Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Rank thresholdATAR: 69 SR: 69
Duration4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Online and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCC31
First-year fee
$8,382 (Indicative) (CSP)
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Prepare for a diverse career with possibilities to work as a professional Engineer across various industries, locally, nationally and internationally, with CQUniversity's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). You will have the choice to major in traditional engineering disciplines and dual major options that will prepare you for emerging specialist fields of engineering, including civil with humanitarian engineering, electrical with information processing, and electrical with data analytics. 

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) develops your problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills and incorporates project-based learning so you can graduate work-ready.

The first year of your studies provides a general understanding of engineering, allowing you to experience each different engineering area before you choose a particular path to follow. Later in your studies, you have the flexibility to choose to study Civil, Civil with Humanitarian, Electrical, Electrical with Data Analytics, Electrical with Information Processing, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Resource Systems Engineering.

One of the benefits of studying engineering at CQUniversity is our strong relationships with industry practitioners that offer support through scholarships, guest lectures and work-integrated learning.

Study the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) either full-time or part-time and on-campus or online. You may choose to study by online study while working in engineering, allowing you to earn and gain practical experience while you learn.

Study experience

    The course is very interesting. You get to see a wide range of the whole industry as a whole. All the sort of equipment is state of the art, so it's really interesting and easy to work with.

    Rhett Lamperd

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical)

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is your gateway to various engineering roles. Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified to work as a professional Engineer in the Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic or Resource Engineering fields, depending on your chosen major.

Structure & Availability

Course structure

You are required to complete seven core units and a 21- or 22-unit major in either:

  • Civil (21 units)
  • Civil with Humanitarian (21 units)
  • Electrical (21 units)
  • Electrical with Data Analytics (21 units)
  • Electrical with Industrial Automation (21 units)
  • Electrical with Information Processing (21 units)
  • Mechanical (22 units)
  • Mechanical with Industrial Automation (21 units)
  • Resource Systems (22 units)

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, which sits in the electrical, mechanical, and civil majors. Please email the College of Engineering and Aviation to learn about how to apply for the mathematics credit pathway.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2024Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 1, 2025Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2025Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton

Online Availability

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

Civil major
You will learn about planning design, and maintenance of physical infrastructure systems such as buildings and bridges, harbours and railways. Plus, you'll grow your knowledge and skills in hydraulics and materials science.

Civil with Humanitarian major
This discipline allows you to be involved in the planning design and maintenance of physical infrastructure systems in underprivileged communities and disaster-prone areas. 
Electrical "You will 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.

Electrical with Data Analytics major
This major will provide you with specialist skills in computer programming within the field of electrical engineering. 

Electrical with Industrial Automation major *
This major is an ideal option if you have an interest in the growing electrical automation field. You will develop skills in designing, implementing, analysing and maintaining complex industrial control systems and instrumentation using industry-standard software and hardware tools. 

Electrical with Information Processing major
This major is an ideal option if you have an interest in specialist fields of electrical engineering involving analysing system data to monitor and control electrical engineering systems.

Mechanical major
You will build skills and knowledge in planning, design, installation, maintenance and operation of machines, thermodynamic and combustion systems, fluid systems, materials handling systems, manufacturing equipment and process plant.

Mechanical with Industrial Automation major *
Develop skills to design mechanical control systems incorporating automation with a strong focus on thermodynamics and heat transfer principles. Plus, you’ll build knowledge on material design, stress analysis and machine design to meet industry standards and codes. 

Resource Systems major
Designed to meet the industry need of traditional mine sites to transition to automated sites and increase productivity. This major focuses on the interpretation of data to assess the feasibility of a variety of resource projects within the legislation.

 * major available from Term 1, 2024

All units in this course are offered in online mode. Some units will have compulsory residential schools for online students. These residential schools give students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate practical skills.

Professional Practice - Engineers Australia

Electrical and Information Processing Major, Civil and Humanitarian Major, Resource Systems Major, Mechatronics Major, Mechanical Major, Electrical Major, Civil Major

The CC31 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) course is fully accredited* by Engineers Australia.

Graduates are recognised as professional engineers and are eligible for Graduate membership with EA.

*The following recently introduced majors have provisional accreditation until there are sufficient graduates for them to be reviewed by EA:

  • Electrical with Data Analytics
  • Electrical with Information Processing
  • Resource Systems
  • Civil with Humanitarian

Professional Practice - Engineers Australia

Electrical and Data Analytics Major

The CC31 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) course is fully accredited* by Engineers Australia.

Graduates are recognised as professional engineers and are eligible for Graduate membership with EA.

*The following recently introduced majors have provisional accreditation until there are sufficient graduates for them to be reviewed by EA:

  • Electrical with Data Analytics
  • Electrical with Information Processing
  • Resource Systems
  • Civil with Humanitarian
Engineering Practice Experience - ENEP14004

Students are required to complete 480 hours (including a minimum of 240 hours of industry experience) 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

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course. The rank threshold for this course is: SR 69 | ATAR 69.0

Lowest Ranks

The lowest selection rank refers to the lowest rank to which an offer was made for an intake or term and includes adjustment factors applied to an applicant's ATAR such as the Regional Adjustment Scheme and Educational Access Scheme. An ATAR with adjustment factors applied is referred to as a selection rank.

The lowest selection ranks (includes adjustment factors) for Term 1, 2023 for the following locations are as follows:

Online: 72.8

Rockhampton: 70.85

Please note entry to courses is competitive and the lowest score (ATAR or selection rank) will vary from year to year and campus to campus and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.

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

View our Institute Profile to learn about our Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023


Recommended study

Mathematical Methods, Physics, and Design


English (Units 3 and 4, C), General Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C)

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent; General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

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 within the last 10 years of:

    · A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

    · A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma level qualification, or

    · Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0 completed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or the 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 of 6.0 in each subset; or

    · An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or

    · Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 54; or

    · Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)– Requires an overall score of 75 or better with no score less than 21 (Internet Based).

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

If you are an International student please visit International students English requirements for further 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$8,382
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$25,408.50

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
QueenslandMackay: 840312; Rockhampton: 850312; Gladstone: 830312; Cairns: 820315; Bundaberg: 810312; Online: 850315
Western AustraliaOnline: 150341
VictoriaOnline: 150341
TasmaniaOnline: 150341
South AustraliaOnline: 150341
Northern TerritoryOnline: 150341
New South WalesOnline: 160341

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 CQU.

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 in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Apply via UAC
Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, South Australia Apply 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 support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.


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

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

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