Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university (refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements). Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

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As a mechanical engineering student at the University of Manitoba you will learn about the principles of mechanics, materials and energy to design machines and processes. The department of mechanical engineering has many technical specialty opportunities for you to explore with the ability to focus in any of the following areas:

  1. Aerospace
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Materials
  4. Solid mechanics
  5. Thermofluids

The B.Sc. Engineering programs have continuing accreditation from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). B.Sc. Engineering graduates have the educational requirements to become registered Professional Engineers in all Canadian jurisdictions.

Skills you will gain by studying MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

  • A demonstrated understanding of both the scientific and engineering methods and the ability to use both methods to analyze complex problems involving mechanical systems.
  • The ability to generate conceptual and detailed designs for complex engineering problems, demonstrating the proper use of software, equipment, and instrumentation in the solution and performance evaluation.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues, clients, and the general population.

 

Year 1 - 34.5 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Course requirements:
CHEM 1100, CHEM 1122, COMP 1012PHYS 1050MATH 1210,
MATH 1510 and MATH 1710 and ENG 1430ENG 1440ENG 1450 and ENG 1460, plus written English requirement

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an academic advisor in the Price Faculty of Engineering to help you plan your program.
  2. Apply online for entry into the mechanical engineering degree program by the admission deadline.
  3. For academic support, visit the Math Help Centre or contact the Academic Learning Centre to register for a Supplemental Instruction Session.

CAREER TIPS

Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research careers matching your skills and interests, attend UMES events to learn about engineering programs and career choices.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Explore your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE

Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including University of Manitoba Engineering Society and the University of Manitoba Students' Union.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Science, Engineering & Technology Day.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-StudySTEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Student Leadership Development Program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES

Considering international opportunities?
Attend International Week for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre or learn about local agencies via 211 Manitoba at mb.211.ca.

Year 2 - 74.5 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Course requirements:
CHEM 1310MATH 2130 and MATH 2132STAT 2220, MECH 2112MECH 2150MECH 2202MECH 2222MECH 2262 and MECH 2272 and ENG 2030 or ENG 2040

To do this year:

  1. Consider focusing your education by choosing a specialization in Aerospace, Manufacturing, Materials, Solid Mechanics or Thermofluids.
  2. Consider applying for the co-op program.
  3. Take a minor to prepare you for positions with managerial responsibilities in industry.

CAREER TIPS

Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs, such as ASE, to connect with employers.
  3. Become a student affiliate with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba.
  4. Develop professional connections by attending networking events such as H.I.R.E.D. and Engineering Wine and Cheese events.

Market your skills: develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE

Gain relevant experience: consider applying to the Co-operative Education and Industrial Internship Program.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: check out Let’s Talk Science, the BYP Camp and UMES Outreach.

Explore student research opportunities: apply for a research assistant position, Undergraduate Research Award or NSERC grant.

Consider joining technical societies and competition teams: visit the Price Faculty of Engineering and University of Manitoba Engineering Society's respective websites for listings of technical societies.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES

Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: consider an international student exchange through the International Engineering Programs Office, Co-op/IIP students can also take advantage of the Canada-Japan program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday."

Staying local? Check out Engineers without Borders, the World W.I.S.E. Ambassador Program or one of the local service-learning programs. Consider learning a new language and about a new culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.

 

Year 3 - 117.5 credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Course requirements:
MATH 3132MECH 3170MECH 3420MECH 3430MECH 3460MECH 3482MECH 3492MECH 3502MECH 3542, MECH 3982 and MECH 3992, one technical elective course and one complimentary elective course

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a department advisor for program approval.
  2. Discuss your program with your professors and industry professionals for advice regarding the best choice of technical electives for your needs.
  3. Meet with your co-op advisor, if applicable.

Investigate your career options:

  1. Identify gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships.
  2. Reflect on your classroom learning and identify skills that can be transferred to the workplace.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as World Trade Centre Winnipeg and Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: check out the Faculty of Graduate StudiesExtended Education or other academic institutions.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE

Continue or start research: participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition or an international internship through the International Engineering Programs Office.

Check out student job opportunities with: the City of WinnipegManitoba Hydro and WISE Kid-Netic Energy.

Search for job opportunities online: check out Eco CanadaScience.caJob BankFind My JobIndeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES

Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or speak or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: join the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

Year 4 - 160.5+ credit hours

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Course requirements:
ECE 3010CIVL 4460ENG 3000PHYS 1070MECH 4650 and MECH 4860, and four technical electives

To do this year:

  1. Meet with your co-op advisor, if applicable.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with a biosystems engineering academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

CAREER TIPS

Start job search 9 months in advance: contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: finalize your application materials and contact mechanical engineering professors recruiting graduate students. Use the graduate awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE

Ensure you have references in place: ask three work-related references who are willing to expect calls from potential employers. If applying to graduate studies ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation.

Assess your resumé: update your resumé for each job application. Focus on the knowledge, skills and attributes that are of interest to the employer.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES

Prepare to work in a multicultural environment:
Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus. Get access to Lynda.com through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.

Sample Jobs

Sample jobs with an undergraduate degree and related experience

Aerospace Engineer
Agricultural Equipment Engineer
Air Quality Specialist
Biomechanical Engineer
Consulting Engineer
Design Engineer
 
Energy Conservation Engineer
Environmental Engineer
H.V.A.C. Engineer
Machine Designer
 
Materials Engineer
Process Engineer 
Production Engineer 
Project Management Engineer
Rehabilitation Engineer
Structural Engineer
Systems Engineer
Technical Sales Specialist

Options requiring other education

Biomedical Engineer
Engineering Manager
Facilities Manager
Geophysicist 
Industrial Designer
Mechanical Engineering Technologist
Nuclear Engineer
Patent Agent
Physician
Researcher
Tribologist
University Professor

What do employers want?

Industries such as aerospace, agriculture, automotive, environment, HVAC, research and design, and biomechanical development would value a mechanical engineering degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical skills
  • Team work
  • Oral and written communication
  • Personal management
  • Project management
  • Continuous learning

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

Details of that report can be found here.

Get one-on-one help

  • Meet with a career consultant

    Drop-in to see a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career strategy, CV, job search and interview preparation. Drop-in sessions last 30-45 minutes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis:

    • Mon: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Tues: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Wed: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Thurs: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m

    You can also call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment at the Fort Garry or Bannatyne campus.

  • Talk to an academic advisor

    Talk to an academic advisor who will guide you to resources to help you make important decisions for your future. Advisors are specialized, often by program, faculty/school or unit.

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Department of mechanical engineering

E2 - 327 EITC
75 Chancellors Circle
(204) 474-6630, me_inquiries@umanitoba.ca
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