The Master of Engineering (Mechanical) is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
Applicants normally must hold with an average grade of credit or higher:
- the Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science; Major in Mechanical Engineering, or
- equivalent progress in the Master of Engineering Science (Mechanical), or
- a relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in Mechanical Engineering; or
- an equivalent overseas qualification.
In addition, applicants must demonstrate successful completion of higher education topics in mathematics (equivalent to second year university mathematics including Fourier and Laplace Transforms), Strength of Materials and Dynamics.
Students without such a qualification should apply for the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science and follow the Major in Mechanical Engineering.
The Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
Students who have completed a relevant Washington Accord accredited Bachelor of Engineering with honours or have passed the same topics in a Flinders University Master of Engineering Science may receive up to 36 units of credit towards the Master of Engineering degree.
The course has been designed to provide graduates with:
- a strong foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of Mechanical Engineering.
- an understanding of advanced areas in Mechanical Design, Solid/Fluid Mechanics, Control, Vibrations, Renewable Energy and Mechanical Behaviour of Materials
- an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of mechanical engineering in the design and development of engineering components
- an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve mechanical-related problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
- the ability to work and interact professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
- an ability to undertake research in mechanical engineering and/or relevant areas
- an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
- preparation for future management roles.
The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in an engineering related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.
At the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate a deep understanding of mechanical engineering areas including Solids, Fluids, Energy, Control, Vibrations, Mechanisms and Failure of Materials
- apply advanced engineering principles to design, analyse and develop mechanical systems
- apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner to solve problems related to mechanical engineering
- competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex and advanced mechanical systems
- communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
- work professionally as an individual and in a team
- understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge has been developed
- develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
- engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of mechanical engineering
- demonstrate knowledge of the research process, and be able to conduct research in engineering
- contribute successfully to project management
- design and conduct experiments for a research project, and analyse data using relevant methodologies and knowledge
- apply research skills appropriate to postgraduate research or advanced industrial investigation.
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Engineering (Mechanical), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.
Core - Year 1 topics
36 units comprising:
ENGR3750 Workplace Preparation (0 units)
ENGR7762 Renewable Energy Systems (4.5 units)
ENGR7891 Fatigue and Fracture Analysis (4.5 units)
ENGR8891 Mechanical Design Project GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9704 Project Management and Innovation (4.5 units)
ENGR9721 Control Systems GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9801 Mechanics of Machines GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9811 Solid Mechanics GE (4.5 units)
STEM8001 Research Methods and Professional Skills (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
36 units comprising:
ENGR7811 Advanced Mechanical Design (4.5 units)
ENGR9405 Engineering Work Experience (4.5 units)*
ENGR9742 Standards, Ethics and Compliance (4.5 units)
ENGR9700A Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
ENGR9700B Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
ENGR9700C Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
ENGR9700D Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)
Plus 4.5 units of option topics
ENGR9710A Masters Project (4.5/9 units) AND
ENGR9710B Masters Project (4.5/9 units)
Plus 13.5 units of option topics
Option - Year 2 topics
ENGR7702 Biomaterials (4.5 units)
ENGR7709 Real Time Systems (4.5 units)
ENGR7711 Advanced Control Systems (4.5 units)
ENGR7721 Advanced Vibration Analysis (4.5 units)
ENGR7861 Applied Acoustics (4.5 units)
ENGR7871 Corrosion (4.5 units)
ENGR7901 Manufacturing Processes and Metal Forming (4.5 units)
ENGR7921 Materials Selection in Design (4.5 units)
ENGR7961 Finite Element Methods (4.5 units)
ENGR8732 Biomechanics GE (4.5 units)
ENGR8881 Applied Thermo-Fluid Dynamics GE (4.5 units)
* Students who can demonstrate equivalent work experience may apply for credit. If the completed work experience is recorded as 0 units student may be granted an exemption from ENGR9405 (4.5 units) but will be required to take an alternative topic. It is recommended that students undertake their placement between November and February after the completion of year 1.
** The Masters Thesis can only be taken by students who have achieved a credit average or higher. Students are advised to discuss thesis ideas with suitable supervisors before selecting this option. Note that students who wish to use their Masters qualification to satisfy entry into a Flinders University research higher degree program are required to have completed an 18 unit thesis.
Students who have already completed studies with considerable overlap with topics listed above should choose alternative topics in discussion with the Course Coordinator.