Mechanical Engineer

Design and oversee development, installation, operation and maintenance of machinery; and solve practical engineering problems and improve efficiency.

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as a mechanical engineer:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} with a major in Engineering Science as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Professional Engineering to qualify as a Mechanical Engineer.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Mechanical engineers work in private engineering firms and in the building, minerals, construction, power, manufacturing and processing industries. Universities and federal, state and local government agencies also offer opportunities for employment.

Mechanical engineers:

  • design new machines, equipment or systems taking into account cost, availability of materials, strength and maintenance requirements
  • consider the appearance of the designs as well as the impact on the user and on the environment
  • carry out research in the use of different types of fuel and energy; materials handling; heating and cooling processes; the storage and pumping of liquids and gases; and environmental controls
  • use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to assist in design and drawing
  • undertake the design and construction of resource development projects such as offshore platforms, onshore gas plants and iron ore mining facilities
  • supervise the operation of manufacturing process plants such as vehicle and electrical appliance production plants, coal handling installations, power stations and sewerage and water supply pumping stations
  • specify, select, install and manage the maintenance of factory production and machinery
  • set up work control systems (for example, testing of equipment) to make sure that standards of performance, quality, cost and safety are met
  • and act as consultants, carrying out studies about possible changes or improvements and estimating costs of products for clients

Source: myFuture

To qualify as a mechanical engineer:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} with a major in Engineering Science as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Master of Professional Engineering to qualify as a Mechanical Engineer.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


Mechanical engineers work in private engineering firms and in the building, minerals, construction, power, manufacturing and processing industries. Universities and federal, state and local government agencies also offer opportunities for employment.

Mechanical engineers:

  • design new machines, equipment or systems taking into account cost, availability of materials, strength and maintenance requirements
  • consider the appearance of the designs as well as the impact on the user and on the environment
  • carry out research in the use of different types of fuel and energy; materials handling; heating and cooling processes; the storage and pumping of liquids and gases; and environmental controls
  • use Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to assist in design and drawing
  • undertake the design and construction of resource development projects such as offshore platforms, onshore gas plants and iron ore mining facilities
  • supervise the operation of manufacturing process plants such as vehicle and electrical appliance production plants, coal handling installations, power stations and sewerage and water supply pumping stations
  • specify, select, install and manage the maintenance of factory production and machinery
  • set up work control systems (for example, testing of equipment) to make sure that standards of performance, quality, cost and safety are met
  • and act as consultants, carrying out studies about possible changes or improvements and estimating costs of products for clients

Source: myFuture

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Undergraduate Courses To Become

Mechanical Engineer

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Mechanical Engineer