Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)

About Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering) at UNSW

UNSW Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering) is a four-year, full-time degree at Australia’s top engineering faculty. Mechanical and manufacturing engineering turns energy into power and motion through the design of smart mechanical systems. Manufacturing engineers develop products, as well as the machines that create them.

Mechanical and manufacturing engineers apply scientific and engineering knowledge to the development, manufacture and distribution of all types of products. They research, design, build, test, maintain and improve almost everything, from power plants and renewable energy systems to robots and cars.

In this degree, you’ll learn how to transform a design from a conceptual stage into a prototype and finally into a commercially viable product. You’ll integrate the knowledge gained from this degree into a framework and process that allows you to implement your designs, solutions and ideas in a commercial environment.

The final year courses are based on global industry best practice in manufacturing and industrial engineering. You’ll study across the following subjects:

  • Strategy and management
  • Operations and supply chains
  • Analysis and decision-making
  • Design of product-process systems
  • Technology and automation

Why Study Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering) at UNSW 

You can stand out from other graduates in the job market with a degree from Australia’s top-ranking engineering faculty. In the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, UNSW School of Mechanical Engineering ranked #1 in Australia and maintained our position of #45 in the world. No other Australian university is ranked within the top 50.

As one of the largest Mechanical Engineering School in Australia, we have more than 2,500 students and 90 staff members. With our global academic standing and size, comes many other benefits from studying with us.

Benefits include:

  • Expertise in a diverse set of mechanical engineering disciples: aerospace, mechanical, advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and robotics
  • Cutting-edge laboratory facilities, including a robotics laboratory, energy storage laboratory, solar thermal energy laboratory and nuclear energy laboratory
  • Partnerships with industry leaders such as Australia Advanced Aerospace Technology, Delta V – Fusion Power Systems, Hyundai NGV, The Boeing Company and Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology

Gain Practical Training & Accreditation

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is globally recognised and accredited by Engineers Australia and acknowledged by the Washington Accord. Part of the degree involves applying your skills through 60 days of approved industrial training in Australia or overseas. UNSW Engineering also hosts many industry nights and networking events to help connect students with employers.

Industrial training

Learn in Unparalleled Facilities

The redeveloped Ainsworth Building and Willis Annex are home to the UNSW School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. In 2015, these building underwent a $67 million refurbishment. Our facilities host our world-leading researchers, research projects and research centres. These state-of-the-art facilities are integral to your learning to ensure you have the hands-on skills to match your theoretical knowledge and expertise.

 Our leading-edge facilities include:

  • Mechatronics Teaching Laboratory
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Energy storage laboratory
  • Fluid dynamics and microfluidics laboratory
  • Optical/laser engine diagnostics laboratory
  • Robotics laboratory
  • Solar thermal energy laboratory
  • Sustainable manufacturing and life cycle engineering laboratory

Your Career Opportunities 

When you become a mechanical and manufacturing engineer, you’ll work by adapting to the changing needs of society. You can design bionic limbs and prosthetic joints, develop high-performance composite materials, work on more flexible manufacturing processes and much more.

This career path offers a wide variety of professional opportunities in manufacturing industries, such as Automotive, Defence, Aerospace or any industry that turns a raw product into a product for commercial or consumer use. Some graduates choose to create their own start-up or work in traditional mechanical engineering roles.

UNSW graduates work in the following areas:

  • Product and process design
  • Computer-aided design and manufacturing
  • Quality improvement
  • Technical and commercial analysis and decision making
  • Strategic decision making
  • Consulting
  • Technical and organisational maintenance
  • Supply chain management

What Our Graduates Say

I would love to design processes that bring a simple idea into mass production through a completed assembly. I find this amazing, and it would be considered a dream job. 

- Zac Chin, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) graduate