Associate Degree of Engineering
Engineering skills for work in civil construction, manufacturing, and production
Break into the engineering field as an engineering associate. Delve into engineering technologies and materials. You’ll learn to use maths and physics for problem-solving. Get to know compliance. Specialise in civil construction or intelligent machines.
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Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Define and respond to technical and contextual factors in the implementation of human-centred solutions to well defined industry-relevant problems in an engineering practice area.
- Identify and evaluate emerging trends and issues and apply to a specialised engineering practice area.
- Lead or function as a team member and systematically manage information and projects to deliver industry-relevant engineering solutions aligned with stakeholder and community needs.
- Apply established engineering methods, techniques, tools and resources in the context of systematic design and engineering management processes for well defined problems.
- Apply professional conduct and judgement that reflects contemporary industry standards of ethical, sustainable and human-centred engineering practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of foundational and practical knowledge of mathematics and basic sciences, computing and information sciences, and a specialised engineering practice area.
- Reflect on and document development of proficiency in competencies in the relevant field of engineering practice to guide continuing professional development and lifelong learning.
- Employ effective oral and written communication and social skills, informed by an appreciation of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives.
Graduates will have opportunities to work at a paraprofessional level in the civil construction or manufacturing and production industries as follows:
- Graduates from the Civil Construction specialisation will be able to work at the level of engineering associate in a range of roles in the civil construction industry related to the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, including as site superintendents, site supervisors, site engineers.
- Graduates from the Intelligent Machines specialisation will be able to work at the level of engineering associate in a range of roles in manufacturing and production industries related to building, installing and commissioning, operating, maintaining and repairing control systems, smart machines, and robotic systems.
This Civil Construction specialisation is currently provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of Engineering Associate (Dublin Accord). Provisional Accreditation for the Intelligent Machines specialisation at the level of Engineering Associate (Dublin Accord) will be sought from Engineers Australia in 2022.
Southern Cross University offers a number of Pathway Programs which would allow you to gain direct entry to this degree.
ATAR: 55 or Equivalent
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows:
- Overall: 6.0
- Listening: minimum 5.5
- Reading: minimum 5.5
- Speaking: minimum 5.5
- Writing: minimum 5.5
As part of this course, students must complete at least 30 days of professional placement in industry, typically with an organisation conducting work related to engineering practice. Industry experience enables students to apply their knowledge and skills to engineering problems within a real work environment, and to make valuable contacts within industry.
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing. More information can found at Credit for Recognition of Prior Learning - Southern Cross University (scu.edu.au).
There is increasing demand for technical skills to help build the infrastructure, manufacturing and production systems of the future. This degree will prepare you to work in these industries, and to contribute to shaping the future in Australia and globally.
The Associate Degree of Engineering is designed to meet the requirements for accreditation at the level of Engineering Associate by Engineers Australia. The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer, which are broadly grouped into knowledge and skills, application, personal and professional skills.
The course is suited to school leavers or those with a trade qualification who are looking to enter the civil construction or manufacturing and production industries in a supervisory, project management or technical role, or progress their careers in these industries to the next level.
Foundational core units build knowledge of the practical and technical skills and the processes and philosophy that underpin engineering systems. You’ll then choose a specialisation to build additional knowledge and skills needed to perform technical roles in a range of engineering systems relevant to your specialisation. Finally, you'll complete project-based units that will develop your skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving. and project management, and additionally complete a total of 30 days of professional placement in industry during your studies, ensuring you are ready to hit the ground running as a graduate.
Recommended Study Pattern
To be eligible to receive the Associate Degree of Engineering, students must complete 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:
- 1 specialisation in Civil Construction or Intelligent Machines (192 credit points).
Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Civil Construction (Engineering and Management) after completing 8 core units (96 credit points) from the Civil Construction specialisation.
Choose your subjects
Students will choose one of the following specialisations:
Students develop practical skills and knowledge to solve practical problems related to four main engineering systems, namely civil construction systems, transport systems, built structures, and sustainable water systems.
Students develop practical skills and knowledge to solve practical problems related to four main engineering systems, namely namely design and production systems, sustainable energy and power systems, smart machines, and robotics and control systems.