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CA87 - Bachelor of Engineering

About Engineering

Do you enjoy solving problems, and we don’t just mean mathematics? Are you curious about how things work? If you would like to be at the cutting edge of scientific and technological advancements, then becoming a professional engineer will provide a challenging career where you can utilise these abilities and interests and turn ideas into reality.

As a professional engineer you can be a driver of change in society and be not only responsible for the technology change, but also the impact it has on communities, society and the environment in general. Professional engineers work with people, they listen, then set about solving problems for people and communities.

Civil engineering typically involves infrastructure systems planning, design and supervision including the construction of buildings and bridges, transport and water resource systems.

Mechanical engineering typically involves planning, design and supervision in climate control, manufacturing and process and machine systems.

Electrical engineering typically specialises in systems design, development and maintenance of systems associated with electrical power and energy, telecommunications, instrumentation and control, microprocessors, and electronics.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Engineering graduates enjoy a wide variety of challenging career options across a range of industries and governments sectors.  Graduates specialise in one of the following: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering.

Graduates find employment in Power generation and distribution organisations, Mining and mineral processing sites and plants, Large manufacturing and fabrication companies, Consulting and mining companies, Project and construction contractors, Government and municipal authorities and utilities, Transport operators and authorities, Telecommunication companies and Electronics equipment and appliance companies.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 years full-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - GLD(Year 1 only); MKY(Year 1 only); ROK
International - ROK
Courses/Units of Credit 24 courses/192 units of credit
Faculty Engineering and Physical Systems
How to Apply QTAC
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation All program discipline plans are accredited by Engineers Australia.
Residential School not applicable
Practicum/Work placement Students must gain at least 12 weeks of appropriate industry
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal BEng 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 041499F - QLD

Program Aims

The Bachelor of Engineering consists of a common first year followed by three years of specialist training in the fields of civil, electrical or mechanical engineering. The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering program is offered at CQU's Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton campuses. The advanced years of the program are currently at Rockhampton.

The first two years of this program are common to the Co-op education engineering degree. Students in this program may be invited to transfer to the Co-op program subject to their performance and the availability of work placement.

The Faculty offers the only project-based learning Engineering degrees in Australia. This method of teaching offers the opportunity to learn in context - where you are learning for a reason, not just to pass exams. Teamwork and problem solving skills are learned alongside the technical content in an exciting real-world engineering environment.

A recommended study schedule for this program can be obtained from the Faculty. Students may determine their own schedule based upon credit transfers and personal study requirements.

It is important to note that full-time students usually enrol in 24 units of credit per term and these units will be derived from the Program Structure below.

Career options
Engineer in specialised area in government or private industry.

Program Structure

Students must complete 24 courses (192 units of credit). Note that Project Based Learning (PBL) courses are equivalent in time commitment and activity requirements to two normal courses.

All students enrol in a common first year and then select a specialist stream.

Courses Offered

Year 1
All students enrol in a common first year and then select a specialist stream. In this year students must complete.
Course Code Course Name
MATH11218 Engineering Foundation Mathematics
PHYS11182 Physics IA
T1
ENEA11001 Engineering Skills I
MATH11219 Engineering Mathematics
PHYS11183 Physics IB
T2
ENEA11002 Engineering Skills II

Students will then enrol in the prescribed courses for a specialist plan. Three plans are offered: civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

Except where specified, electives may be taken from a wide selection within and outside the faculty. This selection must be requested and approved in writing through the appropriate faculty authority.

Civil Plan
Course Code Course Name
ENEC12002 Eng Materials (Civil)
ENEC12003 Basic Mechanics & Structures
Year 2 - T1
ENEC12001 Hydraulics
Year 2 - T2
ENEC12004 Theory & Prac of Struc Des
ENEC12005 Geotechnics I
ENEC12006 Water Resources Project
Year 3 - T1
ENEC13008 Building Design Project
ENEC14009 Geotechnics II
STAT13034 Engineering Statistics
Year 3 - T2
ENEC13007 Analysis of Structures & Stresses
ENEC14010 Road/Railway Design Proj
MATH12178 Engineering Mathematics III
ENEA14008 Dissertation A (non Co-op Program students)
ENEC14012 Water Engineering
Year 4 - T1
ENEA13003 Engineering Management
Year 4 - T2
ENEA14009 Dissertation B (non Co-op Program students)
ENEC14011 Transportation Engineering

Plus 1 elective in Year 4 - T2. The elective is expected to contribute an enrichment in the program and thus may be nominated by the student from appropriate courses University wide. This nomination must be requested and approved in writing by the appropriate faculty authority.

(External only: ENEA13003, ENEC14011)

Note that MATH12178 Engineering Mathematics III and STAT13034 will be replaced by new mathematics courses from 2006.

Electrical Plan
Course Code Course Name
ENEE12002 Embedded Processor Systems Design
ENEE12013 Circuit Analysis
Year 2 - T1
ENEE12001 Introduction to Analogue Electronics
Year 2 - T2
ENEE12003 Electrical Power & Drives (electrical students only)
ENEE12004 Introduction to Power Systems
ENEE12005 Building Services Design
Year 3 - T1
ENEE13008 Communications Systems Project
ENEE13012 Introduction to Communication Systems
STAT13034 Engineering Statistics
Year 3 - T2
ENEE13006 Intro to Control Systems
ENEE13007 Control Systems Project
MATH12178 Engineering Mathematics III
ENEA14008 Dissertation A (non Co-op Program students)
Year 4 - T1
ENEA13003 Engineering Management
Year 4 - T2
ENEA14009 Dissertation B (non Co-op Program students)

Plus 1 elective in Year 4 - T1 and T2. Students would normally be expected to choose the Faculty offerings as specified except where other courses appropriate to career aspirations are formally nominated and approved as below.

T1 - ENEE13009 Power Electronic Conversion, ENEE13010 Power Systems Modelling Analysis

T2 - ENTE13011 Digital Signal Processing

An additional elective is to be chosen in Year 4 - T2. Which is expected to contribute an enrichment in the program and thus may be nominated by the student from appropriate courses University wide. This nomination must be requested and approved in writing by the appropriate faculty authority.

(External only: ENEA13003)

Note that MATH12178 Engineering Mathematics III and STAT13034 will be replaced by new mathematics courses from 2006.

Mechanical Plan

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Course Code Course Name
Year 2 - T1
ENEC12003 Basic Mechanics & Structures
ENEM12001 Fluid Mechanics
ENEM12002 Engineering Materials (Mechanical)
ENEM12004 Dynamics
ENEM12005 Machine Element Design
Year 2 - T2
ENEM12003 Thermodynamics
Year 3 - T1
ENEM13007 Energy Conversion
ENEM13008 Thermofluid Engineering
STAT13034 Engineering Statistics
ENEM13009 Electrical Power & Drives (for non-electrical students)
Year 3 - T2
ENEM13006 Mechanical Systems
MATH12178 Engineering Mathematics III
Year 4 - T1
ENEA13003 Engineering Management
ENEA14008 Dissertation A (non Co-op Program students)
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