About Mechanical Engineering

 Wind farm near Inverin, Co. Galway

Create. Solve. Engineer.

Now, more than ever, there's a world of opportunity for mechanical engineers to build Ireland's new sustainable energy supply and develop our industries.

We are a community dedicated to excellent learning, teaching, and research in mechanical and industrial engineering. We run the BE in Mechanical Engineering (accredited level 8) and major parts of the BE in Energy Systems Engineering. Taught graduate courses are available leading to Master's in Mechanical Engineering, Master's in Enterprise Systems Engineering, (Postgraduate Course of the Year Award, 2013) and Master's in Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics, with part-time options available on some programmes. We also take part in the Master's degrees in Energy Systems Engineering and Occupational Health and Safety. Opportunities are available for PhD and Master's degrees across a range of topics where we have internationally leading research expertise.

NUI Galway Mechanical Engineering, along with Electrical & Electronic Engineering, is the home of Ireland's most energy-efficient car - the Geec, designed, built and raced by our students.

Browse on to read about courses, career opportunities, research, and the people who work here. Join us to take your next steps into a colourful and rewarding career!

Engineers are the people who apply science for the benefit of humankind, and mechanical engineers are the ones who specialise in moving parts, flowing fluids, and heat. They identify problems and needs - openings where technology can help people - and develop solutions that work. Virtually everything you buy or use has had an mechanical engineer involved in its design and production. They design and develop everything that qualifies as a device or machine, from bicycles to stents and wind turbines to airliners.

A turbofan engine

In 2015, a team of our students designed and built the Galway Energy-Efficient Car and competed at Shell Eco-marathon Europe in Rotterdam. They achieved a massive energy-efficiency score equivalent to 8,000 miles per gallon, 100 times better than most cars on the road. This is just the beginning - we've already started work on a new Geec to break our record in 2016. Find out more about the Geec on www.theGeec.ie, facebook or @theGeec.

The Geec team celebrating in Rotterdam

When mechanical engineers voted in 2000 on their greatest achievements of the past century, the list ranged from the spectacular (moon landings) to the mundanely world-changing (refrigeration: before fridges, you lived on a farm or you ate from cans). Some things aren't designed by mechanical engineers, but even those (smartphones, for example) are made in factories with machines and systems that are designed by mechanical engineers and industrial engineers.

Miniature steam power plant at NUI Galway

Mechanical engineers are at the centre of the energy industry. They are creating the innovations that will let us the technology that will let us access energy from renewable sources, as well as developing technologies to ensure that we use established energy sources efficiently and responsibly. Mechanical engineers are creating high-performance materials for larger, more economical, recyclable wind turbine blades and developing wave energy systems that can survive an Atlantic storm.

Testing the strength and stiffness of a wind turbine blade