Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours)

Invent new products, design innovative machines and change the way humans interact with mechanics.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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4 years
(480 credit points = 4.0 EFTSL)
Year 12 applicants will be ranked based on their ATAR and ATAR Adjustment Factors – e.g. Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Subject Adjustments.

In this program, you’ll learn about electric circuits and machines, thermodynamics and industrial robots, in our world class $43 million dollar Science and Engineering precinct at our Mt Helen campus in Ballarat, Victoria.

Build a strong foundation in first year with subjects in machine design, simulation in engineering and energy conversion, and in final year, pursue an interest area with your own unique engineering project.

As an added benefit, our Industry Placement Program, provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable and relevant workplace experience. Take part in a two-year professional development program and receive up to 26 weeks placement and an industry scholarship of up to $15,000.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) is a four-year program, accredited by Engineers Australia – the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.

As an accredited graduate you will be involved in all aspects of design specification, development, research, evaluation, manufacture, installation, testing, operation, maintenance and management of machines and systems. This will include but is not limited to, mechanical and mechatronic systems, automated systems and robotic devices, heat transfer processes, thermodynamic and combustion systems and fluid and thermal energy systems.

Our graduates are highly sought after by industry, employed by large, medium and small engineering organisations, both locally and nationally.

If you wish to progress to further study, you may consider a Master of Engineering program.

  • CAD drafter
  • Engineer
  • Engineering project officer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Printing engineer
  • Researcher
  • Scheduling engineer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Engineering development officer
  • Engineering technical officer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Mechanical production process engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Rotating equipment engineer
  • Service engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Engineering estimator
  • Hydraulic design engineer
  • Mechanical design engineer
  • Planning engineer
  • Plant process engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Sales engineer

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

ENGIN1001, 15 credit points
ENGIN1002, 15 credit points
ENGIN1003, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN1004, 15 credit points
ENGIN1005, 15 credit points
ENGIN1006, 15 credit points
MATHS1102, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

ENGIN2102, 15 credit points
ENGIN2301, 15 credit points
ENGIN2302, 15 credit points
MATHS2016, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN2303, 15 credit points
ENGIN2304, 15 credit points
MATHS3001, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

ENGIN3301, 15 credit points
ENGIN3302, 15 credit points
ENGIN3303, 15 credit points
ENGIN3404, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN3002, 15 credit points
ENGIN3304, 15 credit points
ENGIN3305, 15 credit points

Year 4

Semester 1

ENGIN4001, 30 credit points
ENGIN4301, 15 credit points
ENGIN5302, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN4002, 30 credit points
ENGIN4302, 15 credit points
ENGIN5301, 15 credit points
16 hours per week

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

This program requires a total of 480 placement hours, across 12 weeks.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in Chemistry, any Information Technology or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special entry access schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).


Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.


Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this program. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway program such as Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510151 (Mt Helen)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: EG8

CRICOS code: 085618G (Mt Helen)

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,301 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Steel cap safety boots and safety glasses - Approximately $60.00

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

Other TAFE studies
Apply for a relevant TAFE course, at any TAFE provider, and then apply to articulate into this program.  You may receive credit for TAFE studies undertaken, which will be individually assessed upon request, after you enrol in your bachelor level course. 
Bridging programs

A bridging program can provide an excellent foundation to build upon in your bachelor degree studies:

  • Our Diploma of University Studies (Engineering) delivers study that counts towards your degree from day one!  This three semester course is the ideal pathway if you want to dive straight in and experience university with Engineering subjects taken alongside subjects designed to build the foundation needed for success.
    You can receive credit for 120 credit points into your Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours).


  • Our one semester Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program  including FASTP1203 Introduction to Technical Maths, provides you an alternate entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university.  On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) for the next semester.

* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.


University studies

Enrolling in single subjects (courses) allows you to demonstrate your ability to succeed in study at this level. Re-apply with credit to the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) for the next intake.

Recommended subjects include:

  • MATHS1001 Modelling and Change 
  • MATHS1005 Secrets of the Matrix

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

This degree is accredited by Engineers Australia.


Additional information for international students

Download our international engineering program brochure (pdf,1.3MB)

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department


Course coordinator

Ibrahim Sultan