Do you have an eye for form and function? Like to build things? Then combine mechanical engineering with industrial design to become a product design engineer.
Product design engineers design and develop manufactured products that are functional, ergonomic, beautiful, and well-engineered.
This double degree course integrates the technical and project management skills of an engineer with the creativity and manufacturing know-how of an industrial designer. As a product design engineer, you might design cars, hi-tech appliances, furniture, tools, industrial equipment, prosthetics or robots. Whatever your specialty, your goal is the same; to make well-designed and well-engineered products.
The product design engineer boasts a wide range of practical, creative and problem-solving skills. Graduates can apply these skills to specialist areas such as display design, consumer product design, packaging design and ergonomics. They can choose from a variety of industries including aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, petrochemical, robotics or electronics.
A major design project in your final year lets you showcase your newly-acquired skills.
Double degree courses include the features of the component degree courses, except that electives may be reduced.
E3001 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is a specialist course that develops through four themes that combine to underpin engineering practice: fundamentals and foundational skills, design, knowledge and applications, and professional practice.
Part A. Engineering fundamentals and foundational skills
These will develop your understanding of natural and physical sciences, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences that underpin all engineering disciplines.
Part B. Engineering design
This will develop the engineering techniques, tools and resources for the conduct, design and management of engineering design processes and projects, both in the industrial setting and in the development of research experiments.
Part C. Engineering knowledge and application
This will provide in-depth knowledge of the specific engineering methods of a branch of engineering, and will integrate the specific engineering methods and discipline knowledge into practice. You will develop skills to identify and apply knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. Additionally, your studies will focus on your understanding and application of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in your discipline.
Part D. Professional practice
This will develop your skills in readiness for the engineering workplace. You will develop skills in effective team membership and team leadership, the use and management of commercially relevant data, and the legal responsibilities of engineers. This study will integrate the theme 'Engineering knowledge and application' with your specialist field of engineering.
F2002 Bachelor of Design is a specialist course that develops through theme studies in history and theory, drawing foundation, and design studios specific to each of the specialisations. These will come together in the form of a graduand exhibition normally developed during the final two studio units in the third year of the course.
Part A. History and theory studies
History and theory units will equip you with the skills necessary to research design issues, and enable you to contextualise your own practice and communicate ideas and strategies. Through the prism of history, you will begin to situate the place of design in society by referencing pivotal art, design and architecture movements. Later units address issues of culture, society and specific design themes.
Part B. Drawing foundation
This will assist you to develop the practical and intellectual skills required by art, design and architecture students in the discipline of drawing.
Part C. Design studios
This is the component of the course through which you will develop key skills and concepts particular to your design discipline.
In the communication design studio units you will undertake a focussed exploration of a range of media and elements including typography, image, layout, two and three-dimensional design, interactivity, sound and motion as core components to their communication design solutions. Studio-based projects across both print and digital media platforms will develop skills in narrative structure, typography, image construction and manipulation, interactive communication processes, production methods and technologies, and the planning and management of design outcomes.
In the industrial design studio units you will undertake a focussed exploration of the range of issues, skills and techniques vital to the realisation of user-centred design. Through industrial design projects, you will learn about topics such as visualisation techniques, ergonomics, materials, production methods and technologies.
Students must complete 240 points, of which 144 points are from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (including all of the requirements in Part A, B, C and D for the single degree) and 96 points from the Bachelor of Design (including all of the requirements in Part A, B and C for the single degree).
The course progression mapcourse progression map (https://www.monash.edu/engineering/current-students/enrolment-and-re-enrolment/course-information/course-maps) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Students may be eligible to exit the double degree program and graduate with either a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) named degree or a Bachelor of Design after four or three years respectively, depending on the units studied.
Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering named degree prior to the completion of the double degree must have completed at least 192 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B, C and D for the particular engineering specialisation.
Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Design prior to the completion of the double degree must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the requirements in Part A, B, and C for the Bachelor of Design degree.