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Associate Degree of Engineering - CC02

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.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Online

RANK CUT OFF

OP:17 SR:65 ATAR:59.9

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:60 ATAR:60

UNITS/CREDITS

15/96

DURATION

4 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Online

PREREQUISITES

No pre-requisites required

RECOMMENDED STUDY

English, Science subjects, Maths

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.

Core Units 6 Major Units 9
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE

You are required to complete six core units and a nine-unit major in civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering geology, mechanical engineering or mining.

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.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2020Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
MajorsUnitsDescription
Civil Engineering9
Electrical Engineering9
Engineering Geology9

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

The Engineering Geology major is 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).

Mechanical Engineering9
Mining9

The Mining major is recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

The Mining major is 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).


Depending on your chosen major you may work in the following engineering fields supporting professional engineers, or engineering technologists in a team environment:

  • civil engineering typically focusses on planning design, and maintenance of physical infrastructure systems such as buildings and bridges, transport and water resource systems, sewage and industrial waste systems, harbours and railways.
  • electrical engineering typically focusses on systems design, development, and maintenance of systems associated with electrical power and energy including electricity generation and distribution, telecommunications, instrumentation and control, microprocessors, and electronics.
  • mechanical engineering generally involves the planning, design, installation, maintenance and operation of machines, thermodynamic and combustion systems, fluid systems, materials handling systems, manufacturing equipment, and process plants.
  • mining engineering involves the extraction and processing of minerals.
  • engineering geology typically investigates and focusses on geologic and geotechnical recommendations, analysis, and design, often working with other engineering disciplines on large infrastructure projects.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Students are required to have completed a minimum of 6 weeks industry practice at engineering para-professional level prior to enrolling in the Engineering Associate Project or have completed an Industry-based Project.
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.

RANK THRESHOLD
SR 60 | ATAR 60.0

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

RANK CUT-OFF
Minimum Unadjusted

OP 16 | SR 65 | ATAR 57.25

Minimum Adjusted
OP 15 | SR 66 | ATAR 60.25

The rank cut-off score is the competitive rank that was required to gain entry to this course in Term 1 2020. It will vary from year to year as it is a historical guide of past performance. The unadjusted score details the ranks before any adjustment schemes or factors were applied and the adjusted score details the ranks if these were applied.


Student Profile
If you would like to know more about entry scores and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2020.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or 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.

International Student should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements

N/A

Health Requirements

N/A

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended study: English, science subjects and maths

As an Associate Degree of Engineering graduate, you will enjoy a wide variety of challenging career options across a range of 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 manufacture or construction. Engineering associates, having specialised in one of the disciplines of civil, mechanical or electrical, find employment in national and international public and private industry sectors including the energy, transportation, manufacturing, process, construction, mining and education industries.

Graduates satisfy the academic requirements for membership as Engineering Officers of Engineers Australia.
Fee Category Commonwealth Supported Place
What is a Commonwealth Supported Place? A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.
Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place? You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
  • an Australian citizen who will undertake in Australia at least one unit of study that contributes to the requirements of your course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study; or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, including a permanent humanitarian visa, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.

If you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be required to pay tuition fees. Find out more about tuition fees or fees for international students.

Fee Type Student Contribution
What is a Student contribution? As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.
What is my Student Contribution?

Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.

The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 3.

Student Contribution amounts for each band provide an estimate of the cost of your course. Your course may consist of units from more than one band so your fees could vary from the indicated amount as units are spread across a number of bands.

You can view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.

HECS-HELP and payment options

HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided by the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.

Other Fees You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Other study costs You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

South AustraliaONL: 5C5008
Western AustraliaONL: 150301
VictoriaONL: 1700110431 
New South WalesONL: 160301
QueenslandONL: 850385


If you apply via a Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) listed under 'How to Apply', please use the relevant TAC code listed above to complete your application.

INDUSTRY ALIGNED
The Associate Degree of Engineering has been developed in collaboration with industry to meet the training and development needs of the engineering sector. As a graduate, you will satisfy the academic requirements for membership as an Engineering Officer of Engineers Australia.

And, if you study the Mining or Engineering Geology major, these majors are:

  • endorsed by the Minerals Council of Australia through its Minerals Industry National Associate Degree (MINAD) Program.
  • recognised by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) as meeting the academic requirements for membership.

FLEXIBLE STUDY OPTIONS
The Associate Degree of Engineering is delivered part time and available to study online, making it an ideal option if you are seeking the flexibility to combine study and work commitments.

CHOICE OF MAJOR
There are a wide range of majors to choose from, each providing you with relevant, and in-depth industry skills and knowledge. Choose from a major in:

  • civil engineering typically focusses on planning design, and maintenance of physical infrastructure systems such as buildings and bridges, transport and water resource systems, sewage and industrial waste systems, harbours and railways.
  • electrical engineering typically focusses on systems design, development, and maintenance of systems associated with electrical power and energy including electricity generation and distribution, telecommunications, instrumentation and control, microprocessors, and electronics.
  • mechanical engineering generally involves the planning, design, installation, maintenance and operation of machines, thermodynamic and combustion systems, fluid systems, materials handling systems, manufacturing equipment, and process plants.
  • mining engineering involves the extraction and processing of minerals.
  • engineering geology typically investigates and focusses on geologic and geotechnical recommendations, analysis, and design, often working with other engineering disciplines on large infrastructure projects.

STUDY PATHWAYS
If you are interested in further study and progressing towards engineering roles such as Engineering Technologist or Professional Engineer, articulation opportunities exist between this course and other engineering courses at CQUni that will help you achieve your goals. After completing this course, you may be interested in the: 

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

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: Perfect for returning CQUni students, if you are changing your CQUni course, or you are a current or previous CQUni SUN, STEPS or VET student.

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
Apply via UAC
Victoria;
Tasmania
Apply via VTAC
South Australia;
Northern Territory
Apply via SATAC
Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUni

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


Option 2: Are you a returning CQUni student or changing your course? Apply directly to CQUniversity.

You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:

  • have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course. (*A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.)
  • are applying for a change of course or readmission.
Apply direct