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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical)

Design the machines that will engineer our future

Learn how to construct, monitor and maintain mechanical systems.

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Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical) will develop your ability to design, manage and maintain a diverse range of mechanical applications. Through practical learning and industry experiences, you will be ready to transform the use of machines across a range of innovative and emerging industries.

As a mechanical engineering student, you will learn from leading experts how to analyse mechanical design using the principles of motion, energy and force to ensure the safety and reliability of products. You will also develop an understanding of how efficient systems and processes support the manufacture of products at a competitive cost.

During your four-year degree you will cover all aspects of mechanical engineering, including power generation, transport, building services, machinery, manufacturing, computer-aided design, advanced materials and environmental studies. Through these studies you will gain a comprehensive knowledge of how to design a mechanical component, a whole machine, a mechanical system and a mechanical process.

An embedded honours thesis will enable you to design your own research project in an area of your interest, complemented by a 12-week internship. It will give you invaluable industry experience and help you develop professional networks.

Mechanical engineers are found in almost every type of engineering, working across the aerospace, automotive, chemical, communication, computer and power generation industries. With an increasing need for mechanical engineers within the environmental, biomedical and nanotechnology fields, your skills and experiences will provide the foundations for a diverse career, with opportunities to innovate around every corner.

As a mechanical engineer, you'll be involved in the design, management and maintenance of a diverse range of mechanical applications. These could include power generation and transport systems, environmental systems, renewable energy, computing and biomedical systems, advanced materials, manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, or vehicle and engine design.

The application of mechanical engineering knowledge has enormous potential, ensuring a high level of demand among employers in both commercial and industrial fields.

Majors

All majors below are optional. Best aligned majors include Computer Engineering, Internet of Things, Power Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering. This course also offers the Space Engineering major to high-achieving students with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 99 or above. Additional study will be required if an optional major is selected. Certain majors may have limited capacity.

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical Engineering) is undertaken full-time over four years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum of 48 credit points during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. From first to fourth year, students complete core units of study within the degree with some electives available in the fourth year to provide more specialised study at a senior level. Students undertake an Honours thesis or engineering project in fourth year.

Units of study information for this degree

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Course opportunities

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP). The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career.

The course also offers one-year exchange programs with universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Career paths

Mechanical engineering is a broad branch of professional engineering, and mechanical engineers are found in almost every type of engineering activity, from design through to development and construction. A degree in mechanical engineeering may lead to a career in:

  • automated airport facilities
  • automatic control systems
  • biomedical implant design
  • building industry
  • design of automotive undersea exploration and space vehicles
  • environmental pollution control
  • manufacturing industry
  • mineral and oil exploration
Future study options

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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