Associate Degree of Engineering

Rank thresholdATAR: 60 SR: 60
Duration4 years part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCC02
First-year fee
$7,818 (Indicative) (CSP)
Engineering worker in hi vis and a hard hat stands in front of a worksite and machinery.


Study the Associate Degree of Engineering and develop the skills and qualification needed to become an engineering associate. Engineering associates combine a sound engineering understanding with modern technology to apply and adapt sustainable engineering practices for communities, society and the environment in general. Engineering associates often work to support professional engineers or engineering technologists in a team environment.

The Associate Degree of Engineering allows you to develop the skills required to become an engineering associate and gain knowledge of engineering principles relevant to the testing, inspection, drawing, adaptation, commissioning, management or operation of on-site equipment, plant and systems. There is the opportunity to tailor your studies to your areas of interest by selecting from majors in civil, electrical, mechanical or mining engineering or engineering geology. The Associate Degree of Engineering course is based on the project-based learning philosophy which offers the opportunity to learn in context. This approach is designed to produce work-ready graduates with industry-relevant skills.

Career Opportunities

As an Associate Degree of Engineering graduate, you will enjoy various challenging career options across multiple industries and government sectors. As an engineering associate, you will apply your knowledge of engineering principles to the testing, inspection, adaptation, commissioning, management or operation of on-site equipment, plant and systems. You may prepare drawings or specifications for others to use in manufacturing or construction. Engineering associates, having specialised in civil, mechanical or electrical disciplines, find employment in national and international public and private industry sectors, including the energy, transportation, manufacturing, process, construction, mining and education industries.

Structure & Availability

Course structure

You must complete six core units and a nine-unit major in either:

  • civil engineering,
  • electrical engineering,
  • engineering geology,
  • mechanical engineering or
  • resources engineering.

Unit information

For information on the units you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Mathematics credit option

If you have completed Mathematical Methods in Year 12, you may receive credit for the Foundation Mathematics (MATH11247) unit, a core unit within this degree. Please email the College of Engineering and Aviation to learn how to apply for the mathematics credit pathway.

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

Civil Engineering major

You'll learn about planning design, and maintenance of physical infrastructure systems such as buildings and bridges, harbours and railways. Also including knowledge and skills of hydraulics and materials science.

Electrical Engineering major

You'll learn about analogue and digital electronics foundations, AC and DC circuit configurations, development and maintenance of controls technology, electrical engineering concepts, communications systems, and materials sciences.

Engineering Geology major*

You'll learn about rock structures and environmental fields with an engineering lens. Plus, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), mining technology, and geological resources.

Mechanical Engineering major

You'll learn about the planning, design, installation, maintenance and operations of machines and systems such as manufacturing equipment, process plans, thermal energy plants and fluid power systems.
Resources Engineering major*
You'll learn about open pit mining operations, technology and legislation, plus ethical and safe practices. You will develop knowledge and technical skills surrounding rock engineering, materials testing, Earth science, mine planning and design processes.

* These majors are recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). Additionally, they are endorsed by The Minerals Industry National Associate Degree (MINAD) Program which was established through the Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC), a sub-committee of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

Students of this course will be required to attend a CQUniversity location or other designated location for compulsory residential schools in some units. Students are advised to check unit details to determine whether a unit has a residential component prior to enrolling.

Professional Practice - Engineers Australia

Mining Major, Mechanical Engineering Major, Civil Engineering Major

The CC02 Associate Degree of Engineering Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Mining majors are fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

Graduates are recognised as engineering associates and are eligible for Graduate membership with EA.

The Engineering Geology major is accredited by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Learned Society - Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Engineering Geology Major

The CC02 Associate Degree of Engineering Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Mining majors are fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

Graduates are recognised as engineering associates and are eligible for Graduate membership with EA.

The Engineering Geology major is accredited by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Professional Practice - Engineers Australia

Electrical Engineering Major

The CC02 Associate Degree of Engineering Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Mining majors are fully accredited by Engineers Australia.

Graduates are recognised as engineering associates and are eligible for Graduate membership with EA.

The Engineering Geology major is accredited by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Engineering Practice Experience - ENEP14004

Students are required to complete 240 hours of Engineering Professional Practice prior to graduation. Once the students have completed the professional practice requirements, they must enrol in this unit and provide evidence of how they have attained the professional engineering practice exposure required by Engineers Australia.


Rank Threshold

The rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank required for your application to be considered for entry to this course.

The rank threshold for this course is: SR 60 | ATAR 60.0

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.

Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 view our Institute Profile.

Recommended study

Recommended study: English, science subjects, and maths


No pre-requisites required

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, or the United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between the final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

If you are an international student, visit our International student webpage for more information

Each student will be assessed individually.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$7,818
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$25,269

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
QueenslandOnline: 850385
VictoriaOnline: 150301
New South WalesOnline: 160301
Western AustraliaOnline: 150301
Northern TerritoryOnline: 150301
South AustraliaOnline: 150301
TasmaniaOnline: 150301

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a tertiary admission centre

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live inTertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
QueenslandApply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital TerritoryApply via UAC
Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and TasmaniaApply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: Want to study with one of our partner study hubs? Apply via ApplyCQUni

Benefit from local teaching and learning support with one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with:Study Support
Uni Hub Spencer Gulf (Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Kadina)Supported online study which may include local tutorial support, and access to local study facilities.

Across Australia, you can access local spaces, technology and facilities offered by any one of our Regional University Centre partners.


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQUni, apply direct.

As a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. To apply direct, your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit including:

  • CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.