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Master in Mechanical Engineering

Credits 45 credits
Session of admission and deadlines

Fall: August 1st
Winter: December 1st
Summer: April 1st
Application deadlines for international students with study permit

Regime of studies Full-time or part-time basis
Schedule Courses offered on days, evenings and some in an intensive format
Language of instruction French for the M.Eng.
French and English for the M.A.Sc.
Degree Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.)

A broadly-based program that will allow you to work in areas as diverse as aviation, occupational health and safety, the environment, or the manufacturing sector!

How did the École de technologie supérieure’s master's program in mechanical engineering achieve renown over the years? At ÉTS, research in mechanical engineering touches on a wide range of application domains such as health care, workplace safety, the environment, the manufacturing sector and aeronautics. By doing your master's in mechanical engineering at ÉTS, you will learn to solve real-world industry issues, because the majority of our professors have worked in business and industry. Close to 60% of their research work is done in partnership with the professional community.

To stand out in your field, to further your career, to develop technology that will revolutionize an industry or change the world… all these are good reasons to enroll in the Master in Mechanical Engineering program at ÉTS!

In this master's program, you will come into contact with professors who design devices to reduce the incidence of spinal cord injury, create biofuels with specific properties, develop protective equipment for factory workers and seek to improve the aerodynamics of wind turbines in Nordic environments. These are all projects of great concern to both public and private organizations. 

What will you learn in the Master’s program?

In this ÉTS graduate program, you can specialize in aeronautical design, mechanical manufacturing, the mechanics of buildings, health technologies, or in mechanical or manufacturing systems.

In addition, you will deepen your knowledge in the following areas: 

  • Aerodynamics of wind turbines; 
  • Thermofluids and energy; 
  • Finite element stress analysis; 
  • Aeronautical design; 
  • Shape-memory alloys; 
  • Intelligent systems; 
  • Composite materials;
  • Smart functional materials;
  • Polymers and plastics processing;
  • Acoustics and ultrasound; 
  • Non-destructive testing, fracture mechanics and failure analysis;
  • Advanced manufacturing.

You will also have access to highly specialized equipment, because ÉTS has more than 15 Chairs and research units in mechanical engineering. In addition, many researchers work closely with specialized health research centres such as the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal (CRCHUM – the University of Montréal’s health care research centre), the research centre of the Sacré-Cœur de Montréal hospital (site in French) and the Sainte-Justine children's hospital university research centre.

What’s the Difference between the Project Profile and the Research Profile?

Our master's program in mechanical engineering includes two profiles: one with thesis and the other with project. The thesis profile is focused on research and leads to the degree of Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.).  The project profile will allow you to specialize in a particular area of mechanical engineering and will lead to the degree of Master in Engineering (M. Eng.). 

What Degrees Provide Admission to the Master’s in Mechanical Engineering?

Holders of an engineering diploma or a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, automated production engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering or a related field may enroll in the Master in Mechanical Engineering.

Master's in mechanical engineering with thesis (research profile)

This profile is for you if you want to continue into doctoral studies or do research and development in industry.

The research project counts for 30 of the 45 credits of this program.

Master's in mechanical engineering with project (project profile)

The practical and theoretical courses in the project profile will help you deepen your knowledge and specialize in one of the many areas of mechanical engineering.

The program totals 45 credits, including 30 to 39 credits of courses plus 6 to 15 credits for the project.

Master's Degree with Project (courses profile) M.Eng.

The Master's Degree with Projet is available in French only.

Would you like to proceed in French?

Master's Degree with Thesis (research profile) M.A.Sc.


Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.)

Program Objectives

The Master's program enables engineers and other professionals to specialize in mechanical engineering and to become proficient in technology transfer related to the industry. In this program, students acquire advanced knowledge in mechanical engineering and develop the skills required to identify the technological requirements of specific companies. They also learn to define, justify, plan and complete an implementation project involving existing technology or applied research or development projects in the field of mechanical engineering.

Admission requirements

Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in mechanical engineering,electrical engineering, automated manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering or a related field, with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (out of 4.3) or equivalent;

or have acquired the required knowledge, appropriate training and experience that is deemed to be relevant.

A candidate who is deemed to be inadequately prepared may be required to take upgrading courses or a preparatory course.

The candidate can be admitted on the basis of sufficient knowledge of English. In addition to the requirements of the program, the candidate must also successfully complete an out-of-program French course, appropriate to his or her level, to obtain a diploma.

Candidates admitted on the basis of English must also provide proof that a faculty member has agreed to act as their thesis supervisor.

Program Structure

  • 1 mandatory 3-hour long workshop (0 credit)
  • 1 mandatory activity (3 credits)
  • 3 or 4 optional activities (totalling at least 12 credits)
  • 1 thesis (30 credits)

List of activities

1 mandatory 3-hour long workshop activity:

ATE800 Intégrité intellectuelle : un savoir-être et savoir-faire (0 cr.) (Intellectual Integrity: Underlying concepts and techniques – available in French and English)

1 mandatory activity (3 credits):

MTR801 Planning for an Engineering Research Project

3 or 4 optional activities (at least 12 credits) from the corresponding program:

If you choose to take courses at a partner university, you must obtain prior approval from your supervisor.

The student must successfully complete the following activity near the end of the program (30 credits):

MTR890 Master's Thesis
Career Prospects

What are the Career Prospects in Mechanical Engineering?

As mechanical engineering covers many domains, you will be able to work in virtually any industry.

Here are a few positions held by graduates with an ÉTS Master of Mechanical Engineering: 

  • R&D engineer in the design of a fully implantable artificial heart; 
  • Manager of haptic interface development projects;
  • Finite elements simulation engineer; 
  • Manager of non-destructive testing projects; 
  • Mechanical engineer in the development of biomedical technologies;

Some masters’ graduates, notably those with an M.A.Sc., choose to continue into doctoral studies or make a career within a university or a college, specifically in research and development.

With a master's in engineering, you also have excellent salary prospects. According to the Survey on the Remuneration of Engineering Professionals in Québec (in French), conducted by Génium360, graduates with a Master of Engineering earn, on average, 10% more than bachelor graduates.

Professional Recognition

Did you know that a Master’s in Engineering can give you experience credits of up to 12 months? To learn more, we invite you to consult the Regulation respecting other terms and conditions for the issuance of permits by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Research projects for students

Are you looking for a project for your master’s program?

Are you looking for a research project for your master's program?  Visit the Research Projects for Students page where faculty who are recruiting students post opportunities. 

Have you found a thesis supervisor?

You must have chosen your thesis supervisor before the end of your first semester of master’s studies, because this is a condition of registration for the second semester. We strongly recommend you begin your search before your first semester of master’s studies. For more information, see Find a Thesis Supervisor