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.
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
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
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
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
Biomedical & biomechanics industries
Dams and hydroelectricity projects
Engineering and management consulting
Engineering design firms
Heavy equipment and machine tools
Hospitals facilities management
Industries related to energy
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
Renewable energy and energy storage industry
Research and development
Sports science facilities
Universities & colleges
Water and water waste systems
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
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.
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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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 workshops, career fairs or career panels to get a head start.