What is Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical engineering involves understanding the design, construction, operation and maintenance of machines or practically anything with moving parts.
Mechanical engineers focus on turning energy into power and motion. They develop and design new products — such as mobile phones, gaming consoles, air conditioners, cars, aircraft and cameras — and the machines to make them. They manage the systems, people and technical facilities needed to produce goods and services, like power stations and manufacturing systems. They are concerned with the generation and harnessing of energy including solar heating and wind turbines.
What you study
Core engineering studies include mathematics, systems design and engineering computation. Mechanical Engineering study areas include fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, design and manufacturing, control systems, and solid mechanics.
For more information, visit the Bachelor of Design website.
Completing a Mechanical Systems major within the Bachelor of Design qualifies you to graduate as a Mechanical Engineer with professional accreditation, after completing one of these graduate courses:
Alternative study options
Mechanical Systems may also be completed as a major within a Bachelor of Science.
Mechanical engineering not only interacts with all other disciplines of engineering, but increasingly with other disciplines such as medicine and biology, supported by sophisticated computer technology. You will develop a breadth of skills and depth of fundamental knowledge, which will open up a wide variety of possible career directions. Career opportunities exist in a diverse range of industries from aeronautics, automotive, robotics, manufacturing and environmental consultancies, to management and financial organisations. Emerging technologies in bioengineering, materials science, and nanotechnology will create further opportunities.
Our graduates are employed by companies such as AECOM, Alcoa, BP Australia, ExxonMobil, Orica Limited, Origin Energy, Robert Bosch, Shell, Jacobs and OzMinerals.