The B.Sc. Eng (Hons) degree programme is of four years duration. The specific field of specialisation is identified by the students at the end of a common programme in the first semester of study except for two study programmes that have direct entry. The selection for a particular study programme is done based on the students’ preference and their performance at the Semester 1 examinations.
From Semester 2 onwards Mechanical Engineering students are offered more field-specific course modules. The course syllabi were revised and the semester system was introduced in the year 2000 to match with the current trends in the education system and the industry. This was again revised in 2009 and the field selection was brought to the end of Semester 1. The two streams; Mechatronics Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering were commenced with the 2015 intake. At present, the number of undergraduate students enrolled in the Department per batch is 120 including 10 undergraduates specialising in Mechatronics Engineering stream and another 10 undergraduates specialising in Aeronautical Engineering stream. Minor revisions to the course contents have been done periodically based on the student/staff feedback and the comments made by the personnel from the industry during Department Industry Consultative Board (DICB) meetings. Therefore, the curriculum can be regarded as up-to-date and relevant.
With the commencement of two Postgraduate degree programmes, viz. Energy Technology and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, the focus of the undergraduate programme has also been oriented broadly towards specialising in these two areas of current industrial interest. Along with these changes, the Department has been mindful to retain its application-oriented training through revised methods of teaching and training supported by a well-coordinated industrial visits programme, in addition to the compulsory industrial training programme.
Accreditation and Quality Assurance
The B.Sc. Eng. (Hons.) degree programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL). In addition, the Mechanical Engineering degree programme has obtained international recognition through the accreditation of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK (IMechE) and Washington Accord.
Structure of the Degree Programme
Gold Medal for the Best Mechanical Engineering Graduand donated in memory of late Mr. Jayaweera Kuruppu awarded to the Mechanical Engineering Graduand who has obtained the highest overall Grade Point Average of 3.8 or above at the B.Sc. Engineering Degree examinations
Jayaweera Kuruppu Memorial Award awarded to the Mechanical Engineering Graduand who has obtained the highest overall Grade Point Average of 3.7 or above at the B.Sc. Engineering Degree examinations.
National Development Bank Award for the best The Mechanical Engineering student who has obtained the highest cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.7 or above in the examinations of the course modules ME2023 Manufacturing Engineering I, ME2170 Manufacturing Engineering II and ME4332 Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.
MR Prelis Award for the Mechanical Engineering student who has obtained the highest overall mark with Grade A or above in the examination of the course module ME4072 Industrial Engineering.
Prof. G.K. Watugala Memorial Award for the Mechanical Engineering student who has obtained the highest overall mark with Grade A or above in the examination of the course module ME3012 Control Systems and Instrumentation.
Mobil Award for the Best Mechanical Engineering Final Year Project for the project group which has obtained highest average collectively with a Grade A- or above for the course module ME4202 Design/Research Project.