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Mechanical Engineering

What can I do with my degree in Mechanical Engineering?

About the program

Concordia’s Mechanical Engineering department will enable students to learn about how to build engines, design robots, control explosions and virtually anything that has moving parts. Students will create, construct and control machines. Whether it’s a vehicle, an aircraft engine or an assembly line, mechanical engineers know how to make things run. Our state-of-the-art labs — such as the Engineering Design and Manufacturing and Flight Control lab — will give you experience with the tools you’ll use in the field and teach the physical principles of design: how individual parts form together and how to manufacture objects to make them economical, safe and simple to use. 

For the latest information on this program, visit the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering.

Skills developed

As a student in Mechanical Engineering, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.

  • Awareness of new trends in the field of mechanical engineering
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Computer-aided engineering (CAE)
  • Engineering management fundamentals
  • Knowledge of industry standards, regulations and codes relating to mechanical engineering
  • Quality assurance and quality control methodologies
  • Advanced knowledge of mechanics
  • Knowledge of emerging new technologies
  • Manual dexterity
  • Mathematical and science ability
  • Understanding fundamentals of mechanics and materials, vibration analysis, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics
  • Design, construct, integrate and analyze mechanical, control and feedback systems and processes

  • Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding accordingly
  • Explain complex concepts, theories and ideas to others effectively
  • Read and write and reports and essays
  • Interact with others and build professional relationships

  • Manage tasks and meet deadlines
  • Work under pressure
  • Influence and persuade
  • Make decisions and use sound judgement

  • Delegate
  • Manage conflict
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Lead and follow
  • Negotiate

  • Observe and interpret data
  • Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to generate and informed judgement or conclusion
  • Understand complex problems and identify solutions

Potential work settings

Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study. 

  • Aerospace & aeronautical industry 
  • Airports 
  • Automotive industry 
  • Biomedical & biomechanics industries   
  • Construction companies 
  • Consulting firms 
  • Cryogenic organizations 
  • Dams and hydroelectricity projects 
  • Engineering and management consulting 
  • Engineering design firms 
  • Food processing 
  • Heavy equipment and machine tools 
  • Tech companies 
  • Hospitals facilities management 
  • HVAC systems 
  • Industrial plants 
  • Industries related to energy 
  • Machine shops 
  • Manufacturing industries 
  • Mining industry 
  • Nuclear sites 
  • Oil & gas refineries 
  • Operation and maintenance services 
  • Pharmaceutical industry Power generation plants and distribution services 
  • Government (provincial and federal) 
  • Public service canada 
  • Pulp and paper industry 
  • Railway operators 
  • Renewable energy and energy storage industry 
  • Research and development 
  • Robotics 
  • Sports science facilities 
  • Telecom companies 
  • Laboratories 
  • Textile manufacturing 
  • Transportation industries 
  • Universities & colleges 
  • Water and water waste systems 

Career possibilities

Please note that many positions listed below may require a certificate or a graduate diploma, a second bachelor and relevant internship, training and work experience.

In most countries including Canada, only a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) is licensed to practice engineering in the province or territory where it was granted. The license also gives you the right to use the Engineer title after your name. In Quebec and since April 1, 2019, anyone who wishes to obtain the engineer title (Eng.) must first become a candidate to the engineering profession (CEP). This professional admission program replaces the junior engineer program and prepares future engineers to practice with rigour and competence. For more information, please check the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. 

Mechanical Engineering covers topics including (but not limited to) the following primary areas:

  • Solids and structures: Linear and nonlinear solid mechanics; structural mechanics; computational mechanics; composite materials; experimental mechanics; vibrations; fracture and damage mechanics; contact mechanics; dynamics of structures; tribology; biomechanics.
  • Fluids and energy: Climatization; ventilation; indoor air quality; heat transfer; computational fluid dynamics; efficient combustion systems; combined systems of heat and electricity production; renewable energies; fuel cells; energetic and environmental performance for sustainable development.
  • Materials and manufacturing: Materials and their behaviour in service, namely wear, creep, fatigue and fracture; joining of materials by welding; plastic deformation and adhesives; foundry technology; plastic forming processes and their numerical simulation; machining; coatings; additive manufacturing; biotechnology; nanotechnology.
  • Automation and machine design: Industrial automatisms; control and instrumentation; hydraulic and pneumatic systems; industrial informatics; robotics and numerical control; mechatronics; vision and intelligent systems; machine design in various industrial fields such as automotive, aerospace, motion control.

Please note that many positions listed below may require related training and certification, graduate diploma, a second bachelor’s degree, a certificate or a graduate diploma and relevant internship and work experience.

For details on these job titles, main duties and employment requirements visit Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).


  • Trainee/intern in mechanical engineering 
  • Junior mechanical engineer 
  • Candidate to the engineering profession 
  • Engineer in training 
  • Mechanical engineer 
  • Aerodynamics engineer   
  • Aircraft engineer  
  • Automotive engineer   
  • Consulting engineer  
  • Design engineer   
  • Development engineer 
  • Energy efficiency engineer   
  • Engineering project manager  
  • Equipment engineer 
  • Gas turbine engineer (rotors & structures)  
  • Heating and air-conditioning engineer 
  • Liaison engineer   
  • Manufacturing engineer   
  • Materials handling engineer 
  • Mechanical design engineer  
  • Packaging engineer 
  • Process engineer  
  • Product development engineer   
  • Product support engineer  
  • Production engineer   
  • Project engineer 
  • Quality engineer   
  • Reliability systems engineer  
  • Robotics engineer  
  • Safety engineer  
  • Simulation engineer   
  • Structural engineer   
  • Systems engineer   
  • Test engineer  

  • Associate technical specialist 
  • Business analyst 
  • Business executive  
  • Computer guided designer  
  • Consultant  
  • Control systems analyst 
  • Quality assurance and control inspector
  • Cost estimator 
  • Drafting technician   
  • Elevator technician
  • Energy auditor 
  • Engineering officer
  • Equipment designer 
  • Facilities manager
  • Heating specialist  
  • HVAC system technician
  • Industrial machinery sales representative
  • Management consultant  
  • Mechanical designer  
  • Mechanical drafter
  • Mechanical estimator
  • Mechanical facility designer
  • Mechanical service coordinator
  • Nanotechnologist  
  • Operations coordinator  
  • Process manager  
  • Product designer 
  • Product safety officer 
  • Production assistant manager
  • Production/product manager  
  • Project lead  
  • Quality assurance analyst
  • Quality designer  
  • Quality improvement
  • Sales manager  
  • Systems analyst 
  • Technical designer 
  • Technical sales representative 
  • Technical sales specialist
  • Technical support specialist  
  • Technician/technologist  
  • Test specialist

Start your job search

Explore career options

Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:

Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.

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Search job titles or companies - LinkedIn: Search by job title or field of study. You can also find out what type of positions individuals with the same degree as you have occupied.

Career Cruising

Explore your interests, learn about careers and find jobs on the Career Cruising website. Find the link and login information in the Student Hub's My CU Account.

Search for jobs

Browse the websites below to find jobs available in Quebec and Canada related to your field of study. You can also search the CAPS online job bank or find employers in Canada that hire new graduates in your field.

Book an appointment 

To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.

To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345

*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service

Networking  and professional associations

Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshopscareer fairs or career panels to get a head start.

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Contact us

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