What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineers are adept problem-solvers with a breadth of knowledge that makes them highly sought after by virtually every industry. Ultimately the role of the mechanical engineer is to take a product, process, or services from an idea to the marketplace. In simple terms mechanical engineers are uniquely qualified to analyze and mathematically model anything that moves, whether it be the flow of air over a wing or through a jet engine, an automobile suspension, energy conversion systems such as wind turbines, or even the human body.

Mechanical engineers are increasingly sought after for public health and safety, environment, and renewable energy projects.

  • Work in a wide range of industries including oil and gas, manufacturing, robotics, aerospace, defense, automotive, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of materials science, dynamics, vibrations, mechanics, machine design, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, instrumentation, mechatronics, and controls.
  • Join one of our many student design teams and get involved in a real-world design challenge such as the SAE Baja off-road vehicle competition.
  • Employ modern design techniques using the latest Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) tools and manufacturing systems including 3D printing
  • Specializations: thermo-fluids, petroleum, materials and mechanics, mechatronics
  • Emerging areas: sustainable energy systems, autonomous vehicles, intelligent systems, biomedical materials and devices, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)

What’s your dream career?

  • Mechanical design: mechanical and electro-mechanical components and systems including power transmissions, vehicle suspensions, airframes, engines
  • Thermo-fluids: analysis and design of heat exchangers; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; turbomachinery
  • Process industry: fabrication of components for paper mills, oil refineries, chemical plants, water and sewage treatment facilities
  • Manufacturing: machine tools, additive manufacturing, production technologies, automation
  • Control systems: develop flight control systems for aircraft, process control, motion control, servohydraulics
  • Robotics: design of robots and manipulators for automation; unmanned aerial, terrestrial, and subsea vehicles
  • Product development and entrepreneurship
  • Education: researchers, professors, instructors

A step in the right direction

Ready to learn more about mechanical engineering at Memorial? Read about our upcoming events and recruitment, how to apply, student success stories, and why choosing Memorial engineering is a step in the right direction.


Mechanical Engineering

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000