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Engineering

Engineers make things happen

Engineers are creative problem solvers. By combining mathematical theory with physical and biological sciences, engineers design practical solutions that make life work for everyone.

At UOW you'll learn to understand how things work and the physical forces behind it. And more importantly, you'll discover how to use cutting edge technology to create change that matters. Clean water, sustainable energy, medical technology, transport that eases congestion - engineers use their skills to improve quality of life across the globe.

Belong to one of the best

Develop the specialist skills that employers want:

  • Common undergraduate first year: Bachelor of Engineering students have the chance to try all study areas before selecting a major in second year.
  • A choice of 11 majors: Undergraduates can choose to major in Architectural, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronic, Mining or Telecommunications Engineering.
  • Choose more than one: The undergraduate program allows you to specialise in a particular field, or combine complementary specialisations in a double degree.

Group of UOW students in an Engineering lab

Our engineering degrees rank among the best in the world:

  • Number 1 in NSW: UOW Engineering ranked number 1 in NSW for learner engagement, learning resources, skills development, student support and also received a 5-star rating for overall quality of educational experience (Good Universities Guide 2020).
  • Top 100 in the world: The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for Engineering and Technology ranked UOW in 2021 as 92nd in the world, 6th in Australia and 3rd in NSW. 
  • Subject experts: UOW also ranked 24th in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering, top 100 for Materials Science and Civil and Structural Engineering, and top 200 for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

UOW Engineering Illawarra Flame team work on a sustainable building

A degree from UOW opens doors:

  • Industry collaboration: UOW has a strong engineering research reputation in collaboration with industry.
  • Access to experts: Learn from industry guest lecturers.
  • Get noticed: Enter local and international creative design competitions.
  • Be rewarded: Earn an industry sponsored scholarship or cadetship.
  • Travel: Study a short course at our partner institutes in China and Dubai.

Engineers meeting in a group at SMART facility

Earn a recognised qualification:

  • Accredited: Your UOW Engineering degree is accredited by Engineers Australia. Under the Washington Accord you have a passport to work as an engineer in many other countries including US, UK, Canada, Japan, South East and Southern Asia.
  • Professional development: All postgraduate programs count for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours/points with Engineers Australia to attain and maintain Chartered Status.
  • Postgraduate study: Postgraduate and CPD courses offer flexible delivery to fit around your life, with workshops held in block sessions.

Students walking through campus in graduation gowns

 

Be at the forefront of technology:

  • Hands-on learning: You'll use a wide range of technologies, media, tools and platforms to learn, create and connect.
  • Purpose-built facilities: Learn in over 100 engineering laboratories and workshops – some of the best in Australia. 
  • A research hub: You'll benefit from learning in the home of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, SMART infrastructure facility, Australian Institute for Innovative Materials, and Molecular Horizons facility.

 

Students learn in the UOW Engineering hydro laboratory

Launch your entrepreneurial career:

  • Prepare: Take a Customised Lean Engineering Start-Up subject to develop your entrepreneurial skills while you study.
  • Connect: Become part of iAccelerate, UOW's unique business accelerator program where startups, scaleups, social enterprises and intrapreneurs thrive.
  • Partner: Benefit from strong connections with start-up incubators which can help fund business ideas into action.

Engineering student works in a laboratory

UOW is a member of the Group of Eight (Go8) Deans of Engineering and Associates. This achievement is a direct result of our world class reputation in teaching and research.

Group of Eight engineering logo

Number 1

UOW undergraduate Engineering ranked number one in NSW for graduates in full-time employment.

The Good Universities Guide 2021

Become one of the world's most employable graduates

At UOW, you'll develop real-world practical skills and content, not just theory. The latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranked employers’ overall satisfaction with UOW graduates at 89.6%, placing UOW 1st among NSW universities.

The engineering mindset is in demand, offering a practical way of learning to understand and develop and then continuously improve solutions to technical and social problems. Here is just a sample of careers you can pursue:

  • Architectural Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Computer Architect
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Mining Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Security Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Water Quality Manager 

Learn more: what can I do with my degree?

Meet Siobhan

I always wanted to do something with the body. At first I thought I'd do physiotherapy, but felt there wasn't enough maths in it. In my first year at UOW there'd often be mentions of prosthetics. I could see how the two fields were linked and how engineering principles could be used to create new solutions for clinicians.SiobhanDoctor of Philosophy (Engineering) Candidate. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) - Bachelor of Exercise Science.

Real-world experience

Dan is a fourth year Civil and Environmental Engineer, studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). He has been working on a project called PetaJakarta, a crowd-sourced data map that uses social media like Twitter to help manage and mitigate flooding in Jakarta.

More alumni stories

My name is Dan Simpson. I'm a fourth year civil and environmental engineer. So PetaJakarta is a crowd-sourced data map which uses social media such as the medium of the Twitter to manage and mitigate flooding in a monsoon. Yeah I guess you could say it's like social media versus the monsoon.

Study in the home of sustainability

Sustainable Buildings Research Centre building

Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

The onsite SBRC facility is addressing the challenge of transforming our built environment into sustainable, resilient and effective places to live and work.

Engineer works in a lab at the SMART infrastructure facility

SMART Infrastructure Facility

SMART brings together experts from fields such as rail, infrastructure, transport, water, energy and economics to help governments and businesses better plan for the future.

Lloyd Nicol stands in front of the winning Solar Decathlon sustainble house

Solar Decathlon winners

Learn first-hand on Sustainability Street, our residential building prototyping complex, and have the chance to take part in a competition that challenges teams to design and construct solar-powered houses.

We're fearless in the pursuit of our purpose. At UOW, you'll have ground-breaking research at your fingertips.

Make a difference

During your degree you'll have the opportunity to minor in Humanitarian Engineering, or join the UOW Humanitarian Engineering Society. Students take part in volunteer projects making a real impact in developing countries, like The Rwanda Project, Engineers without Borders, Project Everest or the 40K Foundation.

Students making an impact

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A brighter future starts here

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