Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program

Mechanical engineers understand the world as parts in motion: from cars to medical devices, all design uses mechanical engineering principles.

Our program is renowned for its applied approach, where you’ll put theory to practice through unique experiential opportunities both in the lab and in the field. You’ll take courses in physics, risk assessment, thermodynamics, biomechanics and sustainable energy. You’ll also learn about the physical principles of design: how individual components come together, and how to manufacture objects to make them safe, economical and easy to use.

Areas of Focus

  • Bioengineering
  • Energy & Environment
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Solid Mechanics & Design

Sample PEY Co-op Employers

BMW (U.S.)


Defence Research and Development Canada

General Motors Canada

IBI Group (U.S.)

Sample Career Trajectories

Advanced Manufacturing

Artificial Intelligence

Communications Systems


Sustainable Energy

Portrait of Katie Gwozdecky.


Katie Gwozdecky

Graduation Year:


PEY Co-op:

Katie worked for Synaptive Medical, a company that creates medical devices.

Memorable Experience:

She led the Space Systems division of the U of T Aerospace Team. In this role, Katie was instrumental in raising nearly half a million dollars to fund the launch of U of T’s first amateur microsatellite.

Fun Fact:

In 2017, Katie delivered a TEDx Talk titled Youth as Today’s Technical Project Powerhouses.

Current Job:

Having completed her Master of Applied Science degree at the U of T Institute for Aerospace Studies, Katie is a Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer at Rocket Lab.

“Both my UTAT and co-op experiences showed me that having a meaningful team to learn from and work with is as important as whatever product or industry I find myself in. The skills I've learned during my time at U of T Engineering will enable me to contribute to expanding humanity's reach beyond our planet.”

Mechanical Engineering First-year Courses

Fall Term

(common to all Core 8 programs)

  • Orientation to Engineering 
  • Engineering Strategies & Practice I 
  • Mechanics  
  • Engineering Chemistry & Materials Science 
  • Linear Algebra 
  • Calculus I 

Winter Term

  • Engineering Strategies & Practice II
  • Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • Calculus II
  • Dynamics
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Intro to Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Did you know?

Our M-Space rapid prototyping lab allows students to 3D print mechanical parts and build entire mechatronics systems, complete with embedded controllers and custom-made printed circuit boards.