Mechanical Engineering
Location: Sexton Campus
5217 Morris Street, O'Brien Hall
Room 711
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-3989
Fax: (902) 423-6711
Website: www.dal.ca/mech
Email: mech.admin@dal.ca


Mechanical Engineering covers a very broad field of professional activity in such areas as land, sea, air, and space transportation; primary and secondary manufacturing industries; energy supply, conversion and utilization; environmental control; and industrial management. In these areas, the Mechanical Engineer may become involved with design, construction, operation, development, research, planning, sales and management.

The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of Mechanical Engineering through lecture, tutorial, and laboratory activities. Well-instrumented laboratories in thermofluids, energy conversion, stress analysis, vibrations, and control systems provide experience in measurements and applications, to ensure a thorough understanding and appreciation of the subject matter. Courses in mathematics, and various non-technical subjects are offered to broaden the student’s outlook and understanding of the profession.

Laboratory involvement is considered an important component of mechanical engineering students’ education. Emphasis in the laboratory is placed on project work in which design, development and testing are combined in term projects. The laboratory facilities include extensive equipment which is available for use by both undergraduate and graduate students. Measurement techniques and interpretation of test data are emphasized in the laboratories which include several testing machines, photoelastic equipment and strain gage facilities. The control systems laboratories include hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic control systems and components. Several test cells are available for engine testing and a well instrumented, low turbulence wind tunnel is available.

Most undergraduate laboratories use high-speed PC-based digital data acquisition and control systems with graphical interfaces for lab experiments and computations, and the Department has several advanced computer graphics systems.

A design project is an integral part of the senior year curriculum. This involves the student in the original design of a machine or system. Generally, the material learned in several courses must be applied in an imaginative way to achieve the required objective. Non-credit machine-shop practice courses are available to aid the design and construction of projects. Many design projects are sponsored by industry. Most projects involve hardware and typically result in construction and testing of prototypes.

Postgraduate studies in the Department are concentrated in the areas of renewable energy, conversion and storage, stress analysis, heat transfer, multi-phase flow, fluid and thermal power, dynamics of rotating machines, robotics, MEMS and computer aided design and manufacturing. Research and project master’s degrees as well as the doctoral degree are offered.


Mechanical Engineering offers two versions of the BEng Program:

1.     Co-op Program
2.     Non Co-op Program