Why study Mechanical Engineering at Dal?

Design a better future

Mechanical Engineers make the world a better place – from building more environmentally friendly cars to designing medical devices and robots, to exploring renewable sources of energy – all designs use mechanical engineering principles.

Dalhousie’s Mechanical Engineering program gives you the chance to put theory to practice with a broad range of hands-on learning opportunities in new state-of-the-art facilities, combined with our co-operative education program. 

Graduates from the Mechanical Engineering program go on to become innovators and industry leaders in a variety of fields including manufacturing, healthcare, energy supply and space transportation.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Engineering, BEng
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering; Faculty of Agriculture
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Campuses: Sexton Campus, Halifax; Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years non co-op program. 5 years co-op program
Program Start: September

What will I learn?

In the first two years of your degree, all engineering students complete the Core Engineering Program. This Program can be taken on the Sexton Campus in Halifax, or the Agricultural Campus in Truro. You will study core courses in math, science, engineering science and design, providing you with a broad foundation in engineering.

At the end of your first year, you can apply to one of our six tailored engineering disciplines including Mechanical Engineering. Placement in a specific discipline is competitive and based on academic performance in the first year.

In the third year of your degree, you will transition into your discipline and can choose to combine your degree with co-operative education.

The Mechanical Engineering program at Dalhousie provides a design-centric, hands-on technical education including:

  • Mechanical and machine design
  • Computer modeling and simulations
  • Fluid mechanics and heat transfer with applications to HVAC, renewable energy and aerodynamics
  • Materials engineering with applications to manufacturing
  • 3D printing and additive manufacturing
  • Controls with applications to robotics, mechatronics and space systems. 

Students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Program at Dalhousie can combine their degree with a Certificate in Biomedical Engineering

Careers and future study

A degree in Engineering from Dal gives you the knowledge and skills you need to be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, whether you decide to launch your career locally, nationally, or internationally. The range of career options you’ll find in engineering is truly impressive. Here are just a few of the jobs that our grads have undertaken:

  • Manufacturing 
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical
  • Oil & Gas
  • Aerospace
  • Sports Equipment Design
  • Building
  • Consulting
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Defense
  • Marine

Graduating from Dalhousie is the first step towards becoming a professional engineer and the beginning of a lifelong learning experience. After earning your Bachelor of Engineering, you will need to be admitted as an Engineer in Training (EIT) by an Association of Professional Engineers in Canada.

Once you have completed four years of suitable work experience, you may apply to become a professional engineer.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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