Study Engineering Degree in Australia
Engineering Courses. The requirement for a Professional Engineer is a four year Bachelor of Engineering course available at most major universities in Australia. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (three years) is available at a selection of Australian universities and courses to become an Engineering Associate can be studied at TAFE. Individual institutions should be contacted about the entrance requirements.
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In addition to the large technical component of engineering courses there is a growing emphasis on the teaching of skills such as managerial skills and awareness of current social and economic issues such as environmental protection and sustainable development. It is believed that young engineers should be made more aware of the important role they can play in establishing new products and enterprises whilst maintaining and enhancing the existing ones.
Students contemplating an engineering career should understand that study at Year 12 level is essential to gain access to a professional engineering course. Mathematics 1 and 2, physics and chemistry are highly recommended subjects. If you are considering an engineering career, it is important that you thoroughly investigate the entry requirements as these vary from course to course and between universities.
The Institution of Engineers, Australia, accredits a number of three year University degrees, typically Bachelor of Technology or Science, which will allow entry to the Institution at the grade of Affiliate as an Engineering Technologist. Although there are similarities between the work undertaken by Professional Engineers and Engineering Technologists, employment opportunities are often more restricted for Engineering Technologists when employers are seeking the greater theoretical depth and breadth of an engineer with an accredited four year degree.
Students in engineering courses study varying combinations of specialised engineering courses plus mathematics, chemistry and physics. One of the difficulties faced by school students at school when considering the choice of an engineering career, is that they have only a vague idea of what is involved in the subjects that make up engineering courses, as some of these subject titles are rather unfamiliar.
Entry requirements vary from University to University and students are advised to check the University entrance guides published in each state.
Engineering courses vary in length from one University to another but generally an Engineering degree is of four years duration, a technologist degree is of three years duration and a combined degree is of five years duration.
Post graduate programs, taken after completing a first degree in Engineering, may be either broadening or specialist.
Students generally have 22 to 30 contact hours per week and a year is divided into two semesters each of 14 to 16 weeks duration.
Four year undergraduate engineering courses accredited by the Institution of Engineers will enable graduates to practise as professional engineers. Bachelor of Technology courses and three year degrees will normally allow entry of Engineering Technologies to the Institution as Affiliates, while Associate Diplomas from TAFE Colleges may allow entry as Engineering Associates.
Delivery of Courses
Engineering courses accredited by the Institution of Engineers, Australia, are delivered by Universities in several ways.
Most professional engineering courses are delivered on campus full time, usually over eight semesters in a minimum time of four years.
Some courses are available by mixed mode, using external study with short periods of full time attendance on campus. In some circumstances 12 months full time attendance on campus is required. Some academic projects may be undertaken at the place of employment. These courses are normally available to students in full-time employment in an engineering environment.
Double or Combined Degrees
Certain professional engineering courses accredited by the Institution of Engineers, Australia, are combined with another course at some Universities. Examples of combined degrees are engineering with law, science, mathematics, arts, commerce and information technology. These combined courses usually take at least one additional year of full time study.