Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Mechanical Engineering

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Mechanical Engineering

If you like to have fun while you learn, studying Mechanical Engineering at JCU is for you.

At JCU, you'll be working on a Formula SAE Race Car design project that will take you right through your degree studies. And yes, our students love it. You'll be learning from lecturers who have worked as Mechanical Engineers, so they have practical experience to share with you, as well as the academic knowledge you must have as a firm foundation for your studies.

JCU maintains close links with major local industries, which gives you access to real-world projects and 12 weeks of paid practical work experience. Through JCU's industry connections, there's also the possibility of stimulating, career-building holiday placements, too.

Townsville, Cairns
Full course in Townsville
Cairns - 1st year only
Cairns - no mid-year intake
Start dates
February, July
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English, Maths B

Career opportunities

So many career possibilities are out there for Mechanical Engineers. And with your JCU degree, employers will know that you've been taught by lecturers who have practical industry experience. You can be confident that you will begin your career with genuine work skills as well as academic knowledge.

Your Honours degree can take you anywhere in the world. You could choose a career in industries as diverse as mining, minerals processing, chemical processing, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, oil and gas, automotive, aviation, aerospace, bulk handling, communications, health, building, electrical power generation and distribution, water and waste, natural gas distribution, road transport, rail transport, shipping, shipbuilding, defence, agriculture, forestry, fishing and food processing – the list goes on. Or you may dream of using your skills to start a business of your own.

Professional recognition

Your JCU Mechanical Engineering degree is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia, and following a period of professional practice may become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) – an accreditation that is recognised in all states of Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa.

Course highlights

At JCU, by working on increasingly complex design projects, you'll learn how to design mechanical components and systems, with strong emphasis on the application of advanced computational techniques. You'll gain professional experience while working collaboratively on interesting projects - and the projects mirror the sorts of tasks you will be doing when you begin work. That's because our close professional links with major industries through Northern Queensland mean industry experts tell us what you'll need to know when you join the workforce. Your studies will culminate in an extensive thesis project, which gives you a chance to showcase your original field of research and innovation.

Course overview

All Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students begin their studies with a year of similar subjects. That ensures you have a firm foundation on which to base your further studies. From Year 2, you'll also be able to select minors that reflect your own interests.

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Engineering degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (314021) - Apply now
Cairns (324021) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.


Core Subjects

Level 2

CS2001:03 Engineering Strength of Materials

EG2010:03 Materials Science and Engineering

ME2512:03 Thermofluid Mechanics

ME2521:03 Dynamics of Machine Elements

ME2525:03 Machine Element Design

Level 3

CS3008:03 Fluid Mechanics

EE3600:03 Automatic Control 2

EG3001:03 Finite Element Analysis

ME3511:03 Dynamics and Acoustics

ME3512:03 Heat and Mass Transfer

ME3515:03 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

ME3525:03 Mechanical Design

Level 4

EG4013:03 Asset Management, Maintenance and Reliability

ME4513:03 Advanced Fluid Mechanics

ME4515:03 Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design

ME4522:03 Energy, Conversion and Refrigeration

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. It is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

For further information, email, or call Anne Chatelain (07) 4781 5740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [Embedded]

Course code


Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and, following a period of professional practice, may become Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng).

Course type

HON – Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion

Approved exposure to Professional Engineering Practice, including required activities and industry placement, equivalent to a minimum 60 days full-time industry placement

Must hold current Senior First Aid certificate at the time of graduation

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility.  JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia.  They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability.  They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent and advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including depth in the   underlying concepts and principles in one engineering discipline
  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of engineering in society, with specific reference to practices and priorities for creating sustainable communities and industries in the tropics
  • Demonstrate broad understanding of engineering methods, including design processes, whole system approaches, formal project management and decision-making strategies and their application in engineering practice
  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise, evaluate and manage information from a range of sources for engineering practice and   research
  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments, by selecting and applying methods,   techniques and tools as appropriate to the engineering discipline
  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific and/or engineering data using appropriate mathematical, statistical and   technological skills
  • Communicate ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences, through advanced English language skills and a variety of media
  • Develop components, systems and/or processes to meet specified requirements, and creative approaches to synthesise   alternative solutions, concepts and procedures for unpredictable or complex problems
  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams
  • Prioritise multiple demands to achieve personal and team goals, with regular review of performance to manage   continuing professional development
  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and   scholarship with some independence.

Course Structure


Level 1

EG1000:03 Engineering 1

EG1002:03 Computing and Sensors

EG1010:03 Process Engineering

EG1011:03 Statics and Dynamics

EG1012:03 Electric Circuits

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations or MA1009:03  Algebra and Calculus 2

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

Level 2

MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

Level 3

EG3000:03 Engineering Project Management or BX2077:03 Project Management (only students taking the Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Major will be required to take BX2077)

Level 4

EG4011:03 Thesis Part 1 of 2

EG4012:03 Thesis Part 2 of 2


Select a major from Table A at the end of first year


Select a minor from Table B (after you have selected a major) or if undertaking MA1009: Algebra and Calculus 2 select MA1008:03 Algebra and Calculus 1 plus 9 credit points of subjects from List 1

List 1

CC2511:03 Embedded Systems Design

CC3501:03 Computer Interfacing and Control

CL2501:03 Process Analysis

CP1404:03 Programming II

CP2406:03 Programming III

CS2001:03 Engineering Strength of Materials

CS2004:03 Surveying and Construction

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EA3005:03 Minesite Rehabilitation

EE4000:03 Signal Processing 3

EG2010:03 Materials Science and Engineering

EV2301:03 Urban Geography and Design

EV3002:03 Environmental Impact Assessment

MA2100:03 Mathematical Methods and Differential Equations

MA2201:03 Numerical Mathematics

ME2525:03 Machine Element Design

ME4521:03 Bulk Materials Handling

PH2002:03 Classical Mechanics and Quantum Physics 1

PH2019:03 Introduction to Electromagnetism Optics and Thermodynamics

PH2240:03 Atomic and Nuclear Physics

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

48 credit points

Special requirements

Some subjects in each of the majors may require students to participate in field trips, site visits or other off-campus activities.  A fee may be charged by the College for transport or subsistence associated with these trips




Chemical Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Civil Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Electrical and Electronic Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering



First year only in Townsville

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Mechanical Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns


Type of minor

Optional, single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

Special requirements

Some subjects in each of the minors may require students to participate in field trips, site visits or other off-campus activities. A fee may be charged by the College for transport or subsistence associated with these trips.

TABLE B (Minors)






Available with all majors except Chemical Engineering Major

Intelligent Systems


Available with Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Majors

Infrastructure and Planning


Available with Civil Engineering Major only

International Logistics


Available with all majors with prior approval of the Course Coordinator.  This minor is linked to an exchange program agreement.

Materials and Mechanical Design


Available with Chemical Engineering Major only



Available with all majors

Mining and Minerals


Available with all majors




Available with all majors




Available with all majors



Available with all majors

Water and Waste Water


Available with Chemical Engineering Major only





Course not available for mid-year entry

See TABLE A (MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Course available for mid-year entry

See TABLE A (MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment

The engineering thesis topic must be specific to the student’s chosen engineering major

Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures

Maximum allowed

48 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.-

Other restrictions

A minimum of 18 credit points (including 6 credit points of fourth year thesis) should be completed at James Cook University for each of levels 3 and 4.

If the student requests advanced standing approaching this maximum level, then the advanced standing should be predominantly from the first two levels of the Bachelor of Engineering program.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

The minor will not appear on the testamur, but will appear on the academic transcript

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable


The Honours component of this degree is embedded into the course.

What is Mechanical Engineering?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.