Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPROGRAMS
Undergraduate Programs
The purpose of undergraduate education in the Department is to equip students with a capability for self-learning and produce broadly-educated individuals with a basic knowledge of engineering and sufficient specific skills. This allows students to start their careers in engineering or professional services, or to carry on to Postgraduate study.

Mechanical engineers apply the principles of dynamics, mechanics, control, heat and mass transport, thermodynamics, system analysis, and use their knowledge of materials behavior and experimental methods to the design, analysis, manufacture, and testing of mechanical and thermal systems. Modern mechanical engineers face many challenges: designing for manufacturability, quality control, and engineering for high quality products at low cost. Electronics, optics, and computers have become an integral part of mechanical systems. There is also a variety of sophisticated tools for computer aided design and analysis. Practising engineers today are expected to effectively utilize these tools. Because of the importance of balancing social needs, economic costs and benefits, and environmental concerns in all engineering decisions, engineers must also be trained in the humanities, social sciences and management.

Engineering in Hong Kong and the region faces some particular challenges. Most companies are small, highly flexible and adapt quickly to ever changing market demands. Students must be equipped with both a broad background and relevant experience in order to be effective very soon after graduation. The Department promotes self-learning with a curriculum to train students to think on their own, a skill increasingly important with rapid technological changes. One way to accomplish this is to have students involved in design as one of the first-year courses in the curriculum and follow through to the final year design project to further strengthen their design and synthesis capabilities.

The undergraduate program is structured in three stages. The first stage concentrates on the fundamentals of mechanical engineering in solid mechanics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermal sciences, manufacturing, materials processing, and design. It also provides students with the basic knowledge of modern electronics and computers. The second stage integrates engineering sciences with laboratory work and exposes students to state-of-the art tools and equipment. The third stage comprises electives that provide students with sufficient depth in one of the following areas of specialization: (i) Building Services, Energy and Environmental Engineering, (ii) Mechatronics, Design and Manufacturing, and (iii) Structure, Materials and Reliability Engineering. These specializations are intended to help students enter the job market more easily.

To enhance students' communication skills and to allow students to get more exposure to the industry, a wide range of enrichment activities are provided by the Department.