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Study Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering has application in everything from biology to aerospace, construction to robotics, automotive to artificial intelligence. It opens up a sea of opportunities for you since mechanical engineers are in demand in virtually every sector.

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17.28% of all engineers employed in the US are mechanical engineers

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20,200 job openings projected each year in the US

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90,160: average annual salary of a mechanical engineer

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8.8% expected growth in the job market between 2016-2026

Mechanical Engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with the design, manufacturing and maintenance of machinery or mechanical systems. Mechanical Engineering lies at the intersection of physics, mathematics with material science. Mechanical Engineering students will study modules like thermodynamics, structural analysis, electromechanical, solid mechanics, and structural materials. Additionally, they will also be trained in the use of tools like CAD software and product lifecycle management — enabling them to model systems and manage manufacturing plants and machinery.

Due to the rapid technological advancement, mechanical engineers are contributing to fields as varied as composites, transport, biomechatronics and metallurgy. Even if you decide to switch fields later on the broad nature of Mechanical Engineering will have given you transferrable skills and knowledge setting you up for a successful career in the field of your choosing.
Mechanical Engineering is best suited to curious and inquisitive individuals. People who enjoy ruminating on why and how a process or event occurred. This curiosity drives them to learn and innovate in their field enabling them to produce better designs for machinery. These individuals also enjoy applying their knowledge to real-world scenarios. If you think you have a personality that is both curious and likes the application of knowledge, then you have the right mindset to thrive in Mechanical Engineering.

Good listening skills are also important as mechanical engineers will often be cooperating with other professionals like architects, biologists, engineers and computer scientists to complete a project. They must listen carefully to analyse and fill the gaps in the current approach of other professionals to successfully solve the challenge at hand.
For most Mechanical Engineering jobs you need at least a bachelor’s degree, which is typically 3-4 years in duration and costs around £24,760 per year in the UK. In the US, it’s approximately $38,843 per year and in Australia it costs around AUD43,000 per year.

Pursuing a master’s in Mechanical Engineering allows you to specialise and increase your market value tremendously. A master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering costs around $27,000-56,000 per year and is typically 2-years in duration.

A PhD in Mechanical Engineering is needed for teaching positions in higher education institutes as well as research programmes. A PhD allows students to broaden their horizons and makes them prime candidates for administrator or managerial posts.
Mechanical Engineering plays a significant role in solving problems related to automation, artificial intelligence and sustainable energy. For example in the automotive industry, mechanical engineers are particularly crucial in addressing challenges in hybrid and electric cars' performance and range.

The expected growth in the job market for mechanical engineers between 2016-2026 is 8.8%. Furthermore, the broad application of Mechanical Engineering links them to many industries ensuring that they are always in demand. More than 20,200 job openings are projected every year in the US alone!
Studying mechanical engineering opens pathways to a wide array of career avenues:

Mechanical Engineer


Mechanical engineers work in various industries applying their insights into the production of everything ranging from medical devices to batteries. They analyse faults in such systems and devices and resolve them using engineering principles. Top mechanical engineers earn upwards of $141,060 per year.

Robotics engineer


As a robotics engineer you will design, build and maintain robots. Robotics engineers configure and debug these robots. They are responsible for the precise functioning of robotics and control how these robots will interact with their environment in response to different stimuli.

Heating and Cooling Systems Engineers


These professionals design climate control systems that maintain temperature and humidity levels within certain limits. The demand for these engineers is on the rise as more residential and commercial buildings rely on HVAC infrastructure for climate control.

Auto Research Engineers


The primary role of an auto research engineer is to improve the performance of cars. They evaluate and analyse the functions and mechanics of a car and find ways to make it more fuel-efficient and streamline its energy expenditure.

Top Mechanical Engineering courses

Top Universities to study Mechanical Engineering

The University of Wollongong DUBAI

The University of Wollongong DUBAI

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Monash University Malaysia

Monash University Malaysia

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Monash University

Monash University

THE ranking: 57

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TAFE South Australia

TAFE South Australia

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Federation University Australia

Federation University Australia

THE ranking: 601

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The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales

THE ranking: 70

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University of Wollongong

University of Wollongong

THE ranking: 201

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University of Technology Sydney

University of Technology Sydney

THE ranking: 143

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The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland

THE ranking: 54

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La Trobe University

La Trobe University

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle

THE ranking: 251

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Deakin University

Deakin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

THE ranking: 58

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Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

THE ranking: 301

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Flinders University

Flinders University

THE ranking: 251

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James Cook University

James Cook University

THE ranking: 251

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University of South Australia

University of South Australia

THE ranking: 301

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The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne

THE ranking: 33

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Victoria University

Victoria University

THE ranking: 401

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The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

THE ranking: 111

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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology

THE ranking: 193

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University

THE ranking: 501

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The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia

THE ranking: 132

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Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

THE ranking: 401

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Curtin University

Curtin University

THE ranking: 251

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The University of Southern Queensland

The University of Southern Queensland

THE ranking: 401

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TAFE NSW Institutes

TAFE NSW Institutes

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University of Tasmania (UTAS)

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

THE ranking: 301

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Griffith University

Griffith University

THE ranking: 201

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Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic

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Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University

THE ranking: 601

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Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University

THE ranking: 201

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University of the Sunshine Coast

University of the Sunshine Coast

THE ranking: 601

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Imagine Education Australia

Imagine Education Australia

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UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

UNSW Global Pty Ltd Foundation Year

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Western Sydney University - Sydney City Campus

Western Sydney University - Sydney City Campus

THE ranking: 201

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Camosun College

Camosun College

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Durham College

Durham College

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St Lawrence College

St Lawrence College

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Laurentian University

Laurentian University

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Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University

THE ranking: 251

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Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University

THE ranking: 801

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Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology

Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Seneca College

Seneca College

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Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech University

THE ranking: 601

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Algoma University

Algoma University

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Algonquin College

Algonquin College

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Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology

Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Cambrian College

Cambrian College

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York University

York University

THE ranking: 401

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University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

THE ranking: 201

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Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology

Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology

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Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College

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Carleton University

Carleton University

THE ranking: 601

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Concordia University

Concordia University

THE ranking: 601

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Conestoga College

Conestoga College

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Georgian College

Georgian College

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George Brown College

George Brown College

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Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

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Lakehead University

Lakehead University

THE ranking: 801

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Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

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McMaster University

McMaster University

THE ranking: 80

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Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland

THE ranking: 601

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Niagara College

Niagara College

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Red River College

Red River College

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Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

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Queen's University

Queen's University

THE ranking: 251

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Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Calgary

University of Calgary

THE ranking: 201

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University of Guelph

University of Guelph

THE ranking: 501

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University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

THE ranking: 37

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University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba

THE ranking: 301

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University of Alberta

University of Alberta

THE ranking: 125

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University of New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

THE ranking: 601

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University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa

THE ranking: 162

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University of Windsor

University of Windsor

THE ranking: 601

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University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

THE ranking: 501

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University of Victoria

University of Victoria

THE ranking: 301

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Western University

Western University

THE ranking: 201

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University of Toronto

University of Toronto

THE ranking: 18

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British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

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North Island College

North Island College

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Lambton College

Lambton College

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St. Clair College

St. Clair College

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Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology

THE ranking: 201

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The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato

THE ranking: 401

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Wellington Institute of Technology

Wellington Institute of Technology

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Unitec New Zealand Limited

Unitec New Zealand Limited

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University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury

THE ranking: 501

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Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

Ara Institute of Canterbury Limited

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Manukau Institute of Technology

Manukau Institute of Technology

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

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Waikato Institute of Technology

Waikato Institute of Technology

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Aspire2 International

Aspire2 International

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Aspire2 International Business and Technology

Aspire2 International Business and Technology

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Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic

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Southern Institute of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology

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The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

THE ranking: 137

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Northern College

Northern College

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Okanagan College

Okanagan College

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Northern Lights College

Northern Lights College

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Sault College

Sault College

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SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT Polytechnic

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New Brunswick Community College

New Brunswick Community College

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Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College

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Dawson College

Dawson College

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Holland College

Holland College

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TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland

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Assiniboine Community College

Assiniboine Community College

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Western Institute of Technology

Western Institute of Technology

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Engineering Institute of Technology

Engineering Institute of Technology

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Alliance College

Alliance College

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Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

Swinburne University of Technology - Sarawak Campus

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RMIT University

RMIT University

THE ranking: 301

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