The Department of Mechanical Engineering was established in 1969 under the Ceylon College of Technology, but has its origin in the Ceylon Technical College dating back to 1893. Over the years, the Department has effectively contributed to the overall academic programmes of the Faculty of Engineering at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. In 1988, the Department took a major step forward in improving the quality and relevance of the study programme by establishing the CAD/CAM/CAE Centre under a UNDP funded project.
Following the recent changes in the University, the Department executes a semester based study programme since year 2000 and offers an honours course leading to a B.Sc. Engineering Degree. At present, the number of undergraduate students enrolled in the Department per batch is 100. The Undergraduate programme of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has received national and international recognition through IESL and IMechE (UK) accreditation.
The Department pays special emphasis on Research and Development activities. In line with this, the Department has established a Research Laboratory and a Product Development Unit that is open 24 hours of the day where students and staff work together in developing new products and solving industry related problems. Department offers four postgraduate study programmes, two of which are conducted in collaboration with other departments of the faculty. The Department also extends its services to the community and the industry by conducting regular Continuous Professional Development programmes of the highest standard.