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Mechanical Engineering

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  • Aerospace Option
  • Automotive Option
  • Environmental Option
  • Materials Option
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Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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Mechanical Engineering H Co-op

Begin your journey to an exciting career in mechanical engineering by developing a solid foundation in machine design, CAD, and thermofluids with applications in automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, and materials engineering. Available specializations include automotive, aerospace, environmental, and materials. Our facilities include a dedicated project courtyard where students develop their hands on capabilities. The faculty promotes connections with industry through projects, courses, and workplace co-op opportunities.

Mechanical Engineering with General Option H Co-op

Complement an excellent foundation in mechanical engineering with a broad selection of technical courses such as turbomachines, gas dynamics, mechatronics, environmental effects and control of noise, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Courses can also be taken from the automotive, aerospace, environmental, and materials options to customize your mechanical engineering degree.

Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace Option H Co-op

Develop your aerospace skills as you learn about propulsion, aerodynamics, structures, materials, and drone technology. Consider taking advantage of our unique opportunity to obtain your private pilot’s license for course credit or compete internationally with our aero or rocket teams.

Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Option H Co-op

Study such topics as vehicle handling, vehicle thermal management, innovative powertrain technologies, and participate in hands on learning in the lab. Opportunities abound to design, build, and race a variety of ground vehicles in international competitions.

Mechanical Engineering with Environmental Option H Co-op

Learn how to apply mechanical know-how to solve the sustainability challenges associated with machinery. The program combines the foundation of mechanical engineering with courses that focus on the quality of air and water, and waste management.

Mechanical Engineering with Materials Option H Co-op

Apply the principles of material structure and properties to the design, manufacture, and analysis of components across a range of industry sectors, including automotive and aerospace. Includes metals, ceramics, polymers, and composite materials.

Sample Courses: Machine Dynamics, Computer-Aided Engineering, Design for Failure Prevention, Thermofluid Systems Design

Career Tracks: Automotive/aerospace engineer, materials development specialist, manufacturing engineer, mining engineer, automation systems designer, R&D manager

Professional Designation Possible: PEng (Professional Engineer)

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Course Requirements: ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U and SPH4U required. MCV4U is strongly recommended. A minimum average of 74% in all math and science courses except biology is also required.
Minimum Average: 74%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Designing, producing, and operating a wide variety of complex mechanical systems
  • Understanding and internalizing aerodynamics, heating and ventilation, and energy production
  • Planning effective, large-scale projects that manage resources and balance considerations including cost, quality, and speed
  • Analyzing complex problems and breaking them down into steps/component parts
  • Developing skills necessary to recognize the need for precision and detail in engineering design tasks
  • Writing, preparing, and presenting detailed technical reports, presentations, and resources to engage diverse audiences and communicate work


Number of Graduates (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

(OUGS Engineering, 2017)

Kathryn Doe

"Mechanical Engineering is just so versatile. There are so many different opportunities, career paths and avenues in which you can use your creativity and intelligence together.

At the University of Windsor, you really get to know your profs and classmates. The faculty is very homey and that really enhances the learning experience."

Kathryn Doe
BASc in Mechanical Engineering [2017]

Career Tracks*

  • Academia
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Energy generation
  • Forestry
  • Heavy industry equipment
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Military/defence
  • Mining
  • Nuclear
  • Petroleum
  • Plastics
  • Railway
  • Steel/Metal production
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Energy/utilities
  • Government
  • Graduate Studies
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Industry and manufacturing
  • Logistics and operations
  • Mechatronics
  • Medical Devices
  • Metallurgy and materials
  • Military/defence
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Patent/intellectual property law

Apply to UWindsor

With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.

How to Apply

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High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.



Courses of study specific to each program



Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)



Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)