We offer three unique undergraduate degrees programs within our department:
1. Traditional Mechanical Engineering program
Our traditional (four- year) Mechanical Engineering program covers a diverse range of engineering fields with five major areas of study: solid mechanics and dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanical design, and engineering management. Examples of more specialized areas of work are acoustics, aerodynamics, biomechanical engineering, combustion engines, energy conversion systems, environmental engineering, and material science including fracture and fatigue, robotics and vehicle design.
2. Cooperative Education Program
The Faculty of Engineering offers one of the largest and most successful co-op programs in Canada, which incorporates paid, supervised work experiences in your undergraduate degree. Co-op students gain valuable experience through full-time employment during work terms that are interlaced with academic terms. Approximately 50 percent of Mechanical Engineering students register for the co-op option.
Co-op students complement their academic studies with five four-month terms of work experience. The academic requirements for co-op and traditional programs are identical. The work experience component over the last six academic terms takes four years, so a degree with the Cooperative Program designation requires five years.
3. The Biomedical Co-op Option
Biomedical Engineering (BME) is, among other things, the application of design, thermo-fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and material concepts to:
developing new equipment such as surgical , emergency, and diagnostic tools, short/long term treatment or rehabilitation equipment for people or veterinary purposes;
improve the state of our health care system; and,
to generally better understand what makes us tick in order to improve our quality of life.
Clinicians, doctors and engineers work better if they understand each other. To that effect, it is important that students undertaking BME work gain a strong interdisciplinary background. The additional courses and clinical placement components of this program help bridge the communication gap between clinicians and engineers. Since work experience is required, the Engineering Co-op Department helps Mechanical Engineering students find suitable employment. Most jobs are in Alberta, but some jobs are elsewhere in Canada or overseas. Our students are regularly employed by a range of industries: biomedical, energy utilities, telecommunications, aerospace, petrochemical, and manufacturing. Students also have the opportunity to find their own placement position.
Up to 15 students are accepted into the biomedical option every year. This option is available only in a co-op format where academic terms are interspersed with work terms in industry or research labs. BME students go through the full Mechanical Engineering degree supplemented with additional coursework and placements to prepare them for a career in biomedical engineering or graduate studies. The program does not meet all premed requirements.