Mechanical Engineering is a popular branch of engineering in Australia.This field covers a lot of ground, from planes, trains and automobiles, and anything and everything with moving parts such as artificial hearts, elevators and the world’s largest power stations. Mechanical engineers go through all the phases of a product’s life cycle from design, to development, to installation, to testing and even to maintenance. Whilst some Mechanical Engineering roles may involve harsh conditions, the nature of modern engineering is such that the work environment of mechanical engineers today involve less site work and more time in the office. 

Why study Mechanical Engineering in Australia?

  1. A wide range of study pathways 

Many Australian institutes provide numerous course options for international students, starting from vocational training such as a Diploma course, then a Bachelor’s and Master’s single or double degree. These courses include Honours-level content integrated throughout the subjects to match all academic and English levels. 

  1. A variety of specialisations

Students can choose many career specialisations to study such as Agriculture Mechanical Technology, Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle, Automotive Manufacturing Operation, Transport, Mining, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning. 

  1. Flexible delivery

Some course providers may allow students to undertake the minor academic subjects online, and the hands-on practical units on campus. 

  1. Employment Opportunities in regional areas 

Australia is among the top 10 countries which have the highest demand for mechanical engineers especially in rural communities. This is due to manufacturing facilities being often located in regional areas of Australia. 

  1. Migration prospect

This occupation is on the Skills Priority List due to the national shortage and the expected strong future demand in all the Australian States.

Career outcomes after graduation

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Engineer 
  • Aerospace Engineer 
  • Project Control Engineer 
  • Industrial Engineer

Course Options

  • Cert III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology 
  • Cert IV in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Servicing 
  • Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering 
  • Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) 
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) 
  • Graduate Diploma of Engineering Science Specialisation Mechanical Engineering 
  • Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 
  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering) 

Entry Requirements

  • For the Diploma course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or equivalent and attained Academic IELTS 5.5 (with no individual band less than 5.0)  
  • For the Bachelor’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed Year 12 or a Diploma course and attained Academic IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0) 
  • For the Master’s course, normally applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree and attained Academic IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0) 

What courses might you study for your Mechanical Engineering degree in Australia?

  • Machine Element Design 
  • Structures and Materials 
  • Advanced Dynamics & Vibrations 
  • Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics 
  • Analysis of Engineering & Scientific Data 
  • System Engineering Principles 
  • Professional Engineering Project 
  • Engineering Thesis 

Professional Accreditation

Engineers Australia (EA) is the designated authority for assessing skills and competencies related to engineering occupations in Australia. There’s a list of some engineering programs in Australia which are accredited by EA to satisfy the Skill Assessment under the Australian Qualification pathway. Please ask us for more information. 

Expected salary as a Mechanical Engineer in Australia

The medium base annual salary for a graduate mechanical engineer is AU$61,447. 

The most common annual salary for an experienced mechanical engineer is AU$97,545. 

(Statistics from Pay Scale)  

School Recommendations

Diploma Level  

  • TAFE QLD – Diploma of Engineering Technical/ Advanced Diploma of Engineering 
  • QUT College – Diploma of Engineering 
  • Griffith College – Diploma of Engineering 
  • UNSW – Global Diploma of Engineering 
  • Macallan College – Diploma of Automotive Technology 

Bachelor’s Level 

  • Queensland University of Technology – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)  
  • University of Queensland – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical Engineering)  
  • Griffith University – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 
  • UNSW – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)  
  • University of Sunshine Coast – Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) 

Master’s Level 

  • University of Queensland – Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 
  • Charles Darwin University – Master of Engineering (specialising in Mechanical Engineering) 
  • University of Southern Queensland – Master of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering)  
  • UNSW – Master of Engineering Technology (Mechanical Engineering) 
  • RMIT – Master of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) 
  • Swinburne University of Technology – Master of Engineering Science (Mechanical) 
  • University of Adelaide – Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 

Interested in studying Mechanical Engineering in Australia?

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