Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) prepares you to be an industry-ready professional engineer capable of applying the principles of technology and science to the design, production and operation of systems, devices and machinery. Today, mechanical engineers lend their skills to the development of almost every design imaginable – especially complex products like cars, robots and aeroplanes.
Product development and advanced manufacturing are key drivers for the future of Australian industry. To meet this need, Deakin's mechanical engineering degree brings together leading computer-aided engineering technologies with advanced materials and manufacturing knowledge to provide one of the most relevant mechanical engineering degrees in Australia. Through project-oriented design-based learning (PODBL), students learn fundamental theory and apply it to industry-relevant projects to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.
As a student you will benefit from Deakin's world-class research teams in automotive engineering and advanced materials, our strong links with industry and our state-of-the-art facilities.
During the course you’ll cover core mechanical disciplines including machine design, thermo-fluids, structural design and industrial control while developing skills in project management, communication, and financial management. You will also gain a solid understanding of product and process modelling, and how to design for sustainability.
You’ll also have opportunities to test your mechanical design and engineering skills in challenges such as the Shell Eco Marathon and Warman international and national competitions. Graduates have a high degree of employability in the automotive, manufacturing and mining sectors, as well as a range of other industries that utilise student’s strong engineering design and product development skills.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia giving the degree international recognition and allowing graduates to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world.
With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in demand. Graduates are highly employable, industry-ready and highly sought-after for their skills in engineering, innovation, leadership, project management and communication, as well as their capacity to astutely anticipate and adapt to the ever-changing nature of the mechanical engineering industry. Career opportunities exist in the automotive, aircraft, ship-building, aerospace, and railroad industries among others.
Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 or 2 credit points, sometimes abbreviated as cps. Most students choose to study units amounting to 4 credit points (or cps) per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The 32 credit points include 31 core units (these are compulsory) and 1 Engineering elective unit (you can choose which one to study).
Level 1 - Trimester 1
Level 1 - Trimester 2
Level 2 - Trimester 1
Level 2 - Trimester 2
Level 3 - Trimester 1
Level 3 - Trimester 2
Level 4 - Trimester 1
Level 4 - Trimester 2
* SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice is also available in trimester 1 and trimester 2.
~Note: Students are expected to undertake SEJ441 and SEJ446 in consecutive trimesters. Students will be required to seek approval from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SEJ441 and SEJ446 consecutively.
^ Must have successfully completed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)
Engineering course-grouped elective units:
1400514801 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614801 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne) (First year of course only)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 intake only available at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (Online).
* Only the first year of this Engineering program is available at the Melbourne Burwood Campus. Students enrolled at the Melbourne Burwood Campus will be required to transfer to the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Cloud (online) mode for the second year of their program.
International students holding student visas – this course is registered for delivery to student visa holders at Geelong Waurn Ponds campus.
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Flexible entry into the course allows students to upgrade their qualifications and to obtain credit for previous studies/experience. Applicants with appropriate TAFE qualifications or other approved post-secondary studies may apply for credit for prior learning. Credit may be considered for skills obtained in the workforce or by informal means.
The course includes a compulsory work placement - a minimum of 60 working days (12 weeks fulltime) of professional engineering practice experience undertaken as a vocational placement or employment placement with a host organisation. This can be completed in up to three separately approved professional engineering practice placements.
In order to satisfy course accreditation requirements, as specified and administered by Engineers Australia, all Cloud Campus enrolled students are required to participate in Campus learning activities equivalent to a minimum duration of one full academic week for every trimester of effective full time study in order to ensure that graduates possess and have demonstrated the minimum necessary knowledge and skill base, engineering application abilities, and professional skills, values and attitudes at successful completion of the course to be sufficiently prepared to enter professional engineering practice.
Cloud Campus enrolled students are required to attend campus mode conducted activities during the corresponding Intensive Week in a trimester. Attendance at campus mode activities is linked to assessment requirements within the Engineering programmes, failure to attend will result in not meeting the hurdle requirement of the respective assessment. Thus, a fail grade shall be awarded for the respective affected unit(s) for that particular trimester.
International students: Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus. To participate in the mandatory campus based scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive week, it is suggested that you apply for a tourist visa to enter Australia. Please be advised that Deakin University cannot guarantee that you will be granted a tourist visa by the Australian Government.
Elective units may be selected that may include compulsory placement, study tours, work-based training or collaborative research training arrangements.
Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection. Information about the hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Engineering, telephone 03 9244 6699.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
You’ll gain industry experience by completing at least 60 days (12 fulltime weeks) of practical work experience in an engineering workplace, developing and enhancing your understanding of the engineering profession, possible career outcomes, and the opportunity to establish valuable professional networks.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL and a study score of at least 20 in one of maths: mathematical methods (any) or maths: specialist mathematics. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:
- a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
- a Diploma in any discipline OR
- successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
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Graduates can expect to gain employment in the supplier companies, other leading manufacturing and design companies, aircraft, ship-building, aerospace and railroad.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia, which gives the degree international recognition, allowing graduates to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Integrate well-developed knowledge of physical sciences and engineering fundamentals, which underpins the engineering discipline to analyse complex engineering problems and to evaluate possible solutions. Apply professional engineering knowledge, and knowledge of contextual factors in order to design, develop and maintain sustainable engineering infrastructure, systems or products. Plan and execute research projects to show capacity for advanced knowledge and skills in an engineering discipline and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and/or scholarship.
Apply effective communication skills in a professional context to interpret, evaluate and present technical engineering information using oral, written, visual modes. Demonstrate proficiency in comprehending viewpoints of others and present arguments and justifications for representing engineering position to technical and non-technical audience.
Identify, select and use digital technologies and tools relevant to the engineering discipline to generate, manage and share information. Demonstrate the ability to independently and systematically locate information, evaluate its reliability, and use the information for engineering design, problem solving and research purposes.
Demonstrate autonomy and judgement through balanced application of logic, intellectual and research criteria to review, analyse, and synthesise information for engineering problem solving.
Apply engineering knowledge, skills and techniques to identify and define complex problems in a variety of contexts. Evaluate and use established engineering methods to identify potential solutions to independently and collaboratively resolve complex engineering problems and realise solutions. Demonstrate innovative and creative approaches and/or solutions in planning, designing or executing engineering projects.
Evaluate own knowledge and skills using frameworks of reflection and take responsibility for learning and performance. Work responsibly and safely in engineering environments to demonstrate professionalism.
Undertake various team roles, work effectively within a team, and utilise effective teamwork skills in order to achieve learning goals. Apply interpersonal skills to interact and collaborate to enhance outcomes through shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to optimise complex problem resolution.
Formulate sustainable engineering practices by integrating aspects of design, development or research through concern for economic, environmental, social and cultural perspectives and values. Engage with global traditions and current trends in engineering practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.
Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017
How to apply
Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
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Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of 50% of the course at Deakin University.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.