Mechanical engineers are involved with 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 us to harness the energy and forces that exist in nature, providing for the needs of society. The range of mechanical engineering is therefore 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.
In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 assessment, Curtin University is ranked above world standard in Materials Engineering.
- Mechanical engineer
- Mechatronic engineer
- Electronic engineer
- Engineering data specialist