Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Systems Major)

3 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 002153M

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Course Description

When completing a Mechanical Systems major you may choose between a graduate pathway to Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering.

  • 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

    The Bachelor of Science requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed part time.

    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.

    Completing a Mechanical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science qualifies you to graduate as a Mechanical Engineer with professional accreditation, after completing one of these graduate courses:

    Career outcomes

    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.

  • What is Mechatronic Engineering?

    Mechatronics is the discipline concerned with the integration of mechanical, electronic and software engineering.

    Mechatronics is an exciting field because it combines the knowledge and skills of these three engineering disciplines. A detailed understanding of how mechanical, electronic and software engineering areas interact enables the development of ‘smart’ products and systems such as computer-controlled robots, washing machines, automotive equipment, medical imaging systems, wind and wave generators, advanced CNC machines and hybrid and electric vehicles. Mechatronics has applications in a range of fields, including robotics, medical and assistive technology, human-machine interaction, manufacturing, unmanned aerial vehicles and education.

    What you study

    To graduate as a Mechatronic Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete a Mechanical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science, before progressing to the Master of Engineering (Mechatronics).

    The Bachelor of Science requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed part time.

    Core engineering studies include mathematics, systems design and engineering computation. Mechatronic Engineering study areas include control systems, programming, dynamics of machines, and Mechanical network analysis and design.

    Alternative study options

    To progress to the Master of Engineering (Mechatronics) you may also complete:

    Career outcomes

    Mechatronics can lead to a wide variety of interesting careers, such as developing ‘smart’ products and systems in various industries. Job opportunities exist with companies that use advanced automation equipment and computer integrated manufacturing systems, in fields such as aerospace, advanced manufacturing, product development, computing and electronics, software systems, mining, renewable energy and biomedical engineering for companies like Bosch, Honeywell, CNC Design, Ford, Resmed, Siemens, BAE Systems and Invetech.

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