Mechanical Engineering (MEC)

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Career opportunities

Graduating engineers find employment in companies and government organisations in the areas of:

Transportation - includes automotive, railway, aerospace and navy.

Heavy engineering - includes gas turbine systems, steel mills, steam and hydraulic turbogenerator systems, tunnel boring machines, and mining and offshore drilling equipment.

Manufacturing - spans the whole manufacturing sector; power steering systems, manual and automatic transmission systems, braking systems, packaging products, steels and polymer products.

Automation - Mechatronic engineers are employed by production companies to design, maintain and improve their automated production systems. They may be involved in designing intelligent systems such as: robots, smart cars, electric steering systems, active suspension system and anti-skid braking systems. 

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Program overview









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Find out more about Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering involves the design of mechanical plants, the supervision of its construction, operation and maintenance, the conversion and /or utilisation of all forms of energy, the planning and supervision of large engineering projects, sales and management.

Specialisation is possible in a number of fields such as mining, design, analysis of mechanisms, energy and control.

Mechanical Engineers are employed widely throughout manufacturing, power generation and service industries because of the widespread use of machines.

A Co-op scholar in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has a choice of three undergraduate plans:

  • Manufacturing Engineering and Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering

The School provides flexible plans for its programs. Students make their final choice of the specialties after the two years of common courses.

For more information contact:

Prof. Jun Wang
School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Phone: (02) 9385 5784

Who should apply?

In addition to meeting the general entrance requirements for a Co-op scholar (see Are you the next Co-op scholar?), successful applicants should have a strong desire to design and build new machines or equipment.

Students will study areas, including: Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Hydraulics and Machine design. This modern machinery may well include autonomous intelligent systems, so a keen interest in robotics and computing will be necessary for Mechatronic Engineering.

The recommended knowledge for entry into the UNSW Co-op Program in Mechanical Engineering is:

  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Physics

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