Getting into MECH 2
Placement into MECH 2 is performed the same as any second year program at UBC. Students must rank their preferences and write a short essay supporting their first choice program online at http://students.engineering.ubc.ca/placement.
More information about the general admission process can be found here. For information about admissions into options, please visit here.
The prerequisites for MECH 2 are: All of MATH 100, MATH 101, MATH 152, PHYS 170 , APSC 100, and either (a) PHYS 153 or (b) all of PHYS 157, PHYS 158, PHYS 159.
Although ENGL 112 is indicated on the UBC Calendar as a corequisite for Mech 220 and 221, any first year English course or APSC 176 will satisfy the prerequisite requirements for MECH 226 or 227. Students should take their English requirement in first year or during the summer prior to commencing with their MECH 2 workload.
In most cases, students missing prerequisite courses will not be allowed to commence MECH 2. In general, students will be asked to complete those courses and enter into MECH 2 the following year. In this case, students are encouraged to complete their complementary studies electives while completing the prerequisites. Information for some common missing courses is outlined below; contact the Student Services Office for further details.
Students transferring into Mech 2 from other faculties or schools should consult Student Services for information regarding prerequisite courses and transfer credits. In particular, any students missing MATH 100, MATH 101, MATH 152, PHYS 170, or one of (a) PHYS 153 or (b) all of PHYS 157, PHYS 158, PHYS 159, must have received credit for these courses no later than August 1st. Any student who fails to do so will not be permitted to start Mech 2 that year and will forfeit his/her seat in Mech 2 until a subsequent year in which he/she is able to meet the prerequisites by the above deadline.
Students admitted to Mechanical Engineering are required to satisfy the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) requirement for First-Year English prior to starting Mech 2. Unless a student meets the LPI requirement by meeting one of the exemptions listed in the Academic Calendar, the student must provide proof of satisfactory LPI examination results to the Department no later than August 1st. Any student who fails to do so will not be permitted to start Mech 2 that year and will forfeit his/her seat in Mech 2 until a subsequent year in which he/she is able to meet the LPI requirement by the above deadline.
PHYS 170 is a core subject in first year engineering at UBC and the material is very important for mechanical engineers in general. Many of the topics in MECH 2 build on the foundation provided by PHYS 170. Some students transferring from other schools or programs may not yet have this course. If you are missing PHYS 170, please:
- Identify yourself to the MECH Student Services Office immediately
- Register for the summer session of PHYS 170 in another institution, if possible;
To check the course status of PHYS 170, including dates, times, and seats remaining, please refer to the Student Services Centre course information.
Any first year English course or APSC 176 will satisfy the prerequisite requirements for MECH 226 or 227 (Technical Communication). Although ENGL 112 is also listed as a corequisite for Mech 220 and 221, students are expected to complete their English requirement before entering Mech 2. Remember, this English requirement is any course that is a prerequisite for MECH 226 or 227: any first year English course or APSC 176. For those without their English requirement at the end of first year, or those who did not receive a grade of 65% or greater, the Technical Communication course will be taken as a summer course at UBC. Please note that a first year English course must be completed prior to being permitted to continue on to 3rd year.
LPI Requirements for Mech 2:
The Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Exam is a standardized test of a student’s competency in English. Requirements for the LPI Exam can be found on the First Year English webpage and further information can be found here.
A first year English course (or APSC 176) is a prerequisite for MECH 226 or 227. Unless you meet one of the approved exemptions, you need an LPI score of 5 or higher to be eligible to take any first year English course. Students will fall into one of the following categories:
- English requirement has already been completed (most cases): registration in MECH 2 is unaffected
- English requirement has NOT been completed but an LPI Exam score of level 5 or higher has been earned: register for ENGL 112 in the summer following MECH 2. Students must successfully complete ENGL 112 or equivalent before proceeding to third year. The technical communication course will be taken as a summer course (MECH 227) after ENGL 112.
- English requirement has NOT been completed but the student meets one of the approved exemptions: register for ENGL 112 in the summer following MECH 2. Students must successfully complete ENGL 112 or equivalent before proceeding to third year. The technical communication course will be taken as a summer course (MECH 227) after ENGL 112.
- English requirement has NOT been completed and an LPI Exam score of level 5 or higher has NOT been earned and the student does NOT meet one of the approved exemptions: The student is not eligible to proceed to Year 2. Student must complete LPI Exam with level 5 or higher score by August 1st of the year they plan to start MECH 2 or wait until the following year to begin MECH 2.
More information on Mech 2 requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar.