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    Associate Degree of Engineering
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    Associate Degree of Engineering

    CQUniversity Australia

    CQUniversity Australia


    Australia, Rockhampton

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    Key Facts

    Program Level

    Associate Diploma

    Study Type

    Full Time





    Program Language


    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake Deadlines10-Mar-2025 20-Jun-2025
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    Duration 4 year(s)
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 37,230  / year
    Apply Date 20-Jun-2025
    Next Intake 10-Mar-2025

    Associate Degree of Engineering


    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.

    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 Majors

    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 focuses 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 focuses 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 focuses 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: 


    Entry Requirements

    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.

    English Program Requirements

    If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements and need to improve your English language proficiency, you can do so through our approved English Language Instruction Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers. This means that you can attend the required English language tuition at approved ELICOS providers and gain direct entry into university without an IELTS or TOEFL test.


    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.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 37,230 

    How to Apply

    • Select your course
    • Check entry requirements.
    • Check your eligibility for credit.
    • Apply online
    • Obtain certified documents.
    • Submit your application and documents.
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