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Introduction to Mechanical engineering

Machinery is so deeply woven into our everyday experience, it's hard to imagine a world without it. Behind every innovation is a team of mechanical engineers, who are responsible for design, production and operation of each machine or mechanical system.

Mechanical engineering is diverse field of work. It lends itself to a vast number of industries and applications, from major infrastructure projects, to transport, to household appliances. If there's nothing more satisfying than seeing your ideas come to life, find a course in mechanical engineering today, and study online with leading Australian universities.

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University of South Australia


Engineering Design and Innovation

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Starts 08 Jan 2024, 24 Jun 2024

University of South Australia


Engineering Materials

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

Online mechanical engineering degrees

University of South Australia


Associate Degree in Engineering

Transform from tradesperson to engineering professional

Learn core engineering concepts and essential maths, physics and chemistry. Combine those with key business management skills, and you’ll be ready to enter the engineering industry, or transition from a trade to a technical or management role.

100% online

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University

Become a professional and accredited engineer

This engineering degree unpacks the maths and science engineers need to solve complex engineering problems. Choose to specialise in civil or mechanical engineering. 60 days of industry placement develops your professional conduct and judgement.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University

Business skills plus engineering principles equals unique career opportunities

A double degree in engineering and business. You’ll choose either a civil or mechanical engineering specialisation plus a business major. With business capabilities added to your professional engineer’s toolkit, you can unlock a higher earning potential.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

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Mechanical engineering course topics

Regardless of what industry you choose, you'll explore core learning areas which include:

  • Mathematics - for example, calculus, differential equations and linear algebra.
  • Physical sciences - for example, physics and chemistry.
  • Engineering design, including drafting, computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
  • Operations and project management.
  • Manufacturing technology and processes.

You might also study further scientific areas, such as:

  • electricity and electronics
  • thermodynamics
  • statics and dynamics
  • engineering materials
  • vibration
  • fuel and combustion

Where it can take you

In an era of fast-advancing technology, graduates with a mechanical engineering degree will always be sought after.

Mechanical engineering has its place in almost every field of work, but there are key industries where its impact is crucial:

  • general manufacturing
  • medicine
  • automotive
  • aerospace
  • building and construction
  • minerals and energy
  • railway
  • defence force
  • heating, cooling and ventilation
  • robotics
  • acoustics

In Australia, a mechanical engineering salary depends largely on experience. As of 2019, the average salary sits at around $72,000 per year, but can increase up to $107,000 (Source:

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