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

With extensive work-integrated learning opportunities and 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 and dual major options that will prepare you for emerging specialist engineering fields, including electrical with information processing, electrical with data analytics, and civil with humanitarian engineering.


Online, On Campus


SR:72 ATAR:72




4.5 years full-time, 9 years part-time


Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Online


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


Physics, Mathematical Methods, Design



Our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Diploma of Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering) features 48 weeks of paid work placement and 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, such as effective teamwork and problem-solving.

This course's work experience component allows you 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 with Humanitarian, Electrical, Electrical with Data Analytics, Electrical with Information Processing, Mechanical, Mechatronic Engineering or Resources Systems. CQUniversity has strong relationships with industry practitioners, and our close industry links may allow you to gain support through industry-based scholarships.

Core Units 12 Major Units 20
Electives None Minor Units None

Course structure

You are required to complete 11 core units and a further 21 units from the Civil, Civil with Humanitarian, Electrical, Electrical with Data Analytics, Electrical with Information Processing, or Mechanical discipline or a further 22 units from the Mechatronic engineering or Resources System discipline plan.

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.

Extensive industry placement

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.

Real-world opportunities

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 be exposed to projects from different engineering disciplines. This gives you 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 from your first placement. This versatility allows you to widen your experience and enhances your knowledge of engineering and career opportunities.  

Over the four and a half years of study, you spend 48 weeks in work placement. This allows you 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 abundant real-world opportunities in conjunction with industry that prepares you for a career as a professional engineer.

Industry-relevant majors

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

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

Industry connections

Our engineering courses are developed in consultation with key stakeholders in the sector so that 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 - 2024Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Civil with Humanitarian20
Electrical with Data Analytics20
Electrical with Industrial Automation20
Electrical with Information Processing20
Mechanical with Industrial Automation20
Resource Systems21

Major options

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 with Humanitarian

You will typically specialise in planning, designing and maintaining 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 with Data Analytics

This dual major is an ideal option if you are interested in specialist fields of electrical engineering involving analysing system data to optimise electrical system performance.

Electrical with 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 moving machines such as trucks, trains, ships, planes, and manufacturing equipment. Mechanical engineers may design 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 movement and intelligence systems. As a mechatronic engineer, you may be involved in designing and maintaining 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) operations.

Unit NameCodeDescription
Industry Practice 2ENEP1201024 weeks industry placement
Industry Practice 1ENEP1100624 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 72.00 | ATAR 72.00

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, 2022.

Institute Profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2022 view our Institute Profile.

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, 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 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 6.5, with a minimum 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 62 with no sub-score less than 54; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT – 79 or better overall and no score less than 21

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of 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.

Security Requirements


Health Requirements


Assumed Knowledge

Recommended study: Mathematical Methods, Physics, and 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 with humanitarian, electrical, mechanical, mechatronic engineering or resources systems fields depending on your chosen major.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
2023 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$7,253.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year for a Commonwealth Supported Place. 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. 

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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 CQU.

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As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. Note, 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.
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I found my lecturers and teaching staff absolutely amazing. They were so experienced in the fields that they delivered and because of the small class sizes, they could always go above and beyond to make sure everybody understood all those concepts.

Shaye Byrne

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