Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)Career
There are many job opportunities for mechanical engineers. Examples include:
- the design, manufacture and testing of motor vehicles
- the design, specification and installation of large air conditioning systems
- the design of materials handling systems in the packaging and mining industries
- power generation and renewable power sources
- construction and maintenance in the petrochemical industry
- the design of trains and trams
- 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
Mechanical engineers are problem solvers with abilities that also make them suitable for many jobs outside the engineering discipline requiring skills in numeracy, creativity and analytical thinking.
In the final year of your studies you'll undertake a major project that is either industry-based or simulates an industrial situation. Combining and further developing the key theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for your field - as defined by Engineers Australia - you’ll work with industry leaders to solve a project challenge.
Before graduating from this program, you are strongly encouraged to 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 nature and timing of this engineering experience can take a range of forms.
Opportunities exist for an overseas work placement of between six and 12 months (this satisfies the work experience requirement). These placements are normally taken during a one-year break in the middle or at the end of the third year of the degree.
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 18 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.
As a graduate of this program, you may also be eligible to join professional bodies relevant to your area of specialisation.