Mechanical engineering

Discipline

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.

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Get work-ready

Studying mechanical engineering at Deakin means you'll equip yourself with the skills and knowledge required to secure a highly in-demand role in industry. Our courses offer project-oriented design-based learning in collaboration with industry, meaning that practical learning experiences are woven throughout the duration of your studies. Develop your technical skills, problem solving abilities, and practical know-how to enter the industry head-on as a confident graduate.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor 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.

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.

Having access to digital and additive manufacturing facilities and equipment is of a great benefit and allows us to create accurate prototypes.

Jordan Ritchie

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Learn more about Jordan's experiences

'Mechanical Engineering is about designing and maintaining mechanical systems such as vehicles, tools, refrigerators etc. I chose it because I had a natural ability to understand mechanical systems and enjoyed subjects at school that heavily related to the discipline including maths, physics and metal work.

I chose Deakin because it had a good reputation. The learning environment at Deakin is very collaborative. Academic staff are always available for assistance, and students work along side one another.

One unique study experience would be creating an automated machine for the Warman Competition. I got to learn about the design process by actually conducting them in order to create a winning machine. Another study experience has been the Shell Eco Marathon car project, which got me to better understand how to design components suitable for manufacturing processes at hand. The facilities within CADET helped with this project by being able to create highly optimised working parts.'

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.

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.

Engineering facilities

Experience hands-on learning in some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in Australia. You'll get the chance to explore endless possibilities in digital manufacturing, computer modelling, virtual reality, 3D printing and rapid prototyping capabilities.

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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 global recognition, meaning our graduates are able to practice as professional engineers in many countries around the world.

Study engineering at Deakin

Hear why our students love studying engineering at Deakin with practical, design-based learning opportunities and hands-on industry experience.

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.

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 five in the categories of Materials Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering were awarded a ranking of four (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.

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.

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*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
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^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)