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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechatronic)

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 314231

CRICOS 082111C

Mechatronic engineering is a discipline that combines mechanics, electronics and computing. Mechatronic engineers are comfortable and competent with cutting edge technology in both mechanical, and electrical and electronic engineering.

They may design, construct and maintain intelligent machines, micro-machines, smart structures, intelligent systems, control systems and consumer products such as cameras and washing machines. Alternatively, they may apply these skills to a fully automated robotic assembly line, or they may be involved with defence technology and automated systems.

This program combines courses in mechanical engineering and electrical and electronic engineering together with courses in computing, mechatronics and robotics. It includes the study of design, microprocessors, electronics, sensors, actuators, signal processing and control. There is a strong focus on design and project work throughout the program.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 314231
    2017 CSP ATAR 81.85
    2017 CSP IB 28
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 80
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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    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).
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called 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 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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: 314231

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 082111C
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 27
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 13
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics.

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

    International Qualifications Mathematics and Physics
    Assumed Knowledge Chemistry is desirable
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,500


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

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Mechatronic engineers offer expertise in the fields of combustion, noise and vibration control, energy technology, vibrations, control systems, robotics, quality management, bioengineering, aeronautics or fluid mechanics, water supply, mining, manufacturing, production planning, maintenance planning, consumer product design, pollution control and new materials.

    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, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical / Electronic Engineer, Materials Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Aircraft Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Robotics Engineer, Instrumentation 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) (Mechatronic) 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 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic) are almost identical to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical), with a strong emphasis on design and engineering science fundamentals and some study of electronics in second year. This enables students to build a solid foundation and core skills and knowledge in mechanical engineering.

    In the third year students study a mix of mechanical and electronic and electrical engineering courses with additional studies in computer systems and programming. In the fourth year, students are able to choose two elective courses and undertake a major project in the mechatronic area.

    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

    Please refer to the following study plan to guide your enrolment:
    Year 1 C&ENVENG 1010 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3 units)
    ELEC ENG 1101 Electronic Systems (3 units)
    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)
    MECH ENG 1103 Introduction to Mechatronic Engineering (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 1009 Materials I (3 units)
    MECH ENG 1006 Design Graphics and Professional Practice (3 units)
    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)
    MECH ENG 1007 Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics (3 units)
    Year 2 MATHS 2201 Engineering Mathematics IIA (3 units)
    ELEC ENG 2105 Electronic Circuits M (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2021 Thermo-Fluids I (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2100 Design Practice (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2019 Dynamics & Control I (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2002 Stress Analysis & Design (3 units)
    MECH ENG 2101 Mechatronics IM (3 units)
    MATHS 2202 Engineering Mathematics IIB (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 3106 Mechatronics II (3 units)
    MECH ENG 3027 Engineering Systems Design & Professional Practice (3 units)
    MECH ENG 3028 Dynamics & Control II (3 units)
    MECH ENG 3032 Micro-Controller Programming (3 units)
    ELEC ENG 4059 Power Electronics & Drive Systems (3 units)
    Year 4 MECH ENG 4143A Honours Project Part A (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4124 Robotics M (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4102 Advanced PID Control (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4143B Honours Project Part B (6 units)
    MECH ENG 4123 Advanced Digital Control (3 units)
    Engineering Elective (6 units)
    MECH ENG 4105 Advanced Vibrations (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4111 CFD for Engineering Applications (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4118 Finite Element Analysis of Structures (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4121 Materials Selection & Failure Analysis (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4114 Corrosion: Principles & Prevention (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4115 Engineering Acoustics (3 units)
    MECH ENG 4101 Biomechanical Engineering
    MECH ENG 4120 Fracture Mechanics (3 units)^
    ENTREP 3900 Entrepreneurs Challenge (3 units)
    CHEM ENG 4032 Composites & Multiphase Polymers (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.


    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, 29 Nov 2017