In the department of mechanical engineering, we teach the fundamentals and applications of engineering as the core of the engineering field. Each year consists of two semesters, and a curriculum to achieve expertise has been developed based on “monozukuri”, a uniquely Japanese style of manufacturing that encompasses the Japanese spirit of technological prowess, craftsmanship, and innovation. Monozukuri is taught through project-based learning, in which students apply the knowledge they gain in specialized subjects from the first to fourth years. This approach develops independent problem-solving in students.

The subjects that form the basis of mechanical engineering include mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, dynamics of machinery, design and drafting, and machining and processing. Students learn about information technology, designing technology, and machining technology based on these fundamental courses and advance their understanding of monozukuri and make real things.

In the second year, students select fundamental courses in mechanical engineering; in the third year, they select the subjects in the field of engineering relevant to their future career; and in the fourth year, they create a study model for their graduation research project in order to demonstrate the culmination of their knowledge. From the second year, students can choose different applied courses, including automobiles, energy, the environment, engineering materials, and design, according to their interests to build their expertise in mechanical engineering. The goal in the mechanical engineering department is to develop creative students capable of identifying and solving problems. Students acquire a solid foundation in engineering through a curriculum that supports them in developing design skills in practical work.