What is mechanical engineering?
Mechanical engineering is characterised by the motion and transfer of energy, for example in vehicles, aeroplanes, vessels, missiles, cooling systems, power stations and engines, but also includes machines used in all branches of the economy, such as process plants and manufacturing industries.
What knowledge and skills does this programme equip one with?
Mechanical engineers' most important knowledge areas are built on a basis of mathematics, physics and chemistry. The knowledge areas include Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Structural Mechanics, Dynamics and Mechanical Design. In their final year, students can choose one of three elective modules, i.e. finite element structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics or maintenance science. Students are also exposed to some of the key elements of mechatronic engineering.
See the curriculum in our Calendar, page 53.
Job opportunities for mechanical engineers
The multi-faceted training of mechanical engineers leads to various professional careers that usually include the development, manufacturing and/or operation of products and systems. Mechanical engineers work in the whole range of companies, from large multinationals to smaller consulting partnerships.