Mechanical Engineering major (MJD-EMECH)

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest of engineering disciplines and it is the backbone of industry worldwide. It involves the production and use of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools. Mechanical Engineering at UWA has been designed to produce graduates who have a solid foundation in the science and mathematics that underpin the discipline, a detailed understanding of the core subject areas within the discipline, and the skills to apply that knowledge in varied and changing environments. You will have the skills to learn and apply new specialised knowledge in emerging fields involving new technologies.

In the Mechanical Engineering major, you will learn the core theories, methods and practices used in modern mechanical engineering, as well as allowing for specialisation in areas of personal interest. You can choose options from other engineering disciplines or advanced options in mechanical engineering topics such as sound and vibration, control, fluids and materials. The course has a strong focus on research and design, and emphasises the necessary skills and ways of thinking to lead future change in this exciting field.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a strong foundation in mechanical engineering science by solving technical problems relevant to the field; (2) formulate design solutions that accommodate technical, social, ethical, cultural, safety and economic factors and constraints; (3) communicate their ideas in appropriate ways to a variety of audiences; (4) function effectively, collaboratively, inclusively and professionally in teams; (5) use appropriate learning strategies to acquire and apply new skills and knowledge; and (6) evaluate their behaviour as engineers according to the ethical requirements of the profession and the expectations of society.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and shape your degree in line with your personal aspirations. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering are encouraged to take units or a minor from outside of engineering, to satisfy broadening. However, you may also select engineering units that are not listed in the unit sequence of your engineering major. Advice can be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Mechanical Engineering can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Mechanical Engineering is a degree-specific double major comprising:

  • seven Level 1 units
  • nine Level 2 units
  • seven Level 3 units
  • nine Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

The list below includes the Bachelor of Engineering foundation units as well as the Mechanical Engineering major units.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
Prerequisites:
(Chemistry ATAR
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry) and (Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods) and (Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics),
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
NS GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
S2 GENG1101 Engineering Drawings
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Prerequisites:
( Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit ) and ( Mathematics Methods ATAR (
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
Co-requisites:
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Incompatibility:
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
Bridging units
Students can only take up to 12 points of bridging in the BE.

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent are required to complete MATH1722. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Physics ATAR or equivalent are required to complete PHYS1030. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent are required to complete CHEM1003.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of 50
or
greater]
or
Equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
a scaled score greater than
or
equal to 50 per cent in Physics ATAR
or
equivalent
or
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1002 Modern Physics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (48 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Prerequisites:
ATAR Subject(s) Mathematics Methods
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
equivalent
or
Enrolment in ( MJD-AGTDM Agricultural Science and Technology
or
MJD-IEMDM Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences
or
MJD-MARDM Marine Science MJD-AGTEC Agricultural Technology MJD-MARCP Marine and Coastal Processes and SCIE1500 Analytical Methods for Scientists )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
S1, S2 ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
( Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites:
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Incompatibility:
ELEC1303 Digital Systems and ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
S1, S2 ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and (Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENSC2001 Motion
and
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
NS GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
S1 GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437)
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
S1 MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 MECH2004 Engineering Dynamics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 STAT2063 Probabilistic Methods and their Applications
Prerequisites:
( Enrolment (other than course) in the MJD-EBMEG Biomedical Engineering major
or
the MJD-EELEC Electrical and Electronic Engineering major
or
the MJD-EMECH Mechanical Engineering major
or
the MJD-ESOFT Software Engineering major ) and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (36 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
GENG3000
N/A GENG3402 Control Engineering
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus (ID 6012) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG4402 Control Engineering (ID 2588)
N/A GENG3405 Numerical Methods and Modelling
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG4405 Numerical Methods and Modelling
N/A MECH3001 Mechanisms and Machines
Prerequisites:
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343) and MECH2004 Engineering Mechanics 2 (ID 8062) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3001 Mechanisms and Machines (ID 436)
N/A MECH3002 Materials and Manufacturing
Prerequisites:
MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2 (ID 8063) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3002 Materials and Manufacturing (ID 438)
S2 MECH3024 Engineering Thermodynamics
Prerequisites:
( Course Enrolment in the BH011 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours]
or
the CB006 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Commerce
or
the CB004 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Science
or
the CB014 Bachelor of Engineering [Honours] / Bachelor of Philosophy [Honours] ) and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3024 Engineering Thermodynamics
N/A MECH3424 Measurement and Instrumentation
Prerequisites:
and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343) ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437) and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MECH4424 Measurement and Noise (ID 2625)

Level 4

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio
Prerequisites:
completion of at least 60 points towards the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
GENG5000 Professional Practicum Report
S1, S2 GENG5507 Risk, Reliability and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy. This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the course coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science
or
equivalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 MECH4426 Dynamics, Vibration and Sound
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation);
for pre-2012 courses: [(MATH1010 Calculus and Linear Algebra
and
MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability)
or
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 (
or
equivalent)] and (MECH1401 Engineering Dynamics
or
ENSC3001 Mechanisms and Machines)
and
(CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
or
GENG2140 Modelling and Computer Analysis for Engineers)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MECH3404 Vibration and Signal Processing
S1 MECH4429 Applied Engineering Thermodynamics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation);
for pre-2012 courses: ENSC2002 Energy
or
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
or
MECH2403 Thermofluids 2
or
CHPR2433 Fluid Mechanics
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MECH3401 Thermofluids 3
N/A MECH4502 Analysis and Design of Machine Components
Prerequisites:
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343) and GENG2004 Solid Mechanics (ID 8044) and MECH2004 Engineering Mechanics 2 (ID 8062) and MECH3002 Materials and Manufacturing (ID 8070) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MECH5502 Analysis and Design of Machine Components (ID 2638)
S1 MECH5551 Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
and
MECH5502 Analysis and Design of Machine Components;
for pre-2012 courses: completion of 26 points of engineering units
Co-requisites:
MECH4429 Applied Engineering Thermodynamics
and
GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice;
for pre-2012 courses: none
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Group A—take 6 — 18 points from Group A.

Students who select GENG4411 must take GENG4412 in the following semester. The two units comprise a 12-pt research project.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A GENG4411 Engineering Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
Atleast Level 3 24 Points Unit(s) BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
N/A GENG4412 Engineering Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
GENG4511 Engineering Research Project Part 1 (ID 8024) and Course Enrolment ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (ID 25)
or
CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce (ID 6)
or
CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (ID 4) )
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 MECH5552 Mechanical Engineering Design Project 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation),
and
MECH5551 Mechanical Engineering Design Project 1
Co-requisites:
GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Degree-specific major units
Group B—take 6 — 12 points from Group B.

18 points must be taken from Group A and Group B combined. Students who take 6 points from Group A must take 12 points from Group B. Students who take 12 points from Group A must take 6 points from Group B. Students who take all units from Group A do not take any units from Group B.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GENG5504 Petroleum Engineering
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, and Mechanical Engineering specialisation) and Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2 GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
or
the Master of Information Technology
or
the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
or
the Master of Data Science
or
the Master of Ocean Leadership
or
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 GENG5514 Finite Element Method
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation
or
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Mechanical Engineering degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not allow you to choose a double major.