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Melbourne City and Bundoora
Build on core studies in mechanical engineering, with a specialisation in automotive engineering to develop economical and sustainable automotive designs or solve automotive engineering problems.
You’ll study vehicle power systems, sustainable vehicle design and automotive manufacturing and vehicle handling and control, vehicle aerodynamics, and vehicle noise and vibration.
The program incorporates complete car design and has a focus on new technologies (e.g. Google driverless cars, full-electric, hybrid power trains and fuel cells) that benefits society . It takes a global view and is increasingly environmental in outlook.
This program is an outcome of industry and student demand.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
You'll have access to online 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.
In the final year of your studies you’ll undertake a major project that is either industry based or simulates an industrial situation.
In order to graduate from this program you must complete a minimum 12 weeks of engineering industry experience. This allows you to gain first-hand experience in an engineering practice environment under the supervision of a practising professional engineer. The engineering experience can take a range of forms in the nature and timing.
You may choose to undertake a six-month or one-year industry placement position, commencing in the middle or at the end of third year in either Australia or overseas with associated academic credit. You'll gain valuable industrial experience that may lead to a full-time job upon completion of the program. This optional industry placement may lengthen the time needed to graduate by 6 or 12 months.
Automotive engineers are employed by major car, truck and bus companies, as well as racing teams and parts manufacturers.
Graduates from RMIT are working in F1 teams, Porsche, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler-Chrysler and Bosch.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is fully accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates of the program are eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia. Full membership as a professional engineer may be obtained after an appropriate period of professional practice.
Australia is one of 15 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Washington Accord, for professional engineers. The qualification of graduates from this degree is recognised in all countries that are signatories to the Accord..
The degree also satisfies the requirements of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australia for graduate membership.
Overseas 'globalisation' is very much a buzzword in automotive engineering. Car companies are linking up around the world, and mergers and takeovers are common. Many manufacturers produce vehicles for the world market. Engineers are increasingly expected to move around the world, and some manufacturers use Australia as the base for launching models into South East Asia.
Reflecting this international theme, RMIT has strong links with universities and automotive companies worldwide.
You can elect to take some courses in European universities, and student exchanges and industrial placements have taken place with Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK and the USA.
Program and course information
Generate and apply new technologies to benefit society
With a core program of mechanical engineering, you can specialise in automotive engineering to develop economical and sustainable automotive designs or to solve automotive problems.