What is Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical engineering is a highly rewarding and very versatile career choice with the potential to make a significant difference to society. Choosing an education in Mechanical Engineering will allow you to set your course for a variety of career paths, from the frontiers of biomedicine, to creating a sustainable global environment, to designing the machinery on which industry relies, to developing the skills needed to rise to the top of the business world.
Our Mechanical Engineering programs prepare students to deal with a broad range of engineering challenges, including the research, design, and development of machines, tools, and mechanical devices for a variety of industries and fields. Mechanical Engineers make our world a better place by building cars with reduced emissions, creating airplanes with lighter materials, designing prosthetic limbs, refining manufacturing technology and methodology, investigating applications for robotics and artificial intelligence, guiding the effective use of natural resources, examining the impact of engineering on the environment, generating coatings with unique thermal and mechanical properties, and designing micro-, nano-, and lab-on-a-chip technologies. And, that’s just the beginning!
What's a future in Biomedical Engineering (BME) look like for an aspiring student?
It is generally recognized that health care delivery can be significantly improved and made more efficient through improved
Undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering lab.
equipment and practices. As a starting biomedical engineer your role will be to improve patient treatment options or to contribute to medical research by developing new specialized equipment, means to better provide drug therapies and so on; however, with experience, the management skills of a biomedical engineer will lead to participation in policy making and development of new operating environments. You can assure yourself of a greater role by obtaining graduate degrees (MSc, M.Eng, and PhD). Biomedical engineers will play an increasing role in the Province of Alberta’s medical/clinical/research vision, as will be the case throughout Canada.
To be strong Biomedical Engineers our graduates must first be strong Mechanical Engineers. As such the Department of Mechanical Engineering has not cut into the fundamentals of its degree, but added courses and a clinical placement that build upon and enhance our already strong undergraduate program. This does require an extra term of courses, but does not increase the length of a coop degree. This, should be seen as an investment in your future. In addition, this ensures that our graduates meet all Mechanical Engineering degree requirements by the accreditation process. APEGGA does not currently license engineers from an Alberta University biomedical program; however you will still be able to get licensed as a Mechanical Engineer and practice in BME.