Mechanical Engineering

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The mechanical engineering (ME) discipline at Flinders includes not only the mechanical engineering degrees but also our activities in naval architecture that have been developed in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College in Launceston.  Both mechanical engineering and naval architecture have been developed as a result of the strong demand for engineers in these areas, particularly in South Australia.  As a result, mechanical engineering represents the youngest but the fastest growing discipline at Flinders, both in terms of staff and students.

Mechanical engineering applies the principles of physics, materials science and mathematics to the design, development, research, evaluation, manufacture, installation, testing, operation, maintenance and management of mechanical systems. It involves an understanding of concepts such as mechanics, kinematics, fluid and solid dynamics, machines, thermodynamics, materials science and structural analysis and well as supporting techniques such as computer-aided systems, process management and control systems.

As a discipline, mechanical engineering is applied in a variety of areas including mining, minerals processing, manufacturing, the oil and gas industry, the automotive, aviation and shipbuilding industries, electrical power generation and distribution, road and rail transport, defence, agriculture, fishing and food processing.

Courses in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers and naval architects need a strong grounding in many areas of engineering including mechanics, statics, machines (of all types), fluid and solid dynamics, energy systems plus underpinning knowledge in materials, mathematics and physics.

Above all, mechanical engineers are, like all engineers, able to translate theory into practice and thus the degree contains substantial hands-on experience.  They are also capable of managing large projects.  The award reflects these requirements.

The link with the biomedical engineering discipline enables students to focus specifically on the field of biomechanics.

The University also offers a specialisation in Mechanical Engineering in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology and the Bachelor of Engineering Science.  The Bachelor of Engineering Science degree provides a pathway into the undergraduate degrees for applicants without the necessary prerequisites.

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