Shape the way we live.
Mechanical engineers work with machines and mechanical systems to develop better manufacturing methods. This program teaches you the finer points of engineering and machine design, fluid mechanics and production engineering, with a choice to further specialise in environmental engineering or supply chain management.
- Learn how to use mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide range of technical problems
- Get plenty of hands-on experience, including 12 weeks’ work experience with professional engineers and engineering associates
- Complete a major final-year research project on a topic of your choice
- Learn from industry professionals through guest lectures that expose you to current engineering professional practice
- Recreate interactive real-life scenarios in USC’s state-of-the art visualisation studio and dedicated engineering laboratories
Exemption for first year Mathematics
Students who enter the program having achieved a 'Very High Achievement' in Maths C in secondary school will be eligible for an exemption for courses MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics and MTH104 Introductory Calculus on application to the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering and may substitute two engineering relevant courses in order to fulfil the requirements of the degree.
Students must complete 60 days of suitable field experience.
Government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, engineering consultancies, research organisations and across a range of industries in mining, chemical processing, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, automotive, aviation, transport, defence and agriculture.
Accreditation and membership
This program qualifies you for registration as a mechanical engineer with the accrediting body, Engineers Australia, and is provisionally recognised to allow you to work in Australia and overseas.
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (7) 84 units
COR109 Communication and Thought
ENG101 Foundations of Engineering
ENG102 Engineering Statics
ENG103 Introduction to the Internet of Things
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus
Developing and Graduate courses (21) 252 units
ENG202 Introduction to Engineering Design
ENG205 Dynamics 1
ENG221 Mechanics of Materials
ENG225 Engineering Materials
ENG226 Manufacturing Technology
ENG227 Mechanical Design 1
ENG228 Mechanical Design 2
ENG300 Fluid Mechanics
ENG301 Materials Technology
ENG302 Engineering Project Management
ENG303 Computational Mechanics
ENG335 Production Engineering
ENG336 Engineering System Design
ENG400 Heat Transfer
ENG401 Engineering Project 1
ENG402 Engineering Project 2
ENG403 Engineering Research Methodology
ENG405 Dynamics 2
MTH201 Calculus II and Linear Algebra
MTH203 Numerical Analysis
Minor courses (4) 48 units
Students must select one minor (48 units) from the following:
- Engineering Design
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental Studies for Engineers
- Management for Engineers
- Supply Chain Management
- Wider Engineering Studies
Compulsory work experience
Students must obtain an aggregate of at least 60 days of suitable engineering work experience during their program. This experience may be in an engineering office or laboratory where the student would be working principally with professional engineers and engineering associates. It may, however, be preferable for students to spend some time in field or factory activities to gain insight into the industrial practice and to see what is involved in converting designs into finished products. Students are required to keep record of such experience. This record of experience is to be endorsed by an appropriate person in the organisation providing the experience and by the student's Program Coordinator.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) may be awarded with Honours. The class of Honours to be awarded to a student is dependent upon:
- the percentage results achieved by study or transfer in twelve courses (144 units) as specified below; and
- the student achieving at least 65% in ENG402 Engineering Research Project 2.
- MTH203 Numerical Analysis
- ENG300 Fluid Mechanics
- ENG301 Materials Technology
- ENG302 Engineering Project Management
- ENG303 Computational Mechanics
- ENG335 Production Engineering
- ENG336 Engineering System Design
- ENG400 Heat Transfer
- ENG401 Engineering Project 1
- ENG402 Engineering Project 2
- ENG403 Engineering Research Methodology
- ENG405 Dynamics 2
A student must complete a minimum of 8 courses (96 units) in the list above, including the research project for an honours grade to be awarded.
The mnimum levels of achievement normally required for each class of honours are shown in the following table.
Honours results classification
Overall percentage attained in specified courses*
|Honours Class I||80%-100%|
|Honours Class IIA||70% - 79%|
|Honours Class IIB||60% - 69%|
|Honours Class III||
50% - 59%
*The percentage result shall be rounded up if ≥0.5 or rounded down if <0.5.
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 384
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Complete a minimum of 60 days of suitable work experience. Students must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of practical experience to satisfy this requirement
- The acceptability or otherwise of employment experience, and the period of that type of experience that may be credited towards the 60 days, will be determined by the Program Coordinator.
- In nearly all cases students find and obtain the required experience as part of paid vacation employment during the summer break.
- Students complete their work experience programs in an area of their choice, and in the majority of cases they do so within commuting distance of their residential addresses.
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Not available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years;
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students;
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently;
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC.
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.