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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Major

MJRH-MCENG

Major
Mechanical Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 80
Credit
600

Outline

Analyse and develop machines and moving systems.

Qualify sooner

Start working as a professional engineering graduate in just four years.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia for a professional engineer.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

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Mechanical engineers analyse and develop technological systems that involve motion. They help society harness the energy and forces that exist in nature.

Mechanical engineering is a discipline that is recognised worldwide. As one of the broadest engineering disciplines, it will provide you with versatile skills for numerous career options.

System conception, design, manufacturing, maintenance and management are all within the scope of mechanical engineering. These systems include micromechanical devices, power-generating turbines, thermal power generation, and air and transport systems.

This course is oriented to provide skills development opportunities with hands-on experience. You’ll learn how to apply your knowledge and skills to devise and/or develop solutions for a range of engaging and challenging industry problems.

In particular, you’ll appreciate applying your multidisciplinary problem-solving skills across a spectrum of science and engineering endeavours that extend through to biomedical engineering.

In your final year you’ll undertake an individual design or research project.

Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) with a Bachelor of Commerce.

See our handbook for more course information.

Why study

  • The course is highly directed towards developing fundamental knowledge and a generic skills-base necessary for a wide range of career opportunities in the engineering industry, management, and research and development.
  • It has a well-maintained balance between theoretical skills and practical experience, with up-to-date facilities for demonstrating concepts and their applications.
  • Instruction is by highly qualified, enthusiastic and caring teaching staff with international academic experience and industry exposure.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course emphasises skills development opportunities with hands-on experience, and is delivered by highly qualified Curtin academics with international experience and industry exposure.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia.

This course has been formally endorsed by the Naval Shipbuilding College.

Career information

Careers

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Mechatronic engineer

Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine engineering
  • Mining
  • Mineral and material processing
  • Plant operation and maintenance
  • Power generation
  • Robotics
  • System design
  • Transportation
  • Water supply

Further study

What you'll learn

  • a sound working knowledge of the fundamental principles that underpin Mechanical Engineering
  • specialised knowledge and skills in a chosen area of Mechanical Engineering
  • ability to apply knowledge using a realistic and practical approach to problem-solving and design
  • ability to think both creatively and analytically
  • skills to learn both independently and as part of a group through a variety of different methods
  • self-discipline, self-management skills, personal responsibility and the ability to set goals for themselves
  • confidence and possessing the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of both engineering and non-engineering personnel
  • the ability to work effectively in teams with an international and cross-cultural perspective
  • the platform and width of knowledge from which to continuously develop their potential as a professional engineer contributing positively to the community at large

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing6.0
Speaking6.0
Reading6.0
Listening6.0
Overall band score6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.
  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 80 and completed the prerequisites; or
  • if you have studied Maths Applications or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester with a semester weighted average (SWA) of at least 70%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester with SWA of 65% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR and Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Methods or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester with an SWA of 65%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester with an SWA of 60% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR.

The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics or MATH1005 Pre-Calculus (12.5 credits); and
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus.

The Physics ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

  • Physics ATAR; or
  • PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics.

The Chemistry ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

  • Chemistry ATAR; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 80 plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Applications or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 70%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 65% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Methods or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 65%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 60% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR.

 

 

Other requirements and notes for this course

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a double degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

You will need to complete at least 480 hours of engineering work experience in order to graduate.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Application information

This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. To apply for this major directly through Curtin (rather than through TISC), you will apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-MCENG
  • Last updated on: August 6, 2021