MCG

Mechanical
Engineering

Mechanical engineers apply the fundamentals of science and math to create practical, useful solutions for a wide range of mechanical, thermal and biomedical systems and devices, from computer parts to power plants, from manufacturing systems to spacecraft.

This is a broad-based area of engineering, and graduates find work in almost every industrial sector, including high tech, aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, energy, biomedicine and consulting.

Career opportunities

  • Aeronautical/aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Robotics/automation/controls engineer
  • Energy systems engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Consulting engineer
  • Renewable energy engineer

Salary estimates (entry level)

  • $59,905 - $77,209 [1]

Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 91.7% [2]
Graduate programs
  • Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Doctorate (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering

Options

Options available with this program

  • BASc in Mechanical Engineering
  • BASc in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship Option
  • BASc in Mechanical Engineering and BSc in Computing Technology

Languages

  • This program is offered in English and in French.
    • All courses are offered in English.
    • All first and second year courses, and some third year courses, are also available in French.

A preview of your studies

Course examples

  • Heat Transfer
  • Machine Design
  • Advanced Strength of Materials
  • System Dynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics I
  • Mechanical Vibration Analysis
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Aerodynamics

Consult and compare the course list of programs and options.

CO-OP (optional)

Examples of tasks at work

  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Design
  • Manufacturing techniques
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Preliminary design calculations
  • Project management
  • Research
  • Technical calculations (elementary analysis of resistance, energy balance)
  • Writing technical reports

Salary (weekly)

  • Average: $705 [3]

Work term placement rates

  • 93.5% [4]

    More information

    From our students' perspective

    Shannon Berry

    Fourth year Mechanical Engineering and Computing Technology, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship option

    Outgoing SVP finance of ESS, incoming president of MESS, incoming treasurer of IEEE uOttawa Student Chapter, assistant director for OEC 2018 Organizing Committee


    At the beginning of my first year, I began to get involved with multiple groups at uOttawa. I learned about many opportunities for involvement during the student clubs’ fair organized by the Faculty of Engineering during Welcome Week. I then signed up to become an engineering student ambassador, which introduced me to many new people, gave me opportunities to get involved and even lead to a job opportunity. In my first year, I became involved in many activities: I joined the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCT R) Team, began my involvement with the Engineering Student Society (ESS) and became a member of the Gee Gees’ dance team.

    As a very shy person, I knew the best way for me to make friends was to get involved. I had a great time working with these groups in my first year, which encouraged me to continue exploring other extracurricular activities. Since then, I have held many roles, including senior VP finance for the ESS, VP social for the Mechanical Engineering Student Society (MESS), a captain for the GNCT R team, a member for both the organizing committee for the Professional Engineers of Ontario Student Conference (PEO-SC) and for the Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC). This year, I will be the president of MESS and the treasurer for the IEEE uOttawa Student Branch.

    Being an engineering student can be very challenging but the relationships I’ve developed and the experiences I’ve had through my involvement have greatly contributed to my studies. And when I graduate, I will be getting much more than just a degree.


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    Jawwad Akbari

    Fourth year, Mechanical Engineering, CO-OP


    In my first year, I was fortunate to receive the Dean’s Merit Scholarship ($5,000) and the Admission Scholarship ($4,000). In third year, I participated in the UROP program and received $1,000. The scholarships that I have received during my studies have helped alleviate the financial burdens of university, which has allowed me to focus my attention on my studies and extracurricular activities. Out of all the universities I had applied to, uOttawa offered the most generous scholarships. This definitely contributed to my decision to come here, as the scholarships helped give my family and me peace of mind. Having a scholarship that is conditional on GPA also keeps you motivated to succeed academically.

    I encourage all uOttawa students to apply and take advantage of as many scholarships and bursaries as possible. Even a small amount can really help. In addition, scholarships are not just given for academic excellence, but for athletic achievements, as well as community involvement. Therefore, getting involved in extracurricular activities is great. Not only will it make you eligible for more scholarships but you will have a more fulfilling university experience.

    Admissions at a glance

    Admission requirements

    Ontario

    General requirements

    A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course.

    Students who do not have Calculus and Vectors 4U can take the replacement course at the University either the summer before or during their first term.

    Prerequisite courses

    Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
    Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Biology 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    High 80s
    Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Two of the following:
      • Biology 4U
      • Chemistry 4U
      • Physics 4U
      • Earth and Space Science 4U
    Mid 80s
    Chemical Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    Mid 80s
    Civil Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Computer Science
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    Low 80s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Computer Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • Chemistry 4U
    • Physics 4U
    Low 80s
    Electrical Engineering
    Physics and Electrical Engineering
    Software Engineering
    • English 4U or Français 4U
    • Advanced Functions 4U
    • Calculus and Vectors 4U
    • One of the following:
      • Biology 4U
      • Chemistry 4U
      • Computing 4U
      • Physics 4U
    Mid 80s
    Secondary V

    General requirements

    A minimum combined average of 84% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics.

    Students may be required to take up to two mathematics make-up courses at the University either the summer before or during their first year.

    Prerequisite courses

    Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
    Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
    • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
    84%
    Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    Physics and Electrical Engineering Mathematics
    Computer Science
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    84%
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Chemical Engineering
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    • Chemistry (Sec. V)
    • Physics (Sec. V)
    84%
    Civil Engineering
    Computer Engineering
    Electrical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Software Engineering
    • English, Language Arts (Sec. V) or Français, langue d’enseignement (5e sec.)
    • Mathematics Technical and Scientific option or Science option (Sec. V)
    • One of the following:
      • Science and Technology (with or without option) (Sec. IV)
      • Chemistry (Sec. V)
      • Physics (Sec. V)
    84%

    These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

    See the full undergraduate admission requirements for more information.

    CEGEP

    General requirements

    A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, except in Software Engineering, where a minimum of 70% is required for each prerequisite course.

    Students who are missing the mathematics prerequisite are required to take up to two replacement courses at the University the summer before or during their first year.

    Prerequisite courses

    Discipline Prerequisites and other requirements Admission average
    Computer Science
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    Low 70s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Computer Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    Low 70s
    Electrical Engineering
    Physics and Electrical Engineering Mathematics
    Biotechnology (Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering)
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    • Two of the following:
      • Biology (101) General Biology I
      • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
      • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
      • Mathematics (201) Algebra I
    Mid 70s
    Chemical Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    Mid 70s
    Civil Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Software Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    • One of the following:
      • Biology (101) General Biology I
      • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry of Organic Chemistry
      • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    Mid 70s
    Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
    • English (603) or Français (601)
    • Biology (101) General Biology
    • Chemistry (202) General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry
    • Physics (203) Mechanics or Electricity and Magnetism
    • Mathematics (201) Calculus I
    High 70s

    These are minimum requirements only. They are subject to change. Admission is not guaranteed.

    See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

    Studying outside of Ontario or Quebec? Find your admission requirements.

    Admission averages vary between English and French programs. See the French page for the French program requirements.

    Contact us

    Do you have questions about this program?

    Julie Cormier-Doiron
    Liaison and Communications Officer
    Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 6096
    genie.engineering@uOttawa.ca

    Davide Spinello
    Professor and Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies - Mechanical Engineering
    Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 2460
    dspinell@uOttawa.ca

    Undergraduate programs

    Not sure which program you should choose? You can always change your mind! As long as you meet the criteria, you can switch to another program even after starting your studies.

    References:

    1. jobbank.gc.ca: entry-level estimate calculated by compiling salary data by discipline (from low to average) in Canada to reflect industry earning.

    2. OSAP Ontario University Graduate Survey 2015-2016.

    3. coop.uottawa.ca: average of the program specific work terms average salaries. Salary average typically increase by work term. Calculated September 2017.

    4. CO-OP uOttawa: 2017.

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