Courses Handbook 2010

171410 v.6 Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

BEng(Curtin) OR BEng(Hons)(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 041778K
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


Mechanical Engineering addresses the conception, design, manufacture, control, maintenance and management of any system in which motion is a key feature. The system may comprise moving solid elements - components - combined to create a mechanism or machine. Alternatively, it may involve a fluid flowing within or around a solid structure. Mechanical Engineering permits humanity to harness the energy and forces that exist in nature, providing for the needs of society. The range of Mechanical Engineering istherefore vast: machines from the size of micro-mechanical devices through to massive power generating turbines are covered by the discipline. Similarly, the flight and performance of modern aircraft is largely an accomplishment of Mechanical Engineering.The work of a mechanical engineer could include the design and specification of components or entire systems, design and planning of manufacturing processes, plant operation and maintenance, consulting, research and development, and management. These tasks are common to a wide range of industries such as power generation, mining, mineral processing, transport, water supply and their support industries.

Specific Requirements

The STAT is not accepted for mature age entry but may be used to demonstrate English Competence requirements. Students are required to complete Senior First Aid training and provide evidence of it to the Faculty for graduation.


In certain cases, the need to complete bridging and special units may result in extension of studies beyond the regular four year term. Students with other or equivalent qualifications should direct enquiries to the Head of the Department.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

4 years' full-time study or equivalent part-time study.

Course Organisation

Students undertake the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major in the first year and on successful completion, proceed to the second year of an engineering discipline. Please refer to the section at the front of the Department of First Year Engineering Studies to obtain details about the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major.

Professional Recognition

This course has been accorded full recognition by Engineers Australia and satisfies all the academic requirements for Corporate Membership of Engineers Australia. To qualify for the grade of Corporate Member of Engineers Australia, a graduate also requires a minimum of four years approved experience following the award of the Bachelor of Engineering degree. All degree courses are also recognised by various overseas professional institutions. Further information regarding membership of professionalinstitutions can be obtained from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing or from the Secretary, Engineers Australia, Western Australia Division. To satisfy requirements, students must complete at least 12 weeks or equivalent of exposure to professional practice. This requirement can be met by appropriate work experience. Students must demonstrate that they have met these requirements by using a formal log book to record their professional experiences during this period of their degree study.

Career Opportunities

Graduates in mechanical engineering may find their first employment opportunities in the manufacturing industry and commerce, the Public Service, State and Commonwealth and in the armed forces. Curtin mechanical engineering graduates have won for themselves a sound reputation, both in Western Australia and elsewhere, frequently occupying managerial positions in industry. Some return to academic life or engage predominantly in research. Any graduate from a basic course in mechanical engineering should be sufficiently well grounded to adapt to any of these various specialised activities.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Further Information

For more information contact the Career Consultant, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering on (08) 9266 4816, email or visit our website

Special Note

For details on the honours classes refer to the General Information section of the Handbook. To satisfy professional requirements, students must complete at least 12 weeks of approved work experience associated with engineering in industry and hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate. For professional work experience, students may make their own arrangements for employment or seek the assistance of the Prospective Students Services. As one objective of this work is to make theoretical studies in courses more meaningful, it must be done during the period that the student is undertaking those studies, ie it is to be done in vacations or in employment as a part-time student, rather than after all course work has been completed. Students are strongly urged to consider the 12 weeks a minimum and to undertake as much additional work experience as they can. Students are required to submit a report covering the work carried out. Further details regarding the work report required are available from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1
307545 v.1   Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major 200.0
Year 2 Semester 1
308802 v.1   Strength of Materials 232 5.0 25.0
308805 v.1   Machine Dynamics 231 4.0 25.0
308807 v.1   Fluid Mechanics 230 4.0 25.0
308808 v.1   Engineering Mathematics 233 3.0 12.5
308809 v.1   Engineering Graphics 232 4.0 12.5
Year 2 Semester 2
308800 v.1   Thermodynamics 236 4.0 25.0
308804 v.1   Mechanical Design 238 3.0 25.0
308806 v.1   Industrial Technology 233 3.0 25.0
310683 v.1   Engineering Management 302 4.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
308801 v.1   Thermal Engineering Processes 331 4.0 25.0
308812 v.1   Industrial Technology 342 4.0 25.0
308813 v.1   Materials 337 4.0 25.0
308814 v.1   Dynamic Systems 334 4.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
307660 v.4   Engineering Sustainable Development 201 2.0 12.5
307664 v.1   Engineering Law 202 2.0 12.5
308803 v.1   Mechanical Design 337 3.0 25.0
308810 v.1   Fluid Flow Modelling 332 4.0 25.0
308815 v.1   Automatic Control 333 4.0 12.5
3864 v.4   Electrical Plant 342 4.0 12.5
Year 4 Semester 1
5051 v.7   Mechanical Project 491 8.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 2
308821 v.1   Mechanical Project 493 8.0 37.5
310544 v.1   Professional Practice 434 3.0 12.5
Optional Units to Select from in Year 4 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credit
12926 v.2   Materials 434 4.0 25.0
302863 v.1   Vibration 431 4.0 25.0
302864 v.1   Heat Transfer 431 4.0 25.0
310545 v.1   Design Methodology 431 4.0 25.0
312200 v.1   Sustainable Energy Systems and Technologies 431 4.0 25.0
4282 v.8   Mechanical Measurements 431 3.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 4 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credit
12907 v.3   Design For Manufacturing 431 3.0 25.0
12911 v.2   Automatic Control 432 4.0 25.0
12925 v.2   Fluid Mechanics 433 5.0 25.0
302862 v.1   Finite Element Analysis 431 4.0 25.0
302866 v.1   Noise 432 5.0 25.0


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      
2010 Miri Sarawak Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 Miri Sarawak Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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