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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314221

CRICOS 082192G

Mechanical engineering is concerned with the management of people and resources, the creation and use of new technologies and the design and development of new materials, processes and products. This mostly involves 'things that move', such as motor vehicles, aircraft systems, engines, pumps, gas turbines, industrial plants, air-conditioning/refrigeration systems, manufacturing processes, building services and even space stations.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) has a strong focus on design and hands-on experience. Students complete a design and build project in second-year, followed by a more advanced project in third-year and a large design/research project in the final year.

This degree provides a solid foundation in core mechanical engineering disciplines, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Through the academic program students also develop written and oral communication skills and a familiarity with team work and project management.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 314221
    2016 CSP ATAR 80.25
    Adelaide Approved Score 80
    2016 CSP IB 27
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies, Specialist Mathematics, Physics.

    IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3)

    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 2 Chemistry

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314221

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 082192G
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Mathematics and Physics
    Assumed Knowledge
    Chemistry is desirable
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 80
    IB 27
    A-Level 9
    UEC [Malaysia] 15
    SAT [US] 1270
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] [1] 85%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 75
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Bradford Foundation Program 77
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,050

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Mechanical engineers have great employment prospects both locally and globally. They offer expertise in the fields of materials engineering, combustion, noise and vibration control, energy technology, control systems, robotics, quality management, bioengineering, aeronautics, fluid mechanics, water supply, mining, manufacturing, production planning, maintenance planning, consumer product design, pollution control and failure analysis.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Professional Accreditation

    Graduates qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

    Potential careers

    Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Sports Engineer, Sustainable Energy Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Materials Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Noise Control Engineer, Robotics Engineer, Vibrations Engineer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) program study overseas during levels 2 and 3. Both semester and year long exchange is possible.

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    The first two years of the program include mathematics, physics and an introduction to the basic principles of design, structural analysis, thermodynamics, materials, fluid mechanics, control and computer programming. This is complemented by laboratory and project work.

    In the third year, courses are extended to develop students' understanding in these fields. This is coupled with a design project, to prepare students for the final year.

    The fourth year of the degree allows for some technical specialisation. This is enabled through the completion of elective courses, in addition to project work and a management course.

    Students are required to complete 12 weeks of approved practical experience.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)

    ELEC ENG 1101 Electronic Systems (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 1100 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (3 units)

    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 1009 Materials I (3 units)

    MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 1006 Design Graphics and Professional Practice (3 units)
    Year 2 MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2020 Materials & Manufacturing (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids I (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2100 Design Practice (3 units)

    MATHS 2202 Engineering Mathematics IIB (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2002 Stress Analysis & Design (3 units) 0

    MECH ENG 2019 Dynamics & Control I (3 units)

    MECH ENG 2101 Mechatronics IM (3 units)
    Year 3 MECH ENG 3102 Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3103 Manufacturing Engineering & Quality Systems (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3105 Sustainability & the Environment (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3030 Structural Design & Solid Mechanics (3 units)

    MATHS 2104 Numerical Methods II (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3027 Engineering Systems Design and Professional Practice (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3028 Dynamics & Control II (3 units)

    MECH ENG 3101 Applied Aerodynamics (3 units)
    Year 4 MECH ENG 4143A Honours Project Part A (3 units)  

    MECH ENG 4143B Honours Project Part B (6 units)

    Elective (15 units)
    MECH ENG 4102 Advanced PID Control (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4121 Materials Selection & Failure Analysis (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4105 Advanced Vibrations (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4111 CFD for Engineering Applications (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4112 Combustion Technology & Emission Control (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4118 Finite Element Analysis of Structures (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4124 Robotics M (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4104 Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4144 Renewable Fluid Power Technology (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 4032 Composites & Multiphase Polymers (3 units) ^

    MECH ENG 4107 Airconditioning (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4101 Biomechanical Engineering (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4114 Corrosion: Principles & Prevention (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4115 Engineering Acoustics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4120 Fracture Mechanics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4125 Stresses in Plates & Shells (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4145 Sustainable Thermal Technologies (3 units)

    ENTREP 3900 Entrepreneurs Challenge (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4126 Topics in Welded Structures (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4115 Engineering Acoustics (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4120 Fracture Mechanics (3 units)
    Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to take Engineering Communication. At the commencement of study, the Faculty will advise which course is to be replaced by ENG 3003 Engineering Communication EAL.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, assignments, laboratory work, quizzes, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017


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