Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are responsible for a wide range of mechanical, energy, aeronautical, naval, thermal and biomedical systems and devices—from computer parts to power plants, manufacturing systems and spacecraft. This is a broad-based area of engineering with career opportunities in almost every industrial sector, including high tech, aerospace, materials, manufacturing, automotive, energy, ship building, biomedical and consulting. The program provides state-of-the-art education and cuttingedge research opportunities in all core areas of mechanical engineering, including materials, solid mechanics, design and thermofluids.

Studies made for you

Options with this program

This program is only offered in English.

Course examples
  • Theory of Turbulence
  • Advanced Kinematics
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Theory of Elasticity

Check out the full courses list

  • Nuclear Reactor Engineering
  • Robot Mechanics
  • Aero-Acoustics
  • Creative Problem Solving and Design

Enhance your studies


Key research themes are:

  • Thermal and fluid engineering
  • Solid mechanics and design
  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Controls and robotics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Aeronautical and space engineering

Experience your future career and help fund your studies with the CO-OP program. With the Co-operative Education (CO-OP) Program, you can gain hands-on experience in your field of study while you complete your degree.

Some participating employers:

  • ADVA Optical Networking NA Inc.
  • Denis Sheet Metal (2000) Ltd
  • FCA Canada Inc
  • Honeywell Ltd.
  • National Research Council Canada

Examples of tasks at work:

  • Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD-CAM)
  • Consulting
  • Equipment operation and maintenance
  • Manufacturing techniques and processes
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Preliminary design
  • Technical calculations (elementary analysis of resistance, energy balance)
  • Technical drawing
  • Writing technical reports

Learn more:

CO-OP for Engineering students

CO-OP for students in Mechanical Engineering

Scholarships and bursaries

If you are looking for ways to finance your studies, the Faculty of Engineering and the University of Ottawa offer a lot of scholarships that could help you fund your studies. The University also offers financial support to help students reach their full potential.

To find what fits your needs best, please visit the Award and financial support website.

Things to know

Admission requirements

Are you interested in this program? Check out the below sections to get ready and ensure that you meet all the requirements before applying.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a specialization, or a major in mechanical engineering (or equivalent) with a minimum average of 70% (B).

Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.

  • Demonstrate a good academic performance in previous studies as shown by official transcripts, research reports, abstracts or any other documents demonstrating research skills.
  • Identify at least one professor who is willing to supervise your research and thesis.
    • We recommend that you contact potential thesis supervisors as soon as possible.
    • To enroll, you need to have been accepted by a thesis supervisor.
    • The supervisor’s name is required at the time of application.
Language requirements

Applicants must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (English) in the program to which they are applying. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.

Applicants whose first language is neither French nor English must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction.

Note: Candidates are responsible for any fees associated with the language tests.

Opportunities with this degree

If you have specific questions about this field or can't find the information you are looking for in below sections, we invite you to get in touch with the Graduate Studies Office or the Career Development Centre.

Career Opportunities
  • Aeronautical/aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Robotics/automation/controls engineer
  • Energy systems engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Consulting engineer
  • Renewable energy engineer
Pursue your studies

Please visit the Professional Development Institute website if you are interested in developing various skills that could help you in taking your career to new heights.

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