Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

General Office: Head Hall, Room E-41
Mailing Address: Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, 15 Dineen Drive, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3
Phone: (506) 453-4513
Fax: (506) 453-5025
Website: //


  • Afzal, Muhammad, BScEng (UAF, Pak), MEng (AIT, Thailand), PhD (Ehime,Japan), PEng, Prof - 2008
  • Aranas, Jr. Clodualdo, BScE (Phillipines), PhD (McGill), P.Eng., Assistant Prof - 2018
  • Biden, Edmund N., BScE (UNB), DPhil (Oxford), Prof - 1987
  • Bonham, David J., BSc (Qu), MEng, PhD (McM), PEng, Prof. Emeritus - 1974
  • Carretero, Juan A., BEng (UNAM), MASc, PhD (Victoria), PEng, Prof - 2002
  • Chen, Zengtao, BEng (Nanjing UST), MEng, Dr. Eng. (Harbin IT), PhD (Wat), PEng, Adjunct Prof - 2014
  • Davies, Huw G., BSc, PhD (Imperial), PEng, Prof Emeritus - 1975
  • Dubay, Rickey, BSc Mech, MSc Mech (UWI), PhD (DalTech), PEng, Prof - 1998
  • Garland, Phil, BScE, PhD (UNB), PEng, Asst Prof - 2012
  • Gerber, Andrew G., BScE, PhD (UNB), BA (Ambassador), PEng, Prof and Chair - 2000
  • Hall, Joseph W., BEng, MASc, PhD (McM), PEng, Prof - 2007
  • Holloway, Gordon, BSc (UNB), MASc, PhD (Ott), PEng, Prof - 1989
  • Hussein, Esam M.A., BSc, MSc (Alexandria), PhD (McM), PEng, Prof Emeritus - 1984
  • Jeans, Tiger, BScE (UNB), MScE (Toronto), PhD (UNB), PEng, Associate Prof - 2010
  • Kalamkarov, Alexander, BSc, MASc, PhD (Moscow), DSc (Academy of Science, Moscow), P.Eng., Adjunct Prof - 2016
  • Losier, Yves G., BScE, MScE, PhD (UNB), PEng, Senior Instructor - 2011
  • Lyon, Donald E., BS, MS, PhD (Purdue), PEng, Prof - 1991
  • Mohammadi Mohsen, BSc (IUT, Iran), MSc (Sharif, Iran), PhD (Western, Ontario), Associate Prof - 2015
  • Rogers, Robert J., BSc (Calgary), MASc, PhD (Wat), PEng, Prof Emeritus - 1977
  • Saha, Gobinda, BSc (Moscow), MSc (TUDelft), PhD (Dalhousie), PEng, Associate Prof - 2015
  • Simoneau, Andy, BEng, MEng, PhD (McM), PEng, Associate Prof - 2009
  • Sousa, Antonio C.M., ME (Lco Marques), MSc, PhD (Manc),Fellow OE (Portugal) Prof Emeritus - 1980

General Information

The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides instruction leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BScE). The program of instruction presents a curriculum suitable to the education of engineers in the art and science of Mechanical Engineering.

The curriculum includes a core of basic Mathematics, Science, Business and Humanities subjects, and is structured around a sequence of essential Mechanical Engineering subjects and design instruction. All this provides for the academic requirements of university graduates qualified to practice Mechanical Engineering professionally; it prepares the student for a career in the profession whether involved in the design, production, or operation of mechanical equipment, industrial or power plant, or the pursuit of post-graduate study.

The central theme behind an education in Mechanical Engineering is the engineered production, transformation, conversion, transmission and control of "mechanical" energy and materials. This may involve any or all aspects of the design, manufacture, fabrication, alteration, installation, selection, specification, testing, maintenance, operation, and control of single components and machines or complete and complex systems. The Department offers some specialization in order to match these extremely broad demands to the interests of its students. In particular there are two program options: Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering. These Options are described in detail below.


Core Courses

Students should note the specific academic regulations in the section "General Regulations" as outlined earlier under "Engineering". In addition to the core courses required of all Engineering students, additional required courses are provided in the areas of applied mechanics, materials, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, manufacturing engineering and system dynamics, as well as the application of these courses to engineering design. The program is designed to be completed in eight academic-terms, however the student may arrange for a program that spans a longer time period. Typical term-by-term course sequences may be seen on the web site:

The complete requirements for the degree, including the core courses recommended for the first and second terms, are listed below. A list of Technical Electives follows the program outline. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

CHE 2501 General Materials Science
CHE 2506 Materials Science Laboratory
CHEM 1982*  General Applied Chemistry
CHEM 1987*  General Applied Chemistry Laboratory
CS 1003* Programming and Problem Solving for Engineers
CS 3113 Intro to Numerical Methods (or CE 2913 or CE 3933 or CHE 2418 or CHE 3418 or MATH 3413)
ECE 1813* Electricity and Magnetism
ECE 2683 Electric Circuits and Machines (for non-electricals)
ECE 2701 Electric Circuits and Electronics (for non-electricals) (or ECE 2711)
ENGG 1001* Engineering Practice Lecture Series
ENGG 1003* Engineering Technical Communications
ENGG 1015* Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving
ENGG 1082* Mechanics for Engineers
ENGG 4013 Law and Ethics for Engineers
MATH 1003* Introduction to Calculus I
MATH 1013* Introduction to Calculus II
MATH 1503* Introduction to Linear Algebra (or MATH 2213)
MATH 2513 Multivariable Calculus for Engineers
MATH 3503 Differential Equations for Engineers
ME 1312 Computer Aided Design
ME 2003 Dynamics for Engineers
ME 2111 Mechanics of Materials I (or CE 2023)
ME 2122 Mechanics of Materials II
ME 2125 Mechanics of Materials Design Project
ME 2143 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines
ME 2145 Kinematics and Dynamics Design Project
ME 2352 Design Optimization
ME 2413 Thermodynamics
ME 2415 Thermodynamics Lab
ME 3222 Manufacturing Engineering I
ME 3232 Engineering Economics (or CE 3963)
ME 3341 Machine Design
ME 3345 Machine Design Project
ME 3433 Heat Transfer I (or CHE 3304)
ME 3435 Heat Transfer I Lab
ME 3511 Fluid Mechanics
ME 3515 Fluid Mechanics Lab
ME 3522 Applied Fluid Mechanics
ME 3524 Fluid Systems and Design
ME 3613 System Dynamics
ME 3623 Automatic Controls I
ME 4283 Manufacturing Engineering II
ME 4421 Applied Thermodynamics
ME 4424 Sustainable Energy Systems Design
ME 4613 Mechanical Vibration
ME 4860 Senior Design Project (or ENGG 4000 or TME 4025)
ME 4861 Mechanical Health and Safety
PHYS 1081* Physics for Engineers
STAT 2593 Probability and Statistics for Engineers

Total credit hours of core courses: 145 ch
Complementary Studies Electives: 9 ch
Technical Electives (see section below): 10 ch

* These are first year courses, most of which are accepted for credit by other engineering programs.

General Prequisite Note:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering strictly enforces pre- and co-requisites. Therefore, unless students have special permission from the instructor, all students not having the necessary pre- and co-requisite(s) will be removed from the corresponding ME course after the last day to withdraw date.  This policy will be strictly enforced for all ME courses.


Technical Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses, the students select at least 10 credit hours of Technical Elective courses appropriate to their interests. Courses may be selected, as available, from the following list, or any other approved technical course offered outside the Department. The availability of specific technical electives varies; students should see list of planned offerings on web site: At least 7 ch must be Mechanical Engineering electives. Courses below the 3000 level are not normally considered as suitable technical electives.

ME 4173 Robot Kinematics
ME 4622 Human Factors Engineering
ME 4703 Mechanical Engineering Measurements
ME 5113 Advanced Solid Mechanics of Composites
ME 5173 Advanced Kinematics of Manipulators
ME 5183 Industrial Robotics and Automation
ME 5223 Finite Element Analysis in Engineering
ME 5243 Machining Theory and Practice
ME 5253 Codified Design and Failure Analysis
ME 5283 Micro/Nano Manufacturing 
ME 5353 Fracture Mechanics
ME 5493 Internal Combustion Engines
ME 5503 Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics to Industrial Processes
ME 5534 Experimental Methods in Fluid Mechanics
ME 5553 Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
ME 5578 Low Speed Aerodynamics
ME 5588 High Speed Aerodynamics
ME 5643 Automatic Controls II
ME 5653 Predictive Control and Intelligent Sensors
ME 5713 Nondestructive Testing
ME 5813 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
ME 5833 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
ME 5913 Biomechanics I
ME 5933 Industrial Ecology

Complimentary Studies Electives

In addition to the core courses and technical electives, students select three courses for at least 9 credit hours of Complementary Studies Elective courses. One of the courses has to be either HIST 3925 or SOCI 2534 or ICS 2001 for Saint John students or an equivalent with approval from the Department. At least 3 ch must be "humanities". A very wide range of elective courses is available. Students are encouraged to take a sequence of courses in one area rather than just entry-level courses. See the Faculty of Engineering General Regulations for restrictions in the selection of Complementary Studies Electives. A list of suggested Complementary Studies Elective courses, as well as their regulations, is available on the web site:

Mechatronics Option in Mechanical Engineering

Mechatronics is an integrated approach to mechanical, electronic and computer engineering for the design of “smart” products and “intelligent” manufacturing systems. This option permits interested students to increase their understanding of these subjects by a selection of core and elective courses in mechanical and electrical engineering. The option normally begins in second year but may be started later.

In order to enter this option, students must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Successful completion of 35 ch of the regular program in Mechanical Engineering.
  2. Approval of the Department. Applications to the Mechatronics Option are normally considered in August each year. Application forms are available from the Department.

Core Courses for Mechatronics Option:

Compared to the standard Mechanical Engineering Program, only one technical elective is required (as opposed to two for the standard program). For the Mechatronics option, ECE 2711 (Electric Circuits) is recommended instead of ECE 2701 (Electric Circuits and Electronics for Non-electricals). Also required are: ECE 2214 (Digital Logic Design), ECE 2215 (Digital Logic Design Lab), ECE 3111 (Electronics I), ME 4673 (Introduction to Mechatronics) and ME 4683 (Mechatronics Applications). The work for the senior design project course, ME 4860 (or ENGG 4000 or TME 4025) will provide appropriate experience to suit the option.

Technical Electives for Mechatronics Option:
The normal choice of technical electives is replaced by a directed choice of one elective from the list below.

ECE 3221 Computer Organization (4 ch)
ECE 4323 Industrial Control Systems (4 ch)
ECE 4333 Robotics (4 ch)
ECE 4343 Haptic Robotics (4 ch)
ECE 4923 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (4 ch)
ME 4173 Robot Kinematics (4 ch)
ME 4703 Mechanical Engineering Measurements (4 ch)
ME 5183 Industrial Robotics and Automation (4 ch)
ME 5643 Automatic Controls II (4 ch)
ME 5653 Predictive Control and Intelligent Sensors (4 ch)
ME 5713 Nondestructive Testing (4 ch)

Other technical elective courses may be selected with the permission of the Chair of the Department or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Biomedical Engineering Option in Mechanical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Option program is available to all students in Mechanical Engineering who are approved by the Department. This option will help to prepare students for careers in Biomedical Engineering or Medicine. Students interested in pursuing a career in Medicine should consult with the Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Science about what other courses, such as Biology and Chemistry, would be required in order to apply for admission to a medical school; an appropriate individual study program would then be prepared in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Mechanical Engineering Dept. and the Option Coordinator.


APSC 3953, Basis of Biomedical Engineering (3 ch) 
ME 4860, or ENGG 4000 or TME 4025, Senior project selected to be a biomedical engineering related project. (8 ch)

Plus at least seven credit hours of Mechanical Engineering Electives from the list below:

ME 4173 Robot Kinematics (4 ch)
ME 4622 Human Factors Engineering (3 ch)
ME 4703 Mechanical Measurements (4 ch)
ME 5173 Advanced Kinematics of Manipulators (3 ch)
ME 5223 Finite Element Analysis (3 ch)
ME 5622 Human Factors Engineering (3 ch)
ME 5653/ME6003 - Predictive Control and Intelligent Sensors (4 ch)
ME 5913 Biomechanics I (4 ch)
ME 6003 (Special Topics) Fatigue, Failure, and Fracture of Materials (3 ch)
ME 6383 Continuum Mechanics

Plus ten additional credit hours which can be from the list above or from the list below:

CS 3025 Human-Computer Interaction (3 ch)
ECE 4343 Haptics (4ch)
KIN 3041 Disability Awareness (3 ch)
KIN 3061 Advanced Biomechanics (4ch)
KIN 3161 Human Factors in Ergonomic Design (3ch)
KIN 4041 Movement Disorders (3ch)
KIN 4063 Biomedical Instrumentation and Data Acquisitions (3ch)
KIN 4161 Occupational Biomechanics (3ch)
KIN 4162 Occupational Health and Safety Ergonomics (3ch)
KIN 4163 (Workplace Ergonomic Design and Analysis (3ch)
PHYS 5993 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3ch)
STAT 5293 Applied Statistics (3ch)

Other courses may be substituted with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Option Coordinator.

Some electives may require additional prerequisite courses to be taken. Students are responsible for ensuring any prerequisite requirements are met.

Not all courses are offered each year.

The Biomedical Engineering Option raises the minimum path for Mechanical Engineering from 164 Cr Hr to 174 Cr Hours and will typically require at least 9 terms to complete. This version of the option took effect in January 2017.