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Associate Degree in Engineering

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  • Awarded by

    University of South Australia

  • Qualification

    Associate Degree

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  • Duration

    16 units

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Last modified: 07 Feb 2017

About this course

Studying this Associate Degree in Engineering program through Open Universities Australia is the first step toward launching your career as an engineer. Upon completion of this course you will have the necessary knowledge and training to jump into an accredited Bachelor of Engineering degree, to complete your engineering training.

This associate degree program will give you an educational foundation in key engineering principles and tools, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer techniques, electrical systems, and sustainable engineering practice. This knowledge will help you to progress into more specialised areas of study if you choose to continue with the bachelor's degree.

On-campus requirements

You will be required to attend the University of South Australia in Adelaide to complete practical and laboratory classes. The following subjects have practical components:

  • Electrical and energy systems
  • Engineering and environmental geology
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Civil engineering practice
  • Water chemistry
  • Fluid and energy engineering
  • Manufacturing processes

A master’s degree through OUA was the best choice to further my career.

  • Prerequisites


    Anyone can apply. Eligible applicants will be required to purchase a copy of MATLAB software.

  • Subjects

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    In this Associate Degree in Engineering program, some of the subjects you will study include:

    • Essential mathematics1: algebra and trigonometry
    • Essential mathematics 2: calculus
    • General physics
    • Introduction to chemistry
    • Sustainable engineering practice
    • Engineering drawing with SolidWorks
    • Engineering design and innovation
    • Mathematical methods for engineers 1
    • Mathematical methods for engineers 2
    • Engineering materials
    • Engineering mechanics

    You will also be able to chose to major in civil engineering or mechanical engineering.

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  • Why Open Universities Australia?

    For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online. OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.

    Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

    The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Associate Degree in Engineering from University of South Australia.

A qualification in engineering will give you a wide variety of career options within fields such as mining and natural resources, building and construction, industrial design, planning and development, defence and environmental engineering. This associate degree is intended to provide a foundation for further study in engineering and is also particularly useful to those already working as engineering paraprofessionals, providing them with additional skills and training.

Wondering where a career in engineering could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Specialist Technician
  • Mining Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering Associate


If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or scholarships.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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