Mech 2 is the cornerstone program of the UBC Mechanical Engineering Department, and a revolutionary new way to think about undergraduate education. It goes far beyond classes and exams to include all areas of personal and professional development needed to become a successful engineer.
Rather than take six or seven concurrent courses per term, students in the Mech 2 program take a total of five courses over the entire year: MECH 220, 221, 222, 223, and 226. Each course is taught by a team of enthusiastic instructors and the curriculum has been carefully developed to create an integrated learning experience. Rather than studying each academic subject separately, students learn the principles of mechanical engineering in a practical context. Classes are supported by small-group tutorials, labs, projects and field trips.
- Mech 2 classes begin one week before the official start of Term 1 at UBC. All activities in the first week are mandatory – missing the module means you are unable to pass Mech 220. Please note our early start date: Mech 2 begins on the Monday before Labour Day, over a week before most students return to campus. Attendance during the first week of Mech 2 is mandatory. If you will be staying in UBC Housing during this time, you must apply for early arrival. You should do this early and not wait to receive confirmation of acceptance into Mech 2. If it turns out that your application to Mech 2 is not successful, you can cancel the early arrival with UBC Housing.
- Important Registration Information: Prospective Mech 2 students who have not received information on their placement at this time do not need to register for any Mech-related elective courses, as all of our courses are either in the STT or have reserved seats. You may wish to register for the elective courses for your second-choice program, in case you are not placed into Mech. If you then receive a placement in Mech you can drop those electives prior to registering for a Mech 2 STT. Once you have been placed into Mech, all you need to register for is a Mech 2 STT (any of them will do; the only difference is some of the lab times). You will add your Technical Communication course after you take the written diagnostic at the beginning of Mech 2, to bring your registration to a total of 40 credits. Students who successfully complete the diagnostic will be instructed to register in Mech 226, while all other students will be strongly encouraged to register in Mech 227 (our Technical Communication course offered in the summer which provides greater instructional support).
- Note: The schedule you see on the SSC will not reflect your actual course schedule, which will change from week to week (you won’t be in classes all day, every day). Access to your online schedule will be available shortly before the start of classes.
- Important information for students entering Mech 2, including where to go on the first day and what to bring, can be found in the FAQ.