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Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest areas of engineering.

Mechanical engineers design and manufacture machinery and equipment for a wide range of uses, design and operate power plants, and calculate the economical combustion of fuels, the conversion of heat energy into mechanical power and how mechanical power is used.

In this major you'll study foundational courses in design, mathematics, modelling, computing, management and engineering science. Electives in later years will give you an opportunity to specialise in fields of your choosing. The principal topics in mechanical engineering are fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, solid mechanics, manufacturing, energy systems, and dynamics and control.

Career paths can lead to roles in the automotive, aerospace, environmental, medical, power generation and building industries as well as in research, design and development, testing and manufacturing, program management, specialist consulting engineering firms, government agencies and educational institutions.

Graduate job-ready

  • You will learn how to design, manufacture and control machines and engines ranging from power generators through to manufacturing systems. You’ll also have access to innovative technologies and our specialist workshop areas (including our race car workshop) where you can practice your new skills.
  • Our graduates have the practical and advanced theoretical knowledge needed to step into roles that lead machinery development across the globe.


1 in Queensland for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering

QS World University Rankings 2022

73 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2022

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Mechanical design engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Additive manufacturing engineer
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Project control engineer

Early-career salary

Mechanical Engineer


Late-career salary

Mechanical Engineer


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics
  • Engineering Thermodynamics

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