Department of Mechanical Engineering


The mechanical engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), which means that it is recognised overseas.

Mechanical Engineers 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.

Many engineers work as consulting engineers; they are commissioned by other companies to provide engineering services in design, construction and technical advice. For example, a company wanting a new brewery, an airport baggage handling system or an air-conditioning system for a new building would usually turn to a consulting mechanical engineer.

Because Mechanical Engineering graduates are valued for their analytical and problem-solving skills, there are also opportunities for them in commercial areas like insurance assessment, banking and management consulting.

Join the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.