Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Overview

  • Program code: BP066
  • 2014 Clearly-in ATAR:

    85.90

  • Campus: City and Bundoora campuses

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Please note: this program is no longer offered to commencing students, it has been replaced with BH070 Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours).

Mechanical engineering involves the conversion and control of energy and motion in machinery and systems.

Mechanical engineers apply knowledge of materials, structures, energy, and management, to solve technical problems.

They design, analyse and improve products as diverse as refrigerators, washing machines, solar water heaters, pumps, engines, compressors, wind turbines and air-conditioning systems.

Duration

4 years full-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

In the first three years, you'll study basic mechanical engineering and science courses. These are aimed at developing competence in essential analytical problem-solving skills and design capabilities.

As you progress, you'll tailor your program by specialising in the general field of mechanical engineering or other areas such as manufacturing, automotive, business, mathematics or computing.

The program offers specialisations around:

  • computer-aided engineering and design
  • industrial aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics
  • energy conservation and renewable energy
  • mechatronics, dynamics and control.

The program applies strong design and analysis to specific industry problems.

Professional practice subjects/courses will introduce you to:

  • report writing and other communication skills,
  • work modules on organisations,
  • ethics
  • design and build activities
  • project management
  • occupational health and safety
  • sustainability.

Courses support the development of leadership skills, initiative, self-reliance, personal and group organisation skills, and encourage a sense of group responsibility and accountability.

This program has a common core with the automotive engineering degree for the first 4 semesters. Some specialist electives are shared.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

Some of the engineering design courses and the major project (which is normally undertaken in final year) are linked with industry.

You are expected to complete a minimum of 12 weeks relevant work experience. This gives you first-hand experience in an engineering practice environment involving professional engineers.

This will usually take place in the vacation prior to your final year.

Australian students may choose to do a one-year industry placement position at the middle or end of third year either in Australia or overseas. Through this you can gain academic credit, and a valuable paid industrial experience – one that may lead to future employment. This optional industry placement might lengthen the time to graduate by 6 or 12 months.

In the final year you'll do a major project that is either industry based or simulates an industrial situation.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

Career

Job opportunities include:

  • the design, manufacture and testing of Australian-built cars
  • the design, specification and installation of large air conditioning systems
  • the design of materials handling systems in the packaging and mining industries
  • power generation
  • construction and maintenance in the petrochemical industry
  • the design of Victoria's trains
  • computerised control in the pharmaceutical industry
  • the aeronautical industry
  • the implementation of new manufacturing methods in the electronics industry
  • the development of engineering computer software
  • research and development in industry and other technical institutions
  • technical sales in the marketing divisions of engineering companies
  • engineering management in large and small organisations, both in Australia and overseas.

Professional recognition and accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) is accredited by Engineers Australia.

Graduates are eligible to apply for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and are recognised as professional engineers in all member countries of the Washington Accord. Corporate membership may be gained after a period of approved professional experience.

As a graduate of this program, you may also be eligible to join professional bodies relevant to your area of specialisation.

Global opportunities

Overseas work placements with industry partners are available to students.

Additionally, there is the option to link with a multinational organisation for final year projects.

The RMIT International Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) enables almost 200 RMIT students a year to carry out vocational training and research projects at world-class businesses and institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

Prerequisites

Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4—Mathematical Methods (CAS) and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

Selection tasks

Form: Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online.

How to apply

1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.

2. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the relevant closing date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.

3. Check the table below for how to apply.

4. Apply using the appropriate method by the closing date.

Application method

Level of study

Semester 1

Semester 2 (midyear)

Bachelor and Associate degree

VTAC application

or

Internal application (current students only)

Direct application

or

Internal application (current students only)

Honours degree

Direct application

or

Internal application (current students only)

Direct application

or

Internal application (current students only)

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.

Fees

Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.

Pathways

Graduates of the Associate Degree in Engineering Technology (Mechanical) who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater are guaranteed entry with two years' exemption (equivalent to 192 credit points) into the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering).

Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 may apply, and if successful in gaining a place, may be eligible for exemptions.

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Mechanical and Manufacturing) may also be eligible to apply for exemptions.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

Owning school

Aerospace, Mech & Manuf Eng

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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OR

School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Building 57, Level 3, Room 23
Tel. +61 3 9925 8098
Email: sammeeng@rmit.edu.au

View PDF brochure for this program.

Disclaimer

Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.