Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (MECH1560)


Objectives: a) To develop an understanding of the role of Mechanical Engineers and the core concepts within the discipline; b) To understand the content of the degree structure and how the subjects are applied; c) To develop an understanding of a range of machining and manufacturing processes required to make mechanical components.
Introductory Mechanical Engineering (60%): The subject introduces the core mechanical engineering concepts of design and mechanisms, intelligent systems, applied materials and fluid machinery. An overview is provided of the range of roles and the skills and knowledge required of a Mechanical Engineer. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the subjects in the degree program and how they are applied by practicing engineers.
Workshop Technology (40%): An overview of a range of processes related to the design and manufacture of mechanical components is provided through hands-on experience. Workshop Technology practical work is undertaken in: (a) Hand tools, Machining, and Welding- an introduction to basic manufacturing processes used to fabricate mechanical engineering hardware. Safety requirements: All students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE) and comply with the workshop safety rules provided in class. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops. In particular, approved industrial footwear must be worn, and long hair must be protected by a hair net. Safety glasses must be worn at all times. (b) Solid Modelling- the use of computer aided design (CAD) tools to model geometry and create engineering drawings of engineering components. (c) Microcontrollers- ubiquitous in modern engineered products- will be introduced through experiential learning with development kits.

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Lectures, Tutorials, Workshops


Through semester assessment (90%) and Final Exam (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


ENGG1800 or CIVL1900 or CHNG1108 or AERO1560 or AMME1960 or MTRX1701 or ENGG1960

Additional Information

Limited Places due to TAFE component. Department Permission required for non-BE(Mech) students.

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