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January, April, June, September

2 year(s) full-time


Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Degree overview

  • Study at one of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research.1

  • Join a university ranked in the top 10 in Australia for teaching quality in engineering.2

  • Use your qualification as a pathway into a professional career in civil, mechanical, mechatronics, electrical engineering and/or surveying.

  • Graduate with credit towards an Undergraduate Engineering degree, such as the UniSA Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.

  • Study course content that has been informed by the latest advancements in the field.

  • Learn introductory mathematics, physics and chemistry, along with core engineering courses.

1UniSA's Engineering research rated well above world-class. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
2ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 (Undergraduate). Public universities only.



Study On Demand – this is a 100% online engineering qualification designed specifically for online learning. With UniSA Online, you can take full control over your study, access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Graduate with the skills to transition from tradesperson to engineering professional with the knowledge and skills required in higher-level technical and management roles. Your qualification is also a great starting point if you’re looking to change careers and enter the engineering industry for the first time.

This two-year qualification is an introduction to university-level study and is a pathway towards UniSA’s Bachelor of Engineering degrees, which has specialisations in civil, mechanical, mechatronics, electrical engineering and/or surveying. Depending on the combination of courses you choose, you could be eligible for up to 1.5 years of credit towards an Engineering (Honours) Bachelor degree with UniSA. Alternatively, you may choose to go directly into employment as an engineering associate, designer drafter, developer or engineering technical officer across a range of industries.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Study a broad range of subjects that cover essential maths, physics and chemistry topics, and first-year courses from UniSA’s engineering bachelor degrees. Be introduced to core concepts across civil, electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines. Graduate with a solid understanding of the relationship between each field and challenges that may arise when working on multidisciplinary projects.

Discover how engineering intersects with essential business management practices across diverse environments. Uncover market forces, business realities and ethical, legal and environmental factors that impact engineering projects. Study systems and design thinking techniques and learn how innovation and creativity are essential ingredients in generating new ideas and solutions.

Engineers apply science and maths concepts to solve practical problems. The maths insights and skills you gain throughout your studies will be an essential foundation to further your understanding of more complex engineering concepts. You’ll learn the basics in algebra, trigonometry and calculus.

Cover basic concepts in chemistry and physics and their practical application to engineering. Explore fluid mechanics and thermal energy, circuits and signals, and the structure and properties of materials. You’ll also learn to produce 2D engineering drawings and 3D engineering models, which is an essential skill to communicate visual designs.

Our practical approach to learning means you’ll gain the skills to hit the ground running. Throughout your studies, you’ll learn to use industry-standard software such as SolidWorks to produce 3D CAD models that bring your designs alive, Enovia (Dassault Systems) to develop detailed project plans, MATLAB to process data and Mulitsim to instantly visualise and analyse electronic circuit behaviour.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports

Degree structure

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

First year
UO Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry (MATH 1076) , Note(s): 4 , Rule(s): 1
UO Introduction to Engineering Chemistry (ENGG 1006) , Note(s): 4
UO Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus (MATH 1077) , Note(s): 4 , Rule(s): 1
UO Introduction to Engineering Physics (PHYS 1019) , Note(s): 4 , Rule(s): 1
UO Mathematical Methods for Engineers 1 (MATH 1078) , Rule(s): 1
UO Mathematical Methods for Engineers 2 (MATH 1079) , Rule(s): 1
Second year
UO Programming Concepts (COMP 1047) , Rule(s): 1
UO Engineering Mechanics (MENG 1014) , Rule(s): 1
UO Electrical and Electronic Systems (EEET 1029) , Rule(s): 1
UO Electrical Circuit Analysis (EEET 1028) , Note(s): 1
UO Fluid and Energy Engineering (MENG 2015) , Note(s): 2 , Rule(s): 1

Study Engineering on Demand

Watch Liz Smith, Program Director: UniSA STEM give an insight into what the Engineering degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Associate Degree in Engineering

Why this Degree

As one of Australia's leading universities for engineering research, your course content is informed by the latest advancements in the field.

Your qualification takes an industry-focused, project-based approach to learning. Be involved in projects developed by Engineers Without Borders, which supports real projects in developing countries around the world. Discover the ways in which engineering is fundamental to creating positive change and improves quality of life for disadvantaged communities.

With changing business models and digital innovations transforming the sector, an emerging skill set is in demand. While technical abilities are essential, employers are now seeking professionals who also possess effective communication and business management skills. Your associate degree will establish and hone your skills and help you stay ahead of the competition.

Career outcomes


Your career

Engineering is a diverse and varied profession. Some engineers build the world’s cities, roads and bridges, some create components found in computers and gaming consoles while others help to develop renewable energy sources to protect the environment.

Your associate degree prepares you to work in jobs such as engineering associate, design drafter, developer or engineering technical officer. You’ll be well sought after in fields such as defence, construction, environmental engineering, mining and resources and civil infrastructure, depending on your area of interest.

This program is not accredited by Engineers Australia (EA) however graduates are eligible to apply for membership to EA at Engineering Associate level. Please contact EA for more information on the requirements and process for membership.

Careers to consider:

  • Engineering associate:
    Work as a paraprofessional and design, develop and maintain products, equipment and processes; apply technical knowledge to complete routine engineering tasks such as performing calculations, operating machinery and preparing reports; and manage small projects under the supervision of a senior engineer.
  • Design drafter:
    Support engineers to research and design new products and systems for an organisation; draft blueprints, model new components using 3D sketches; interpret engineering sketches, specifications and drawings; create test prototypes and oversee manufacturing processes; collaborate with design and production teams; and apply in-depth knowledge of the latest design trends and engineering software.
  • Engineering technical officer:
    Support engineers to analyse and modify new and existing engineering technologies and apply them in the testing and implementation of engineering projects; monitor and test apparatus and operating equipment; conduct statistical studies to analyse production costs for a range of designs; and organise and direct site labour and the delivery of construction materials, plant and equipment.
  • Engineering developer:
    Work with engineers to plan, design, develop, test and release new products and features, enhancements or fixes; assist with developing new methodologies and implement emerging technologies; write diagnostic programs and design and write code for operating systems; work on products such as mobile phones or car part construction; research designs using mathematical modelling using CAD and CAE software; and test prototypes and analyse results.

This associate degree is also a pathway into UniSA Engineering (Honours) degrees, allowing you to continue your studies and become a fully-qualified engineer and/or surveyor.

Your study experience and support

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • Study 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Choose from four start dates in January, April, June and September
  • Learn in 10-week blocks
  • Get support seven days a week - including on weeknights
  • Access learning resources 24/7
  • View course content before your term starts
  • Work while you study
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • Fast-track your studies and receive credit for past study and/or work experience.

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked in the top five in Australia for graduate employability1 Join a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA Online degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career or take it to the next level1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

 1 Ranked #4, 2020 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey –Graduate Employability Skills Indicator

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment.You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

What others are saying

So many of the innovations we encounter in everyday life come about through engineering. It’s a respected profession where you can solve problems and use your creativity to a make significant impact on the world.  

I started as a mechanical engineer working in process improvement at a plastics manufacturing plant. My role involved looking at methods to automate and streamline processes. From there, I moved into industrial jet design and research, and now I’m passionate about engineering education and helping the next generation of engineers enter the profession career-ready.

I’m driven by creating opportunities for students to collaborate and learn by doing and have received a national citation for ‘outstanding contributions to student learning’ from the Commonwealth Government’s Office for my work in developing inclusive teamwork skills in engineering students.

Liz Smith

Program Director: UniSA STEM


Liz Smith

Program Director: UniSA STEM

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.
  • Students will need a wired (USB cabled) tablet with a small, low-pressure sensitive pen that doesn’t have a battery. For improved efficiency, we also recommend the tablet has customisable buttons for quick access shortcuts.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to LinkedIn Learning - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility

    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to continue your application, save it for later or request a call back from a Degree Adviser if you have any questions.

  2. Gather your relevant documents

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to log in to your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents

    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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