Graduate profile - Yasser Hamed
Mechanical engineering took Yasser all the way to Walt Disney studios where he’s a senior technical director working on films like Oscar winning Big Hero Six!
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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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
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.
Build critical technical and engineering skills through courses in:
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 a cluster of four elective specialisation courses, which can be used to:
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.
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:
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 through Engineers Australia qualifies you as a professional engineer. You can work in places such as:
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.
One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.