UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Mechanical Engineering

Summary

Mechanical Engineers work with things that move or have moving parts but their interest is not restricted to motor vehicles. It extends to the design, operation, maintenance of machines and the processes and systems used to make them.

Mechanical Engineers are involved with all forms of transport, power generation, medical technology, building services, manufacturing, aerospace and communications. They are also likely to be involved in the extraction and production of materials used to make machine parts and the development of new materials.

Because energy utilisation is crucial to the operation of most machines, Mechanical Engineers are also interested in alternative energy resources and are concerned about environmental protection and conservation of natural resources.

The Department is home to a variety of specialist laboratories that enable the study of acoustics, applied mechanics, automotive, hydraulic power, industrial aerodynamic, material and metallurgy, computer numerical control, metrology, control and robotics, thermodynamics and heat transfer.

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Subject Area: Disciplines