UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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B Engineering (Mechatronics)

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
place
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480530  4F/EqP 76.25 3 Mar 2014
28 Jul 2014
16 Jan 2014
11 Jun 2014

For information about when you'll need to apply to be considered in each offer round refer to UAC applications and offer round dates. Check the course search for the most recent final closing date.

Note: Also read information in shaded box in the Engineering section below.

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent. Applicants who have achieved less than Band 5 or have not completed a science-related subject may be admitted but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the mathematics requirement of the program.

Recommended studies: HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or higher and any two units of English and one science-related subject.

Major studies: Control systems, electronic design, mechanical engineering design, mechanics of fluids and solids, sensors and actuators. Minor studies: Computer-integrated manufacturing, computer networks, electrical systems, engineering management, finite element analysis, heat transfer, microprocessor systems, modelling and simulation.

Career opportunities: Examples include employment in integrated computer-controlled mechanical and electrical systems found in the manufacturing and mining industries. Mechatronics engineers are also employed in electrical plants and companies where automation and process control is required. The current demand for qualified professionals with skills and knowledge in mechanical and electronic systems has increased in recent years.

Additional information: From the control of robots to the optimisation of modern vehicles, from the design of appliances to biomechanics, students become involved in a diverse range of exciting modern technologies. The skills required for the design and control of challenging projects can be applied in practical projects during your studies. Mechatronics is the integration of elements of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering. It deals with the design, operation and control of intelligent machines and devices.

For all engineering programs

Industrial experience: You will complete a minimum of 12 weeks' industrial experience during the program and have the opportunity to undertake an industry-related project in your final year of study.

Honours: Awarded on the basis of superior performance in the program.

Professional recognition: Engineering degree programs offered by the University of Newcastle are accredited by Engineers Australia, and through the Washington Accord by reciprocating bodies in the United Kingdom, USA and other countries. Software, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering programs are also accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Additional information: For further information call (02) 4921 5000, email EnquiryCentre@newcastle.edu.au or visit www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/engineering/

Scholarships: For the latest information on the range of scholarships and cadetships available, call the University on (02) 4921 6539 or fax (02) 4960 5759. Several scholarships are available, including the University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship Scheme (UNISS), which provides financial support of between $25,000 and $75,000 for the duration of an undergraduate degree, combined with industry experience while you study. For details, visit www.newcastle.edu.au/uniss or read 'Scholarships'.

Employment: The employment rates of graduates from these degree programs are currently above national averages. The accreditation of these degrees ensures portability of qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning: There are extensive credit transfer arrangements for students who have completed a TAFE certificate, Associate diploma or Diploma, or other university/formal study in related and associated fields. Read 'Academic credit'.

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