Associate Degree in Engineering

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

This program includes specialisations in chemical engineering, civil and structural engineering, electrical and electronics engineering and mechanical engineering. Emphasis is placed on learning through project work with students being exposed to engineering practice through guest lectures by practising engineers, site visits and work experience. CDU engineering courses were developed in consultation with industry representatives. Students graduate with a sound foundation of engineering learning as well as the advantage of an education that is directly aligned with industry requirements.


The course consists of 16 coursework units. The first year of study introduces basic engineering skills common to all specialisations. In subsequent years students follow a study path specifically developed for their area of specialisation.


  • Engineering-chemical
  • Engineering-civil and structural
  • Engineering-electrical and electronics
  • Engineering-mechanical

Standard entry requirements

  • NTCET or equivalent (Year 12) and an ATAR of 60 or higher
  • Or Certificate IV or above
  • Or STAT score of 135 or greater
  • Or submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience
  • Or 6 months of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma
  • Or completion of 40 credit points in the Preparation for Tertiary Study Program (ZTEP01), the Preparation for Tertiary Success (ZPTS11 or ZPTS21), or other recognised tertiary preparation course.

Study pathways

Students who successfully complete this program are eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Engineering and related degrees.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
  • ATAR: 73
Yes No information available

Further information

This course is available externally by distance learning for those who are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Distance learning requires reliable broadband internet access and on campus attendance at residential sessions for one week per semester of full-time study.

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