The department of Mechanical Engineering started in 1984, right from the inception of the institute, is one of the oldest departments of this University. 25 batches of U.G. students have passed out, with many university ranks and gold medals. The programmes of the Department were accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
A high degree of professionalism is inducted to the students through the students chapters of professional associations such as American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Indian Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (ISHRAE) and Society of Mechanical Engineers. These bodies organize seminars for students on topics of current importance and global relevance to industry.
The department organises programmes to provide the students with industrial and practical experience through training and project work in industries to meet the industrial requirements and face real life situations boldly.
Modern multimedia teaching technologies are used to supplement lectures and enhance the quality of teaching. Computer aided learning packages on different subjects are available for self-learning. Industrial visits are arranged for students to gain practical exposure. In addition, guest lectures and panel discussions are arranged by inviting eminent persons from organisations of repute in the industry.
Almost all the eligible students of final year mechanical engineering are getting placement in the campus recruitment. Some of the major recruiters include Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, Caterpillar, Larsen & Toubro, West Asia Ltd, Wipro, Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services. The salary Range of the students recruited under campus recruitment is Rs. 2.75 to 6.75 lakhs per annum.
As a measure of extension service, the department of Mechanical Engineering periodically conducts training programmes for participants from industries in productivity improvement and software. In addition, it undertakes industrial consultancy projects for industries in and around Chennai.