Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Diploma of Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering) - CC32

With extensive work-integrated learning opportunities and featuring 48 weeks of paid industry placement, our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Diploma of Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering) provides you with vast opportunities to gain real-world experience to prepare you for your career as a professional engineer.

You will be supported by experienced lecturers and benefit from extensive industry connections in the form of guest lectures, authentic project work and industry placements that will enhance your employment outcomes. Choose to major in traditional engineering disciplines as well as dual major options that will prepare you for emerging specialist fields of engineering including electrical and information processing, electrical and data analytics, and civil and humanitarian engineering.


On Campus


SR:84 ATAR:84




4.5 years full-time, 9 years part-time


Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton


English (Units 3 and 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C)


Specialist Mathematics, Physics, Graphics



CQUniversity's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Diploma of Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering) features 48 weeks of paid work placement as well as project-based learning, allowing you to develop the professional skills required to work as an Engineer and graduate with one year of industry experience.

Your education and training will focus on developing skills that are highly desired by employers including effective teamwork and problem-solving.

The work experience component of this course gives you the opportunity to put your learning into practice while experiencing different workplace cultures. You have the opportunity to apply for work-integrated learning overseas to enhance your global learning experience.

In addition, you will graduate work-ready and equipped with valuable interview and application skills.

Benefit from the flexibility to tailor your studies and specialise in Civil, Civil and Humanitarian, Electrical, Electrical and  Data Analytics, Electrical and Information Processing, Mechanical, Mechatronic Engineering or Resources Systems. CQUniversity has strong relationships with industry practitioners and our close links to industry may provide you with the opportunity to gain support in the form of industry-based scholarships.

Core Units 11 Major Units 21
Electives None Minor Units None

You are required to complete a total of 29 units including 12 core units and a further 20 units from the Civil, Civil and Humanitarian, Electrical, Electrical and Data Analytics, Electrical and Information Processing, or Mechanical discipline or a further 21 units from the Mechatronic engineering or Resources System discipline plan.


Civil Engineering
As a Civil Engineer, you will be involved with structures and systems such as roads, water supply, bridges, buildings and tunnels. Civil Engineers are responsible for the design and construction of all our transport systems, the design and management of our gas and water supply, sewerage systems, harbours, airports and railways. They also plan, design and test the structures of private and public buildings and facilities.

Civil and Humanitarian
As a civil and humanitarian engineer, you will typically specialise in planning, design and maintenance of critical infrastructure to improve the disaster resilience of communities, using available technologies.

Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineers are involved in areas such as electricity generation and distribution, communication systems, control systems and electronic equipment. As an Electrical Engineer you may plan the design of power stations and power equipment, design electrical systems, produce drawings using computer-aided design (CAD) and make decisions on the best type and arrangement of electrical circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines, and equipment.

Electrical and Data Analytics
This dual major is an ideal option if you have an interest in specialist fields of electrical engineering involving analysing system data to optimise electrical system performance.

Electrical and Information Processing
Gain specialist skills in collecting and processing information to control electrical engineering systems in this dual major option.

Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineers are involved with machines that move such as trucks, trains, ships, planes, and manufacturing equipment. Mechanical Engineers may perform tasks such as designing new machines and equipment that meet their client's needs and budgets, taking into account factors such as cost, availability of materials, strength and maintenance requirements, and the end-user of the equipment.

Mechatronic Engineering
Mechatronic Engineering combines mechanical, electrical and computer engineering to create systems that include both movement and intelligence. As a Mechatronic Engineer, you may be involved in the design and maintenance of machinery and gadgets such as aircraft, robots, small electronic devices, and plant machinery.

Resource Systems
Resource systems engineers typically specialise in applying contemporary technologies to increase productivity, sustainability and safety of resource industry (mining and mineral processing) operation.

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

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

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Diploma of Professional Practice (CC32) has a strong focus on practical learning experiences and includes 48 weeks of paid industry experience. This provides you with vast opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained from your studies to authentic scenarios, establish a network of future employers and enhance your employment prospects.

The first year of your studies prepares you for a range of practical experiences. You will gain a solid foundation of engineering knowledge and develop your skills in problem-solving, teamwork and professional practice together with learning foundation technical content. In the second term of your first year, you will undertake an authentic industry project and you will be exposed to projects from different engineering disciplines. This provides you with a good grounding and understanding as you decide on the engineering discipline you wish to pursue.

Your second year equips you with in-depth discipline-specific knowledge and skills and you will choose the engineering discipline you wish to focus your studies on. You will be exposed to engineering projects that give you opportunities to apply the theoretical knowledge you have gained to deliver tangible engineering outcomes.

At the beginning of your third year of study, you will complete a 24-week paid industry placement where you work with an industry partner as a student engineer. Midway through your fourth year, you embark on your second 24-week paid industry placement and you have the option to choose a different industry or location to your first placement. This versatility allows you to widen your experience and enhances not only your knowledge of engineering but also your career opportunities.  

Over the four and a half years of study, you spend 48 weeks in work placement. This gives you the opportunity to earn while you learn, explore engineering in practice, apply your discipline knowledge and develop an industry network. In your final term of study, you will complete a major individual project that demonstrates your ability to work as a professional engineer.

The course has an abundance of real-world opportunities in conjunction with industry that prepares you for a career as a professional engineer.

Our majors are developed in response to industry needs and emerging fields of engineering practice. Choose from major options across a range of engineering disciplines including dual major options to gain specialist skills in your chosen discipline. 

  • Civil engineerng
  • Civil and humanitarian engineering
  • Mechatronics engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electrical and data analytics
  • Electrical and information processing
  • Resource systems engineering

Our engineering courses are developed in consultation with key stakeholders in the sector, so you will graduate with relevant and practical skills. Our industry connections extend across our national footprint and a range of industries.

You will learn from an experienced engineering team that maintains strong relationships with industry practitioners. You’ll benefit from these connections through scholarships, guest lectures, authentic project work and extensive work-integrated learning opportunities.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2022Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton
Civil and Humanitarian21
Electrical and Data Analytics21
Electrical and Information Processing21
Resource Systems22
Unit NameCodeDescription
Industry Practice 1ENEP1100624 weeks industry placement
Industry Practice 2ENEP1201024 weeks industry placement

The above industry placements you complete are paid placements in your relevant field of engineering and are coordinated by the University.

All units in this course are offered in online mode. Some units will have a compulsory Residential School for distance students. These Residential Schools give students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate practical skills.

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 84 | ATAR 84.0

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, 2021.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2021 view our Institute Profile.

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent; Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, 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 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, 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 as below.

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 for Reading and Writing and 6.0 for Speaking and Listening, 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 the study and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

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Assumed Knowledge

Recommended study: Physics, Specialist Mathematics, Design

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Diploma of Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering) is your gateway into the engineering industry. Upon completion, you will be qualified to work as a Professional Engineer in the civil, civil and humanitarian, electrical, mechanical, mechatronic engineering or resources systems fields depending on your chosen major.

All majors in this course are accredited by Engineers Australia as meeting Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer.

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$7,013.00

The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

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, 3 and/or 4.

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.

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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 have previously studied with CQUni.

To apply for this course you will need to submit your application for this course via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

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  • 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.
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I chose to study at CQUniversity [because] they had project based learning, which means there's a focus around making sure that there's a lot of group work and teamwork.

Jessica Kahl

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Diploma of Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering)