Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Major


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


You could start working as a professional mechanical engineering graduate in just four years.

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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.

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

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

Mechanical engineering is an engineering discipline that is understood and recognised all around the world. It is also one of the broadest engineering disciplines, meaning that as a graduate of this course you will have developed versatile skills that will suit many areas of employment.

This course is oriented to provide learning and skills development opportunities with hands-on experience. You will learn how to apply your knowledge and skills to invent or develop solutions to a range of exciting and challenging problems in industry.

In particular, you will appreciate applying the multidisciplinary problem-solving skills of a mechanical engineer across a wide spectrum of science and engineering endeavours that extend all the way to biomedical engineering.

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

This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview 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 both international academic experience and industry exposure.

Student profile

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Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia.

Career information


  • Mechanical engineer
  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Mechatronic engineer


  • Aerospace and automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine engineering
  • Mining
  • Mineral and material processing
  • Plant operation and maintenance
  • Power generation
  • Robotics
  • System design
  • Transport
  • 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

Entry requirements

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

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

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 8
IB 28
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 70
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 80
India (CBSE) 70%
India (HSC) 71%
Sri Lanka 8

Please select a country above.

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.

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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:

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: January 15, 2020