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Introduction

This programme offers you the knowledge and skills of engineering sciences, mathematics, engineering design, and engineering professional practice needed by mechanical engineers around the world.  It provides industry-relevant experience and a globally-accredited qualification.   
 

Programme Features

Globally accredited qualification by professional bodies
This programme is fully accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and Engineers Australia.  Students are eligible for membership of Engineers Australia, with the degree recognised by all 18 countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord, include the USA, UK, China, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and Singapore.

1-week residential visit to RMIT University in Melbourne
You will undertake some of your practical laboratory work at the RMIT University campus in Melbourne during the one-week residential visit.  Your study in Melbourne includes more advanced and comprehensive physical laboratory work, computational workshops, a computer-aided manufacturing workshop and a strain gauging workshop.  You may also undertake industry site visits and project reviews during the visit.

(Depending on the COVID situation, the residential visit may be conducted online.)

Student achievements 
17% outstanding students awarded Government Scholarships in 2022

Employable graduates
Our graduates have been employed as Assistant Engineer and Assistant Ship Inspector by the HKSAR Government.

 

Modules

This programme is equivalent to the 3rd and 4th years of the RMIT Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours) degree with an entry point to the programme appropriate for Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering graduates.

Each academic year consists of 3 trimesters and the programme is delivered in full-time mode over 6 trimesters and part-time mode over 8 trimesters. There are a total of 192 credit points in this programme. The programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face intensive workshops, weekly tutorials, laboratory sessions and online components.

The programme structure consists of the following 16 modules which include 15 compulsory modules and 1 technical elective:

Core Modules

Mechanics of Solids and Fluids 2

The solids part of this course deals with analytical techniques for the solution of linear elastic stress and strain problems, including displacement of beams and analysis of simple indeterminately supported structures.

Engineering Dynamics

In this course you will study the state of rest or motion of bodies under the action of a single or multiple forces. Therefore, this course deals with Newton’s Second Law of motion which is the foundation for the design and analysis of various structural, mechanical and electrical devices found in a wide range of engineering applications. You will study the kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies using force and acceleration, work and energy, and impulse and momentum principles.

Solid Mechanics 3 (CEF Module)

   (CEF Code: 36Z141525)
This course is designed to expand your knowledge in the field of non-linear mechanics of solids and its application to structural analysis, machine design and material processing. Through this course you will be able to understand the influence of non-linearities on the behaviour of structures. The course aims to equip you with essential analytical skills which have a particular bearing on your professional practice as mechanical engineers. 

Mechanical Vibrations

This course deals with the study of vibration in mechanical systems which is concerned with the oscillatory motions of bodies and the forces associated with them. This course aims to provide you with an understanding of the nature and behaviour of dynamic engineering systems and the capability of applying the knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve engineering vibration problems. 

Heat Transfer

In this course, the fundamentals and principles of thermal fluid mechanics will be reviewed through the use of the real-world examples and be advanced to analyse the practical thermo-fluid systems for engineering design applications. Collectively, they should provide you with a sound fundamental as well as a practical knowledge of this area of engineering.

Mechanical Design 2

This course aims to give practice in this design project situation, in the use of knowledge gained from a wide range of other courses previously or concurrently studied. It has two parts addressing two design approaches: design by code and design by performance. The design by code part combines theoretical approaches to aspects of stress analysis with practical application of this knowledge in a design project situation of designing the air storage pressure vessel. The second part is more oriented towards product development and innovation experienced in technology start-up firms. This part will offer students an opportunity to apply appropriate tools and structured methods to their own products and develop prototypes.

Renewable Energy Systems

In this course, you will learn about the operation and performance of three renewable energy technologies: grid connected wind turbines; photovoltaic systems; and solar thermal systems and energy storage. The emphasis will be on the sizing, design, selection and performance evaluation of renewable energy equipment for given applications.  

Finite Element Analysis (CEF Module)

     (CEF Code: 36Z121656)

The course introduces you to theoretical basics and practical application of the finite element method as well as to related numerical modelling techniques. It is designed to enable you to solve practical problems related to solid mechanics, machines and structures. This course provides a necessary tool for the analysis and solution of practical structures and processes. 

Management of Mechanical Design and Research

In this course you will actively explore contemporary issues and practices relating to the management of engineering design and research projects and product design in particular in a wide range of industrial settings. In conjunction with this, you will be encouraged to explore in-depth and apply in integrated engineering design and/or research contexts broader issues including critical review of appropriate information, relevant aspects of intellectual property, professional ethics, risk/hazard management, costing, project management, environmental principles and sustainability in general. Contextual studies involving feasibility and value analysis will be used to provide you, working in a team with an opportunity to explore real-world problems relating to product design and development.

Automatic Control (CEF Module)

  (CEF Code: 36Z121648)

This course deals with the application of control theory in general engineering applications. Analysis of automatic control systems using transfer function, block diagram, time response and frequency response are discussed and applied to control system evaluation and design.

Mechanics of Machines

In this course you will study advanced concepts of kinematic and dynamic modelling and analysis of mechanisms and machines, including linkage mechanisms and cam mechanisms, reciprocating and rotating machinery. The course enables you to explore in depth core mechanical engineering concepts by integrating and applying contemporary analytical, computational and experimental methods. It relates kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms and machines to their design and allows you to relate theory and practice using a problem-based approach in which you develop project management skills.

Research Methods for Engineers

Research methods are critical aspects of engineering professional practice and scholarship. This course will provide an overview with applied exercises of best practice in addressing an engineering challenge in a systematic manner, evaluating background literature, adhering to ethics, documentation strategies, and communication in the form of both concise as well as detailed written reports, and oral and written communication of complex engineering concepts to a general audience.

Thermal-Fluid System Design

The course aims to equip you with tools and methods to design real-world thermal/fluid systems. Topics include exergy analysis, thermo-economic analysis, rotodynamic machinery, energy storage system, engineering ethics and design decisions and engineering economics and its application in real-world.

Engineering Capstone Project A

This first part of the project (Part A) focuses on:

  • articulation of the project requirements, challenge, need, problem or feasibility;
  • establishment of design criteria and constraints;
  • project planning;
  • the critical appraisal of all the relevant published material by way of a comprehensive
  • literature search and review;
  • benchmarking of all related and relevant solutions; and hence
  • well-informed consideration of possible solutions. 
Engineering Capstone Project B

This second part of the project (Part B) focuses on:

  • Summarising the outcomes from your ‘Engineering Capstone Project (Part A)’;
  • Clearly articulating a plan, including milestones and responsibilities;
  • the application of a methodical design process for the systemic optimisation and embodiment of an engineered solution;
  • the manufacture of a tangible deliverable;
  • the test and verification of the solution; and
  • a comprehensive suite of relevant project documentation (such as reports and drawings).

Elective Course+  (Complete one of the following electives)

Applied Heat and Mass Transfer

This course is a final year elective course building on earlier core thermo-fluid courses. Within this course there are extended topics on heat transfer knowledge. The topics will have applications with HVAC, refrigeration and air conditioning, and other industrial heating and cooling applications.

Professional Engineering Experience

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from a supervisor is integral to your experience. This will help you develop the competencies required to become a professional engineer chartered by Washington Accord signatories such as Engineers Australia, and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

This course gives you an introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and numerical heat transfer (NHT) modelling technology for thermo-fluid related applications. It also gives you a proper background for the intelligent and appropriate use of commercial CFD packages.

Mechanical Design 3

It aims to engage you in systems design and robust design problems through experiential problem-based learning and project-based learning. You will work on real-world industry relevant design projects from the stage of identifying the design requirements, through detailed design to the final stage of virtual prototyping, validating and developing technical documentation using contemporary computational and experimental techniques. This involves team-based discussions, workshops and consultations emulating professional engineering design practice. All projects involve students undergoing a complete systems design process involving complex mechanical systems and including a significant level of advanced engineering analysis and design optimisation.

Building Information Modelling

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with the basic understanding and knowledge of the state of the art BIM and advanced technologies such as sensing and tracking (3D laser scanning, photogrammetry, etc.), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV) and robotics. Upon the acquisition of knowledge, this course also aims to equip students with skills to leverage these technologies to successfully complete projects.
 

  For part-time mode only. This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5). 

+ RMIT may alter the programme, curriculum or regulations at its discretion. Some of the electives may not be offered in a given year depending on factors such as enrollment and scheduling. The sequencing of the above modules may vary from year to year, but the Engineering Capstone Project may not be completed until the student’s final trimester
 

Assessment

Assignment, laboratory exercise, project work and final examination.

 

 

Recognition

Professional Recognition

 

Fully-accredited by Engineers Australia (EA)

 

 

Fully-accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)

 

QF Level

QF Level : Level 5
QR Registration No. : 14/003406/L5 
Validity Period : 01/09/2014 to 10/09/2023*

 

Importance of choosing a non-local top-up with QF Level 5

Employment
  • Degree qualifications pitched at QF Level 5 are formally recognised by the HKSAR Government for employment purposes within the Civil Service for graduate posts.

Further Studies
  • Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes.  Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

 

*This programme is in the process of seeking re-accreditation by HKCAAVQ. The re-accreditation is subject to HKCAAVQ’s final approval.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Holders of VTC Higher Diplma (HD) in Mechanical Engineering;

OR

  • Holders of Higher Diploma (HD) or Associate Degree (AD) or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area  awarded by a recognised institution will also be considered.

 

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Successful completion of a 2-year Higher Diploma; OR a 2-year Associate Degree; OR at least the equivalent of a 2-year tertiary programme of at least Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 5 within the past 5 years where English is the language of instruction and assessment;

OR

  • At least an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component; OR TOEFL Internet Based Test (IBT) Overall score 79 (with minimum score of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); OR HKDSE score of 4 or more in English Language; OR other equivalent qualifications as listed on the RMIT website.

 

 

Fees & Funding

Fees

  • Application Fee : HK$200 (No application fee before the deadline!)
  • Registration Fee : HK$3,500
  • Tuition Fee : HK$209,300 by 6 (FT) or 8 (PT) instalments 
     (FT students: deduct up to HK$33,200 via NMTSS; PT students: deduct up to HK$25,000 via CEF)


FT students: The tuition fee is as low as HK$102,900 if you are eligible for NMTSS and receive SPSS Outstanding Performance Scholarship (OPS).
(i.e. Tuition Fee HK$209,300 - NMTSS HK$66,400 - OPS HK$40,000)

Eligible students for NMTSS only need to pay the tuition fee net of NMTSS. After admission, students with outstanding academic performance at sub-degree level will be nominated for OPS and the awardees will receive the scholarship around July/August next year. The disbursement of NMTSS and the award of OPS will be subject to the final approval by the Education Bureau (EDB).

 

Scholarships

A variety of attractive scholarships are available to current and graduating SHAPE students.




Financial Aids 

The following HKSAR Government financial assistance schemes are available to eligible students who pursue this programme at SHAPE:


Financial Assistance Schemes
 
Amount (HK$)  FT Mode PT Mode
Non-means-tested Subsidy Scheme (NMTSS) Up to $33,200 per year 
[AY2022/23]

Y

--


Continuing Education Fund (CEF)  Up to $25,000* --


Y

Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)

 Up to $89,080
(Tuition fee grant)

Up to $8,620
(Academic expenses grant)

Up to 55,560
(Living expenses loan)

[AY2022/23]

Y --
Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year Y

--

Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ENLS)  Up to the annual tuition fees payable in the academic year -- Y


For details including eligibility and subsidy amount, please refer to the hyperlink of each scheme.
* Please refer to the Programme Content section of this programme for the reimbursable courses under the CEF

 

Career Prospects/ Further Studies

Career Prospects

 
“This programme offered a broad curriculum that imparted much practical knowledge and provided me with competitive edges in my career. The 1-week Australia Residential Visit to RMIT University was a very impactful experience for the students – we were exposed to the biggest Wind Tunnel Laboratory and went through some laboratory experiments demonstrated by the RMIT lecturers.”

Jacky Chan
First Honours, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)
  • Fireman – Assistant Engineer of Fire boat / HKFSD

 


“The most precious moment of studying this programme was staying in Melbourne for a week with my classmates. We learned and did laboratory experiments together, as well as experienced the culture and entertainment in Australia. The lecturers were very friendly and patient in answering my questions encountered both at school and at work.”

Lilian Chan
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours) 

  • Assistant Ship Inspector, Marine Department

 

Further Studies

Having been recognised at QF Level 5, this top-up degree programme meets the standard of locally-accredited bachelor's degree programmes. Upon graduation, students can pursue their further studies at Master’s degree level in Hong Kong or Overseas.
 

“The teaching by SHAPE lecturers was interactive. They encouraged students to take part in various engineering events and competitions, and helped us to enhance our thesis writing skills. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the lecturers for their supportive guidance and advice during my study. Upon graduation, I was admitted to MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the HKUST.”

Ng Kwan
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)

  • Engineering Support Officer, Great East Asia Surveyors & Consultants Co. Ltd
  • RMIT University Vice-Chancellor's List Award 
  • RMIT University School of Engineering Award 
 


 

Student Awards

Student Awards
 

Student Award
Lau Kwan Lok HKSAR Government Outstanding Performance Scholarship 2021-22
Li Sing Wai HKSAR Government Talent Development Scholarship 2020-21 and 2021-22 
Lee Lok Yi HKSAR Government Reaching Out Award 2020-21

 

 

Connect with Us

Enquiries

Programme Coordinator

Mr. Yau Chun On

Tel. no.

2436 8615

Email

coyau@vtc.edu.hk

 

 

General Enquiries

Ms. Twinky Leung 

Tel. no.

2436 8375

Email

twinkyl@vtc.edu.hk

 

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