Mechanical Engineering Major - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Study the Mechanical Engineering major in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). Develop a broad base of engineering skills and prepare yourself for a wide range of engineering careers.

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.

This mechanical engineering degree focuses on analytical and design skills, and you have the opportunity to apply these skills in an industry project.


This is part of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You need to complete 120 points each year (480 points for the entire degree).

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.

Complete the following papers

Year 2

Complete the following papers

Year 3

Complete the following papers

Year 4

Complete the following papers

Choose three from

And complete 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.

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:

  • Genesis Energy
  • Contact Energy
  • Fisher & Paykel Appliances
  • Mighty River Power
  • Spark
  • Auckland Airport

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)

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

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

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Mechanical Engineering Careers

Key features
  • Access to advanced engineering labs and equipment
  • Local and international career opportunities
  • Workplace experience with successful New Zealand companies
See yourself as
  • Accurate, with an eye for detail
  • A problem-solver
  • An analytical thinker
  • Good at mathematical modelling
Daniel Tat
Cheng (Ivan) Meng
Riya Koshy
Leanne Goh

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