The Department offers a course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. The course involves four years of full time study post Grade 12 entry.
The undergraduate teaching in the Department is aimed at providing a broad and solid basis in fundamental Mechanical Engineering and at the same time offering relevant workshop experience and management studies.
The program outcomes are comparable to ABET criteria on student outcomes. Accordingly, the mechanical engineering teaching and learning efforts are focused towards developing student’s abilities in the application of mathematics, science and engineering principles to solve practical problems, designing systems, components and processes within realistic constraints economic, political, ethical, social, environmental, health and safety, and sustainability. Efforts are also focused towards students developing personal qualities in effective communication, multidisciplinary team participation, interpersonal skills, life-long learning, and contemporary global issues.
The first year of the course is basically common to all engineering students with the exception of one or two department specific subjects. This consists of the study of language, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, drawing, computing, workshop practice and introduction to mechanical engineering.
Students who have successfully completed a Foundation Year Science Programme at the University of Papua New Guinea or other equivalent institution may be admitted to the second year, but will be required to complete a bridging course in Drawing, and Workshop Practice and other subject prescribed by the Department before the commencement of Semester 1.
The second and third years consist of further studies to develop analytical skills in Mechanical Engineering Sciences - Thermo fluids, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Drawing and Design, Manufacturing Processes, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Engineering and Management, and Language or Surveying studies.
The fourth year consists of more advanced studies in Thermo fluids, Applied Mechanics, Design, together with studies in Manufacturing Technology and further Industrial Engineering and
Management. A special feature of this year is that students are required to undertake a major engineering project. Also students are allowed to choose elective subjects in the second semester.
It is not possible for students to obtain, within the University, anything to replace the fundamentals of practical experience and knowledge of engineering processes, which is essential to the engineer's development. So students taking the regular course are required to accumulate at least ten weeks of practical vocational training in the latter part of the course during their vacations. The Head of the Department must approve this training and all students are required to submit a diary and report at the end of each training period. Completion of at least ten weeks of approved practical training and completed diaries and satisfactory reports covering that period are necessary requirements for graduation.
An optional sandwich programme is available for students who have satisfactorily completed the third year of study. This programme is designed to provide students with industrial training and selected academic studies for a minimum duration of 30 weeks. This will extend the time to complete the degree requirements, but will provide sponsorship as well as additional undergraduate engineering experience. Students who elect to take the sandwich option after the third year will normally require an additional year to complete the whole course. Such students are exempt from the vocational training requirement of ten weeks.