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Where will you work?

A degree in Mechanical Engineering will provide you with the broadest career choice of all engineering disciplines.

Mechanical Engineers can be found in any type of industry imaginable.

  • Chemical Processing
  • Power Generation
  • Automotive Manufacturing
  • Consulting
  • Mechanical building services
  • Aeronautical laboratories
  • Defence technology
  • Food processing
  • Public utilities (electricity, water supply)
  • Research
  • Health
  • Maritime Industry
  • Manufacturing.

Some examples of what Mechanical Engineers do are:

  • Motor vehicle engine design to increase efficiency, reduce weight etc.
  • Motor vehicle body and component design for function, aesthetics and aerodynamics
  • Aircraft engine and body design, maintenance, condition monitoring and fault diagnosis
  • Mining equipment design, maintenance, condition monitoring and fault diagnosis
  • Manufacturing equipment design, maintenance, condition monitoring and fault diagnosis
  • Production planning in manufacturing or mining industries
  • Quality control of manufactured products
  • Design of novel consumer products
  • Management consulting - organisational troubleshooting and efficiency improvement
  • Environmental pollution control
  • Occupational and environmental noise and vibration control
  • Mechanical services in buildings - design and maintenance (e.g. air conditioning)
  • Design and layout of new production lines for bulk manufacturing of products
  • Introduction of new technology to increase efficiency in industry
  • Computer modelling to improve product design and manufacturing processes
  • Development of new materials (including polymers and steels)
  • Development of better ways of joining materials together (eg new welding technologies)
  • Design of spacecraft and associated launch hardware
  • Aid worker, helping third world countries by installing essential services
  • Water supply engineer responsible for operation of large pumping stations
  • Electricity generation or distribution engineer responsible for installation and maintenance of power generation and power distribution equipment
  • Gas turbine designer
  • Technical manual writer
  • Manager of specific projects
  • Manager of specialised engineering aspects of companies
  • Manager of a manufacturing or mining company
  • Inventor (new equipment and processes)
  • Computer analyst developing new and more efficient products
Some employers of Mechanical Engineers are:

Primary Industries

  • BHP
  • Alcoa
  • Orica
  • Adelaide Brighton Cement
  • Penrice Soda Products
  • CSR
  • MIM Holdings
  • Rio Tinto
  • WMC Limited
  • Normandy Mining


  • General Motors Holden
  • Ford Australia
  • Mitsubishi Motors Australia
  • Britax
  • Orbital Engine Company
  • Bridgestone Australia
  • Toyota Australia
  • Hendersons
  • Tenneco Automotive


  • QANTAS Airlines
  • BAE Systems
  • Kistler Aerospace

Oil and Gas

  • Schlumberger
  • Mobil
  • Shell Australia
  • Caltex Australia
  • BP Amaco
  • Caltex Australia
  • Boral
  • Woodside
  • Santos
  • Origin Energy
  • AGL


  • Environment Protection Agency
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Food and Beverage

  • Coca Cola Amatil
  • Lion Nathan Breweries
  • Arnotts
  • Mars
  • Cadbury
  • Fosters beer
  • Vegemite
  • Kraft

Consulting Engineering

  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Worley
  • Bectel
  • ARUP Australasia
  • VIPAC Engineers and Scientists
  • Marshall Day Acoustics
  • Sinclair Knight Merz
  • Leap Australia
  • MSC Software Australia


  • United Water International
  • Otis Elevator Company
  • Schindler Elevator and Escalator Company
  • One Steel
  • ASC Engineering
  • Transfield
  • SKF Bearings
  • Advanced Multihull Designs
  • Westinghouse
  • Simpson
  • Caroma
  • Amcor