Combine mechanical engineering with industrial design in this double degree to become a product design engineer who integrates the knowledge of materials, manufacturing, and human-centred design with sustainability, innovation and aesthetics.
You'll develop a high-level of knowledge and learn advanced technical and hands-on making skills to design and develop manufactured products that are functional, ergonomic, beautiful, and well-engineered.
You'll learn how to tackle and solve complex problems with creative and innovative solutions. You'll build the design and engineering skills to develop a variety of products such as hi-tech appliances, furniture, tools, industrial equipment, areas of mobility design, health and medical product design, prosthetics and robotics. Your goal will be to learn how to create well-designed and well-engineered products.
This course leads to two separate degrees:
You'll be guided by Monash academics, practising industrial designers, engineers and top researchers as you learn to use design as a problem-solving tool in hands-on, practical studios.
You'll also learn the tools and techniques to transform your ideas into prototypes with moving parts and realistic details and have access to the latest 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC milling tools, thermoformers (plastic moulding) and a wide range of traditional wood and metalworking facilities.
Your final year culminates in a major design project where you will showcase your work to industry, potential employers alongside family and friends.
As a design and engineering student you'll be required to complete a total of 420 hours of continuous professional development, in order to graduate. This professional development may be in the form of 12 weeks of relevant vacation employment or an equivalent combination of approved professional development and/or engineering employment, taken throughout the duration of the course. You'll be required to submit a series of reflections on their experience, with particular reference to development of each of the key Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies.
You will gain all the benefits of each degree course and be fully equipped to pursue a career based on either separately or to combine the two in your chosen work.
You'll build a high level of design expertise and will graduate with a design degree in your specialisation that is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).
Graduates can apply these skills to specialist areas such as display design, consumer product design, packaging design and ergonomics and work in various roles across a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, health and medical services and innovation, manufacturing, transportation, product design and development, petrochemical, robotics or electronics.