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Program Summary

Virtually anything one builds that moves or converts energy has a mechanical component, making mechanical engineering among the most versatile of all disciplines. Our program emphasizes the development of analytical, computational and hands-on skills in design, dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, materials, control systems and robotics. Elective courses in energy conversion and power generation, manufacturing and production processes, aerodynamics and flight mechanics, vehicle engineering, biomedical engineering, and computational methods are available. A concentration in Integrated Manufacturing is offered.

Carleton’s Mechanical Engineering program emphasizes engineering fundamentals and challenging laboratory and design work. Our graduates are well recognized for their skills and knowledge, as well as their ability to adapt to changing technologies.

This Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program offers:

  • comprehensive study in one of Canada’s largest mechanical engineering departments;
  • an emphasis on problem-solving skills and hands-on laboratory and design work;
  • excellent laboratory and computer facilities;
  • an option for a concentration in integrated manufacturing;
  • a unique and challenging final-year group design project;
  • excellent scholarships for high-standing students; and
  • collaborative design projects with government and other research institutes.

Our laboratory and research facilities

At Carleton, you will benefit from:

  • outstanding campus laboratory and computer facilities, including many wind tunnels;
  • complete computer-aided design and prototype fabrication and testing facilities; and
  • proximity to and close association with the National Research Council Canada’s laboratories.

Co-op opportunities

As a student in the Mechanical Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program. Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the Co-op designation on your degree. Often, the four consecutive work terms following third year take place with the same employer. Our program is closely associated with a wide range of private and public service employers seeking Mechanical Engineering candidates, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.

Ottawa is a global technology leader. Sharing a city with some of the world’s best tech companies and government laboratories offers excellent opportunities for co-op and internship placements, as well as a high number of prospects for future employment. Nearly 79,000 people in the national capital are employed by more than 1,800 tech companies, including multinational giants who lead the way in telecommunications, software, computer systems, aerospace, sensor technologies, the environment, security and defence, construction, semiconductors, and wireless technologies.

The BEng in Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. When you graduate from the program, you will meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer.

This program builds upon two fundamental areas: design and the engineering sciences. We place a major emphasis on design, dynamics, thermodynamics, solid mechanics, materials, fluid mechanics, control systems and robotics, and heat transfer. In addition, you can choose elective courses from a wide range of applied subjects—including noise control, energy conversion and power generation, manufacturing and production processes, aerodynamics and flight mechanics, vehicle engineering, spacecraft design, automatic controls, propulsion and biomedical engineering.

As a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering degree program, you will be well prepared for challenging positions in the manufacturing industry, energy utilities, government and industry laboratories, building services and plant engineering, the transportation industry and a wide variety of consulting engineering firms.

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