Mechanical Engineering Major - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Mechanical engineers work with advanced technology across many fields – from transportation to energy systems, home appliances to robotics, manufacturing machinery and processes to medical technologies. In a world where global warming and environmental degradation are critical issues, mechanical engineers play a key role in developing new sustainable technologies.

The Mechanical Engineering major in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE (Hons)) covers a broad base of engineering science and technology knowledge and skills. There is a focus on analytical and design skills, and you have the opportunity to apply these skills in an industry project.

Key features

  • Access to advanced engineering labs and equipment
  • Local and international career opportunities in multiple industries
  • Workplace experience with successful New Zealand companies

Career opportunities

  • Engineer and general manager
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Product designer
  • Project manager


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (480 points for the entire degree). In each year you will study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

In addition to successfully completing all papers, you also need to complete a minimum of 800 hours of planned supervised work placement before graduation. The aim of the work experience is to expose you to engineering practices and management systems in the work environment.

Year 1

Students in all majors do the same papers in the first year. These papers cover mathematics and computational techniques, as well as the communication and teamwork skills that are essential for the team environment engineers work in.

Level 5:
ENEL515 Electrical Principles A (15 points)
ENEL516 Electrical Principles B (15 points)
ENGE500 Introduction to Engineering Design (15 points)
ENGE501 Engineering Mathematics I (15 points)
ENME502 Engineering Materials I (15 points)
ENME510 Mechanical Principles A (15 points)
ENME511 Mechanical Principles B (15 points)
ENSE504 Introduction to Computing (15 points)

Year 2
Papers cover solid mechanics, mechanisms and dynamics of machinery, thermodynamics and heat transfer, engineering design methodology, fluids and thermodynamics and manufacturing technology. You also further your analytical engineering, management and teamwork skills.

Level 6:
ENGE600 Engineering Management I (15 points)
ENGE601 Engineering Mathematics II (15 points)
ENME602 Engineering Design Methodology (15 points)
ENME607 Manufacturing Technology (15 points)
ENME608 Mechanisms and Dynamics of Machinery (15 points)
ENME609 Solid Mechanics 1 (15 points)

Level 7:
ENGE702 Engineering Mathematics III (15 points)
ENME711 Fluids and Thermodynamics (15 points)

Year 3
This year covers higher level dynamics, solids mechanics and thermofluids. You also explore the role and working environment of professional engineers, and further your ability to learn independently and work in team.

Level 7:
ENGE701 Engineering Management III (15 points)
ENME700 Engineering Materials II (15 points)
ENME701 Systems Dynamics and Vibrations (15 points)
ENME702 Mechanical Design (15 points)
ENME703 Mechatronics and Control (15 points)
ENME704 Solid Mechanics II (15 points)
ENME713 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer (15 points)

Level 8:
ENGE800 Engineering Numerical Techniques and Statistical Analysis (15 points)

Year 4

In the final year you grow your understanding of the engineering industry, engineering management and the latest thinking in your chosen field.

Workplace experience
Your individual industry project in Year 4 is your opportunity to gain real-life industrial experience in an engineering environment, under the guidance of an experienced supervisor. You work on a project for organisations like:

You need to complete 800 hours of planned supervised work experience to graduate, in addition to completing all your papers.

Level 8:
ENME802 Computer Aided Engineering and Analysis (15 points)

ENME804 Advanced Mechanical Design (15 points)

ENME895 Industrial Project (Mechanical) (30 points)

SELECT 45 points from the following options:
ENGE803 Innovation Management (15 points)
ENGE810 Specialist Readings B (15 points)
ENGE812 Specialist Readings D (15 points)
ENME800 Robotics and Automation (15 points)
ENME803 Fracture Mechanics and Failure Analysis (15 points)
ENME805 Advanced Fluids and Heat Transfer (15 points)
ENME806 Biomedical Thermofluids Modelling (15 points)
ENME807 Advanced Manufacturing Technology (15 points)
ENME808 Advanced Operations Management (15 points)
ENME809 Internal Combustion Engines (15 points)

And 15 points from any paper listed in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or from any other bachelor’s degree with the approval of the programme leader.

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.
Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.52pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.