Our Mechanical Engineering programme is strongly based on project-based learning. It combines mechanical engineering, science and mathematics papers to give you a good understanding of engineering theory and practice.
You will study topics such as mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis and electricity.
Mechanical Engineering students have unique, hands-on learning opportunities at Waikato:
- You could be part of the Waikato Formula SAE team, where students design and build their own race car, and compete in the Formula SAE Australasia competition, usually held in Australia.
- In your third year, you will work in groups to design, manufacture and test a machine to meet a real-world design brief and specifications. Students in the past have designed a pin-collecting machine for ArborGen Australasia.
An important part of the Mechanical Engineering programme at the University of Waikato is supported work placements into relevant industries. This gives you the opportunity for paid work experience while further exploring the field of Mechanical Engineering you could choose for your career.
You'll work on major research design projects, creating products with commercial applications, which are then showcased at our annual Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show. And importantly, there is also a focus on developing well-honed communication skills that are such a vital part of the profession.
At Waikato the Mechanical Engineering programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ); meaning your degree is internationally recognised and you can work just about anywhere in the world.
Students can work in specialised laboratories including the Large Scale Lab complex that features a suite of workshops and laboratories dedicated to engineering teaching and research, such as 3D printing, a mechanical workshop and computer labs with engineering design software.
As a mechanical engineering student you will learn computer aided engineering (CAE) software such as SolidWorks and ANSYS which will set you up for a career in today’s technology-driven society.
Build a successful career
There is currently a shortage of mechanical engineers, and Waikato graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects. There are opportunities in the machine design, agricultural engineering, manufacturing and robotics sectors, among many others.
- Aeronautical Engineer
- Agricultural Engineer
- Automation Engineer
- Energy Engineer
- Equipment Prototype Engineer
- Materials Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Process Engineer
- Product Developer
- Project Manager
Study Mechanical Engineering in any of these qualifications
Students must take 15 points from CHEM100, CHEM111 or CHEM112. See Chemistry for details.
|Chemistry in Context||CHEM100||15.0 Points|
|Structure and Spectroscopy||CHEM111||15.0 Points|
|Chemical Reactivity||CHEM112||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Electronics||ENEL111||15.0 Points|
|Engineering Mechanics||ENGG110||15.0 Points|
|Foundations of Engineering||ENGG180||15.0 Points|
|Engineering Computing||ENGG182||15.0 Points|
|Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers||ENGG183||15.0 Points|
|Calculus for Engineers||ENGG184||15.0 Points|
|Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering||ENMP102||15.0 Points|
|Preparation for the Professional Workplace||ENGG279||0.0 Points|
|Engineering Design||ENGG282||10.0 Points|
|Linear Algebra for Engineers||ENGG283||10.0 Points|
|Differential Equations for Engineers||ENGG284||10.0 Points|
|Engineering Work Placement 1||ENGG371||0.0 Points|
|Materials 1||ENMP211||20.0 Points|
|Mechanics of Materials 1||ENMP213||20.0 Points|
|Manufacturing Processes||ENMP214||10.0 Points|
|Manufacturing Technology||ENMP215||10.0 Points|
|Engineering Thermodynamics||ENMP221||20.0 Points|
|Science and Engineering Management A||ENMP282||10.0 Points|
|Multivariable Calculus for Engineers||ENGG285||10.0 Points|
|Engineering Applications||ENGG287||10.0 Points|
|Engineering Work Placement 2||ENGG372||0.0 Points|
|Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience||ENGG379||0.0 Points|
|Dynamics and Mechanisms||ENME351||20.0 Points|
|Machine Dynamics and Control||ENME352||20.0 Points|
|Mechanical Engineering Design||ENME380||20.0 Points|
|Mechanics of Materials 2||ENMP313||20.0 Points|
Students must take ENGG381, ENGG492, ENME480, and 30 points chosen from the remaining papers listed below.
|Special Topic in Engineering||ENGG301||20.0 Points|
|Engineering Statistics||ENGG381||20.0 Points|
|Honours Research and Management Project||ENGG492||60.0 Points|
|Finite Element Analysis and Applications||ENME440||20.0 Points|
|Mechanics of Vibration||ENME451||10.0 Points|
|Advanced Product Development||ENME480||10.0 Points|
|Materials 2||ENMP311||20.0 Points|
|Materials and Processing Elective||ENMP407||10.0 Points|
|Materials Performance in Service||ENMP413||10.0 Points|
|Advanced Process Simulation and Control||ENMP422||20.0 Points|
Work placements are a major feature of the Mechanical Engineering programme and you will complete 800 hours of relevant work experience during your degree.
Our Cooperative Education Unit actively seeks and oversees your industrial work placement, ensuring a good fit for your area of study and career goals, and monitoring the quality of your work experience. They are the leader in New Zealand for co-operative education programmes, with an average 250 students placed in industry every year.
By the time you graduate you will have the credibility of paid experience to take to your interviews.
Scholarships and prizes
For students who are enrolled in the second year of full-time study towards an undergraduate degree, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Waikato. The scholarship will have a value of up to $2,000.Closing Date: 2017-05-31 23:59:00
For students enrolled full-time in the fourth and final year of a BE(Hons) and who are currently enrolled in ENGG492. Applicants must also be completing ENGG492 in October in the year of tenure. Applications are welcome from groups enrolled in ENGG492. The Award will have a value of $5,000.Closing Date: 2016-10-01 23:59:00
For students who are enrolled in the final year or have completed a Bachelors degree in Science, agricultural science, agricultural business or economics and are eligible to enrol in a masters degree at a New Zealand University. Up to three scholarships of $30,000 will be available each year + tuition fees.Closing Date: 2016-08-08 23:59:00
For students who are intending to enrol full-time (120 pts) in the first year of a Bachelor of Engineering(Honours) degree in the Faculty of Science & Engineering at the University of Waikato and are currently completing the final year of secondary school. The Scholarship has a value of up to $4,000Closing Date: 2017-08-31 23:59:00
For students who qualify to enrol at the University of Waikato, and are intending to study part or full-time in semester B 2016 in the School of Engineering in either a masters degree 90 or 120 point thesis or the first year of a PhD degree.Closing Date: 2016-07-18 23:59:00