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Through this program, you’ll learn how to protect, restore and create engineered and natural systems that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.
With climate change a matter of national and international importance, a demand has arisen for engineers able to conceive and develop sustainable systems. The consumption of natural resources and energy in areas such as transport, building, and other areas are part of this need.
Sustainable systems engineering brings together the new technologies and innovative engineering approaches needed for sustainable global development.
As part of this program you’ll undertake a broad range of studies, graduating with the skills to design engineering solutions which meet the needs of society within economic and ecological constraints.
Your studies will focus on the development of a sustainable systems approach, combining the fundamentals of engineering sciences, mathematics and engineering design. Program specialisations exist in energy, or transport and logistics.
Why study sustainable systems engineering at RMIT?
Studying sustainable systems engineering at RMIT offers the following benefits:
- Industry-relevant experience
You will have a number of opportunities for industry interaction during your studies including work placements and industry-based projects. Our teachers are experienced practitioners and we collaborate closely with industry to ensure our sustainable systems mechanical engineering degree meets the needs of the workplace.
- Prepare yourself for employment
With at least 12 weeks of industry placements undertaken locally or internationally, you’ll be work-ready when you graduate. There are also opportunities to tackle research projects in partnership with industry, like the Engineers Without Borders Challenge.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Meeting the future needs and challenges of sustainability will require a comprehensive design approach, with a focus on whole-of-system requirements, and an understanding of lifecycle.
You'll take a holistic approach to engineering the best possible compliance-driven sustainable solutions that present leading business opportunities.
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.
As an RMIT engineering student, you’ll have opportunities to engage with industry from the beginning of your degree.
Through work placements, industry projects, internships, seminars and events, you’ll be in contact with industry every step of the way.
You’ll have the chance to do 12 weeks’ work experience, research projects in collaboration with industry, and the opportunity to work overseas with leading organisations.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours) also has a Program Advisory Committee which provides comments and advice on the contents of the program. This Committee includes senior engineers from major national companies and government and non-government organisations to ensure that the program continues to meet the needs of industry.
Sustainable systems engineers work with technologies and engineering approaches to ensure global development is sustainable, and to develop clean manufacturing processes and improvements in technology.
Graduates will find work in the areas of
- sustainable product design
- energy efficiency
- renewable energy
- sustainable transport systems and vehicles
Graduates have gone on to work at a range of organisations including:
- audit companies
- global consulting firms
- software companies
- traffic and transport consultancies
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia. Full accreditation will be sought for this program as soon as it is feasible to do so within the accreditation time lines set by Engineers Australia. Once it is fully accredited, graduates of the program will be eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia.
Australia is one of 15 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Washington Accord, for professional engineers. Upon full accreditation, the qualification of graduates from this degree will be recognised in all countries that are signatories to the Accord.
RMIT encourages you to aspire to a global career, not just a local one, and as an engineering student you’ll have a range of global opportunities.
Through partner organisations in Europe, Asia and the United States, the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) offers workplace training and academic research placements of between six and 12 months.
There are also opportunities to study abroad through Education Abroad.
Program and course information
Bring together new technologies and innovative engineering
Learn how to protect, restore and create engineered and natural systems that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.