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Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering

21 November 2023

Mechanical Engineers are shaping the future. With us your creativity, skills, and ingenuity are tested by industry and internationally. From health care to sustainability you get to find innovative solutions to industry needs and projects before you even enter the workforce. Find out about undergraduate Mechanical Engineering at UC.


In diverse fields - from health care, agriculture, product development, energy, UAVs, materials, biomedical, manufacturing, sustainability, to the good of humanity - our students find innovative solutions to a broad range of industry needs and projects before they even enter the workforce.

Their research and development partnerships with industry often lead to employment after graduation, and offer a taste of professional practice with the support of our internationally recognised staff.


Benefit from global expertise

Our academic staff are joined each year by experts from around the world who take part in teaching and research or as Erskine Fellows. Find out more about our past, present and future collaborations with visiting academics.

Mechanical Engineering offers qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The required courses for a degree in Mechanical Engineering have changed. See the PDF degree structure charts for full details:

Final-year Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) students employ their knowledge and skills to provide solutions to industry-driven research and development needs. By engaging with a realistic engineering problem they develop professional skills that help them transition into the workforce.

The bulk of the projects come from industry, with many described as 'back burner' or 'pushing the envelope'.

Find out more about Final-year Research and Development Projects and view recent projects completed in collaboration with our industry sponsors.


Broad industry opportunities

Mechanical Engineering graduates sought-after skills are valued in a range of industries both in New Zealand and abroad. Their skills in design, testing and development of mechanical devices and tools are valued in:

  • aviation
  • agriculture
  • building and construction
  • building services
  • energy
  • manufacturing
  • product development
  • transport
  • water and waste water


What do Mechanical Engineers do?

The work of Mechanical Engineers includes:

  • requirements gathering, including investigating and reporting on existing systems
  • determining potential environmental and safety impacts
  • investigating current use of materials, machinery and energy and their efficiency
  • creating plans and drawings, including computer-aided designs (CAD)
  • estimating costs
  • overseeing building, installation and repair works
  • testing to ensure new systems perform as expected

Whether you're into robotics, rockets, motorsport or bioengineering, we have a club for you.

While clubs at UC are student-led and run, UC Mechanical Engineering supports our students in their activities and competitions, through academic and technical support, mentoring and sponsorship.  Many clubs also have industry sponsorship and support.

Stay connected after you graduate with UC Alumni

With great career prospects in a wide range of industries, our graduates are the leaders of the future. Keep in touch after you graduate and benefit from the extensive network of UC graduates working around the world. Our UC Alumni Chapter hosts events each year both in New Zealand and abroad. Find out more about the Mechanical Engineering Alumni network.

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