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 28th in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering, top 100 for Materials Science and Civil and Structural Engineering, top 150 for Electrical and Electronic Engineering and top 200 for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

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

5 stars

UOW Engineering and Technology received 5-star ratings for full-time employment and learner engagement.

The Good Universities Guide 2023

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. Siobhan Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) Candidate. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) - Bachelor of Exercise Science.

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

I really like, I guess the revelation that comes from investing in students, I like the revelation that students get by absorbing something new and I like throwing out curveballs and challenges. So, yeah, I've always been interested in education. 

Humanitarian engineering is well, it's not really a new subject anymore, but it's a biannual subject where we take engineers and we give them a real-world problem that they actually have to fix. They're going to Rwanda and they work in genocide affected communities where they all do an infrastructure project where they actually have to build something that's solving an actual problem on site. This is about developing emotional intelligence.

The better you are at that, the better you'll be in your career. On top of that, it's actually about giving back a bit. So I guess what we want is for these students to be able to understand the gift that they actually have. They can change lives like a civil engineer, for example, doing proper sanitation can prevent cholera. 

A mining engineer in developing countries I have experienced first hand brings immediate infrastructure. There is a direct correlation between the provision of power, for example, and the reduction in poverty. So we're able to take our day job as engineers and give hope to people who may well be hopeless, who are living in that day to day subsistence environment. 

Yeah, we have a good head ratio with graduate recruitment. We're two from two for the Chancellor Hope Memorial Prize. So the 2016 recipient was a member of this subject and the 2018 recipient as well. So yeah, we're going for 2020 as well.

We're introducing a humanitarian minor. Essentially again, your day job is to be an engineer or whatever it is. And then your other job that you use your existing skillset for is to go and work in a humanitarian space. It gives purpose. We're offering another subject in spring, and that's known as humanitarian studies, that's an interdisciplinary subject. So we take the basics and the foundations of essentially humanitarian work and we mix an engineer, an economist, business studies, lawyer, arts, political science, nursing medicine, and we make teams up of those. They will have to work together to come up with a solution that will constitute what we call our first subject, our introductory subject to humanitarian work.

Then the other subject that we're already doing will be our capstone subject. And then we'll have two other subjects in the middle, which we're developing at the moment. So that will then entail a humanitarian minor for the University of Wollongong. 

A brighter future starts here

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