Associate Degree of Engineering

Charles Darwin University
2 years
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Associate Degree of Engineering

About this program

Associate Degree of Engineering

The Associate Degree of Engineering will provide a sound basis of fundamental engineering concepts, followed by the application of chemical, civil and structural, electrical and electronics or mechanical engineering theory and practice.

The course will help you to develop skills for solving common engineering problems as well as prepare you for further study of more advanced engineering concepts in the Bachelor of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Engineering Honours.

As a civil and structural engineering associate, you will contribute to the design, operation and maintenance of structures and systems for the modern world. Key areas include water resources, roads and traffic, bridges and marine structures.

As an engineering associate in the electrical and electronics industry, you will assist with the design, automation and control of devices which make modern life convenient. You are involved in electronics, telecommunications, biomedical applications and power generation, storage and distribution, including renewable energy.

As a mechanical engineering associate, you contribute to the design and construction of devices which improve transportation and provide more affordable manufacturing and production solutions. Key areas include mechatronics, robotics, biomechanical applications, aeroplanes, cars, pumps and pipelines.

In addition to specific engineering knowledge, essential engineering skills including innovation, creativity and teamwork are developed.

This course was developed in consultation with and is supported by industry leaders. It provides a sound foundation of engineering knowledge which can lead to further engineering study or to employment as an engineering associate.

This course also available in Online with the study pace of full time & part time. And part time duration is 4 years

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Admission requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition fee: $33,480


On successful completion of this course, student will awarded by Associate Degree of Engineering.

Career paths

Graduating from the civil and structural specialisation of this course may lead to paraprofessional engineering opportunities in areas such as design, construction, water supply and treatment, infrastructure development, roads and traffic and project management.

Graduating from the electrical and electronics specialisation of this course may lead to paraprofessional engineering career opportunities in areas such as electronics, renewable energy, power generation, storage and distribution, process control, mining, oil and gas, consultation, and project management.

Graduating from the mechanical specialisation may lead to paraprofessional engineering career opportunities in areas such as design, manufacturing and fabrication, mining, oil and gas, consultation, and project management.

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 69 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and...

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CDU is ranked the number one Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes.

Leader in Online Learning

CDU is a pioneer in e-learning and has been delivering courses online for almost 20 years. While you are studying online with CDU, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and online study delivery.


With small class sizes, lecturers know your name and provide personalised support and advice.


You will receive support from academic staff and the dedicated International Student Support team, who will work with you throughout your studies to ensure your success.


Our main campus in Casuarina is surrounded by nature, with bike paths linking the University to the tropical surrounds, including a beautiful beach a few minutes away. Affordable public transport connects the campus to the Darwin Central Business District (CBD).

Dual-sector university is a pathway for everyone, from VET and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.

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Ellengowan Drive
0810 Darwin

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