"RIT is 61st in the U.S. for Engineering programs"


Mechanical engineering, being the broadest among the core engineering disciplines, offers the students a wide range of career choices and opportunities. Its strong and broad technical foundation provides opportunities in engineering practice, management positions, research and graduate studies.

The department of Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai, established in 2008, has inherited more than 180 years of excellence from its mother program at the Rochester campus. The program is designed to offer students a solid foundation in mechanical engineering fundamentals in addition to knowledge in a wide range of topics such as energy systems, air conditioning, hydraulic machines, design of machinery and system controls among other areas. The program is unique in its hands-on and co-operative training, which prepares the students to graduate directly into their jobs as engineers, and enhances their network with the industry, which reflects positively on their future job opportunities.

The broad base and co-operative experience of the program cultivates the learning, thinking and problem-solving abilities needed to adapt, to develop and to exercise responsible leadership through times of rapid change. The department offers Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and an undergraduate option in Energy and the Environment. Dubai students have access to other options such as Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Bioengineering through the study abroad program* at the Rochester campus.

In addition to its accreditation in the United States as part of the University in New York, the program has been accredited by ABET, approved by the Commission of Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs (MOE-HEA) in the UAE and recognized by the KHDA in Dubai.

I wish you a fruitful journey through the bachelor program and success in your future engineering career.

Dr. Ghalib Kahwaji - Department Chair




An Engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai opens up a world of exciting career opportunities and Mechanical Engineering in particular, is involved with a range of cutting edge design across automotive and aerospace systems, bioengineering devices, and energy-related technologies.

Our labs are equipped to provide you with extensive experimentation and feature everything from 3D printers to Universal Testing Machines, to a comprehensive machine shop to ensure you have access to state of the art facilities to help you in your development as an engineer.

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Our Coop Internship program ensures you graduate with practical experience  working with the industry while gaining valuable contacts, professional networks and practical skills to give you the required competitive edge in the engineering field.


Our mechanical engineering graduate’s journey takes him from design through development and manufacturing to research and even sales. Because of their comprehensive training and education, Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai mechanical engineers often called upon to assume management positions. Our graduates work in top international corporations as well as local companies in the UAE and the wider region.


Besides its accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, USA as a Rochester NY campus program, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is also accredited by the Ministry of Education - Higher Education Commision, UAE and is licensed by the KHDA in Dubai. It is also accredited by ABET, a recognized premier international engineering accreditation body.

Click here for Enrolment data for Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program.


The major provides students with a broad academic base complemented by hands-on laboratory activities and professional cooperative education experience.  You will devote the first two years to the study of mathematics, physics, chemistry, liberal arts, and engineering sciences, while the third and fourth years emphasize engineering science, design, and systems.

You can then choose to specialize in Energy and Environment, by choosing the appropriate technical electives courses, or complete the program without an option and take a range of technical electives.  In the fifth year, you are required to complete the capstone design courses, Senior Design I and II (MECE-497, 498).

You will complete liberal arts general education courses in the social sciences and the humanities to round out your education.

Year One

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

UWRT - 150

Writing Seminar


MATH - 181, 182

Project-based Calculus I, II


LAS Perspective I, II, III (Artistic, Ethical, Global)


MECE - 102

Engineering Mechanics Lab


MECE - 104

Engineering Design Tools


MECE - 117

Introduction to Programming for Engineers


YOPS - 10

RIT Dubai: RIT Connections


Islamic Culture Course


Year Two

MECE - 103



Physical Science Elective I


LAS Perspective IV (Social)


MATH - 219

Multivariable Calculus


MECE - 205



MECE - 110

Thermodynamics I


MECE - 210

Fluid Mechanics I


MATH - 231

Differential Equations


MECE - 203, 204

Strength of Materials I and Laboratory


MECE - 305, 306

Materials Science with Applications and Laboratory


EGEN - 099

Engineering Co-op Preparation


MECE - 211

Engineering Measurements Lab


Year Three

MECE - 348

Contemporary Issues


MATH - 326

Boundary Value Problems


Physical Science Elective II


EEEE - 281

Circuits I


LAS Immersion II


PHYS - 212

University Physics II


MECE - 499

Co-operative Education



ME Approved Science Elective


Year Four

MECE - 320

System Dynamics


MATH - 241

Linear Algebra


MECE - 310

Heat Transfer I


MECE - 301

Engineering Applications Lab


MECE - 348

Contemporary Issues in Mechanical Engineering (WI)


MECE - 499

Co-operative Education


Year Five

MECE - 497

Multidisciplinary Senior Design I


MECE - 498

Multidisciplinary Senior Design II



ME Applied Electives



ME Applied or Extended Core Elective


STAT - 205

Applied Statistics



LAS Immersion II, III



Free Electives


Total Credits - 129

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

A sample of Mechanical Engineering Electives (indicative only):

  • MECE 350 Strength of Materials II

  • MECE 352 Thermodynamics II

  • MECE 489 Special Topics: Refrigeration & Air Conditioning for Hot and Humid Climates

  • MECE 529 Renewable Energy Systems

  • MECE 544 Introduction to Composite Materials


Students at Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai can opt to select one of three options: i) the Energy and Environment option, ii) the Aerospace Engineering option, or iii) the Automotive Engineering option.You can elect to complete the major without an option and instead customize your academic study in support of your career plans. The mechanical engineering major is relatively flexible and allows students to pursue options and minors.
Energy and Environment
This option consists of electives that provide students with exposure to a wide range of opportunities and careers associated with energy-intensive systems and how they relate to the environment. This option increases the number of opportunities students have for careers in the fields of building energy systems, alternative and renewable energy, and direct energy conversion. Students choosing this option are expected to work on an energy systems design project in senior design and to pursue co-op employment in a related field.
Aerospace Engineering Option
The A​erospace engineering option allows for specialized study in all engineering aspects of air- and space-borne vehicles. Aerospace engineering focuses on developing aircraft, spacecraft, and the mechanical systems that make both possible. Also referred to as aeronautical engineering, aerospace engineering deals with designing, building, and testing airborne and space vehicles, from airplanes and helicopters to rockets, missiles, satellites, and spacecraft.
Auto​motive Enginee​ring Option
The a​​utomotive engineering option begins with a course sequence that starts in the third year of your mechanical engineering program. This ensures that you have developed the foundational mechanical engineering skills needed for specialization in more advanced course work that focuses on the principles and dynamics of automotive engineering. Automotive engineering courses include an introductory course (Contemporary Issues in Automotive Engineering) followed by courses in areas such as strength of materials, thermodynamics, internal combustion engines, powertrain systems and design, vehicle dynamics, manufacturing processes, and sustainable energy for transportation.



"There is a lot of practical applications in the Mechanical engineering program so I feel prepared for the real world and the co-op is a great concept. I wanted a U.S. degree and the opportunity to study overseas which RIT Dubai offers. The reputation of the university and the program oers great job opportunities. I'm really happy here.” - Judy Akbik


For information about the RIT New York Mechanical Engineering program and options click here
* provided that their program of study or desired courses are offered in that campus.
Page last modified on: October 20, 2020