Mechanical Engineering Profession
On completion of a Mechanical engineering degree, graduates are able to work in a large number of industries like: manufacturing, mining, electricity and water supply, engineering and management consulting, automotive, aerospace and aeronautical, process industries, electricity generation, and electronics manufacture and applications. The major branches of Mechanical Engineering are materials engineering, dynamics, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, and mechanical design. Students studying mechanical engineering address areas of specialization during their study and need to be competent in mathematics and physics as well as understanding the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, which include engineering statics and dynamics, manual and computer aided drawing (CAD), and basic materials theory. After completing the core modules students are ready to take next steps in the profession by means of the elective modules. All these subjects are taught from a practical perspective. Engineering education is about problem solving as well as laboratory experimentation. Many projects are undertaken during the course of study. Students learn to communicate effectively by using engineering language, drawings, and making presentations about their projects. A very important part of the student experience is about developing hands-on knowledge of workshop materials. Professional ethics, as well as aspects of legal, business and enterprise; and topics like sustainability are central to the school’s approach to learning
Besides developing the necessary technical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills, we are also keen to make them aware of the broader socioeconomic environments within which they will live and work, remaining open to experiential learning. The discipline offers a variety of modules to equip future graduates with core professional skills. Our modules are carefully monitored for their academic quality, career relevance, and compliance with engineering professional qualification standards. We allow flexibility for our undergraduate students to take optional modules alongside standard modules to suit their own particular interests as well as employment opportunities. We adopt an inclusive approach to facilitate students with different learning styles and needs. We remain vigilant about career relevance of the education we provide, continuously striving to modernise our methods of teaching, focusing on enhancing the students’ learning experience and meeting the desired learning outcomes. You can rely on us for a flexible, inclusive, relevant, and modern education in mechanical engineering. The Mechanical engineering discipline staff has established good working relationship with government, industry, and the local community in our region. Our Faculty has developed academic and scholarly links both nationally and internationally. This is evident in our growing external engagements, collaborative projects, and publications.
MEchanical Engineering Education at NU
The Mechanical Engineering degree programme in School of Engineering is based on an innovative curriculum of systems-based education (where engineering problems are tackled in an integrated way), combined with specialisations in the areas of mechanical engineering. The BEng programme comprises the University Preparatory Certificate programme, followed by three years of engineering modules leading to the award of a BEng degree in the Mechanical Engineering discipline. Exceptional students may apply for direct admission without completing the Preparatory Certificate Programme. After graduation from the BEng program those students that qualify will then be able to undertake a two-year Masters Degree programme.