Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering involves the design, production and operation of systems, mechanical devices and machinery. Mechanical engineers are involved with almost every design imaginable, especially complex items like cars, robots and aeroplanes.

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Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of EngineeringCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Engineering (Professional)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Science (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study mechanical engineering at Deakin?

New in 2016!

From Trimester 1 2016, students will have the opportunity to commence a Deakin engineering degree at the Melbourne Burwood Campus. Discover the full range of engineering study options available to you as you complete the first year of your engineering degree at Burwood. After completing your first year, you can either transfer to the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or to Cloud (online) learning to continue your studies.

Design Based Learning

Project-Oriented Design Based Learning (PODBL) in collaboration with industry is a key feature of our engineering degrees. Beginning in the first trimester of study and continuing throughout your degree, you will have opportunities to work independently and in groups, to actively develop ideas and design products that satisfy industry client needs.

Professional recognition

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.

Flexible study options

Deakin gives you the flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle, work and other commitments. You can study mechanical engineering on or off-campus, and even switch between study modes to choose the option that suits you best.

Leading technologies and materials

Product development and innovation are key drivers for Australian industry. To meet this demand, Deakin's mechanical engineering degree brings together leading computer-aided engineering technologies and advanced materials to provide one of the most relevant mechanical engineering degrees in Australia.

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Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) provides some of the best future-focussed engineering facilities in the Australian university sector. It houses virtual and real prototyping facilities, allowing creative design solutions to be developed almost seamlessly from imagination to concept and reality in a single journey. Be it new wind turbines, medical devices, sustainable infrastructure, fuel efficient vehicles or robotic aids, CADET provides the key elements to imagineer the ultimate solution.

Want to study overseas as part of your degree?

Maybe you should apply for the Global Science and Technology Program. The program enables students to achieve their dreams of a truly global education and includes a $3000 scholarship. Visit the Global Science and Technology Program website to find out more about the program, how it works and where our students are studying overseas. You will also find information about how to apply for this amazing opportunity.

Gain industry experience

As an engineering student you will have the opportunity to take part in industry-based work-integrated learning (WIL), internships and final-year industry-based projects.  Industry experience is normally undertaken between trimesters and enables you to acquire practical workplace skills and experience whilst developing valuable professional networks.

Research-led teaching

The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) draws strongly on Deakin's world-class research teams in automotive engineering and advanced materials, with a practical approach that could include an opportunity to work on the Formula Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) race car, designed and built by our degree students. Along the way, you will develop project management, communication and financial management skills, as well as a solid understanding of product and process modelling and designing for sustainability.

Postgraduate opportunities

Our postgraduate engineering programs with specialisation in mechanical engineering aim to strengthen, build on and extend your understanding of the engineering principles required for successful engineering careers in Australia and overseas. You will gain technical skills, a positive approach to problem solving and the ability to work as part of a team while focussing on practical experience and a supervised research or industry project that provides you with the advanced project management skills required to tackle complex, industrially-focused problems head on.

Career opportunities

Mechanical engineering graduates can expect to gain employment in the automotive, aircraft, ship-building, aerospace and railroad industries, supplier companies and other leading manufacturing and design companies.

Engineering scholarships

Scholarships in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment for engineering students include the IGNITED Scholarship.

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