Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineering is the innovative application of science and technology to the design, production and operation of mechanical devices, machinery and systems. Mechanical engineers are good at designing things, especially complex items like racing yachts, robots, sawmills and aeroplanes. They also design industrial machinery and processes, which make other things, such as paper mills or car assembly plants. Mechanical engineering also involves the efficient use of energy in processes such as a heating system for a hospital or a refrigeration plant for food exports.

Areas of study

Our departments’ postgraduate and research programmes are far ranging and include areas such as plastics and composite materials, fuel efficiency and combustion, STEP CNC programming and manufacturing, yacht and sail design, and more.

You can study Mechanical Engineering in the following programmes:

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Career opportunities

Mechanical engineers employ their knowledge and skills in a remarkable range of New Zealand industries. They are involved in the design and operation of major primary process plants such as wood pulp, dairy and meat products, aluminium, steel, petroleum and electricity generation.
They are also employed in many of the numerous companies which make up the manufacturing industries – washing machines, furniture, packaging, plastic products, agricultural machinery, carpets and wood processing to name just a few. Other engineers are employed in the transport industry to ensure the efficient and reliable operation of trains, aircraft and buses.

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