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Mechanical engineering

Design the machines of tomorrow

Mechanical engineers design and develop everything you think of as a machine – from fighter jets, space vehicles and car engines to lifts and air conditioners. They create the technologies that improve our world.

What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineers design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

As a mechanical engineer you’ll design and maintain of a wide variety of machines. These could include power generation and transport systems, renewable energy and environmental systems, computing and biomedical systems, or vehicle and engine design.

With the growing demand for mechanical engineers in the environmental, biomedical, aerospace and nanotechnology fields, a mechanical engineering career can be diverse, with opportunities to innovate around every corner.

Mechanical engineering careers

  • Develop and improve mechanical systems such as biomedical devices, automatic control systems, environmental pollution control devices, clean combustion, underwater exploration and space vehicles.
  • Become a space vehicle engineer, biomedical implant engineer, automotive engineer or automated airport facilities engineer, among many other career options.
  • There are many sectors in which you can lead the development of technologies, including health, the environment, travel, transport, construction and renewable energy. Work for small start-ups or large corporations like Google, Honeywell, Boeing, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Ford, Rio Tinto or NSW Transport.
  • Graduate salaries start at $60–63K per annum (Graduate Careers Australia).

Why study mechanical engineering with us?

There are many reasons to choose our Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical) as your first preference.

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Leah Cooke

Leah Cooke
Engineering Honours (Mechanical) / Arts
“I love the diversity a mechanical engineering degree offers – I can go from a lecture on manufacturing to one about designing efficient wind farms. There are so many great electives to choose from, letting you sample everything from early on.”
Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Arts

Borison Choy

Borison Choy
Engineering Honours (Mechanical) / Commerce
“What I love most about my mechanical engineering degree is that what I learn can be seen in the world around us, like material properties or force distribution in structures.”
Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce