Practically our entire modern world depends on mechanical systems and devices to produce goods, transport us, and improve our quality of life. As a mechanical engineer, you will find opportunities in every industry sector, including aerospace, automotive, energy, and manufacturing.
The mechanical engineering program at Windsor builds on the common first-year courses in mathematics, science, and basic engineering; it focuses on two major components: solid mechanics and thermofluids. The field of solid mechanics includes the design and motion of machines, the analysis of forces and stresses, and the area of NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness). Thermofluids is a broad area that encompasses fluid flow in pipes and wind turbines, heat transfer in components such as radiators and computer chips, and the thermodynamics of engines and power systems. As a mechanical engineering student, you will learn to master the fundamentals for designing, analyzing, and operating mechanical, thermal, and fluid systems.
In addition to the general Mechanical Engineering program, you can also choose one of four Mechanical Engineering option streams.
A particular advantage of the Automotive Engineering Option is the central location of Windsor in the heart of North America’s automotive manufacturing region. The mechanical and environmental programs have teamed together to offer an option that addresses aspects of both pollution control and sustainable design; Windsor’s program in environmental engineering was the first in Canada. Windsor has one of the largest materials programs in Canada; its undergraduate option prepares students for work in industry and well as for further study at the graduate level.
One-quarter of the students in Mechanical Engineering are in the Cooperative Education program, which augments university study with real-world practical experience in industry. Students in the Cooperative Education program enjoy a wealth of job opportunities given Windsor’s location in Ontario’s manufacturing region.
Of particular note is Windsor’s unique cooperative education exchange program with Schaeffler Technologies development and manufacturing facilities in the cities of Herzogenaurach and Schweinfurt in the Bavaria region of Germany. Each year, over ten percent of mechanical engineering students travel to Germany for a full-year work term, generally after their third year of study. Schaeffler provides on-the-job German language training for its international cooperative education students. Upon return from their year of work in Germany, Windsor students have regularly received placement into the university’s third-year Advanced German language courses.
A unique Master’s degree program focused in the automotive area has been developed in cooperation with the North American automotive manufacturer Chrysler and its Italian partner Fiat. If you decide to pursue this program after completing your undergraduate degree, you will begin with one year of graduate study in Windsor on a project supported by Chrysler. You will then travel to Politecnico di Torino, a premier technological university in Italy, where you will complete your Master’s degree with one year of study on a project supported by Fiat. The entire program is conducted in English, and students graduate with a joint degree from both institutions.
As you can see, the program in Mechanical Engineering offers a wide range of opportunities and experiences. The professors and staff of the department invite you to learn more about this exciting field of engineering.
Note: The B.A.Sc. degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.