Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering involves understanding the design, construction, operation and maintenance of machines or practically anything with moving parts.

What is Mechanical Engineering?

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. At the Masters level, this specialisation looks at the generation, conversion and use of energy, as well as the design, construction and operation of devices and systems. Mechanical engineering students learn from staff with world-leading expertise in fluid mechanics, turbulence and biomechanics, and have the chance to undertake an industry project that combines a research and industry focus.

Career Outcomes

Group activities and site visits help to consolidate theoretical knowledge and prepare students to undertake careers in fields from automotive design and manufacturing to software programming and in non-engineering roles in organisations such as banks and consulting firms.

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Dual accreditation with Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE® allows graduates of the Master of Engineering, or the Master of Spatial Information Science, to practice as professional engineers virtually anywhere in the world. For more information see our accreditation page.

How to Become a Mechanical Engineer

Step 1

Mechanical Systems major in the Bachelor of Science

Mechanical Systems sequence in the Bachelor of Commerce

Step 2

Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Graduate as an accredited Mechanical Engineer

Step 1: Mechanical Systems

The Mechanical Systems major may be taken as a part of the following degree. You can find out more on the following websites:

Bachelor of Commerce students may choose the Mechanical Systems sequence, and study between eight and ten engineering subjects as the breadth component of their degree. You can find out more about the degree on the following website:

Duration

300 credit points / 3 years full-time

Fees

For information please refer to the University’s Future Students website:

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Course Structure

These example course plans are provided as a guide only. Subject availability will vary from year to year and there is no guarantee that the listed subjects will be available in future years.

Sample Course Plan — Bachelor of Science (major in Mechanical Systems)
Year 1 Semester 1 Engineering Systems Design 1 Calculus 1 [1] Physics 1 Breadth
Year 1 Semester 2 Engineering Systems Design 2 Calculus 2 Physics 2: Physical Science & Technology Breadth
Year 2 Semester 1 Engineering Computation Linear Algebra [1] Science Elective Breadth
Year 2 Semester 2 Foundations of Electrical Networks Engineering Mechanics Engineering Mathematics Breadth
Year 3 Semester 1 Mechanical Dynamics Mechanics & Materials Science elective Breadth
Year 3 Semester 2 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics [2] Mechanical Design Science elective Breadth

[1] Students who have completed VCE Specialist Mathematics with a study score ≥27, go straight into Calculus 2 and ‘replace’ Calculus 1 with a science elective. Linear Algebra is undertaken Year 1, Semester 2.

Students with ≥38 in VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4 should seek advice as to which mathematics to take.

[2] Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics is available in both Semester 1 and 2.

Mechanical Systems subjects Electives Breadth

Step 2: Master of Engineering (Mechanical)

Graduates with a Mechanical Systems major (with a 65% average) are eligible for a two-year Master of Engineering (Mechanical) or a Master of Engineering (Mechatronics).

Sample Course Plan —Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Year 4 Semester 1 Thermodynamics Control Systems Materials Design for Manufacture
Year 4 Semester 2 Fluid Dynamics Solid Mechanics Dynamics of Machines Design for Integration
Year 5 Semester 1 Group 1 MME Elective Group 1 MME Elective Group 2 MME Elective Capstone Project [1]
Year 5 Semester 2 Group 1 MME Elective Group 1 MME Elective MME Elective

[1] Available year long, or semester long — 25 points in either Semester 1 or 2.

Sample Course Plan — Bachelor of Commerce with a sequence of subjects in Mechanical Systems
Year 1 Semester 1 Introductory Microeconomics [3] ¬†Introductory Macroeconomics [3] Commerce - level 1 Calculus 1 [1]
Year 1 Semester 2 Quantitative Methods 1 [3] Commerce - level 1 Engineering Systems Design 2 Calculus 2 [1]
  Summer Linear Algebra [1] [2]      
Year 2 Semester 1 Organisational Behaviour [3] Commerce - level 2 Commerce - level 2 Engineering Mathematics
Year 2 Semester 2 Commerce - level 2 Commerce - level 2 Foundations of Electrical Networks Engineering Mechanics
Year 3 Semester 1 Commerce - level 3 Commerce - level 3 Engineering Computation Mechanics & Materials
Year 3 Semester 2 Commerce - level 3 Commerce - level 3 Commerce - level 2 or 3 Mechanical Design

[1] Students who have completed VCE Specialist Mathematics with a study score ≥27, go straight into Calculus 2. Linear Algebra is undertaken in Year 1, Semester 2. There is no need for the additional 12.5 points/summer enrolment.

Students with ≥38 in VCE Specialist Mathematics 3/4 should seek advice as to which mathematics to take.

[2] Students required to complete Linear Algebra in summer do so under the Community Access Program (CAP).

[3] Offered in both Semesters 1 and 2.

Commerce subjects Mechanical Systems subjects Electives

Step 2: Master of Engineering (Mechanical)

Graduates with a Mechanical Systems major (with a 65% average) are eligible for a two-year Master of Engineering (Mechanical) or a Master of Engineering (Mechatronics).

Sample Course Plan —Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Year 4 Semester 1 Materials Mechanical Dynamics Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics [2] Design for Manufacture
Year 4 Semester 2 Dynamics of Machines Solid Mechanics Fluid Dynamics Design for Integration
Year 5 Semester 1 Control Systems Thermodynamics Group 1 MME Elective Capstone Project [1]
Year 5 Semester 2 Group 1 MME Elective Group 1 MME Elective Group 1 MME Elective

[1] Available year long, or semester long — 25 points in either Semester 1 or 2.

[2] Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics is available in both semester 1 and 2


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Developing low cost prosthetics

A combination of land mines in recent war-afflicted regions, industrial and environmental accidents, terrorist attacks and poor quality public health in developing nations has resulted in a growing need for low-cost artificial limbs.

Associate Professor Peter Lee, from the Biomechanical Engineering research group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is working on research into low-cost prosthetics, which are helping people in developing countries. Each year he takes a team of engineering students on a field trip to areas of need, such as Cambodia or Vietnam. The discoveries that are made in the field inform the next round of research and development, which are later tested back in the field. Associate Professor Lee said:

Our research teams are benefitting the people of Cambodia and beyond. Users of the prosthetics are gaining access to devices of greater durability, lower weight and less cost. The need for amputees to visit often distant rehabilitation clinics is reduced, which costs them less in time, money and anxiety.