Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc in Eng)

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What you will learn in this program

Mechanical engineers ask questions such as: How can you determine the mechanical strength of a titanium alloy? Can wind turbines be redesigned to improve efficiency? Are passive pipeline leak detection systems reliable?

Mechanical engineers research, design, test, develop and construct various mechanical devices. The work of mechanical engineers surrounds us in our everyday lives, which means the techniques and skills you’ll gain will be directly applicable to a wide range of professional environments. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials, and through designing a complete industrial process for a specific product.

This program features a common first year, which consists of 10 courses in mathematics, sciences, computing, engineering principles, communications and design. These courses will provide you with a solid foundation for your engineering training and introduce you to a variety of engineering disciplines. You'll apply for admission to a specific engineering program at the end of your first year. 

Career opportunities

​Mechanical engineers enjoy stable career prospects because the items they manufacture are in constant demand. You’ll have global opportunities to work in areas such as manufacturing, transportation, and more. A degree in engineering can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or a professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or architecture.

Courses you'll take:

Computing for Engineers, Computing Tools for Engineering Design, Engineering Design and Communication, General Chemistry for Engineers, ​Calculus for Engineers and Scientists

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Work experience

Internship experience - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience through a 12-16 month placement.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

Mechanical engineering really appeals to those people who like hands-on work and who like to see tangible results. We get to take some courses that were really interesting because they were a bit of all sorts of engineering disciplines. The good thing about mechanical engineering is it’s so versatile. It applies to so many different industries.​

​Omar Tahmiscic, BSc (Eng)’05

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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​Mechanical engineering is about machines and mechanical systems. It is a broad discipline. We cover structures, look at electrical systems, integrate electrical and mechanical into mechatronic systems. It really gave me that foundation and sort of springboard to do all sorts of different things in engineering. When I think about the future of mechanical and manufacturing engineering – there are serious problems that need to be solved and mechanical engineers will be at the forefront.

​Dr. Robert Brennan, P.Eng., FEC — Professor, Department Head

Join our community in fall 2018

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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​You learn a lot of math, concepts and theories but you also get to apply it in your labs and your coursework. It all relates back to what’s actually happening around you. The highlight was my manufacturing lab in third year. You get to manufacture a dice, a screw and a bolt and you get to learn how the drawings relate into real life. You get to do a little bit of process engineering which is like chemical and a little bit of electrical and a little bit of civil and all in one department.

​Julia B., mechanical engineering student

Faculty Information

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Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
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