Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with machines and mechanical systems.

Examples of mechanical systems include engines, power plants, industrial machinery and equipment, manufacturing plants, aircraft, motorised vehicles.

Studying in this area involves learning about engineering tools, techniques and technologies – applied to machines and mechanical systems.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

In 1206 a Muslim inventor known as Al-Jazari wrote a book called Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices.

The book details 50 mechanical inventions, including water clocks and a camshaft. It has been described as resembling a modern DIY (Do It Yourself) book!

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Aircraft engineer
  • Motor mechanic
  • Aircraft mechanic
  • Farm equipment mechanic
  • Electro-mechanical technician
  • Industrial machinery mechanic
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Technician
  • Science teacher
  • Technology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


159% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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