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Mechanical Undergraduate Courses

As part of your bachelor of engineering degree in mechanical engineering, you’ll study robotics, materials, thermodynamics, machine and system design, manufacturing, control systems and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in our popular co-operative internship program and to collaborate with industry leaders. Between coursework and real-world experience, you’ll have the tools you need to become skilled in the design and operation of machines, mechanical systems and technology.

A full description of each course can be found in the undergraduate calendar.

A strong foundation is essential. With courses designed to give you the knowledge you’ll need for the rest of your degree – no matter which engineering discipline you choose – first year lays the groundwork for your future success. You’ll gain a better understanding of each of our engineering programs and the different areas of focus that they offer. Mechanical engineering exposes you to manufacturing, design, solid mechanics, mechatronics and thermofluids, which you can explore further in your final year.

1st Semester

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.

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

2nd Semester

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

Your second-year studies will continue to advance your understanding of the foundations of engineering and design, plus you’ll learn about the mechanics of materials and the fundamentals of manufacturing.

3rd Semester

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

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.


All required core courses in the first and second semesters are prerequisites to all required core courses in third and fourth semesters.

Third year is an exciting time, when the picture of your career comes into focus. You’ll have the option of specializing in mechatronics engineering – the integration of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science – or increasing your knowledge of fluid mechanics and materials.

You’ll also start planning ahead for next year by researching opportunities for professional experience through our optional co-operative internship program. (Participating in a co-operative internship will add one more year to your degree.)

This year is also the time to consider enrolling in the accelerated master of applied science pathway, for those who intend to pursue further studies after graduation.

5th Semester

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

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


All required core courses in the first and second semesters are prerequisites to all required core courses in fifth and sixth semesters.

In fourth year, the focus is on your career-readiness, as well as your ideas and innovations. You’ll work collaboratively on a design project addressing function, form, manufacturability, cost, environmental impact, safety, reliability and integrity. You’ll also choose from a variety of technical electives like manufacturing and fabrication, controls, thermal and fluid processes and machine design.

Should you wish to pursue more advanced studies, fourth year is also the ideal time to consider applying to one of our graduate programs.

Note: Should you participate in a co-operative internship, your fourth year will be spent exclusively working in industry. You’ll complete the remainder of your degree the following year, making your program five years in duration.

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 each semester. Contact the program department for further information.

All required core courses in first through fourth semesters are prerequisites to all required core courses in seventh and eighth semesters.

The Mechatronics Option

Beginning in your third year, you may choose to focus your studies on mechatronics. Also called mechatronics engineering, this option integrates the fundamentals of electrical engineering and computer science with mechanical engineering in applications like robotics, autonomous vehicles, system controls and product engineering. The objective of mechatronics is to create smart products and intelligent machines.

During this phase of your degree, you’ll focus on digital systems, microprocessors, applied thermodynamics and machine design. You’ll also start planning ahead for next year by researching opportunities for professional experience through our optional co-operative internship program. (Participating in a co-operative internship will add one more year to your degree.)

This year is also the time to consider enrolling in the accelerated master of applied science pathway, for those who intend to pursue further studies after graduation.

5th Semester

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

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 core courses in the first and second semesters are prerequisites to all required core courses in fifth and sixth semesters.

In fourth year, the focus is on your career-readiness, as well as your ideas and innovations. Your courses will continue to advance your knowledge of mechatronics while preparing you for your professional career. Should you wish to pursue more advanced studies, fourth year is also the ideal time to consider applying to one of our graduate studies programs.

Note: Should you participate in a co-operative internship, your fourth year will be spent exclusively working in industry. You’ll complete the remainder of your degree the following year, making your program five years in duration.

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 every semester.

All required core courses in the first through semesters are prerequisites to all required core courses in seventh semester.