ATAR cut-off
- (Median ATAR)
About ATARs
International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Trimester 1 - 3 Jan 2017
  • Trimester 2 - 2 May 2017
  • Trimester 3 - 28 Aug 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Trimester 1 - 3 Jan 2017
  • Trimester 2 - 2 May 2017
  • Trimester 3 - 28 Aug 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.


4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40061
CRICOS code: 018795A

Study mechanical engineering at UON

At UON we train engineers capable of solving the world’s greatest challenges. As a mechanical engineer, you may help address the world’s future energy needs by taking biomass, wind and tidal power solutions to the next level. You could design self-driving farm machinery for ultra efficient food production. Or tackle health issues by building revolutionary biomechanical solutions for people with disabilities.

What is mechanical engineering? Mechanical engineers design, manufacture and optimise specialist machines and processes. They solve important problems using robotics, new advanced materials, the fundamental laws of energy generation and transmission, and the computer control of physical systems - from nano to mega-tonne scale. They work on everything from power plants, to air conditioners, aircraft engines and racecars.

Why study with us?

  • We’re No.1 in Australia for overall quality of the educational experience and No.2 for teaching quality.
  • Our graduates are job-ready. They rated us number 1 in NSW for the skills they enter the workplace with, and in 2015, 85% of our engineering graduates were employed within four months of graduating.
  • You can add a Master of Professional Engineering to your credentials with just one extra year of study.

Engineering and Built Environment Scholarships | Find out about our scholarships for domestic and international students

85% Employed ? within four months of graduation
No. 1 in Australia ? for good teaching in mechanical engineering
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates
World top 300 ? for mechanical engineering

What you will study

Build critical technical and engineering skills through courses in:

  • physics
  • mathematics
  • advanced materials and manufacturing
  • bulk solids handling
  • design
  • mechanics
  • fluid dynamics
  • thermodynamics
  • computer aided engineering

Connect with industry through guest lectures and interdisciplinary projects solving real world problems. Gain invaluable practical experience through your industry placement.

Become job-ready through our professional practice courses. You'll learn to tackle ‘wicked problems’ and develop essential workplace skills in finance, project management, sustainability, communication and entrepreneurism.

Diversify your skills with an elective pathway, a cluster of courses which can be used to:

  • deepen your technical competence in your engineering field
  • broaden your expertise in another area of engineering
  • specialise your skills in areas outside engineering, such as business or maths
  • study overseas at one of our many partner institutions.

Related undergraduate degrees

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list


Master of Professional Engineering

To take your learning to the next level, our unique degree structure gives you the option of completing a fifth year of study to graduate with two degrees – your four-year Engineering (Honours) degree PLUS a Master of Professional Engineering. In your Masters year you’ll deepen your technical skills, pursue your personal interests through a major project and specialise or broaden your skills through four more elective courses.

Visit GradSchool for more information

Career opportunities

Almost all industries need mechanical engineers. They work in medical, transport, automotive, aerospace, electronics, and mining industries, and in growth sectors like renewable energy, robotics, automation and advanced manufacturing.

Mechanical engineering is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • mechanical engineering designer
  • mechanical systems supervisor
  • mechanical technology engineer
  • operating plant manager
  • engineering project manager
  • process improvement engineer

Remarkably, engineering is the most commonly held degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs – the CEOs of companies such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia (logo)

Professional recognition through Engineers Australia qualifies you as a professional engineer. You can work in places such as:

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Practical experience

Practical experience

All UON engineering students must complete 12 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.

Group of Eight Australia, Engineering Associate.

Our position as one of the most highly ranked engineering faculties in Australia is recognised through our associate membership of the Group of Eight.

Global Engineering Education Exchange

One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.