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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering

2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering equips students with the relevant skills, experiences and knowledge to provide a range of professional mechanical engineering services in regional, national and international environments. The course prepares graduates for work involving the design of machinery, water supply, vibration, acoustics and noise control, robotics, heat transfer and refrigeration, energy technology, consumer product design, pollution control, and production planning.
The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer. These competencies are broadly grouped into: knowledge and skills, application, personal and professional skills.
Students develop core theoretical knowledge and skills vital to the engineering profession and the ability to apply these in the most relevant software applications.

Career opportunities

Mechanical engineers have broad employment prospects in local and global markets. They can work in diverse industries including heavy machinery, power generation, mining, manufacturing, production planning, automotive, aerospace, medical, environment, building industries and consumer product design and tertiary education. Mechanical engineers are in demand in government departments, building services, manufacturing centres, power plants and consulting engineering companies.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from Southern Cross University is provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia and will be assessed for full accreditation in 2020. Engineers Australia is the professional body representing engineering in Australia.

Accreditation of the course by Engineers Australia enables a student’s qualification to be formally recognised in many different countries throughout the world in accordance with the Washington Accord, an international agreement governing recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence. 

Professional placement

As part of this course, students are required to undertake a compulsory 60-day industry experience unit in a relevant engineering role. 
Industry experience enables students to gain experience in applying their knowledge and skills to engineering problems within a real work environment, and to make valuable contacts with potential employers and other members of the mechanical engineering community. Students engage with industry representatives from the early stages of the course, creating valuable professional networks.

Major areas of study

The course addresses the fundamental areas of mechanical engineering including: applied mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, dynamics, heat transfer, manufacturing and materials.
All students undertake a full-year subject in engineering research (thesis unit) in their final year, which enables them to explore the frontiers of engineering development and contribute to new knowledge in their chosen field.

Assessment methods

Assessment items vary for each unit. They include numerical calculations, written assessments, oral presentations, exams and project-based scenarios within groups and as individuals.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, online activities and video linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching rooms, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

There are state-of-the-art engineering laboratories and teaching spaces in the science and engineering precinct at the Lismore campus.

Engineering students have access to computer labs with specialist engineering software and research and teaching laboratories equipped for the study of a range of sub-disciplines including materials conditioning and testing, concrete and structures testing, fluids and hydraulics testing, soils and geotechnical testing, and mechanics and physics. The laboratories feature advanced analytical equipment to enable effective practical teaching and high level experimental research.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty-two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:

  1. all units listed in Part A; and
  2. two (2) units from Part B

and additionally complete at least 60 days of industrial experience of a nature acceptable to the Course Coordinator.

Class of Honours

A candidate may on the recommendation of the Course Coordinator be awarded Honours with one of the following merit descriptors:

  • First Class Honours
  • Second Class Honours – Division I
  • Second Class Honours – Division II

Merit Descriptors

The following criteria shall be satisfied to obtain a particular merit descriptor:

  • First Class Honours: a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of at least 6.0 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 6.0 in both units Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II
  • Second Class Honours – Division I: a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of at least 5.5 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.5 in both units Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II
  • Second Class Honours – Division II: a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of at least 5.0 and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 in both units Engineering Thesis I and Engineering Thesis II

A student with a Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) of less than 5.0 shall not be eligible for a merit descriptor.

Weighted Grade Point Average Calculation

The Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) shall be calculated according to the formula:

WGPA = {Summation of (Grade Point x Credit Value x Weighting)}/{Summation of (Credit Value x Weighting)}


Grade Point = achievement value assigned to a unit grade (non-graded units, interim notations and advanced standing shall not be included in the WGPA calculation);

Credit Value = number of credit points awarded for the completion of a unit of study;

Weighting = 1 for a unit listed in Year 1 of the Course Progression, 2 for a unit listed in Year 2 of the Course Progression, 3 for a unit listed in Year 3 of the Course Progression, and 4 for a unit listed in Year 4 of the Course Progression; and

WGPA calculations shall be based on results for the first attempt at each unit in the course.

Advanced standing

Advanced Standing Pathways will be explored in due course.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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