Mechanical and automotive engineering

RMIT is a leader in mechanical and automotive engineering. Our students benefit from courses that are underpinned by our high-impact research and collaboration with industry.

RMIT has a long and proud history in mechanical and automotive engineering. We offered the first automotive engineering course in Australia and our staff have expertise in a wide range of mechanical and automotive fields.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, RMIT is ranked in the top 150 for Mechanical Engineering in the world.

Our learning and teaching are hands-on and largely laboratory-based, where our students conduct experiments and design their own projects.

Students can join a range of interesting clubs where they can put their learnings into practice, such as our RMIT racing clubs.

Our courses focus on the latest technology and innovations in the field. Our automotive courses incorporate complete car design with a focus on new technologies that benefit society such as driverless cars, full-electric, hybrid powertrains and fuel cells. Our mechanical courses include a focus on modern solutions to today’s environmental issues including renewable energy and the latest technology in computer-aided engineering, industrial aerodynamics and mechatronics.

We heavily focus on industry connections and have strong relationships with major players in the field such as Ford, Bosch, Toyota, General Motors and Siemens.

We also have expertise in sustainable energy solutions and renewable resources.

Portrait of Professor Reza Hoseinnezhad Professor Reza Hoseinnezhad — Associate Dean, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

What is mechanical and automotive engineering?

Mechanical engineering students in lab

In mechanical and automotive engineering, you gain experience in designing devices and systems, and improving machines and vehicles used in everyday life.

Mechanical engineering involves the planning, design, improvement and development of machinery. Mechanical engineers design, analyse and improve products from food industry to textile, and from defence to the pharmaceutical industry. Mechanical engineers could cater for building energy management systems including refrigerators, air conditioning systems, boilers, and renewable energy systems.

Automotive engineering focuses on the design, manufacture and operation of engines, cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and off-road vehicles. Automotive students develop economical and sustainable automotive designs and study vehicle power systems, vehicle noise and vibration, vehicle handling and control, and vehicle aerodynamics.

Our courses

Our courses prepare students to design, maintain and improve fast-moving technologies across a range of industries.


Our researchers shape the world by addressing technological challenges to provide machinery and energy for a better, safer, healthier and more efficient future.

Beyond the classroom

RMIT Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Association

RMIT Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Association logo

MAEA is a student association to give students, whether in first, or final year the best possible opportunities and resources to begin a successful career in engineering. We aim to create a strong community of engineering students, staff, academics and professionals and regularly organise industry events.

Sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a common platform where organisation, civil society and government representatives can contribute to solving the world’s biggest sustainable development challenges. These are a few examples of how mechanical and automotive engineering at RMIT University are supporting these goals. 

Meet our people


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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer