Mechanical engineering


Study mechanical engineering and gain the skills to design and develop the products and systems that make our lives possible.

Explore your study options

Develop in-demand skills and knowledge to set yourself apart from your peers. Our engineering courses offer project-oriented design-based learning, meaning you'll take part in real-world learning experiences while you study.


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 (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, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


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.

Choose an engineering degree that will get you work ready

Prepare to meet future challenges and secure a role in this high-growth sector. Thanks to Deakin's world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact, you'll enter the field at the top of the pack.

Facilities of the future

Get hands-on experience in some of Australia's best engineering and design facilities. You'll have the opportunity to explore a wide range of technologies, including digital manufacturing, material science, computer modelling, virtual reality environments and 3D printing.

Real-world learning experiences

A key feature of our engineering degrees is the practical learning experiences woven throughout. You'll undertake team-based projects and develop solutions to current industry needs. As a graduate, you'll hit the ground running with a competitive edge.

Professional recognition

Deakin's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and online. Though not currently accredited at our Melbourne Burwood Campus, we're working towards accreditation as we prepare our graduates for transition to employment. Accreditation provides recognition against international benchmarks, enabling you to practice as a professional engineer around the world.

Top professional roles in mechanical engineering

Engineers are in demand globally. With an international skills shortage in the engineering industry, Deakin graduates are highly sought-after for their forward-thinking, innovative and entrepreneurial qualities.

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

    • aerospace engineering
    • aircraft engineering
    • automotive engineering
    • manufacturing and design
    • shipbuilding and naval architecture
    • railroad infrastructure.

Study with the best

Engineering at Deakin is ranked in the top 1% globally.* This rating highlights our world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

The learning environment at Deakin is very collaborative. Academic staff are always available for assistance, and students work alongside one another. Having access to digital and additive manufacturing facilities and equipment is of a great benefit and allows us to create accurate prototypes.

Jordan Ritchie

Engineering student

Leading the way in engineering research

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

Mechanical Engineering received a ranking of 4 (classed above world standard), showcasing our strength in engineering 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.

Flexible study options

From 2024 you can study at our state-of-the-art engineering precinct at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, our new purpose-built facilities at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, or online. You can also set your own pace and switch between part- and full-time study to suit your work, lifestyle and other commitments.

Guaranteed paid work placements

We aim to ensure our graduates are as job-ready as possible when they enter employment. To make this a reality, we've designed our Bachelor of Engineering (Industry) (Honours) to incorporate a guaranteed year-long work placement. This means you'll not only graduate with a competitive edge but also be compensated for your efforts.

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Mechanical engineering at Deakin

Develop the skills to design, develop, analyse and build all sorts of materials and products that make up our everyday lives. Multi-skilled engineers collaborate closely with industry to innovate and solve real-world problems.

Industry partnerships

Discover more about Deakin’s invaluable industry partnerships, and how they ensure engineering students graduate job ready.

Engineering precinct

Explore our state-of-the-art engineering facilities at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, housing some of the most advanced systems, equipment and technologies in Australia.


*2024 QS World University Rankings by Subject and 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

Contact us

Got a question about our engineering degrees? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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+61 3 9034 6205
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