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Associate Degree of Engineering Major Mechanical Engineering

Associate Degree of Engineering Major Mechanical Engineering (ADNG)

Entry requirements
ATAR 62.70
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul, Nov
Note: The semester 3 (November) intake is only available via external study.

Overview

  • Speed up your engineering career opportunities with the Associate Degree of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering). Get hands-on with practical courses, access first-class laboratories and learn highly sought-after skills you’ll need for an in-demand engineering workforce. The Associate Degree of Engineering is not only a steppingstone for you into the engineering profession, but also for further study towards being fully qualified.
  • Design the latest in modern mechanical innovations in the automotive, aeronautical, building, power, mining, manufacturing, and public utility industries. Learn to design and develop efficient, reliable and economical products and processes that could make an impact on modern engineering mechanics and machinery.
  • Build on your existing knowledge of machinery and mechanical trade, translating practical know-how into physical and mathematical principles, giving you a broad perspective of the entire engineering discipline and its practice.
  • Once graduated, tasks within your career may focus on specific elements of larger systems; applying established codes, practices and procedures to manufacture, install, commission and service small and large scale projects involving machines and mechanical systems, such as bulk handling and air-conditioning.
  • Do you already hold a Diploma through TAFE, prior studies, or experience through work? You may be able to fast-track your degree.

Further study

This degree is a great stepping stone to our Bachelor of Engineering Science where you will be credited for your studies already undertaken in the Associate Degree of Engineering (if studying in the same major).

Professional accreditation

When you graduate from this major, you’ll be eligible for full accreditation with Engineers Australia as an Engineering Associate (Officer). You will also have the opportunity to work overseas, with your accreditation recognised in other countries that are signatories to the Dublin Accord. 

Career outcomes

  • Some of the career options for graduates includes mechanical engineering officer, mechanical drafter or designer, CAD operator, CAM operator, maintenance technician or planner, building service technician, manufacturing planner or supervisor in some of Australia’s biggest and most important industries.
  • Apply your graduate expertise in areas including maintenance, machine and mechanical design, air-conditioning and elevator systems, resource extraction, waste processing, computer aided design and manufacturing or specialist technical sales.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 62.70 57.75

Pre-requisites

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C), and
  • General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

It is also recommended that you have studied Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C), or equivalent.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this degrees' student cohort for Semester 1 from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 5
Mechanical Engineering major courses 11
5 x practice courses (0 unit value)
Total 16

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 7950
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 27920

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 907055
Springfield 927051
Toowoomba 907051

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Friday 5 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 19 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.
  • Semester 3, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 15 November, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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