This dynamic department has grown to include not only mechanical and electro-mechanical engineering degree programmes but also world-class research groups that support a growing number of postgraduate students. A professional staff of experienced academics and practitioners, many of whom are recognised as world leaders in their fields, lead these activities.
The undergraduate programme educates and trains engineers for a professional career, enabling them to think independently and to approach problems in a logical and confident manner. Skills are developed through group or teamwork and practical sessions that emphasise design. Great importance is placed on laboratory work in support of lecture material, and sophisticated pieces of apparatus are available to students. Design and manufacturing workshops are constantly adapting to new processes and techniques and laboratories have state-of-the-art computing facilities and equipment.
What is the difference between Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering offered in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Mechatronics offered in the Department of Electrical Engineering? You can find a description of the differences here.
Postgraduate studies and research
Areas for postgraduate study and research include low-cost automation and robotics, structural impact, industrial engineering, systems engineering, project management, managing for performance improvement, non-destructive testing and evaluation, heat transfer and refrigeration, air and road vehicle dynamics, internal combustion engines, fatigue and fracture mechanics, residual stress, productivity and quality management, operations management, gas dynamics and fluid dynamics.
The mechanical engineering degree provides students with a solid understanding and appreciation of the materials and forces of nature. The undergraduate programme is structured around the study of mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials, basic electrical engineering, the design process, and management studies.
Electro-mechanical engineering entails the study of mathematics, physics, chemistry, materials, basic electrical engineering, basic mechanical engineering, and the integration of these subjects in carefully structured design courses.
Is it for me?
As a mechanical/electro- mechanical engineering student, you should be interested in how things work. The aim of the undergraduate programme is to educate and train professional engineers to enable them to think independently and to approach problems in a logical and confident manner.
Graduates find exciting employment opportunities with the design, development and manufacture of technologies, products and processes. These include automotive, aircraft and space industries, marine engineering and naval architecture, air conditioning and refrigeration, food and packaging industry, bio-mechanical research and development, energy and power utilisation, robotics, computer-aided manufacturing and design, general manufacturing and production, and the environmental industry.
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