Mechanical Engineering (MEng)

An investment that works

By hiring a CO-OP student from the University of Ottawa, you invest in a winning combination! You get a motivated and enthusiastic employee while giving a student the chance to put his or her academic training to the test. The University of Ottawa is the place to recruit CO-OP students!

Only the top students are admitted to the program. Each one has achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 7 out of 10 (a B+ average). Students begin their first work term after one complete year of study giving them a strong academic background to help them succeed on the job. You may choose French-speaking, English-speaking or bilingual students. The sequence of work and study terms is shown below.

Skills that are in demand

CO-OP students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program acquire advanced knowledge in a wide range of engineering fields, including design, manufacturing, maintenance, machinery, materials, energy, automation, biomedical engineering, high-tech, aerospace, automotive engineering and more. Students learn to apply fundamental principles of science and math to develop efficient, practical and useful solutions to real challenges and to create a wide range of mechanical, thermal and biomedical systems and devices, from computer parts to power plants, from manufacturing systems to spacecraft. They are trained to high ethical standards and learn to understand and address the impact of technology on society and the environment. In addition to technical knowhow, students acquire skills in experimental analysis, statistical evaluation, written and oral communication, report writing, project management, consulting, networking and leadership.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2Study-

Sequence 2 - students needing more time to finish their program

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2StudyStudy
Examples of tasks at work
  • Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD-CAM)
  • Consulting
  • Equipment operation and maintenance
  • Manufacturing techniques and processes
  • Marketing
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Oral presentations
  • Preliminary design
  • Project management
  • Research
  • Statistical analysis
  • Technical calculations (elementary analysis of resistance, energy balance)
  • Technical drawing
  • Writing technical reports
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