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Study Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Why Study Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Associate Professor Bassam Dally University of Adelaide

Mechanical and Automotive Engineeringis a field closely related to Mechanical Engineering and is also available as an internationally recognised and accredited degree program at The University of Adelaide. As an Mechanical and Automotive Engineering graduate, as well as being qualified for employment in many traditional areas of mechanical engineering, you will have the skills necessary to be employed as a specialist in the automotive industry, including major automotive manufacturers and their suppliers as well as motor sports teams and their suppliers.

You will have specialist expertise in power plant (engine and transmission) design, vehicle dynamics, vehicle aerodynamics, CAD/CAM, advanced manufacturing and quality systems and project management. You will work on the design, construction, production and maintenance of automotive components and assemblies in a thriving engineering sector. You may also be involved in automotive project management and motor racing engineering.

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All six degree programs at The University of Adelaide involve 4-years of full-time study (including work required to achieve an Honours degree) and all except Mechanical and Sports Engineering and Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineering are also offered as 5-year double degrees with Mathematics and computing Science.  In addition, a double degree in Science is offered for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. A double degree with Law (6.5 years), one with Petroleum Engineering, one with Economics and one with Finance (5-years) are available with the Mechanical Engineering program only. The Aerospace, Automotive, Mechanical and Mechatronic degrees and double degrees are all accredited by The Institution of Engineers, Australia and recognised all over the world. The Sports and Sustainable Engineering programs are new offerings in 2008 and will be accredited soon after the first graduates emerge at the end of 2011.

The City of Adelaide has a population of just over one million people. The University of Adelaide is located right in the centre of the City Business and Shopping Area. There are many great things about Adelaide. It has wonderful weather; even in winter there are many sunny days, with blue skies and temperatures around 20 degrees- and it never snows! Although there are some hot days in summer, the humidity is very low, so it is not too uncomfortable. One of the many noticeable things about Adelaide is the lack of traffic jams, and the fast 15 minute drive from the airport to the centre of the city, where The University of Adelaide has its main campus. Adelaide is just one hour away from three famous wine-making areas, where one can sample the great wines free of charge at the cellar doors. Just a few hours north of Adelaide lie the mighty Flinders ranges, with colours that have inspired many famous landscape artists, and which are characterised by numerous lonely water holes and many kilometers of outstanding bushwalking tracks. Australians regard recreation and sport as an important part of life. The number of different recreational activities and types of sporting clubs in and around Adelaide are too numerous to mention. Many of the activities are represented by clubs based at the universities, thus helping overseas students to become involved in local culture and activities.

Adelaide is considered to be the hi-tech capital of Australia, and can offer mechanical, automotive, aerospace, mechatronic, sports and sustainable energy engineers many interesting jobs. Also, current immigration laws have been relaxed for graduates, making it much easier to obtain permanent residence on completion of a university degree.


 Associate Professor Bassam Dally

 Head, School of Mechanical Engineering

 University of Adelaide

 S.A. 5005


 Phone: +61 8 8303 5460

 Fax: +61 8 8303 4367


Web:   http: //www.mecheng.adelaide.edu.au



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