Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Engineering and Built Environment

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering is dedicated to research and training in the disciplines of Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Surveying. From 2019, we will also be offering new undergraduate degree programs in Aerospace Systems and Renewable Energy Engineering.

Our programs are underpinned by some of the most exciting research in Australia. In the Australian Research Council research excellence ratings we are the only university to achieve the highest possible rating of '5' in Civil Engineering across all four ERA assessments (2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018), and one of only two to achieve a 5 in Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy across three consecutive ERA assessments.

We are ranked in 40th in the world for Mineral & Mining Engineering according by the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject for the second consecutive year. We are also:

  • Top 150 Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Top 200 Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Top 250 Chemical Engineering and Engineering & Technology
  • Top 350 Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering

Program Educational Outcomes: Engineering

The University of Newcastle Engineering programs produce graduates that meet the following Program Educational Outcomes (PEOs). The PEOs are statements that summate the minimum expectations of graduates some 3-5 years post-graduation.

UON Engineers will:

  • Create, innovate, design and manage engineering systems in both the public and private sectors
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral formats with both professional and broader communities, with appropriate respect for cultural, national and ethical norms
  • Pursue life-long learning: appreciate new directions and knowledge in engineering, and understand developments within modern tools of analysis, synthesis and design
  • Seek to incorporate interdisciplinary concepts and perspectives into engineering solutions
  • Practice engineering in an ethical and sustainable manner, respecting regulatory concerns and the broader impacts of engineering solutions in both a local and global context

FEBE Engineering Mission Statement

The University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment is home to two of the most highly ranked¹´², research-intensive engineering schools. Together, these schools provide research-led, forward-thinking engineering programs in 11 engineering specialisations. Our programs are designed to ingrain deep technical discipline knowledge within a robust, professional perspective framework. Our graduates hone their technical skills by working on real-world problems both individually and in teams to achieve ethical, socially responsible and technically meritorious solutions to complex, open-ended problems.

1 QILT, 2 ERA


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In Demand

Our engineering graduates are highly sought after with many students landing a job before they even finish their degree. In their final year our students bring theory and practice together in sophisticated research projects.


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Scholarships for high achievers

Offered since 2014, the Catherine and Peter Tay High Achiever Engineering Scholarship gives one new student $32,000 over the four years of their degree. There are numerous other scholarships available to Engineering students.


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Formula SAE

Our Formula SAE team put their theory into practice by designing and building a formula style race car. The students take part in an annual competition and get to race their car against teams from across Australia.