Australia offers a wealth of mechanical training programs, many of which are provided by universities and which lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering. One of the most popular engineering disciplines is automotive engineering, where students can learn all of the different facets of the field. Whether you are interested in operating an automobile fabrication plant or would rather concentrate on the science of designing, say, a BMW alternator, you can take your quest for knowledge as far as you need by enrolling in one of Australia’s engineering programs.
Let’s take a look at one of the country’s best programs, offered by Deakin University at its Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus (as well as off-campus). The program leads to a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and utilizes state-of-the-art computer-aided engineering disciplines coupled with the use of advanced materials to offer a highly relevant mechanical engineering degree.
Engineers Australia is the broad consortium of engineering professionals, schools and firms that has developed a benchmark set of requirements and certification programs in a number of engineering fields. Deakin’s undergraduate program has been developed in accordance with Engineers Australia, ensuring its timeliness and relevance. A mechanical engineering degree from Deakin is world-class, allowing graduates to work anywhere in the world. The degree offers an optimal mix of theory and practice to help students choose an appealing specialty.
Incoming students are first grounded in the basic scientific and mathematical principles common to all engineering specialties. After mastering the basics, student can choose to specialize in areas such as mechanical, civil, electrical/electronics, mechatronics or robotics engineering. Upon graduation, Deakin students are immediately employable, although a good percentage chooses instead to obtain advanced degrees in engineering.
Any good engineering program, such as the one offered by Deakin, must ensure that graduates have a well-rounded set of skills that include innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, project management, presentation, communication and technical report writing. Also important is a profound grounding in business ethics and contemporary issues within the profession. Deakin enlists the participation of industry leaders and employer representatives so that the school’s Advisory Board can maintain a curriculum that is relevant to the needs of employers.
While many students still like the on-campus experience of attending a university, the economic realities of today’s world has driven up the relative number of off-campus students. Nonetheless, universities such as Deakin provide for specified activities requiring on-campus attendance, so that all students can experience campus life. Deakin also offers study abroad and exchange student programs as part of the degree.