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    Diploma of Engineering [Pathway]

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 1 year
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 29,840  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Diploma of Engineering [Pathway]


    Take the first step towards a diverse and innovative career in Engineering with the Diploma of Engineering [Pathway]. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills for tertiary study and the hands-on, practical experience to equip you to tackle problems and propose innovative engineering solutions across several industries. Successful completion of this pathway course will see you transition to a JCU Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

    Build a strong foundation of engineering knowledge and skills, preparing you to progress into JCU’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

    Begin your studies by examining the role of engineers as problem-solvers. Consider the principles of communication, design, management, workplace health and safety, as well as ethics and professionalism. You’ll explore the functions of engineering within society and the profession’s contribution to various industries.

    Develop your knowledge of foundational mathematics and physics concepts and understand how these will be applied to your further studies. Target your learning opportunities to support the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) major of your choice.

    Gain the required skills to work in both collaborative teams and on individual projects, equipping you for workplace success. Examine innovative design concepts relevant to various contexts and reflect on the broad applicability of engineering to industry.

    Deepen your knowledge and focus on theoretical and practical learning. You’ll improve your skills through laboratory classes and field trips as you learn alongside those with a similar study background and experience.

    Whether you’re new to tertiary study, or pursuing a career change, you’ll be equipped for success. Benefit from access to a dedicated study support system and receive personalised support. Our team can work with you to hone your strengths and define your career and study goals.

    The course aligns with the subjects, skills and experience developed in Year 1 of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at JCU. Successful completion of the Diploma of Engineering [Pathway] allows you to transition into a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with your first-year subjects complete, meaning you can finish your degree sooner.

    Be equipped to become a world-class engineer with this pathway option. JCU’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia, except for the Electrical and Electronic Engineering major in Cairns, which holds provisional accreditation. Graduates go on to become innovative problem solvers, creative designers and applied scientists involved in a variety of industries.

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    Successful completion of a course of study equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Certificate

    English language requirements

    Band P

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    Progressing from a Diploma of Engineering [Pathway] into a JCU Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will prepare you to work across a broad range of occupations and industries that align with your chosen major.
    Job opportunities can include:

    Chemical Engineer – operate in highly diverse industries ranging from environmental science, water treatment, the manufacturing of food, fuel and chemicals, minerals processing and development of new materials.

    Civil Engineer – work in design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure such as buildings, bridges, roads, railways, airports, water supply systems, dams, mines and waste disposal systems.

    Electrical Engineer – design solutions for electronics and electrical infrastructure in industries such as energy, communications, automotive, mining, agriculture, aviation or medical technology.

    Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineer – design electronics, software and data analytics for industries such as communications, energy, smart cities, smart healthcare, precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, mining, manufacturing, and automation.

    Mechanical Engineer – design, manufacture and maintain machines for a large number of industries such as manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, agriculture, automotive, aerospace, communications, health and transport.

    JCU Engineering graduates work worldwide with their qualification recognised in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa.

    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 29,840 

    How to Apply

    STEP 1: Choose and research your course

    STEP 2: Prepare your documents

    STEP 3: Lodge your application

    STEP 4: Accept your offer

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