The Department of Mechanical Engineering is part of the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. It is situated on the Ilam campus which is about 5 km west of the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Christchurch, the "Garden City" is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island and enjoys a sunny climate with good beaches and surf. It offers easy access to the Port Hills and the Southern Alps for walking, climbing, skiing and snowboarding(the nearest ski field is 1 hour from the city) and hot geothermal springs.
The department has an establishment of 20 full time academic staff, 15 technicians, three secretaries and a systems analyst/programmer. The ratio of academic staff to equivalent full-time students has grown steadily over the last decade, as has that of the University as a whole. It currently stands at 1:15 compared to a University-wide average of 1:19. The department admits approximately 95 undergraduates each year to its academic programme and has a total enrolment of 300 undergraduate and over 40 postgraduate students.
The Department has a variety of specialist laboratories and is active in the study of acoustics, applied mechanics, automotive engineering, bioengineering and medical systems, design practice, energy systems, industrial aerodynamics, material and metallurgy, computer numerical control, metrology, control and robotics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and wind and water power.
The Department has good links with innovative New Zealand companies large and small.
Scholarships are available for high scoring students. Please visit our website for more details.