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4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
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Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Physics
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2020: AUD$ 35,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2021: AUD$ 37,700 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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Degree overview

  • Go on an overseas study exchange and choose from over 25 countries and more than 60 universities worldwide.
  • Professionally accredited by Engineers Australia (EA), graduates are eligible for membership with EA and comparable international institutions.
  • Learn the latest industry developments in mechanical system design, advanced manufacturing technologies and sustainable energy.
  • Build and design solutions that use contemporary mechanical engineering industry tools and advanced technologies.
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities including the Mechatronics Lab, Experience One Studio and Experiential Learning Suite located on campus.
  • Prepare for the workplace with 12 weeks’ industry experience and an optional full-semester internship.



Mechanical engineering is a diverse field that can be applied right across industry – from robotics and automation to manufacturing, automotive and energy.

In this degree you will learn to engineer solutions to everyday challenges and discover the latest in machinery design, manufacturing technologies and sustainable energy usage. You will work on a major industry project in your final year. 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.

If you decide to exit this qualification having completed the first three years, you will receive the Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will develop a strong general foundation in engineering and take courses selected to offer you specialised mechanical engineering knowledge. 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 the 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. There is also the option to do a full-semester internship in your honours year. 

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Programming Concepts COMP 1045 4.5
Engineering Materials RENG 1005 4.5
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 MATH 1063 4.5
Sustainable Engineering Practice ENGG 1003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Electrical and Electronic Systems EEET 1027 4.5
Engineering Design and Innovation ENGG 1004 4.5
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2 MATH 1064 4.5
Engineering Mechanics MENG 1012 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Mechanics of Materials CIVE 2005 4.5
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 3 MATH 2028 4.5
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1,9
Mechanical Engineering Practice MENG 2009 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Engineering Dynamics MENG 2014 4.5
Mechanical Design Practice MENG 2004 4.5
Fluid and Energy Engineering MENG 2002 4.5
Professional Engineering Design Practice ENGG 2004 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Energy Conversion and Management MENG 3005 4.5
Control Systems EEET 3046 4.5
Computer Aided Engineering Practice MENG 3003 4.5
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1,9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business Management for Engineers ENGG 3006 4.5
Mechanics of Machines MENG 2008 4.5
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1,9
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1,9
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Industrial Experience MENG 3007 0 Note(s): 5 Rule(s): 1
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1,3,9
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1,3,9
Engineering Capstone Experience A ENGG 4007 4.5
Engineering Honours Project A ENGG 4009 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1,3,9
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1,3,9
Engineering Capstone Experience B ENGG 4008 4.5 Note(s): 4
Engineering Honours Project B ENGG 4010 4.5 Note(s): 4
Major in MECHANICAL DESIGN - courses must be completed in the sequence shown
Manufacturing Processes MFET 2001 4.5
Engineering Modelling MATH 2009 4.5
Advanced Thermo-Fluid Engineering MENG 4004 4.5
Design in Plastics and Advanced Composites MFET 4011 4.5
Vibration Analysis of Mechanical Systems MENG 4034 4.5
Sustainable Energy System Design MENG 4003 4.5
Sustainable Development and Design Practice MENG 4022 4.5
Design for Manufacture and Assembly MFET 3009 4.5
Major in ENERGY SYSTEMS - courses must be completed in the sequence shown
Manufacturing Processes MFET 2001 4.5
Engineering Modelling MATH 2009 4.5
Advanced Thermo-Fluid Engineering MENG 4004 4.5
Design in Plastics and Advanced Composites MFET 4011 4.5
Energy and Society MENG 5005 4.5 Note(s): 2
Energy Management for Sustainability MEMG 500 4.5 Note(s): 8
Renewable Energy Systems EEET 3050 4.5
Integrated Industrial Actuation MENG 4019 4.5
Design and Integration of Renewable Energy Systems EEET 4072 4.5
Manufacturing Processes MFET 2001 4.5
Engineering Modelling MATH 2009 4.5
Advanced Thermo-Fluid Engineering MENG 4004 4.5
Design in Plastics and Advanced Composites MFET 4011 4.5
Total Quality Management MFET 5022 4.5 Note(s): 2
Intelligent Manufacturing Systems MFET 3010 4.5
Project Planning and Control G MFET 5040 4.5 Note(s): 2
Sustainable Development and Design Practice MENG 4022 4.5
Integrated Industrial Actuation MENG 4019 4.5
Lean Six Sigma MFET 5053 4.5 Note(s): 2
Flexible Major
Manufacturing Processes MFET 2001 4.5
Engineering Modelling MATH 2009 4.5
Advanced Thermo-Fluid Engineering MENG 4004 4.5
Mechanical Elective Note(s): 6
Flexible Minor
Flexible Minor
Flexible Minor
Flexible Minor
Design in Plastics and Advanced Composites MFET 4011 4.5
Integrated Industrial Actuation MENG 4019 4.5
Flexible Minor in BUSINESS INNOVATION Note(s): 7
Entrepreneurship for Social and Market Impact BUSS 2085 4.5
Small Business for Professionals BUSS 2040 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Note(s): 2

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.



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


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. Honours is designed to prepare you for future leadership roles in mechanical design, advanced manufacturing and applied mechatronics. 

Why Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)

Why this Degree

With the focus of this degree on real solutions for real-world engineering problems, you will study:

  • dynamics and kinematics
  • thermodynamics and sustainable design
  • materials and design for manufacturing
  • manufacturing systems and engineering maintenance

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. 

Our students also work on the UniSA entry in the Warman Design and Build Competition, applying hands-on skills and knowledge to a complex design project. This is an Asia Pacific-wide competition, open to students in mechanical engineering who are in their first or second year of study.

Combined degrees

We offer a wide range of combined degree combinations so you can specialise in two fields and expand your career prospects. The combined degree program enables you to study two undergraduate degrees simultaneously in less time than two single degrees. Pair this degree with another degree in business and gain a competitive advantage upon graduation. Learn more.

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.

Engineers Australia accreditation

Graduate career ready by completing the Professional Practice Program as part of your degree. Gain at least 450 hours of skills and competencies through a range of engagement activities such as placements, internships, guest lectures, industry panels, site visits, networking and events. This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and students are eligible to join as a member during their studies. Engineers Australia is part of the Washington Accord, making members eligible for membership with comparable institutions worldwide.

Hear from Niyo Samwel, Mechanical Engineering student

Niyo Samwel talks about his experience studying UniSA's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) where he was able to apply the skills he learned in the classroom during real-world placements.

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Career outcomes

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:

  • Mechanical engineer: developing products from small parts to large plant, machinery or vehicles; can work on all stages of a product such as research, development, design, manufacture and installation
  • Production engineer: working to eliminate wastefulness in production processes; develops systems, facilities and equipment that increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve quality and safety
  • Mechanical engineering supervisor: overseeing the design of mechanical equipment, industrial processes and robotics; supervising the production, operation, repair and maintenance of equipment; managing staff, resources and work processes
  • Hydraulics engineer: focusing on fluid mechanics – the motion, control and storage of water and sewage; designs and develops structures and facilities, such as canals, rivers, dams, reservoirs and water treatment plants; works on large scale issues such as power generation, flood control and access to drinking water
  • Mechanical designer: creating machines, products, and new technologies; using computer aided design software (CAD) and tools; understanding of drafting practices and standards relevant to their industry and products

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program is professionally accredited by Engineers Australia and is designed to meet the requirements for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and comparable international institutions.

Industry facts


Employment for Engineering Professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 5 percent by May 2023.1

1 Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business 2018 Occupational Projections 


Between 2015 and 2017, there was a recorded growth in engineering vacancies in Australia of 42.2 per cent.1

1 Vacancies for Engineers January 2017 Update, Engineers Australia

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.

Alternative Pathways

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Engineering at UniSA.
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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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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: such as 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 program director

I work on a number of consultancy and research projects in resource-efficient product and service innovation, sustainable industry and community transformation, and low-carbon urban precincts. I am particularly dedicated to incorporating social, economic, and environmental perspectives into tertiary engineering education to achieve sustainability in engineering practice. 

Dr Ke Xing

Program Director

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Dr Ke Xing

Program Director


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What others are saying

I wanted to become an inventor when I was a child and I was always curious. I wanted to know how things worked and how people made cars from scratch, and I was amazed by the impact engineers made with machines they developed. That's when I decided to become a mechanical engineer. One of the highlights of my degree was when, in my second year, I had the opportunity to go to India with Engineers Without Borders to put my learning into practice with an engineering group project. With my passion for travelling, I'm really keen to see what I can do with travel alongside engineering to contribute to the advancement of technology.

Niyo Samwel

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)

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Niyo Samwel

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)

My UniSA degree has been essential to get me to where I am today. The hands-on approach and skills based learning was particularly beneficial when applied to real world engineering issues. My biggest career highlight to date is being involved in the launch of two Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers, highly capable military warships built in Adelaide.

Bradley Toole

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
Employment: Bastion Defence Consulting
Role: Senior Maritime Consultant

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Bradley Toole

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
<br />Employment: Bastion Defence Consulting