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Program Overview

Designed around a framework of sustainability, Mechanical Engineering empowers you to design and develop processes and systems that improve our environment, technology and quality of life.

Our innovative Mechanical Engineering program has been built to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in this versatile field. This program emphasizes the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools. By emphasizing collaboration and integration, you will experience practical design-based learning and develop the tools to create new and effective solutions to issues in our world.

What Students are saying about Mechanical Engineering

Justin - Mechanical Engineering Student

Mechanical Engineering
 Engineering is in my family. In high school, I was strong in math and in science, and I was also very hands-on, so I wanted a program to give me theory and the ability to explore the practical side of engineering. And that's U of G. The co-op jobs that are available can also provide a similar diverse environment. My last two 8-month co-op terms were with a local brewery, where I had the opportunity to play a significant role in a major expansion. With this job, I can apply my theoretical knowledge, but more importantly for me, it has given me the ability to work with my hands everyday while in an engineering role.

Program Information

  Bachelor of Engineering*
*Available in regular or co-operative education
  • Renewable and sustainable energy
  • Mechatronics
  • Biomechanics and prosthetics
  • Manufacturing
      Mechanical Engineering is built around concepts of sustainability and sustainable design to equip graduates to tackle issues associated with emerging technologies. Graduates of mechanical engineering are involved in the development of machines and equipment ranging from mega marine ships to minute instruments used in medicine and surgery. You will be are able to apply mathematical, scientific and engineering principles to a wide variety of fields and find employment across the private and public sectors.
  • Structural Design Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Canada Green Technologies


    First Year

    Your first year courses in Mechanical Engineering are chosen to introduce you to engineering design and to build the foundation of fundamental science and math skills needed in all fields of engineering. These foundational courses are essential to your education as an engineer.

    Fall Semsester

    Winter Semester

    CHEM*1040  |  General Chemistry I

    ENGG*1210  |  Engineering Mechanics I

    ENGG*1100  |  Engineering and Design I

    ENGG*1500  |  Engineering Analysis

    CIS*1500  |  Introduction to Programming

    MATH*1210  |  Calculus II

    MATH*1200  |  Calculus I

    PHYS*1010  |  Introductory Electricity and Magnetism

    PHYS*1130  |  Physics with Applications

    0.50 restriced electives

    Beyond First Year

    In addition to the interdisciplinary courses, below are a few courses specific to Mechanical Engineering. For descriptions of these courses, please consult the current Undergraduate Calendar

    • Kinematics and Dynamics
    • Machine Design
    • Electric Circuits
    • Electromechanical Devices

    Elective Opportunities:

    • Sustainable Energy
    • Manufacturing
    • Mechatronics
    • Biomedical

    Design. Create. Solve.

    Guelph Engineering students experience Engineering Design from the moment they walk in the door.  At Guelph, you will take part in our integrated approach to engineering design starting immediately in your first semester. Your design experience continues to build in each year of your program and many 3rd and 4th year courses have a large design component built directly into the curriculum.

    Capstone Design Project

    In your final year, you will work with students from multiple engineering disciplines to complete a final design project that focuses on your area of interest.  This capstone course allows students to complete a project from beginning to end, in their chosen field and under the guidance of a faculty advisor.  The comprehensive design course prepares our students to envision and develop new and effective solutions to issues in our world.

    Examples of Mechanical Engineering capstone design projects:

    • Adaptable Multi-Modal Robot End-Effector
    • Autonomous Solar Tracking Powered Umbrella
    • FSAE Carbon Fibre Rims
    • Roof Deck Welding Assist Machine
    • CubeSat - Zero Gravity Attitude Control System