Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Get the design, engineering and entrepreneurial skills required to develop and run the complex mechanical systems, devices and machines of the future.

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
69.7
Waurn Ponds:
68.95
Cloud:
NP?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2023 close 19 February 2023

Late VTAC entry closes 4 November 2022 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Mechanical engineers are instrumental in the design, development, production and maintenance of the products and systems that enable our lives. They lend their expertise to almost every sector, from agricultural machinery, to assistive technology for the health sector, renewable energy systems and the infrastructure they power. This internationally recognised course prepares you to be an industry-ready engineer equipped with the confidence and skills to solve future challenges.

No matter what sectors or technologies spark your interest, Deakin provides the ultimate training ground to design, construct and test your ideas. Gain experience using advanced simulation technologies in our multi-million-dollar engineering precinct while accessing the same tools used by industry professionals. Work alongside engineers on projects that inspire creativity, and develop your ability to communicate, collaborate and thrive in a team environment. 

Ready to be part of the solution?

Mechanical engineers are crucial to the design and development of the complex systems, devices and machinery that will be needed to tackle global challenges of the future, including health assistive technologies and biomedical devices, renewable energy systems, advanced manufacturing facilities and low emissions transport.

By studying Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), you will be able to confidently apply principles of design, technology and science to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. You will learn the professional, engineering and entrepreneurial skills required to develop and run the mechanical systems and technologies of the future.

This highly sought-after skill set allows you to transition into a variety of engineering roles. Graduates can expect to gain employment in supplier companies, leading manufacturing and design companies, aircraft, ship building, automotive, aerospace, renewable energy and biomedical areas.

During the course you will cover core mechanical disciplines including materials and manufacturing, machine design, structural and thermo-fluids systems design, and industrial control, all while developing professional skills that make you more employable – such as project management, communication and teamwork. Importantly, throughout your degree you will put these skills into practice with frequent industry-linked experiences including:

  • project-oriented design-based learning (PODBL) with industry partners
  • access to Deakin’s state-of-the-art Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training
  • international and national competition challenges such as the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and the Warman Design and Build Competition.

Project-oriented design-based learning (PODBL) in collaboration with industry, means that practical, real-world learning experiences are woven throughout the duration of our engineering courses. And with a minimum of 30 days’ work experience in one or more organisations, you will gain insight into your future career options.

With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are in demand both in Australia and abroad. Secure your future career by learning the design, development and production skills needed to work in a diverse range of industries that contribute to developing the systems of the future.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
Year

2023 course information

VTAC code
1400314801 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514801 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400614801 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
S462
CRICOS code?
079996J Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), students must attain 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • Thirty (30) credit points of core units
  • 2 elective units (2 credit points) *
  • Completion of three (3) zero-credit point compulsory units:
    • SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning
    • STP050 Academic Integrity
    • STP010 Career Tools for Employability

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

* Students must complete at least one (1) level 3, 4 or 7 SE elective unit (one credit point).  It is strongly recommended that the remaining elective be a level 3, 4, or 7 unit.

Core

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0 credit points)
  • Sustainable Design
  • Engineering in Society +
  • Engineering Physics +
  • Applied Algebra and Statistics
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Materials Engineering Project (2 credit points)+
  • Introduction to Programming for Engineers
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Machine Design (2 credit points)+
  • Fluid Mechanics +
  • Engineering Modelling
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Structural Design (2 credit points)+
  • Stress and Failure Analysis +
  • Thermodynamics +

  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Product Modelling and Design (2 credit points)+
  • Thermo-Fluid Systems +
  • Manufacturing +
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Control Systems Engineering (2 credit points)
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Dynamics of Machines +

  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Engineering Project A (2 credit points)~
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics +
  • Plus 1 SE level 3, 4, or 7 elective (one credit point) OR 1 elective (one credit point) *

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Engineering Project B (2 credit points)~+
  • Professional Practice ^
  • Plus 1 SE level 3, 4, or 7 elective (one credit point) OR 1 elective (one credit point) *

    * Students must complete at least one (1) level 3, 4 or 7 SE elective unit (one credit point).

    ~  It is recommended students undertake SEJ441 and SEJ446 in consecutive trimesters.  

    ^ Students are encouraged to complete this unit in Trimester 3 of the third year of study. Must have successfully completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

    + Students enrolled online for these units are required to attend campus mode conducted activities during the corresponding Intensive Activities in a trimester.  Attendance at campus mode activities is linked to assessment requirements within the Engineering programs, 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.

    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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne) (First year of course only)
      • 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 Recognition of Prior Learning. Credit may be considered for skills obtained in the workforce or by informal means.

    Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection.  The learning experiences and assessment activities within this course may also require that students have access to a range of software. Access to high-cost specialist equipment is provided but students may be required to purchase minor equipment for particular unit(s) as detailed in unit site.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    In order to satisfy course accreditation requirements, as specified and administered by Engineers Australia, all Cloud Campus enrolled students, or students enrolled online for specific units, are required to participate in campus-based learning activities at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) during intensive week each trimester 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.

    Attendance and participation in learning activities during intensive week is linked to assessment requirements within the Engineering programmes, and failure to attend may result in students not meeting the hurdle requirement of the respective assessment.  This may result in a fail grade being 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.

    International students studying through the Cloud Campus may not be granted a visitor visa to complete mandatory onsite components of the course.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Through SEL703 Professional Practice, you’ll gain industry experience by completing at least 30 to 60 days of practical work experience in an engineering workplace with assessment tasks designed to develop and enhance your understanding of the engineering profession, professional practice and continuing professional development, possible career outcomes, and the opportunity to establish valuable professional networks.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish for your professional, work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, Maths: Mathematical Methods, Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physics or Systems Engineering equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    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 ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    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 first intake of 2022 students (PDF, 804.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Fee rate

    Estimated tuition fees - CSP: 2023 fees are currently unavailable due to a delay in the student contribution rates set by the Australian Government.

    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 Recognition of 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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for Trimester 1, 2023 are now open for current Year 12 students and applicants applying for more than one course. Ready to apply? Head to VTAC, create an account and log in to apply.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are open for applicants who are not currently in Year 12, including:

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

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    Careers

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Ranked in the top 1% for mechanical engineering  globally**

    Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia

    Study in Deakin’s $55 million dollar engineering training facility

    Develop professional networks and explore careers through industry-based placements

    Career outcomes

    With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, and roles expected to rise significantly in the next five years, Deakin graduates are in demand both in Australia and further abroad.

    Not only that, employers seek out Deakin graduates for their forward-thinking, innovative and entrepreneurial qualities.

    Graduate ready to transition into a number of areas and roles including:

    • product development
    • biomedical
    • aerospace
    • automotive
    • renewable energy
    • advanced manufacturing
    • mining
    • defence
    • railroad
    • textiles
    • research and development
    • control and systems design.

    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.

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Digital literacy 

    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.

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate autonomy and judgement through balanced application of logic, intellectual and research criteria to review, analyse, and synthesise information for engineering problem solving.

    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. 

    Self-management

    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.

    Teamwork

    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.

    Global citizenship

    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 June 2019

    **QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019