Computer Labs

The MAE computer labs consist of standard PC’s that run a non-configurable Windows 10 operating system (users cannot install any software). All systems are equipped with Software needed for your MAE course.
If you are taking a MAE course then you can use one of the MAE Labs. Most labs have table space for laptops and group work. Lab locations are listed below.

All lab users must use a MAE Windows Account which are created based on class lists for courses which require lab usage.

Some labs require swipe card access, the access to a lab is dependent on the MAE course that your currently enrolled in. The computer labs are booked for tutorials, in-lab-exams and special events. All Carleton students can use Carleton University printers via the CU on the GO printing service.

Lab Availability

Room #PCs Name Access Type Schedule
ME3149 10 MAE Undergraduate Lab Open to all 4th year MAE students Closed(1) Remote Access Only
ME3290 55 MAE Undergraduate Lab Open to all 3rd and 4th year MAE students Closed(1) Remote Access Only
MC6065 19 MAE Undergraduate Lab Open to all 4th year MAE students Closed(1) Remote Access Only
ME3324 24 MAE Graduate and Undergraduate Lab Open to all 4th year and graduate MAE students Closed(1) Remote Access Only
ME2363 14 MAE Satellite Lab Open to all 4th year Satellite Project students Closed(1) Remote Access Only
ME2256 12 MAE Undergraduate Lab Open to all 1st year Engineering students Closed(1) Remote Access Only

(1) MAE labs are closed until further notice. We are doing all we can to keep our community safe and to contribute to slowing the progression of COVID-19 in Ottawa and across the country. For more information, please visit Carleton’s Coronavirus page.  The Labs are closed for physical access but we are adding the computer to be available for remote access. See below.



Remote Access

Due to COVID-19, MAE has made the computers accessible remotely via VPN and Remote Desktop and by accessing some of our license managers.

You need an active MyCarletonOne account to access Carleton’s VPN.

Instructions for VPN

You need an active MAE account to access the MAE lab computers via RDP.  When connecting to these computers you must enter your username like this:


To see the availability of MAE lab computers and connect to them go this site:

MAE Computer Labs – Remote Desktop Computers


Virtual Desktops

MAE students have access to Carleton’s Virtual Desktop System.  In addition to the General Student Lab Image (for all Carleton students) MAE has 2 special images with Engineering Software which uses 3D graphics. Access to these images is based on the course requirements.  To access the system go to this webpage:

CU Desktop


Lab Software

MAE computer labs have the following software available:

  • AGI:  STK
  • Altair: HyperWorks
  • ANSYS: ANSYS Structural, CFD – CFX IECM, Fluent, Multiphysics,
  • AutoDesk: Fusion360, AutoCAD
  • Dassault/3DS : Abaqus, Catia V5, V6
  • Golden Software: Grapher
  • Intel: Visual Fortran
  • Maple: Maple
  • MathWorks: Matlab and most toolboxes
  • Microsoft: Office2019, Visio, Project
  • MSC: Patran, Nastran, Adams
  • National Instruments: Labview
  • Ricardo: Wave and VALDYN
  • Siemans: NX, Nastran, FEMAP
  • Tecplot: Tecplot




Lab Access

MAE is using Campus Card Access for its laboratories. This means that you can use your Campus Card to enter the labs.

Your lab access is based on the program and course that you are currently enrolled in. For example, if you are enrolled in MECH3002 in the fall term then your access for the lab will commence on the first day of the fall term and end at the last day of the fall term (unless otherwise posted).

Please note that only MAE students have access to these facilities. Individuals that gain access to the space and are not eligible to be in the space can be reported to the Department of University Safety. Many of the labs are monitored both with video surveillance and using swipe-card access.

For problems concerning the Campus Card Access system please contact the MAE office.

Lab Policy

The MAE Lab policy covers:

  • Prohibited Expressions
  • Prohibited Conduct
  • Prohibited Food/Drinks
  • Lab Access
  • Other Policies

The MAE computer labs are for the use of MAE students, staff and faculty only. If there are non-MAE students in the lab please report them to or contact University Safety at x3612