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Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Get set for an exciting career inventing devices and generating clever solutions to engineering challenges, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering) from VU.

Mechanical engineers use their in-depth knowledge of the physical sciences and maths to improve the quality of life on Earth. Recent engineering breakthroughs include 3D printing machines, unmanned vehicles and high-performance prostheses.

Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering) degree focuses on modelling and simulation of components, machines, processes and systems.

You’ll work on real problems and projects in the workplace and community. This ensures that you are career-ready when you graduate.

Our degree prepares you for work a wide range areas, including:

  • computer-aided engineering design
  • modelling and simulation
  • transport systems
  • machine health monitoring
  • design of medical devices and prostheses
  • mining
  • defence
  • manufacturing.

VU follows a teaching method of problem-based learning. Many classes are run as workshops where you are encouraged to work in a team and generate your own learning agenda.

We have an ‘open door’ policy if you need extra assistance. Classes are small and lecturers get to know students very quickly.

You’ll have access to state-of-the art labs with modern equipment. The latest Modelling and Simulation software packages are used throughout the course.

Our work placements and industry projects give you the practical experience needed to confidently begin your career. Students are required to complete 12 weeks of industry placement.

Victoria University Motorsport (VUM) is a student group led by mechanical engineering undergraduate students. The group is open to all undergraduates studying at VU.

Students design and build a race car which they enter in the annual Formula SAE competition. This extra-curricular activity provides an excellent professional development opportunity and brings together students with a shared passion for engineering and motorsports.

Mechanical engineers design a huge range of devices, from vehicle engines and wind turbines to solar-power heaters and even washing machines.

Some of these are incredibly important to improving quality of life, and progressing society.

Recent breakthroughs in which mechanical engineers have played a critical role include:

  • artificial kidney (wearable dialysis machine)
  • 3D printing machines
  • high-performance prostheses
  • hypersonic flight
  • unmanned vehicles.

We have the largest international exchange program in Victoria with an extensive network of partners. We offer both long study exchanges, and short-term programs.

Travelling increases your independence and international understanding, preparing you for the global workplace.

Female engineers excel in solving problems of social significance, making a positive impact on society and the environment.

Our Women in Science & Engineering program supports our current university students, and inspires women to choose engineering and science careers.

We run hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for secondary-school students. Our support continues throughout undergraduate and postgraduate study, with mentoring, seminars and workshops featuring female engineers.

VU offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate students who are in financial need.

The College of Engineering and Science provides additional scholarship opportunities, including 10 scholarships to undergraduates to conduct supervised research during the summer.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

Our Footscray Park Campus has everything you need, all set a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.

Facilities include:

  • aquatic and fitness centre
  • childcare services
  • learning common spaces with WiFi, tables and chairs
  • restaurants and café
  • state-of-the-art lecture theatres.

Our library gives you constant access to online resources from wherever you are. It also has the following for your use:

  • 14 group study rooms
  • 15 laptops for loan
  • 296 PCs and six Apple MACs
  • printing, copying and scanning
  • excellent WiFi access.

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Careers in mechanical engineering

VU's mechanical engineering graduates are known in the industry as well-rounded, accredited engineers, with highly sought-after technical and problem-solving skills.

You could find work as one of the following:

  • mechanical engineer
  • design engineer
  • product engineer
  • product innovation engineer
  • development engineer
  • production engineer
  • sales engineer
  • systems engineer
  • production manager
  • engineering manager.

Industries that employ mechanical engineers include:

  • medical
  • automotive
  • aviation
  • transport
  • construction
  • food production
  • medical engineering
  • manufacturing
  • marine
  • defence
  • mining
  • petrochemical
  • resources
  • power generation
  • investment banking and finance.

Salaries

The median starting salary for mechanical Engineers is A$70,000. Experienced Mechanical Engineers earn a median salary of A$178,000 (Association of Professional Engineers Australia).

Employment rates

Four months after graduation, 72 per cent of mechanical engineering graduates in Australia found full-time employment (GradStats).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering), students will be required to complete 384 credit points  consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies;
  • 240 credit points of Core Mechanical Engineering studies;
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies.

Students are required to produce documented evidence of the completion of 12 weeks professional experience.

Accreditation:
This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates are eligible to apply for graduate membership.

First Class Honours:
To be eligible for completion with First Class Honours, students must achieve:

  • A minimum weighted average of 60% over year levels 1 to 3;
  • A minimum weighted average of 80% in year level 4;
  • A HD grade for the final year NEF4202 Capstone Project 2.

First Year Core Units

Year 2

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) from the Minor

Year 3

Semester 1:

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) from the Minor

Semester 2:

Year 4

Semester 1:

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) from the Minor

Semester 2:

12 credit points (equivalent to one unit) from the Minor

Compulsory Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate conceptual understanding of mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences with advanced specialist bodies of knowledge within the mechanical engineering discipline;  
  2. Exhibit expertise and professional judgement in engineering design practice which acknowledges contextual factors impacting the mechanical engineering discipline;  
  3. Adapt theoretical knowledge applicable to the discipline and propose creative, innovative and sustainable engineering practices;  
  4. Critically evaluate both sources and validity of information and use established processes for information management;  
  5. Plan and execute a research project, professional project or piece of scholarship which demonstrates intellectual independence and contributes to the evidence base within the mechanical engineering discipline;  
  6. Discriminate and defend the application of established engineering methods and processes to promote systems which resolve existing and emerging complex engineering problems (including those that require cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills);  
  7. Present clear and coherent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences;  
  8. Exemplify the requisite characteristics for team leadership and membership appropriate to specific purposes, projects and contexts;  
  9. Apply professional ethics and accountabilities in their engineering practice and a commitment to ongoing professional development.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) (such as Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology), will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English AND at least 20 in any Mathematics.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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