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Mechanical engineering courses

With a combination of maths, science and creative thinking—anything can be accomplished.
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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.

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:

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

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