Why study Engineering and Energy at Murdoch?

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Would you love to bring complex ideas to life or help solve our most critical climate issues with renewable energies? Welcome to engineering at Murdoch.

As an engineer you’ll crack open all kinds of challenges, from improving day-to-day practicalities to addressing major global issues. You might design robots that deliver medical supplies, find more efficient ways to mine resources needed for technology, develop new energy sources, or improve water and pollution systems for a greener world.

Can you picture yourself joining this community? Meet us at the School of Engineering and Energy.

What is engineering?

This is an applied science using a combination of maths, physics, chemistry and computer science, just to name a few. Essentially, engineers use discoveries made in science, to design and test theories for things that we can use or will make life better. Engineering keeps the world humming along.

We are #1 in WA for teaching quality, medium graduate income, and learning resources for Engineering and Technology.
- Good Universities Guide 2024

A day in the life of an Engineering student

Aspiring engineers and energy specialists, we invite you on a journey in cutting-edge research and original thinking. In our Bachelor of Engineering Technology, you might:

  • Learn about energy, mass and flow.
  • Design experiments using instrumentation.
  • Get hands-on in our renewable energy outdoor testing area.
  • Complete your own wiring and programming.
  • Learn about electrical protection systems.
  • Head overseas on a study tour with your friends.
  • Assess the performance of solar-water pumping systems, and
  • Dive deep into Industry 4.0, discussing the creation of smart and autonomous systems driven by data and machine learning.

Want to read about our expert academic team and the research we’re working on? Head over here.

The Murdoch difference

Renowned for our hands-on approach, we prepare graduates for the workforce through practical, industry-focused learning. We offer access to:

Bayer Pilot Plant

The nationally-recognised $10.1 million Bayer Pilot Plant is a real-world engineering plant. It runs cutting-edge hardware and software, providing an invaluable training ground for process operation and control, as well as industrial computer systems. Very few Australian universities offer this type of facility.

Renewable energy engineering facility

Perform investigative solar power experiments, analyse renewable energy systems, assess the performance of solar-water pumping systems, and measure and analyse solar and wind resources.

Renewable energy outdoor testing area

A range of equipment including solar, wind, diesel, and battery hybrid systems. There’s also low temperature solar thermal systems, a stand-alone inverter test setup for efficiency measurements, and mobile weather stations with a range of sensors and data devices.

Instrumentation and control engineering laboratory

Work with industrial sensors, actuators, and digital/analogue outputs to control air, water and power, and investigate process dynamics and control techniques. You’ll use your own design strategies to upgrade systems that are commonly found in a professional context.

This course is one of a handful of internationally-recognised multidisciplinary sustainable energy courses worldwide. Read more.

Industrial computer systems engineering laboratory

Learn how to work with low voltage power and complete your own wiring and programming to design, commission and operate systems found in the resources, energy and manufacturing industries.

Electrical power engineering laboratory

Build and test circuits, and conduct experiments using different systems and equipment. We also have SELS smart protection relay systems – the future of most electrical protection systems – to ensure you’ll have the practical exposure needed to launch your career.

Murdoch’s nationally-recognised $10.1 million Bayer Pilot Plant is the only one of its kind in WA.

Beyond the classroom

What happens outside uni is just as important for your future career, and may count towards course credit.

  • Real-world experience. Gain a competitive edge with up to 450 hours of practical experience as part of your undergraduate degree.
  • International study tours. For example, the Kerala Mobility Project in India, through which students helped to improve organic waste management, and integrated water treatment and renewable energy systems in Indonesia.
  • Engineers Without Borders. Join a project like the Humanitarian Design Summit, travelling to a developing country to learn how to use your skills to create positive change within communities.
  • Industry competitions. Work with fellow students to solve challenges and showcase your work.
  • Study exchange. Spend a semester or two at a partner university overseas, seeing the world through the eyes of another culture.
  • Scholarships. We are one of only five Australian universities to partner with the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. You could receive $15,000 to put toward your studies. The School of Engineering and Energy also has two brand new scholarships students may be eligible for:

Choose your adventure: which major will you pick?

With our Bachelor of Engineering Technology you’ll major in an area of your interest: Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Industrial Control and Automation Engineering.

Where will a degree in engineering take you? Discover more about your career options. 

Your future awaits

We have a long-standing respected presence in the industry, producing highly skilled and confident graduates who are in demand in the workforce. Our campus is truly an engineer’s playground, with second to none facilities our students benefit from experiencing.

What’s in store for you? In engineering, the possibilities are endless.

Posted on:

13 Mar 2024

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