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Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) Honours

Course code Y44

Mechatronics engineering is a multidisciplinary program, where knowledge of mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering are combined towards the development of intelligent machines and advanced manufacturing and processing systems.

Whilst developing the strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities typical of any engineering program, this particular program is specifically tailored to Australia's resource-based and service industries. The course starts with a typical engineering science foundation in mathematics, mechanics, electrical engineering and computing, and then proceeds to cover major engineering topics, including digital electronics and microprocessor systems, advanced materials and manufacturing, and mechanical design. Mechatronics engineering gives a broader engineering coverage compared with standard mechanical or electrical engineering programs with the themes of automation, instrumentation, digital electronics, manufacturing, mechanical design, fluid mechanics and control systems. The program focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to professional engineering practice and along with a sound theoretical base, includes strong elements of practical problem solving, team work and project development. As a result, as well as having multiple technical and transferable skill competencies, graduates will gain strong analytical skills, and have the ability to lead complex projects. Areas of study within the course include engineering mechanics, computer-aided design and manufacturing, analogue and digital electronics, signal analysis, electromechanical systems, industrial control, and robotics. The first year of this course includes a set of eight units that are common across all engineering honours courses. This allows students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the various engineering disciplines on offer and the flexibility, if desired, to switch to another engineering discipline/course without penalty after the first year of study.

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Entry requirements

82 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y44

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,550

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y44

CRICOS code

083183A

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,200

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Duration

4 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 30 Core units, 2 Elective units and a Practicum unit.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1154Introduction to Engineering15
ENS1115Materials and Manufacturing 115
ENM1102Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Design15
MAT1250Mathematics 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1101Engineering Mechanics15
ENS1180Introduction to Energy and Resource Engineering15
ENS1253Electrical Engineering 1B15
MAT1251Mathematics 215
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENM2104Instrumentation and Measurement15
ENS2159Engineering Innovation and Ethics15
ENS5170Engineering Systems15
CSP2151Programming Fundamentals15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2214Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing15
ENS2113Engineering Dynamics15
ENS2110Materials and Manufacturing 215
ENS2160Thermodynamics15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5261Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Systems15
ENM3218Fluid Mechanics15
ENS3105Mechanical Design and Development15
ENS2456Digital Electronics15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2257Microprocessor Systems15
ENS3553Signals and Systems15
ENS5230Electrical Machines and Transformers15
Elective Unit15

Note: Students who receive a WAM of 70 per cent or above at the end of their third year of study will be invited to complete a graded Honours degree by taking the two Honours Thesis units in place of the standard project units in their fourth year. Students below this cut-off, or who decline the offer to undertake the Honours Thesis, will graduate with an ungraded Honours degree.

Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5111Engineering Practicum
ENS5442Robotics 115
ENS5253Control Systems15
ENS5360Power Electronics15
ENS4152 ^Project Development15
Or
ENS5145 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 115

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5145 Engineering Honours Thesis 1 in place of ENS4152 Project Development.

Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS5543Engineering Management15
ENS5240Industrial Control15
ENS4253 ^Engineering Project15
Or
ENS5146 ^Engineering Honours Thesis 215
Elective Unit15

Note: Students undertaking the graded Honours pathway should enrol into ENS5146 Engineering Honours Thesis 2 in place of ENS4253 Engineering Project.

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2170Principles of Industrial Maintenance15
ENS2457Analog Electronics15
ENS3554Data Communications and Computer Networks15
ENS3555Communication Systems 115
ENS5447Propagation and Antennas15
ENS5204Real-Time Embedded Systems15
ENS3243Structural Analysis15
ENS3206Power Systems 115
ENS3190Mechanics of Solids15
ENS5209Process Control15
ENS5114Advanced Mechanical Design15
ENS5200Building Services15
ENS5445Sustainability and Renewable Energy15

Note: Electives chosen from outside this list must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage engineering projects, with some intellectual independence.
  2. Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the mechatronics discipline.
  4. Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  5. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the mechatronics discipline and fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  6. Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement engineering projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  7. Demonstrate responsibility for own learning, professional judgement and an understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice.
  8. Think critically, and apply established engineering methods and research skills to complex mechatronics problem solving.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Engineers Australia

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,550 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $30,200 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Mechatronics engineers have diverse employment opportunities in most sectors of industry, including product design and development, manufacturing, mining and resource, process control and automation, public utilities, road and transport, defence, aerospace, and consulting.

Possible future job titles

Mechatronics Engineer, Robotics Engineer, Automation Engineer

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"I've been very impressed with the amazing laboratory facilities here, as well as the opportunities made available to students"
ECU Mechatronics Engineering student, Yolandie Van Der Westhuizen
Yolandie Van Der WesthuizenMechatronics Engineering student

I come from a family of engineers and I'll be a third generation engineer. While I was drawn to mechanical engineering, I was also drawn to technology and programming, so the Mechatronics Engineering course at ECU seemed to be the perfect choice for me.

I was part of a team that competed in the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition and we got to participate in the finals held in Sydney. This was a great opportunity and ECU was the only university from WA that sent teams to participate in the event.

I've also found the lecturers very approachable and supportive. They have an open door policy, which is immensely valuable during projects and competitions.

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