Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the design, construction and operation of machinery. Mechanical engineers require a solid understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, and structural analysis. They use these core principles along with tools such as computer-aided engineering and product lifecycle management to design and analyse artefacts as diverse as ships, cars, aircraft, energy systems, robots and mechatronics devices, biomechanical devices, manufacturing plant, heating, cooling and ventilation systems, lifts and escalators, pumps, compressors and turbines, and many other objects.
Mechanical engineering graduates are in great demand with graduates finding work locally and internationally in the mining, defence, manufacturing, ship building, environmental, engineering consulting, building services, automotive, petrochemical, and other industries. Many graduates receive multiple job offers and are able to choose their employer or the industry they wish to work in.
For more information about a career as a mechanical engineer, try the following websites:
- Flinders University's Engineering (Mechanical) careers site
- Engineers Australia's Mechanical College
- Wikipedia's Mechanical engineering.
One particular emphasis placed on mechanical engineering at Flinders is its application to biomedical engineering. Flinders graduates of mechanical engineering can continue to undertake postgraduate coursework or research in areas such as biomechanics. There is also a strong emphasis on the design and construction of ships and graduates will also be well suited to working with naval architects.
Courses in Mechanical Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) - all 4 years at Flinders
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Advanced Manufacturing) - 2 years at Flinders, 2 years at UniSA
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) / Master of Engineering (Biomedical) - all 5 years at Flinders
- Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) / Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) combined degree
- Master of Engineering [by research]
- Doctor of Philosophy
Research in Mechanical Engineering
Flinders research in mechanical engineering is diverse with substantial research in the design of underwater vehicles, control systems and instrumentation. In particular, a research strength of the School is in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and we currently have research links with the AMC and CSIRO in this area. Flinders has an enviable record and students wishing and capable of undertaking postgraduate research in the area are particularly welcomed. Further information on research in mechanical engineering systems is discussed on the following websites:
There is also substantial strength in the development of biomechanical devices and implants. This research is included in strengths such as: