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)

  • $62,588 - $77,028 [1]

Job placement rates

  • Employment rate 2 years after graduation: 89.6% [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
  • System Dynamics
  • Mechatronics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Robot Design and Control

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 (hourly rate)

  • $16.99 - $21.10 [3]

Work term placement rates

  • 97.4% [4]

    More information

    From our students' perspective

    Shannon Berry

    Shannon Berry

    Mechanical Engineering and Computing Technology, Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship option

    Class of 2019

    I am a former student in Mechanical Engineering and Computing Technology with the Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship option. I enjoy how comprehensive and diverse the program is.

    Although I specialized in Mechanical Engineering, I also took courses in Civil and Electrical Engineering. As part of the Computing Technology degree, I have taken courses in Computer Science as well as Computer and Software Engineering. With the addition of the Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship option, I could choose from a variety of business, marketing and accounting courses, thus expanding my skills and knowledge.

    This program is perfect for me because the variety of courses complements my wide range of interests. My education will keep my options open after graduation due to my strong understanding in a variety of subjects. I would recommend this program and combination of degrees to everyone!
     

    Marianne Lee

    Third year, Mechanical Engineering and Computing Technology

    As a person who enjoys doing hands-on work while also touching upon the management aspects of engineering, studying mechanical engineering is a perfect fit. I find myself using the technical knowledge and soft skills that I have gained almost every day, whether it be at work or in my daily life.

    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.

    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
    High 80s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Data Science
    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
    High 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
    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
    Data Science
    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 in science and mathematics.

    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
    Mid 70s
    Computer Science and Mathematics
    Data Science
    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
    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
    Low 80s
    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
    Low 80s

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

    See the full undergraduate admission requirementsfor more information.

    Not studying in an Ontario or Quebec high school? 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
    genie.engineering@uOttawa.ca

    Davide Spinello
    Professor and Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies - Mechanical Engineering
    dspinell@uOttawa.ca

    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 2016-2017.
    3. coop.uottawa.ca: average of salary (hourly rate) from Work Term 1 - Work Term 4. Based on Summer 2018 work term data.
    4. CO-OP uOttawa: 2018.
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