Mechanical Engineering
Location: Sexton Campus
5269 Morris Street
Building C1 - Room 360
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-3989

Mechanical Engineering covers a very broad field of professional activities 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 lectures, tutorials, and laboratory activities. Well-instrumented laboratories in: thermofluids, energy conversion, machine design and operation, vibrations, control systems, and materials, 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.

Most undergraduate laboratories use high-speed PC-based digital data acquisition and control systems with graphical interfaces for lab experiments and computations. The Department also offers a significant number of numerical laboratories using state of the art design and simulation software.

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. Most design projects are sponsored by industry 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, robotics, MEMS and computer aided design, materials, systems, oceans and manufacturing. Research and project master’s degrees as well as doctoral degrees are offered.

Mechanical Engineering offers two versions of the BEng Program:

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