Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology!

Mechanical engineering is one of the principal and oldest engineering disciplines. Its principles and applications can be found in ancient and medieval history. However, the profession has grown tremendously since the Industrial Revolution era (1750 –1900). Some other engineering specializations have emerged from traditional mechanical engineering practices.

Mechanical engineering is a diverse discipline that derives its breadth from the need to design and manufacture everything from small individual parts and devices (e.g., microscale sensors and inkjet printer nozzles) to large systems (e.g., spacecraft and machine tools).

Highly skilled and competent mechanical engineers are required for virtually everything that is designed and produced by them. Mechanical engineering is perhaps the broadest and most diverse of engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers play a central role in such industries as Automotive (from the car chassis to its every subsystem—engine, transmission, sensors); Aerospace (airplanes, aircraft engines, control systems for airplanes and spacecraft), military hardware; biotechnology (implants, prosthetic devices, fluidic systems for pharmaceutical industries), Biomedical industries; Computers and Electronics (disk drives, printers, cooling systems, semiconductor tools); Power plants (Non renewable, renewable/sustainable energy sources), Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (sensors, actuators, micro-power generation, cooling systems); Energy conversion; Environmental control (heating/cooling, air-conditioning, refrigeration, pollution control); Automation (robots, artificial intelligence); Manufacturing (machining, machine tools, prototyping, micro-fabrication), Maintenance.

The primary goal of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at PNGUOT is to offer quality undergraduate education through student-centered teaching and learning, deliver research-based postgraduate programs, collaborate with industry and develop linkages with international institutions and partners. The department will also engage with the communities in PNG to deliver projects for mutual win-win situations and benefits.Undergraduate students in the Department will be equipped with a framework for understanding and designing mechanical, energy, mechatronics & instrumentation and aerospace systems for diverse functions and applications.

The programs will develop skills and competencies for innovation and creativity based on proper exposure to engineering science and mathematical principles. Apart from the hard-core engineering courses, students will also take courses that will promote soft skills such as critical thinking, communication, teamwork, leadership, ethics and working independently. The programs will provide the necessary background for further specialization and acquisition of higher postgraduate degrees.

Job opportunities are normally available for graduates of the Department in various organizations including: Automobile industry, Heating & Cooling Systems, Power production, Water works, Steel & cement making industry, Building services, Manufacturing, Mining, Aircraft industry, Sales engineering, Consultancy &, Parasternal organizations, Research & Development, Academia, Banks and other commercial enterprises, Public Service, Transportation and the Military.

Postgraduate programs in the Department will develop students in research thinking, methodology and innovation. Research clusters are being organized such as in renewable energy (with emphasis on biodiesel, biogas, waste–to-energy, solar thermal and solar-pv, wind power, hydro systems), Fluid dynamics, Engineering materials (such as composites, natural fibers, metals), Energy conservation and management, robotics, artificial intelligence.

I welcome visitors, stakeholders and prospective students to the Department as you navigate through the University’s website. Details of the undergraduate programs offered by the Department can be accessed in the current Handbook. However, for further information, please revert directly to the Department or post enquiries through the University website.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Professor John Pumwa
Head of the Department,
PNG University of Technology,
Private Mail Bag Service,
Lae, MP 411,
Papua New Guinea
Office Tel: +675 473 4851 Fax:+675 473 4854