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Associate Degree in Civil Engineering

At a glance

At a glance

Get ahead in your career with this advanced technical qualification from TAFE Queensland. Become an engineering associate or technical consultant in a range of industries.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Site Supervisor
  • Estimator
  • Engineering Professional
  • Engineering Surveyor
  • Design Drafter
  • Design Modeller
COURSE OUTCOME

HED001 Associate Degree in Civil Engineering

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Course overview

Course overview

Help shape the future of Australia's infrastructure with this specialised, advanced qualification with TAFE Queensland. This course will allow you to progress your career as an engineering professional and become a technical consultant or engineering associate.

Specialised technical skills are in demand in the building and construction and civil engineering sectors. Job prospects for engineering associates are strong, with up to 25,000 new job openings expected in the next five years.

In this associate degree, you will develop your skills to an advanced level in design, drafting and mathematics relevant to civil engineering. You will develop specialised knowledge of structural, municipal and environmental engineering, project management and estimating industry skills. Our experienced teachers will ensure you can synthesise elements of your theoretical and practical understanding through designing and implementing an engineering project to standards applicable to a modern civil or structural engineering practice.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work on infrastructure projects as a civil engineering associate or technical consultant in a variety of industries including engineering, construction, mining and transportation companies, or local and state government agencies. You will also be on the path to further advanced studies.

Units

The successful achievement of this Associate Degree requires you to complete all core and 1 elective unit from the list below.

All units are delivered face to face at South bank TAFE, however the laboratory pracs which form part of CEA104 (Workplace Practices) subject content are delivered through South Bank campus, with the use of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) laboratory facilities.

A White Card is required to access engineering and construction work sites and may be required of students while undertaking professional placement. Students will be offered the opportunity, at additional cost, to complete the General Safety Induction Course (White Card Training) while completing their degree.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Year 1 Semester 1
CEA101
Civil engineering mathematics
CEA102B
Civil engineering fundamentals
CEA103
2D CAD
CEA104
Workplace practices
Year 1 Semester 2
CEA105
Engineering surveying
CEA106
Civil design and drafting
CEA204
Structural design/drafting 1
Year 2 Semester 1
CEA201
Geoscience
CEA202
Project management
CEA203
Road design
CEA207
Structural engineering/drafting 2
Year 2 Semester 2
CEA205
Municipal engineering
CEA206
Environmental engineering
CEA107
Construction and estimating
CEA208
Engineering project

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
Year 1 Semester 2
CEA108
Advanced mathematics
CEA109
Advanced CAD

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

English language proficiency requirements:

This information is for domestic applicants applying for the Associate Degree in Civil Engineering at TAFE Queensland.

You must be able to speak, write, read and comprehend English to a certain standard to be accepted into a TAFE Queensland higher education qualification..

This is known as 'English language proficiency'.

You must demonstrate English language proficiency if:

  • English is not your first language, and
  • you haven't taken a course taught entirely in English in a country approved by TAFE Queensland  and to a level (e.g. diploma) and standard (e.g. pass/fail) they require.

Demonstrating English language proficiency

To demonstrate your English language proficiency, you need to:

  • provide TAFE Queensland with evidence of previous studies or qualifications; or
  • pass a relevant English language test (refer below) and provide TAFE Queensland with your results. Note: You must sit the academic version, not the general version.

English language tests

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:

Applications for this qualification are via QTAC in the first instance. Applicants must have completed Year 12 or have attained Year 12 leaving age to apply for TAFE Queensland courses through QTAC or apply directly to TAFE Queensland, please phone 1300 712 007 for more information.

The entry requirements for this course are:

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

  • Australian Year 12 students
    • Prospective students must provide evidence stating completion of Year 12 in an Australian school system or overseas equivalent; or attained Year 12 leaving age.
    • Assumed knowledge: English (4, Sound Achievement) and Maths A, B or C (4, Sound Achievement)
    • Additional entry information: Successful applicants who do not have formal English and/or Maths studies and are at risk of non-completion of the program may be required to undertake bridging studies prior to 1st semester.

 

Other admission options

Applicants may apply directly by obtaining the application form from TAFE Queensland Customer Service Centre and submitting the form via email to degrees.tafequeensland@tafe.qld.edu.au.

  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago
    • Prospective students must provide evidence stating completion of Year 12 in an Australian school system or overseas equivalent or attained Year 12 leaving age.
    • Assumed knowledge: English (4, Sound Achievement) and Maths A, B or C (4, Sound Achievement).
    • Successful applicants who do not have formal English and/or Maths studies and are at risk of non-completion of the program may be required to undertake bridging studies prior to 1st semester.
    • Alternative methods of satisfying pre-requisites (for example: Certificate III or IV, portfolio of work, bridging studies) may be assessed by contacting the TAFE Queensland Customer Service Centre on 1300 712 007.
  • Under the age of 17
    • For prospective students under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.
  • Interstate Year 12
    • Students who have completed Year 12 interstate will be assessed on equivalency of completion.
    • Prerequisite: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) or attained Year 12 leaving age.
    • Assumed knowledge: English (4, Sound Achievement) and Maths A, B or C (4, Sound Achievement) (or equivalent).
    • Additional entry information: Successful applicants who do not have formal English and/or Maths studies and are at risk of non-completion of the program may be required to undertake bridging studies prior to 1st semester.
    • Alternative methods of satisfying pre-requisites (for example: Certificate III or IV, portfolio of work, bridging studies) may be assessed by contacting the TAFE Queensland Customer Service Centre on 1300 712 007.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
    • Successful applicants who do not have formal English and/or Maths studies and are at risk of non-completion of the program may be required to undertake bridging studies prior to 1st semester.
    • Alternative methods of satisfying pre-requisites (for example: Certificate III or IV, portfolio of work, bridging studies) – contact the TAFE Queensland Customer Service Centre on 1300 712 007.
  • Applicants with work and life experience
    • Students with relevant work and life experience (non-formal courses, professional or work experience) may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). Students will be required to submit an RPL application with supporting documentation and/or certified copies as applicable.
    • An initial interview may be arranged by TAFE Queensland to further discuss and advise the student on suitability /eligibility for RPL (and any gap training) as required.
    • Students will be advised of the outcome of their suitability/eligibility for RPL prior to the start of study.
  • Bridging and enabling course entry
    • Applicants without Mathematics A are strongly advised to enrol into a 20 hours intensive Maths Workshop one week prior to the commencement of semester. This workshop is delivered at TAFE Queensland Brisbane.

Other requirements

  • Basic Key Skills Builder’ (bksb)
    • Successful applicants enrolling into the first semester are required to undergo diagnostic testing through the ‘Basic Key Skills Builder’ (bksb) platform. This testing is delivered by TAFE Queensland.
    • This process identifies knowledge gaps in mathematics and English language competencies. This is followed by referring students to remedial classes as required. In mathematics, students can enrol into a 20 hour preparatory mathematics unit which is run by the Maths convenor one week prior to the commencement of semester.
    • Students are occasionally referred to TQ’s Adult Tertiary Preparation mathematics and English language courses prior to resuming their enrolment.

 

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5, except the writing band which should be no less than 6.0) or ISLPR 3 on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent) with a Sound Achievement in Maths; or Satisfactory completion of CN649/CNJ30 Preparatory Studies - TGN151 Technical Communication or Recognised Certificate III or IV. Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.  Students will need to purchase a scientific calculator, but do not purchase until classes commence because the teacher will advise what is needed. Textbook or Kit resources that the students need to purchase will be explained during the first week of classes.

Need to know

Graduate Capability
TAFE Queensland delivers undergraduate courses which balance and integrate current theory and practice to implement new technologies, tools, and skills.  This applied approach values relational, communicative, cognitive and attitudinal skills and develops forward-thinking graduates who are agile and adaptable.

Our graduates are effective communicators who are engaged with new technologies, allowing them to solve complex and ambiguous real–world problems relevant to their industry. They work collaboratively as part of a team and have the maturity to apply ethical and social acuity in their practice. They can create, analyse and evaluate innovative solutions which are valued by and relevant to their industry.

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Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland