Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineers skills are in demand ^
81.4%
of graduates secure full-time employment *
TOP 75
in the world for Mechanical engineering +
Professional recognition - accredited by Engineers Australia

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What do mechanical engineers do?

Mechanical engineering is about the efficient use of energy in the design and function of all types of mechanisms, from the simplest to the most complex. It builds on physics, chemistry, materials, mathematics and biology to achieve this goal. Growth industries include advanced manufacturing, smart buildings, renewable energy, medical engineering and consulting practice.

Mechanical engineers are increasingly engaged in the design and operation of devices that require skills that cross traditional discipline boundaries. As a mechanical engineer, you could design automatic control systems, or create efficiently heated and cooled buildings. You could manage the water supply for a whole state, take charge of the operation of a smart building, design wind turbines or highly efficient, low-cost products for the developing world.

Optimise the aerodynamics of trucks and trains, work with the medical profession to create robots that can operate with greater precision than a human, or be at the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing using 3D printers to create aircraft parts with elegance and function.

Your future career options

As a mechanical engineer you will discover countless opportunities in a wide range of industries in Australia and overseas. You could pursue one or more of these specialist areas:

  • building systems engineering
  • advanced manufacturing
  • product process and design
  • consulting and project management
  • research and development
  • aerospace field and test engineering
  • mechanical design automation
  • robotics prosthetic limb and joint design
  • renewable energy systems.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in leading companies including Tesla, NASA, Rio Tinto, Department of Defence, Rolls-Royce, Deloitte, Renault Sport Racing, Jacobs, Medtronic, Google, Thales and Dyson.

Graduate work-ready

Leverage our world-wide industry connections, find your entrepreneurial spirit, discover your leadership and professional style and kick-start your career with an internship. There’s a range of extracurricular programs to prepare you for success and your dream career.

The new Co-operative Education Program provides relevant work experience opportunities through internships with our partner organisations. Undertake a three, six or 12 month paid internship and explore different industry sectors, understand what it is to be a working engineer and connect the experience to your studies in a practical way. You’ll enhance your technical and professional skills, build industry connections and gain skills to give you the edge in a competitive employment market.

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Our Career Connect program gives you access to experienced coaches and industry based professionals. Take part in employability workshops, small group career conversations and, in your final year, one-on-one coaching.

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The Monash Engineering Leadership Program is a development program that prepares you to be an engineering leader. It’s an opportunity to engage with industry professionals from the private sector, with seminars, interactive workshops and industry site visits. Through the program you’ll establish valuable networks and develop ‘soft skills’ such as communication, leadership and teamwork, that are highly regarded by employers and gives you a competitive edge. Students in the program may also be eligible to apply for a generous scholarship thanks to the support of industry partners and donors.

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The MITI program provides an invaluable experience that’ll equip you for life’s challenges by offering insights into the business world, practical learning, leadership and teamwork opportunities. Students are competitively selected from a range of fields to form multidisciplinary teams. Working as part of a team, you’ll be placed alongside industry experts and given a challenging, well-defined real-world project to deliver, pushing you to use all of your problem-solving, innovation and design skills. This may even be in a company based overseas.

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Creativity and entrepreneurialism are at the centre of engineering design education at Monash. You can access dedicated, collaborative design and build spaces to take an idea to reality. The university’s entrepreneurial initiative, The Generator, provides experiential education, mentors and seed funding to support you and your startup or social enterprise on your entrepreneurial journey.

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Ceii Chen

My passion for car racing made mechanical engineering the obvious choice. Joining the Monash Motorsport team has increased my engineering knowledge in vehicle dynamics, and helped me develop my engineering hands on skills. Being able to design, build and race formula cars as part of my degree has brought me so much enjoyment as well as allowing me to work with my best mates through the team.”

Jack Bell
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
Driver, Monash Motorsport
Australian National Karting Champion

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What you’ll study in your undergraduate degree

Course details

Bachelor of Mechanical engineering (Honours)

4 years full-time / 8 years part-time

Starts: February and July

At Monash you can become a fully qualified and accredited engineer in just four years. Your degree kicks off with a ‘common first year’ that allows you to explore the ten engineering disciplines before specialising from second year.

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Earn two degrees with only one* extra year of study and broaden your career opportunities. Combining engineering with another degree gives you a distinct set of skills and helps you stand out in today’s competitive job market.

Combine mechanical engineering with:

  • Arts
  • Biomedical Science
  • Commerce
  • Design
  • Law (Honours)
  • Science

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Your pathway to success

From your first day to your final lecture, you’ll have everything you need to be prepared for a successful career.

There's a range of extracurricular activities and programs to support you to pursue your passions and get the most from your uni experience. Develop hands-on skills, build friendships and networks, undertake opportunities to think and work globally, plus get a head start on your career through work-based learning.

Graduate study options

Whether you want to gain a professional edge, or are looking to explore your specialisation at an advanced level or pursue research interests, graduate study will take your qualification to the next level.

Master of Advanced Engineering

The expert masters program explores your chosen specialisation at an advanced technical level and is designed to foster innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and leadership. This qualification will advance your skills and give you a competitive advantage to lead innovation and drive industry change in your engineering field.

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Master of Professional Engineering

This course is for students who have completed undergraduate studies in engineering or in another field such as science, mathematics or pharmacy and are seeking an internationally recognised engineering qualification to practice as a professional engineer. In this masters program, you'll specialise in engineering technical, research and professional units and undertake a design and a research project, blending theory and practice.

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This is pathway program for high-achieving students to be on track to earn, in just five years, both a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and an expert master’s degree in advanced engineering. The Masters Accelerated Pathway program allows you to gain practical and theoretical skills for a career in engineering. There’s a rich selection of specialist electives to choose from, and the course offers strong links to industry and a focus on leadership skills to strengthen your critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills.

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Make an impact and solve real world issues with a PhD or masters by research degree. Be involved in pioneering research that can impact the world, collaborate and be mentored by leading researchers and expand your career options. A graduate research degree opens doors not just in industry and academia but also in roles outside your research area.

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