discipline

Mechanical engineering

Qualify yourself to get involved in the design of almost any mechanical system imaginable, including complex systems like cars, robots and airplanes. As a mechanical engineering graduate, you’ll be in global demand for your set of skills.

Get access: to some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in the southern hemisphere

Practical experience: industry-linked projects from your first year

Career opportunities

Engineers are in demand around the world. Our graduates get jobs. With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in demand. Employers seek out Deakin graduates for their forward thinking, innovative and entrepreneurial qualities.

As a mechanical engineering graduate, you can gain employment in industries as diverse as:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • aircraft
  • ship building
  • manufacturing and design companies
  • railroads
  • supplier companies.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Do internships as a leg up into your industry - nothing can beat experience on your resume and contacts/referees in the bank!

Tom Sudholz

Mechanical engineering and commerce student

Industry-based learning (IBL)

IBL involves working full or part time in industry as part of your studies. You can gain valuable experience and be better prepared for employment after graduation, all while gaining credit towards your degree.

Project-orientated design based learning

Project-oriented design based learning is a key feature of our engineering degrees. This teaching method weaves practical learning experiences through each degree. Students do team-based projects and develop solutions to industry needs.

Research with us

Got the nuts-and-bolts for a potentially ground-breaking idea? We’ll help you assemble it with a higher degree by research. We’re associated with strategic research centres including the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation and the Institute for Frontier Materials.

Learn more about researching with us

Accreditation

Deakin's Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia. This accreditation ensures our engineering course meets both national and international standards and gives our degrees international recognition, meaning our graduates are able to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world.

Leading the way in engineering

Deakin engineering is ranked highly by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), a national research evaluation framework. ERA awarded Deakin the highest ranking possible of 5 in the categories of Materials Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. 

Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering were awarded a ranking of 4 (classed above world standard), highlighting Deakin’s strength in engineering related research. 

Our research excellence helps to inform our teaching curriculum to ensure undergraduate students are aware of the developments that will shape the engineering industries of the future.

What do our students and staff say?

Engineering at Deakin – a student perspective

See what our engineering students
love about studying at Deakin.

Warman Design and Build Competition

A team of Deakin undergraduate engineering students put their skills to the test at the national final of the 2014 Warman Design and Build Competition in Sydney.

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