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

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) allows you to turn your passion into a rewarding career. Today, mechanical engineers lend their expertise to the development of almost every design imaginable. Not only will this internationally recognised program prepare you to be an industry-ready professional engineer, it’ll give you the chance to get hands-on with advanced technologies in our multi-million dollar engineering precinct.

No matter what types of technology spark your interest, Deakin provides the ultimate training ground to design, construct and test your ideas. You’ll have access to the same tools as industry professionals and, through 60 days of work experience, you’ll work alongside professional engineers on projects that inspire your creativity. On top of that, the course’s project-oriented design-based learning activities develop your ability to work in teams, communicate and lead.

Ready to be the brains behind machines big and small?

Mechanical engineers are crucial to the design and development of the systems, devices and machinery that power our lives, including complex products like cars, aeroplanes, biomedical devices and renewable energy systems.

By studying Deakin’s Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), you’ll be able to confidently utilise principles of technology and science to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. You’ll get the design, engineering and entrepreneurial skills required to develop and run the complex mechanical systems, devices and machines of the future.

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

During the course you’ll cover core mechanical disciplines including machine, structural and thermos-fluids design and industrial control, all while developing professional skills that make you more employable, like project management, communication and teamwork. Importantly, throughout your degree you’ll put these skills into practice with frequent industry-linked experiences including:

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

Project-oriented design-based learning (PODBL) in collaboration with industry, means that practical learning experiences are woven throughout the duration of our engineering courses. And with a minimum of 60 days’ work experience in one or more organisations, you’ll 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 further abroad. . Mix electrical, mechanical and robotics engineering into a single degree and secure your future career in a diverse range of industries developing the systems of the future.

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Course structure

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 course comprises a total of 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 31 credit points of core units (including SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice (12 weeks) and 1 elective unit (1 credit point)
  • completion of SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • completion of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • 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 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.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

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)
  • Design Fundamentals (2 credit points)
  • Engineering Physics
  • Applied Algebra and Statistics
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Materials Engineering Project (2 credit points)
  • 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

  • Thermo-Fluid System Design (2 credit points)
  • Product Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Industrial Control (2 credit points)
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Dynamics of Machines

  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Engineering Project A (2 credit points)~
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Plus 1 elective (one credit point)

    Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Engineering Project B (2 credit points)~
  • Advanced Modelling and Simulation
  • Professional Engineering Practice *^
  • * SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice is available in trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3. Students are encouraged to complete this unit in Trimester 3 of the third year of study. 

    ~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 Career Tools for Employability (0 credit point unit)

    Electives

    Engineering recommended elective units:

  • Materials Performance and Durability
  • Engineering Design: International Study Tour
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Simulation, Testing and Validation for Additive Manufacturing
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Materials for Additive Manufacturing
  • Research Methodology
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314803 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    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.

    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:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    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.  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.

    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 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.

    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 SEP499 Professional Engineering Practice, 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.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    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

    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.

    Higher education experience

    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.

    Senior secondary 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; 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 education experience

    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.

    Senior secondary 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; 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.

    Senior secondary 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; 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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    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

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    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
    • field and test engineering
    • 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