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Associate Degree of Engineering
University of Southern Queensland - External

Course outline

Students gain industry-driven knowledge and the skills to apply practical analysis and technical principles to their chosen specialisation. This program prepares students for employment as associate engineers or can be used as a pathway to a bachelor’s degree. This program expands students’ knowledge in a range of technologies and equipment to assist in the design, management and construction of engineering projects. Students develop the basic problem-solving skills that can be applied to engineering problems, while gaining an understanding of the principles of sustainability. For more program information, visit Associate Degree of Engineering at UniSQ.


External students must attend at least one, week-long, residential school in Toowoomba during most years of the program.


Toowoomba : agricultural engineering; civil engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; mechanical engineering; mining engineering.
External: agricultural engineering; civil engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; instrumental control and automation engineering; mechanical engineering; mining engineering.
Springfield: civil engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; mechanical engineering.

Other requirements

All students must complete 30 days of work experience in an engineering workplace.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for the University of Southern Queensland and for this course, refer to UniSQ’s website.

Additional entry requirements

Applicants must nominate on their QTAC application one preferred major of study.

Recommended study
Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C)
Assumed knowledge

English (Units 3 and 4, C); General Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C)

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

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Highest Rank to receive an offer

Median Rank to receive an offer

Lowest Rank to receive an offer

ATAR/Selection Rank excluding adjustment factors




ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors




Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

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Higher education study

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Work and life experience

Recent secondary education

Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR/Rank

Admitted where both ATAR/Rank and additional criteria were considered

Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor

International students

All students

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* “<5" – the number of students is less than 5

Career opportunities

Depending on specialisation: with engineering consultants, government agencies, companies associated with mining, resources, farming, agricultural products, construction, research and development, manufacturing, processing, materials testing.


Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as an Engineering Associate (Officer).
Mining engineering major: Graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Grade membership of AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).

Course Code
Start Date
Nov 2023
Jan 2024
May 2024
Aug 2024
Offer rounds

15 Jan 2024
24 Apr 2024
6 Jun 2024

Level of Qualification
Associate Degree
Study Area
Engineering and Technology
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

2 years Full time or 4 years Part time

Darling Downs & South West QLD
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