Why study mechanical engineering at UoN?
Mechanical engineers work to improve the design, safety and energy efficiency of wind turbines, ships, aircraft, trains, cars, mining equipment, lifts, air conditioners and much more. The profession is also playing an important role in the shift from a carbon economy to a renewable energy system.
Studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) will see you learn from academics recognised internationally for outstanding research the field and at a University ranked in the world’s top 120 universities for engineering and technology (QS rankings 2010).
You will build essential practical skills in modern laboratories and have the opportunity to undertake practical experience with an industry-related project in your final year.
Mechanical engineering is probably the broadest of all engineering disciplines, you could find yourself designing and developing everything from door locks to space shuttles.
In simple terms, mechanical engineering is about turning energy into motion and power. The field covers the generation, conversion, transmission and use of mechanical and thermal energy, and includes the design, construction, and operation of devices and systems. It also involves studying the behaviour of solids, liquids and gases under various conditions.
After a mechanical engineering degree you could find yourself working on:
- Aircraft engines and automobiles
- Climate control systems
- Computer systems
- Electrical generators
- Engine cooling
- Power plants
- Propulsions systems
- Renewable energy systems
- Respirator and air-conditioning systems
New areas of investigation include:
- Flexible manufacturing
- High-performance composite materials development
- Industrial pollution control
- Mechanical design automation
- Noise and vibration restriction
- Prosthetic limb and joint design
Where do we find mechanical engineers?
Almost all industries need mechanical equipment, and in turn, mechanical engineers. Broadly, mechanical engineers work in the petrochemical, manufacturing, transportation, automotive, aerospace, electronic, mining, and robot industries, and in growth sectors like communications, banking, public utilities, consulting practices and entertainment.
Mechanical engineers are also employed at universities, government research organisations and in the public service. Given this broad range, there are great opportunities for mechanical engineers.