What is it like to be a Mechanical Engineer?
Mechanical engineers apply practical analysis and technical principles to design, create, improve and maintain a range of mechanical machinery products and systems that are used for domestic, public and industrial purposes. They design and manufacture a variety of products, such as domestic appliances, industrial machinery, ships, aircraft, engines, pumps, compressors and turbines, as well as complex systems such as the air conditioning and ventilation systems of buildings.
Mechanical engineers work in a variety of settings including mining companies, aviation companies, energy companies, automotive manufacturing companies, transportation companies, government organisations, the health sector and defence.
For more information about a career as a Mechanical Engineer, visit the Job Outlook website.
This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.
This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.
Is it right for me?
Mechanical engineers are skilful in the maintenance, operation, development and installation of machinery. As a mechanical engineer you’ll research and resolve engineering issues to enhance performance.
- Have an active interest in computing and technical design
- Analytically and technically minded
- Hands on and innovative
- Able to work autonomously and in a team
To become a Mechanical Engineer
To be able to become a Mechanical Engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:
If you do not meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental Engineering), USQ recommends that you study an Associate Degree of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) or a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering).
You may be able to put the credit you earned from your TAFE (VET) studies towards your degree. This may shorten the length of time you'll take to complete your degree. Take a look at our Credit Calculator to see.
A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering Science is eligible to apply for graduate membership of Engineers Australia as an Engineering Technologist. After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering Science may apply for chartered status as an Engineering Technologist and, when granted, may use the post-nominal TMIEAust CEngT.
If you have already completed an engineering technologist qualification and wish to qualify as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, there are other Master degrees to assist you.
A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer.
After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in those countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.