Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

Why choose Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at Melbourne

At Australia’s no 1 engineering school you will learn from the top researchers in mechanical engineering and mechatronics.

Access to real-world industry and research projects will provide you with the problem-solving and team work skills crucial to a successful career in industry.

Our professional Master of Engineering program is the first graduate program in Australia to be accredited by Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE®, enabling graduates to practice as mechanical or mechatronics engineers in Australia, Europe, the US, Singapore, Japan and more.

Mechanical and mechatronic engineers create innovative solutions to global challenges in fields such as healthcare, energy and transportation, as well as space exploration, climate change, and more.

Mechanical engineers turn energy into power and motion, focusing on the generation, conversion and use of energy, as well as the design, construction and operation of devices and systems.

If you are interested in how mechanical, electronic and software engineering interact to enable ‘smart’ products and systems such as computer-controlled robots, automotive equipment, medical imaging systems, wind and wave generators, and hybrid and electric vehicles, then mechatronics is the field for you.

Courses in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

How to study Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

To become a professionally accredited mechanical or mechatronics engineer, you will complete five years of study.

You start with either a Bachelor of Science with a major in Mechanical Systems, Electrical Systems or Mechatronics Systems, or a Bachelor of Design with a major in Mechanical Systems. This is followed by a two-year Master of Engineering with a Mechanical, Mechatronics or Mechanical with Business specialisation.

A longer Master of Engineering program, of up to three-years duration is available for students who have not completed the preliminary engineering subjects required in their undergraduate degree, but who meet the maths and science entry requirements.

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Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Research

The Melbourne School of Engineering is acknowledged internationally for its excellence in mechanical engineering and mechatronics research.

We undertake research that is relevant to society and industry with a focus on building new partnerships with experts in the following research themes: autonomous systems, biomechanics, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics, focusing on areas such as energy systems and their optimisation, biomedical device development and testing, robotics and automation.

Biomechanics expert Professor Peter Lee discusses his work on creating affordable prosthetics for people living in developing countries.

Read our story on the research by Professor Peter Lee

Your career opportunities in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

As a mechanical or mechatronics engineer, you can work in a diverse range of industries, from aeronautics, robotics, automotive, energy, manufacturing and bioengineering, to materials science and nanotechnology.

Employment opportunities exist in industries such as: aeronautics, automotive, robotics, advanced manufacturing, product development, environmental consultancies, computing and electronics, software systems, mining, renewable energy and biomedical engineering.

The Student Experience

Hear Catherine Phillips discusses her experience studying the Master of Engineering (Mechanical).

Catherine Phillips from Melbourne School of Engineering on Vimeo.