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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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
- statics and dynamics
- engineering materials
- 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
- building and construction
- minerals and energy
- defence force
- heating, cooling and ventilation
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: www.payscale.com)
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