NOTE: All required courses in 1st through 4th semester are prerequisites to all required courses in 7th semester.

Program Advisory Council

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