The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering was established in 1996. Earlier it was known as the Department of Mechanical Engineering under the School of Engineering when its first programmed was offered in 1968. Started with Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering with a student number of 7,the faculty has since grown to become one of the most successful engineering faculties in UiTM with student enrolment exceeding 1500 per year.
The faculty now offers a total of six programmed in three levels which are one programmed at diploma level (EM110), two degree level programmed (EM220, EM221) and three postgraduate level programmed (EM780, EM774, EM980). Beside the Shah Alam Campus, The diploma programmed is only offered at the UiTM Penang Branch Campus. There are plan to extend the diploma programmed to other UiTM Branch Campuses.
The honours degree programmed that the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is offering and seeking re-accreditation is the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mechanical, EM220. This programmed has also been accredited internationally by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), United Kingdom, in view of the Malaysian Government demand to produce global human capital (modal insan) with international recognition. This programmed has been accorded by IMechE for five years up-to year 2010 and thus has met high standards pertaining to the principles, practices and ethics set by this international recognized professional body in addition to the national accreditation body.
Beside the full-time programmed that runs during working hours, the faculty also offers this programmed as evening classes and offered to students who are working. Previously, these students (Out-Campus Programmed) are classified differently from the full-time students. But now, they are considered as full-time students whose classes begin in the evening. They go through the same mode of operation (similar curriculum and teaching support). However, they have different workload in a semester which allows a maximum of 5 courses only. Their total study duration will double the semesters of the normal day-time student (16 semesters instead of 8).