Program Options

Program Options

Following MECH 2, UBC Mechanical Engineering students have the option to focus their degree in one of three specific areas–allowing them to pursue their interests in the broader context of Mechanical Engineering–or take a little bit of everything to get the most breadth out of their degree.

In the Biomedical, Mechatronics, or Thermofluids options, students take specialized electives in their field of study, while students in the General Mechanical option take electives across the board. Hover over the images below, visit the specialization-specific pages, and view the curriculum differences below to find out more about these options.

BIOMEDICAL

Biomedical Engineering involves the application of engineering principles to various aspects of medicine.

You might be interested in the Biomedical option if:
– You are interested in the design of biomedical devices, surgical tools, or protective equipment
– You have an interest in the analysis of human motion or of medical images
– You are interested in pursuing a degree in medicine

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MECHATRONICS

Mechatronics Engineering integrates the principles of mechanical, computer, electrical, and controls engineering.

You might be interested in the Mechatronics option if:
– You want mechanical engineering skills complemented by knowledge of electronics and computer engineering
– You have an interest in machines or robots
– You are interested in integrating sensors, actuators and intelligent monitoring tasks to mechanical devices

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THERMOFLUIDS

Thermofluids Engineering is the combined study of heat transfer, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and combustion.

You might be interested in the Thermofluids option if:
– You are interested in the flow of fluid and heat
– You want to design cars, planes, boats, engines, energy production systems, or buildings
– You want to work in this field broadly but tailor your degree to your specific interests within the field

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GENERAL MECHANICAL

General Mechanical Engineering gives you a taste of everything, with the freedom to take courses from all of the other areas.

You might be interested in the General Mech option if:
– You have multiple interests that do not fall under one area
– You want a broad, comprehensive understanding of mechanical engineering in general
– You aren’t sure what field you want to work in, or you want to maximize the variety of career options available to you

Curriculum Differences

The tables below present a list of the courses that are different between the General and the respective options. The courses highlighted in each table are courses that are unique to that Option.

Note: Due to limited course availability, students in any option are required to follow the regular Co-op schedule, regardless of their Co-op status. It will thus take students a minimum of three years (after completing MECH 2) to complete their degree. For a comprehensive list of courses and schedules, see the UBC Calendar program listing.

Please click below to view the curriculum of the individual programs.

Biomedical specific courses focus on areas such as orthopaedic biomechanics, injury mechanics, biofluids, anatomy, biomedical equipment and industrial and clinical medical engineering. Many of these courses contain a project or research component that boost the students' biomedical knowledge and help build the teamwork skills necessary to thrive in such a cross-disciplinary, robust and dynamic field. Students are also given the opportunity to experience the medical field first hand through visits to various research facilities and hospitals, and they often have a wide range of medical professionals invited into the classrooms to share their knowledge, experience and expertise. With small class sizes and accessible, supportive professors, students in the biomedical option get to know each other really well and build a strong relationship with each other and their professors.

General Mechanical Biomedical Option
MECH 329 (Materials for Mechanical Design) MTRL 495 (Biomaterials)
MECH 457 (Mechanical Engineering Design Project) MECH 459 (Biomedical Engineering Design Project)
BMEG 452 (Biomedical Equipment, Physiology and Anatomy)
BMEG 456 (Clinical and Industrial Biomedical Engineering)
MECH 439 (Biomechanics Research Seminar)
MECH 392 (Manufacturing Processes)
MECH 327 (Thermal System Design)
Technical Elective Biomedical or General Technical Elective
Technical Elective Biomedical Technical Elective
Technical Elective Biomedical Technical Elective

Information on each course can be found at mech.ubc.ca/our-department/courses.

Mechatronics specific courses have focuses in areas such as computer programming, digital systems, electromechanics, mechatronics systems modeling, sensors and actuators, and mechatronics systems control. Many of these courses contain a lab component to bolster students’ hands-on and teamwork abilities. With small class sizes and supportive professors, students are able to get to know one another and receive support. Students in mechatronics have access to their own study space with some electrical lab equipment, computers, and a printer. This helps build a robust education for working in a cross-disciplinary field.

General Mechanical Mechatronics Option
CPSC 260 (Object-Oriented Program Design)
EECE 314 (System Software Engineering)
EECE 355 (Digital Systems and Microcomputers)
EECE 363 (Electronic Circuits for Electromechanical Design)
EECE 365 (Applied Electronics and Electromechanics) EECE 376 (Electromechanics)
MECH 305 (Data Analysis and Mechanical Engineering Laboratories) MECH 306 (Data Analysis and Mechatronics Laboratories)
MECH 327 (Thermal System Design)
MECH 329 (Materials for Mechanical Design)
MECH 358 (Engineering Analysis)
MECH 366 (Modeling of Mechatronic Systems)
MECH 368 (Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation)
MECH 380 (Fluid Dynamics)
MECH 420 (Sensors and Actuators)
MECH 421 (Mechatronics System Instrumentation)
MECH 422 or 423 (Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems or Biomechatronics)
MECH 457 (Mechanical Engineering Design Project) MECH 458 (Mechatronics Design Project)
MECH 466 (Automatic Control) MECH 467 (Computer Control of Mechatronics Systems)
3x Technical
Electives
1x Technical
Elective

Information on each course can be found at mech.ubc.ca/our-department/courses.

Thermofluids specific courses focus on building a firm foundation in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and energy conversion. Thermofluids technical electives are key to adapting the curriculum to your personal interests. These courses cover topics such as Aerodynamics, Naval Architecture, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning), Thermal Power Generation and Efficient Energy Building Design. Many of these courses feature labs that encourage students to apply the theory they have learned in class to practical real-world problems. Students in Thermofluids can expect to learn industry-applicable practices and knowledge, and gain access to a wealth of advice from experienced professors and guest speakers.

General Mechanical Thermofluids OPTION
MECH 386 (Industrial Fluid Dynamics)
MECH 479 (Computational Fluid Dynamics)
MECH 489 (Experimental Thermofluids)
MECH 326 (Mechanical Design II)
MECH 329 (Materials for Mechanical Design)
MECH 368 (Engineering Measurement and Instrumentation)
MECH 392 (Manufacturing Processes)
Technical Elective Thermofluids or General Technical Elective
Technical Elective Thermofluids Technical Elective
Technical Elective Thermofluids Technical Elective

Information on each course can be found at mech.ubc.ca/our-department/courses.

Application & Admissions

There are two stages during which students may apply to an option: Early Admission, prior to the end of first-year Engineering, or Regular Admission in second year. Please click below for more information on the respective application processes.

Early admission to the Option takes place at the end of first year. To apply for Early Admission, students must have at least an 80% average in all first year courses, and must submit all the required documentation, as outlined in the Applications Process section below. No more than half of the available spaces in the program are filled by early admission.

Note: Acceptance is conditional on being placed in MECH and successfully completing MECH 2.

Regular Admission takes place at the end of second (or third) year. To apply for Regular Admission, students must have at least a 65% average and have successfully completed MECH 2 (including MECH 224 and MECH 225), and must submit all the required documentation, as outlined in the Application Process section below.

Please note that taking an Option requires students to take courses according to the regular co-op schedule, regardless of whether they are in co-op or not, as most courses are offered only once per year. This does not mean that co-op is required, but it does mean that completing the Option will take a minimum of three years after MECH 2.

Deadlines

Early Admission (first year students only): February 28th, 2017, at 11:59pm.
Regular Admission (second and/or third year): March 31st, 2017, at 11:59 pm.

Application Package

Your application must include the following documents:

  • An Options Application Form: 2016W Options Application Form
  • A Letter of Intent (addressed to the Option Coordinator) explaining why you would like to join the Option and the skills or experience you are bringing with you;
      2016W Options Coordinators are:
    • Biomedical: Dr. Hongshen Ma
    • Mechatronics: Dr. Mu Chiao
    • Thermofluids: Dr. Patrick Kirchen
  • A copy of your current resume;
  • An unofficial copy of your grades from the Student Service Centre;
  • Optional: Up to 5 pages (8 ½“ x 11”, single-sided) of supplemental material to support your application. Supplemental material can range from letters of recommendation, projects, photos, etc. Applicants are encouraged to submit their own designs and innovations. Please do not draw or design anything specifically for this application, but instead show us what you “naturally” have done due to your creative interests. Please do not submit CDs, DVDs, physical objects, or similar.

***Please note that only electronic submissions will be accepted***

Complete application packages should be e-mailed to students@mech.ubc.ca by the deadline.

Interviews

Once your application has been received, you will be contacted to come in for a mandatory, ten-minute interview, during the exam period. You will be contacted via e-mail regarding the date and time of your interview. Please ensure you continue to check your e-mail regularly during the exam period.

Final Admissions

Final decision on Option admissions will not be made until final grades are released. Students who are admitted to an Option will receive an email notification of their acceptance.