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Start date
February
July

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
LHEG

Prerequisites
SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
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Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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Fees
2018: AUD$ 34,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 34,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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CRICOS Code
081817K

Key features

  • Top ten in Australia for teaching1.
  • Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia (EA), graduates are eligible for membership with EA and comparable international institutions. 
  • Study the interdisciplinary area of mechatronics, where computer science combines with mechanical and electrical engineering.
  • Learn the many applications of mechatronics, such as the design and operation of intelligent products and systems.
  • Focus on autonomous vehicle systems, robotics and automatic production systems.
  • Prepare for the workplace with 12 weeks’ industry experience.
  • Go on an overseas study exchange and choose from over 25 countries and more than 60 universities worldwide.

1 2016/17 THE World University Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

A mechatronics engineer designs, builds and maintains intelligent products and systems. The field of mechatronics is constantly advancing and evolving as technological systems become more complex.

In this degree you will learn to work in an interdisciplinary context, gaining knowledge in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. You will work on a major industry project in your final year. The University of South Australia is in the top ten in Australia for teaching1 and there will be many opportunities to learn by practical example, with guest lecturers from industry, simulated business environments and site visits to industrial facilities. You will also do a 12-week work placement.

1 2016/17 THE World University Rankings

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronic)

Why this Degree

In our industry-standard facilities you will apply engineering theory to real-world challenges. Your studies will cover three main areas in mechatronics:

  • electrical engineering: electrical and electronic circuits; how electrical signals are generated, analysed and used to control systems; how modern embedded systems based on microcontrollers are developed
  • mechanical engineering: the fundamentals of mechanics and dynamics; how mechanical systems are designed
  • software engineering: developing software programs to provide the intelligence for mechatronic systems

You’ll also work on a major industry project in your final year. While you study you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art engineering spaces, including the Engineering Mechatronics Lab; Experience One Studio; and the Experiential Learning Suite.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – so you’ll have plenty of chances to get hands-on experience and make industry connections. Many of our graduates have been employed through work placements or internships.

Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia, our engineering degrees offer a huge amount of study flexibility. On graduation you’ll be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia and comparable international institutions. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Graduates of this degree have found full-time work with respected organisations like the Orlando Wyndham Group, Holden, Origin Energy, Caroma, WMC (Olympic Dam), Aurecon, Bridgestone, Transport SA, and SA Water. Careers to consider:

  • mechatronic device designer and development engineer: designing machinery with electronic and computer control systems, such as power generators, mining and chemical plant machinery, aircraft, robots, motor vehicles or cameras; developing high-technology engineering systems that automate industrial tasks
  • systems engineer: installing, configuring, testing and maintaining operating systems, application software and system management tools; managing and monitoring all installed systems and organisational infrastructure; ensuring high levels of system and infrastructure availability
  • automation engineer: developing automated machinery and processes to complete exact tasks; developing technologies for production and delivery such as robots for packaging, food processing or car manufacturing
  • software engineer: applying engineering principles to design, construct and test software systems that are reliable, efficient, and affordable; working on large, complex and critical software systems

Industry facts

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Employment for industrial, mechanical and production engineers in Australia is projected to decrease by 5.9 per cent by November 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Between 2015 and 2017, there was a recorded growth in engineering vacancies in Australia of 42.2 per cent1.

1 Vacancies for Engineers January 2017 Update, Engineers Australia

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In 2016, engineering vacancies in Australia increased from 2,423 (January) to 3,230 (December)1.

1 Vacancies for Engineers January 2017 Update, Engineers Australia

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In your first year you will develop a strong general foundation in engineering. You will also study advanced mechatronics courses such as Industrial Automation Systems and Mechatronic System Design. In the compulsory 12-week industry placement you’ll get to use the knowledge and skills you’ve learned in a work environment.

At least half of your honours year involves a major project. You will take the lead as an engineer in a project environment, working with industry, a government organisation, or an academic research area.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practical, team-based projects

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Honours

This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher-level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year is designed to prepare you for future leadership roles in applied mechatronics, robotics and automation.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Introduction to Computer Systems EEET 1026 4.5
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 MATH 1063 4.5
Sustainable Engineering Practice ENGG 1003 4.5
Computer Techniques COMP 1036 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2 MATH 1064 4.5
Engineering Design and Innovation ENGG 1004 4.5
Electricity and Electronics EEET 1025 4.5
Engineering Mechanics MENG 1012 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Programming for Engineers COMP 1041 4.5
Mechanics of Materials CIVE 2005 4.5
Methods of Applied Mathematics 1 MATH 2028 4.5
Electrical Circuit Theory EEET 1003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing EEET 2045 4.5
Engineering Dynamics MENG 2014 4.5
Signals and Systems EEET 3041 4.5
Electronic Devices and Circuits EEET 2018 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Control Systems EEET 3046 4.5
Professional Engineering Practice E EEET 3033 4.5
Electromechanics EEET 2044 4.5
Mechanical Design Practice MENG 2004 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Embedded System Design EEET 3048 4.5
Advanced Control EEET 4071 4.5
Mechatronic System Design 1 EEET 3051 4.5
Fluid and Energy Engineering MENG 2002 4.5
Industrial Experience MENG 3007 0 Rule(s): 1
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Mechatronic System Design 2 EEET 4075 4.5
Computer Aided Engineering Practice MENG 3003 4.5
Engineering Research Practice EEET 5004 4.5
Engineering Honours Project 1 ENGG 4002 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Industrial Automation Systems EEET 3044 4.5
Final year elective
4.5 Note(s): 2
Engineering Honours Project 2 ENGG 4003 9

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study spaces

You will have access to the latest industry technology and tools in our engineering spaces:

  • Experience One Studio: the first-year engineering space is unique, with open studio, small group and learning spaces. There are also chill out areas
  • ENE experience studio: the studio for second and third year students
  • Experiential Learning Space: a collaborative, innovation space. Final year students, postgraduate and research students, leading researchers and industry partners work side-by-side, in a flexible, open and creative environment
  • Industry-standard facilities: including the largest strong floor in the southern hemisphere and a 1,200m long hydraulic testing facility
  • Engineering Mechatronics Lab: explore robotics, machine tool control, and automated guided vehicles
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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