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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering involves the design and operation of any kind of machine whether it’s a wind turbine or a car. It’s one of the oldest and broadest engineering disciplines and is used in virtually every type of industry.

Mechanical engineers use math, physics and material science principles to design products, processes and systems. As a mechanical engineer, you could use your imagination and creativity to design and build anything from a robot that explores the surface of Mars to a biomedical device like an artificial joint.

The revolution in computation technology is changing the face of mechanical engineering. With advancements in computer modelling and rapid prototyping (3D printing), ideas can go from concept to prototype faster than ever before.

Key Skills & Knowledge

  • Controls, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, materials science, design, and heat transfer
  • Computers, including design and computational mathematics software
  • Critical thinking and ability to solve complex problems
  • Oral and written communications
  • Research and design
  • Teamwork and project management
  • Analysis and evaluation

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Acoustics Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Fluid Mechanics Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Pipeline Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Rotating Equipment Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Systems Engineer

Potential Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical
  • Government
  • Machinery
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Military
  • Nuclear
  • Oil and Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • Research and Development
  • Robotics and Automation Companies
  • Transportation
  • Utilities


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Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Engineering Student Centre
Engineering Block C 205
T: 403.220.5732

Engineering Career Centre
Engineering Block C 205
T: 403.220.3089


Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020