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Mechanical Engineering Pathway and Foundation Programmes in 2024

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Mechanical Engineering Pathway Programmes in Australia

Pathway and Foundation Programmes

Combining principles of engineering, physics and materials science, mechanical engineering is a broad discipline. As a mechanical engineer, you can expect to be involved in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. These systems can range from vehicles, industrial machinery to robotics.

During an undergraduate degree, you will be given a foundation of knowledge in mechanical engineering, with many opportunities to develop your understanding. You will study modules such as thermodynamics, mechanics, dynamics and electronics. You may also be required to work with computer aided design (CAD) systems, as well as familiarising yourself with project development and management.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical projects. You may also be able to participate in a work industry placement, as well as group project work.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation may help you to decide which sector you would like to work within. Common specialisations include:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bio-engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Project Management

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation or participate in a major project in your final year, this will give you a chance to further explore a favoured area of mechanical engineering.

The accreditation awarded at the end of your degree will depend on where you choose to study, as well as your specific course. Different countries sometimes have their own accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), or a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng).

To work as a mechanical engineer, you will need to become accredited. Some degree courses in the UK are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), on behalf of the Engineering Council. By studying for a degree that is already accredited, you will get a headstart on becoming a chartered engineer.

Typically, an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering will take three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your undergraduate degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could come in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

As well as working directly within mechanical engineering, the wide range of transferable skills will mean that there are many career opportunities available to you. You will have skills in problem solving, computer literacy and project management. The most popular sectors for mechanical engineering graduates are aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, power generation and oil engineering.

Study in Australia

Famous for surfing, sunshine and beaches, Australia has so much to offer to international students. The country's rich culture and history makes it a incredibly diverse country, and one that is welcoming and warm towards the international community. Australia has long been seen as a global leader in higher education, and places emphasis on delivering world-class education to both domestic and international students. The Group of Eight Universities is a prestigious group of universities that focus on providing internationally renowned faculty and research facilities across Australian higher education.

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