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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical)

Course Overview

Mechanical engineers design and develop everything you think of as a machine, from supersonic fighter jets to bicycles and toasters. The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical) will teach you how to design a mechanical component, a whole machine, a mechanical system and a mechanical process.

You will learn how to analyse mechanical design, using the principles of motion, energy, and force to ensure the safety and reliability of products, and you will understand how efficient systems and processes support the manufacture of products at a competitive cost.

As a mechanical engineering graduate you may specialise in areas such as manufacturing, automotive, transportation or air conditioning. Mechanical engineers work in the automotive, aerospace, chemical, computer, communication, paper, and power generation industries. Increasingly, mechanical engineers are needed in the environmental and biomedical fields; you may pursue a career in the expanding field of nanotechnology. You may also choose to use your degree as preparation for admission to a graduate program at Sydney.

Course Requirements

To meet requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Mechanical), a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, comprising:

  1. A minimum of 36 credit points from the Engineering Core Table, including all required units;
  2. The Professional Engagement Program (PEP). Details of the requirements of PEP can be found on the FEIT Student Portal;
  3. A minimum of 108 credit points from the Mechanical Stream Core Table pertaining to the specialist stream being undertaken, including all required units; and
  4. A minimum of 48 credit points of additional units from the Mechanical Stream Specialist Table pertaining to the specialist stream being undertaken, including satisfying any additional requirements specified for the Specialist Table.
  5. A maximum of 6 credit points of general electives may be taken.

The completion of a major is not necessary. If a student chooses to do a major, aligned majors can be completed within the 192 credit points described above.

The best aligned majors with the Mechanical Stream are:

  • Computational Engineering
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Engineering Design
  • Fluids Engineering
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Space Engineering

For a standard enrolment plan for Mechanical Engineering visit CUSP (