Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Sub-disciplines

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. The program aims  to empower students to pursue successful careers and to create a learning environment in which students develop their creative and critical thinking.  The program applies the principles of mechanics, materials science, and energy to the design of machines and the usage of heat and fluid flow for the design of  HVAC systems, hydraulic systems and power generation.
Following fundamental courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry that provide an essential preparation to engineering study, mechanical engineering students learn to use the necessary tools covering the following fields of specialization:

The design and development of machines with an  understanding of mechanical systems and their operations.  The program of study emphasizes the integration of mechanical systems into other systems including computers, electricity and electronics. 

Thermal energy and its various applications such as air conditioning, refrigeration and the design of thermal power stations.

The science of fluids (liquids and gases) in motion (fluid flow or fluid dynamics). It has several sub-disciplines including aerodynamics (the study of air and other gases in motion) and hydrodynamics (the study of liquids in motion). Fluid dynamics has a wide range of applications such as calculating forces and moments on aircraft, and determining flow rates of petroleum  in pipelines.

Note: at the department of mechanical engineering at BAU,  students acquire a broad knowledge allowing them to cover major mechanical disciplines.

Possible career opportunities

The BAU mechanical engineer is qualified to work in the following areas: 
    -Design of mechanical systems: BAU mechanical engineers have the opportunity to work in offices which conduct mechanical design and research and development (R&D). Students learn necessary tools of numerical analysis to design mechanical systems using Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and Computer Aided Design (CAD) for global industrial companies in different applications (transport, power and structure).

    - Design of heat systems: In this area, the mechanical engineer has  the possibility to work in servicing buildings to install air conditioning  and ventilation systems (HVAC). This is an area recruitable locally and in Gulf countries where the air conditioning system is important due to high temperatures. The mechanical engineering graduate from BAU  may also work in energy production especially renewable energy from solar and sources wind which are becoming increasingly important for the human society.
    -The mechanical engineering graduate from BAU will be able to design and maintain a hydraulic system in various applications (trucks, bulldozers,…) including pipe lines, reservoirs and hydraulic machinery.