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2 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2019: AUD$ 36,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 37,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Engineering research rated well above world-class by 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)1.
  • Pathway into a professional career in civil, mechanical, mechatronic, electrical engineering and/or surveying.
  • Graduate with credit to use towards an Engineering (Honours) bachelor degree with UniSA.
  • Study introductory mathematics, physics and chemistry along with core engineering courses.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



Prepare for a professional career in civil, mechanical, mechatronic, electrical engineering or surveying, or continue studying after this qualification and become a fully-qualified engineer and/or surveyor.

In this qualification you will learn the mathematics, physics and chemistry you need to study engineering. Depending on the combination of courses you choose, you could be eligible for up to 1.5 years of credit towards an Engineering (Honours) bachelor degree with UniSA.

You’ll be taught by experience lecturers with everything you learn supported by our (well above) world-class research excellence*.

2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Along with courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry, you’ll study first year engineering core courses. These include Engineering Materials, Engineering Design and Innovation, and Computer Techniques.

You will also select a specialisation in civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or surveying where you’ll study courses specific to these areas.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry MATH 1066 4.5 Note(s): 7
Introduction to Engineering Physics PHYS 1018 4.5 Note(s): 7
Programming Fundamentals for Engineers COMP 1045 4.5 Note(s): 2
Sustainable Engineering Practice ENGG 1003 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Engineering Chemistry CHEM 1015 4.5 Note(s): 7
Engineering Design and Innovation ENGG 1004 4.5
Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus MATH 1067 4.5 Note(s): 7
Electrical and Electronic Systems EEET 1027 4.5 Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Engineering Materials RENG 1005 4.5
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 MATH 1063 4.5
Introduction to Surveying and Spatial Sciences GEOE 1018 4.5
Professional Engineering Practice E EEET 3033 4.5
Mechanical Engineering Practice N MENG 2009 4.5
Manufacturing Processes MFET 2001 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2 MATH 1064 4.5
Engineering Mechanics MENG 1012 4.5
Road Design and Traffic Management CIVE 2012 4.5
Water Chemistry CIVE 2011 4.5
Operations and Project Management for Engineers MENG 3012 4.5
Fluid and Energy Engineering MENG 2002 4.5
Note(s): 1
Electromechanics EEET 2044 4.5
Electrical Circuit Theory EEET 1003 4.5
Programming for Engineers COMP 1041 4.5
Methods of Applied Mathematics 1 MATH 2028 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays, assignments, reports
  • quizzes
  • group projects
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Associate Degree in Engineering

Why this Degree

You will study introductory mathematics, physics and chemistry along with core engineering courses.

Our students also work on the University of South Australia entry in the Warman Design and Build Competition, applying hands-on skills and knowledge to a complex design project. This is an Asia Pacific-wide competition, open to students in mechanical engineering who are in their first or second year of study. In 2015 the UniSA Warman team won the National Committee on Engineering Design Best Design Award and came 5th overall out of 16 teams.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide. If you go on to study Engineering (Honours) you’ll have plenty of chances to get hands-on experience and make industry connections. Many of our graduates have been employed through work placements or internships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

Careers you could consider:

  • electrical engineering technologist: designing, building, testing and repairing electronic parts in mobile phones, medical equipment, machinery control systems, or computers; using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-assisted engineering (CAE) software to design systems and products
  • engineering design and development: working on products such as mobile phones or car part construction; research using mathematical modelling; using CAD and CAE software; testing prototypes and analysing results
  • maintenance technician: preventative maintenance work such as checking and calibrating instruments, fitting new parts or carrying out quality inspections; emergency maintenance work such as fixing equipment breakdowns or faults

This associate degree is also a pathway into UniSA Engineering (Honours) degrees, so you could also continue your studies and become a fully-qualified engineer and/or surveyor.

Industry facts


Employment as a building and engineering technician in Australia is projected to increase by 6,100 by 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 


Over the past two years engineering vacancies in Australia recorded growth of 42.2 per cent1.

1Vacancies for Engineers January 2017 Update, Engineers Australia


In 2016, Engineering vacancies in Australia increased from 2,423 (January) to 3,230 (December)1.

1Vacancies for Engineers January 2017 Update, Engineers Australia

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

My research interest and expertise is in mechanical design, manufacturing processing technologies, biomaterials and biomechanics, biomedical device manufacturing and CAD/CAM. I received a ‘Young Researcher Award’ from the Mazak Foundation (Japan) in 2006 for my research achievements.

Ms Liz Smith

Program Director

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Ms Liz Smith

Program Director


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