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HED001 | 065567A

Associate Degree in Civil Engineering

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.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 2 years
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane
WAYS TO STUDY On campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Annual indicative cost
$6,660 - $13,320
International
$33,200

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.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, civil engineering professionals are a skill in high demand with employers finding it hard to fill vacancies. This very large occupation is predicted to grow strongly in the future with around 28,000 job openings expected over the next five years. 

In this associate degree, you will develop your skills in the application of civil and structural engineering technology. You will gain specialised knowledge of drafting and modelling structural, municipal and environmental engineering, project management and estimating 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 or structural 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.

What can I do?

  • BIM Coordinator/Collaborator
  • Engineering Associate
  • Estimator
  • Design Drafter
  • Project Manager
  • Civil/Structural Designer and Modeller

Course outcome:

HED001 Associate Degree in Civil Engineering (ADCivEng)

University pathways

TAFE Queensland has negotiated university degree pathways with some of Australia’s top universities, providing you with credit exemption of up to 1.5 years when you enrol in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programme. Partner universities include Queensland University of Technology (QUT Precedent List), Griffith University (GU Credit Precedent Database) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ Credit Calculator).

Accreditation

TAFE Queensland's Associate Degree in Civil Engineering is accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of Engineering Associate. This professionally-accredited program is also recognised in Canada, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America through the Dublin Accord, greatly improving your global mobility.

What you will study

The successful achievement of the Associate Degree in Civil Engineering requires you to complete  15 core units and 1 elective unit. In addition,  Engineers Australia requires the completion of a  work-based learning unit (WBL) that comprises  240 hours of industry professional practice placement.

All units of study are delivered by TAFE Queensland in a face-to-face environment at the TAFE Queensland South Bank campus. Additionally, some practical sessions will be conducted by TAFE Queensland at our Mount Gravatt campus. This will be advised to you in the relevant Unit Study Guide.

FEE-HELP assistance is available for all units of study in this course.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

Year 1 Semester 1

  • Year 1 Semester 1

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA1111
    Engineering Mathematics 1
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA1111
    Unit description :
    In this unit, students will develop the fundamental mathematical knowledge and the skills to apply that knowledge at a level that will enable them to function effectively as para-professionals in the civil engineering domain. Students will become familiar with the mathematical operations involved in solving problems associated with basic algebra, matrix algebra, geometry, trigonometry, functions and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions and basic statistics.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA1112
    Engineering Fundamentals
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA1112
    Unit description :
    In this unit, students will be introduced to the fundamental elements of a broad range of engineering disciplines including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and hydraulic. Students will be introduced to the elements of research, calculation, drawing and reporting, appropriate to engineering practice and compliant with current Australian Standards.

    Co-requisite unit :
    CEA1111
  • UNIT NAME
  • Engineering Fundamentals
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA1113
    2D CAD Modelling
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA1113
    Unit description :
    This unit explores different modes of visual communication used in illustrating design ideas. This unit is intended to provide a sound basis on which to develop further understanding of one of the most commonly used drafting packages in the Civil design industry. During the project work an introduction to drafting and its requirements in the industry that will prove relevant to the overall course.
  • UNIT NAME
  • 2D CAD Modelling
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA1114
    Engineering Practices
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA1114
    Unit description :
    This unit provides students with an introduction to the key skills necessary to undertake engineering studies, including: communication, researching, critical analysis, problem solving, academic writing, team work, reflection and referencing via the Harvard Referencing Style. Furthermore, this course will introduce students to fundamental engineering practices including the work environment, professional recognition and the requirements for ongoing professional development. Students will continue to build and develop these skills as they progress through other units of the Civil Engineering course.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Engineering Practices
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • WBL003
    Work-based learning
    UNIT CODE :
    WBL003
    Unit description :
  • UNIT NAME
  • Work-based learning
    (Credit points: 0)

Year 1 Semester 2

  • Year 1 Semester 2

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA1215
    Engineering Surveying
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA1215
    Unit description :
    This unit combines theory and practical sessions to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles of surveying applicable to typical civil engineering projects promoting the development of the knowledge and skills needed to gather engineering survey data. Opportunities are provided for students to learn how to operate equipment commonly used to undertake levelling, location and setting-out surveys. Techniques associated with modern survey operations involving uploading and downloading between a Total Field Station and a computer will be explored, as will the use of GIS and GPS systems.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA1111
  • UNIT NAME
  • Engineering Surveying
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA1216
    Civil Design and Drafting
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA1216
    Unit description :
    This unit promotes the development of basic design skills appropriate to para-professional participation in the design of civil engineering projects such as rural roads, sewerage, water supply and stormwater drainage as part of an engineering design team. Students will also develop expertise in the documentation of such projects to a professional level of presentation using CAD software.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA1113
  • UNIT NAME
  • Civil Design and Drafting
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA1217
    Engineering Mechanics
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA1217
    Unit description :
    This unit introduces students to the concepts of material science, dynamics, work and energy, simple machines, engineering statics, properties of sections, mechanics of simple structural elements and determinacy and indeterminacy. The engineering science curriculum of this unit is fundamental to later stages of the course.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA1111 , CEA1112
  • UNIT NAME
  • Engineering Mechanics
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA1218
    Engineering Mathematics 2
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA1218
    Unit description :
    This unit provides students with the skills required at Engineering Technologist level to solve mathematical problems typically encountered in a civil engineering design office. Students will learn to critically appraise problems and identify possible solutions as part of the process involved in achieving a satisfactory resolution to a problem. Topics include: vectors, matrix algebra, calculus, and statistics.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA1111
  • UNIT NAME
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

Year 2 Semester 1

  • Year 2 Semester 1

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA2311
    Geoscience
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA2311
    Unit description :
    This unit provides students with an understanding of the processes underlying the formation of rocks and the cycle of change that leads to the development of the different classifications of soils. Students will develop an understanding of the use and relevance of the different types of rocks and soils that are available to the civil engineering team as a resource or as a foundation material. Students will use soil-testing laboratory equipment and perform relevant calculations to determine the strength of cohesive and non-cohesive soils.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA1111
  • UNIT NAME
  • Geoscience
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA2312
    Municipal Engineering
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA2312
    Unit description :
    In this unit students will learn, understand and apply the fundamentals of municipal engineering design including: • an introduction to Municipal Engineering including infrastructure, asset management, operations and legalities associated with local government operations. • an introduction to the design of water supply infrastructure systems including storage, trunk, reticulation and re-use networks and demands, • an introduction to the design of waste water infrastructure systems including gravity, vacuum and low pressure sewerage networks and demands, pump stations and treatment systems. • an introduction to the design of storm water drainage systems for rural and urban catchments including the design of cross drainage and longitudinal drainage systems.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA1111 , CEA1112 , CEA1216
  • UNIT NAME
  • Municipal Engineering
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA2313
    Road Design
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA2313
    Unit description :
    In this unit, students learn the requirements of road design and how to perform the calculations associated with road alignments, both horizontal and vertical. Students also learn aspects of design associated with intersections at grade. In undertaking all design and document presentation associated with this course, students will develop expertise in the use of current Civil Design Computer Application Software.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA1111 , CEA1216
  • UNIT NAME
  • Road Design
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA2314
    Structural Design and Modelling
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA2314
    Unit description :
    This Unit introduces students to the concepts of limit states design in structural engineering and the development of Australian Standard-based design skills appropriate to a para-professional role in the design of structural engineering elements such as steel members to AS4100 and concrete members to AS3600 as part of the engineering design team. Students will begin the course by further developing expertise in basic structural analysis and extend this to applications in structural design. Code compliant design detailing using the Revit software platform will form the basis of the drafting/modelling requirement of this unit.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA1217 , CEA1218
  • UNIT NAME
  • Structural Design and Modelling
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

Year 2 Semester 2

  • Year 2 Semester 2

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA2416
    Engineering Project Management
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA2416
    Unit description :
    The Civil Engineering industry requires graduates to be able to able to work within a project environment with other professionals and respond to the project’s stakeholder in an ethical and efficient manner. This course provides students with an understanding and application of the attributes required in the planning, management, organisation and administration of civil and structural engineering projects. Particular emphasis is placed on the successful delivery of projects in accordance with the knowledge areas within the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
  • UNIT NAME
  • Engineering Project Management
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA2417
    Construction and Estimating
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA2417
    Unit description :
    This unit introduces students to construction methods, estimating techniques and procedures associated with civil engineering projects. It provides students with a sound knowledge of construction works, the monitoring and control of labour, construction budgets and materials. Students will learn to identify the various stakeholders in the civil engineering industry, describe their roles and responsibilities, select, schedule and cost activities needed to execute a project. These activities incorporate the project planning and construction phases of a construction contract.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA2311 , CEA2313
  • UNIT NAME
  • Construction and Estimating
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

  • UNIT CODE
  • CEA2418
    Engineering Project
    UNIT CODE :
    CEA2418
    Unit description :
    This unit combines all the completed and co-requisite units covered in this course. It builds on the learned concepts and principles of engineering planning, analysis, design, compliance, management, scheduling and documentation. Students will undertake the detailed documentation of a multi-faceted civil engineering project involving physical infrastructure, taking into consideration technical compliance, economic, environmental, social and ethical standards. ‘Physical infrastructure’ includes all types of structures, foundations and earthworks, transport and reticulation systems, and utilities. The teaching approach is project-based, with specific topics delivered within the context of a large simulated project. In small teams, students will research information commensurate with a professional approach to conceptualising, designing and documenting to standards applicable to a modern civil engineering project.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    CEA1113 , CEA2311 , CEA2312 , CEA2313 , CEA2314
  • UNIT NAME
  • Engineering Project
    (Credit points: 10; EFTSL = 0.125)

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
2 years
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Annual indicative cost: $13,320
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
4 years
Part time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Annual indicative cost: $6,660
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
2 years
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $33,200
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
2 years
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $33,200
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
2 years
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • Annual indicative cost: $13,320
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
4 years
Part time 3 days per week
Classroom
  • Annual indicative cost: $6,660
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
2 years
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $33,200
South Bank
10 Jul 2023
2 years
Full time 4 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $33,200

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Associate Degree in Civil Engineering (HED001)

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Associate Degree in Civil Engineering

COURSE CODE: HED001
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

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. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Fee Help

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that covers the cost of your tuition fees on your behalf. FEE-HELP is available to students who are not studying in a Commonwealth supported place (and are therefore not eligible for HECS-HELP).

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

Assumed knowledge
It is assumed that applicants will have the following:

  • English (4, Sound Achievement) and
  • Maths A, B or C (4, Sound Achievement)


International Applicants will have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) with a Sound Achievement in Maths.

 

All Applicants

  • Applicants without Mathematics A are strongly advised to complete a 20 hours intensive Maths Workshop with TAFE Queensland one week prior to the commencement of semester.
  • All non-school-leaver applicants must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion.
  • All applicants are referred to the Selection Criteria -  what type of applicant are you, for specific information about your individual circumstances.

 

English Language Proficiency Standards:

  • PTE: 50 (min 50 each skill)
  • IELTS: 6.0 (Writing 6.0, all other skills no less than 5.5) 
  • ISLPR: 3 on all skills
  • TOEFL iBT: 60 (13 reading, 12 listening, 18 speaking, 23 writing)
  • OET: pass at "C" level in each of four components

​Please note that Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) does not satisfy English Language proficiency for this qualification.

Learn more about TAFE Queensland's English Language Equivalencies

Learn more about TAFE Queensland's English Language Proficiency Standards


Other

  • Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. 
  • International applicants who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs  to have adequate welfare arrangements in place. TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with the Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of those welfare services (fees apply).
  • All applicants under the age of 18 are required to participate in an Interview with the Dean Higher Education prior to an offer being made by TAFE Queensland.
Selection criteria

What type of Applicant are you?
Admission to all TAFE Queensland higher education courses is on a competitive basis, taking into account all relevant qualifications and experience. The type of applicant you are will determine the selection criteria TAFE Queensland considers when assessing your individual application. Learn more >

Apply now through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) or via Direct Entry Application.

Resources required

It is recommended that you 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 use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading, stationery and resources list, and/or required textbook list during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network. Whilst most readings are also available to download, there is a cost to print those resources. For more information about printing costs please refer to the printing section of the TAFE Queensland Library network website.

You will also need to have access to a scientific calculator (type required to be advised during orientation).

White card
A White Card is required to access engineering and construction work sites and may be required while undertaking professional placement. You will be offered the opportunity, at an additional cost (approximately $65 to $125), to complete the Construction Industry White Card Skill Set (SSCPC00001) while completing your degree.

Placement

Professional Practice Placement
During your course you will be required to complete professional practice placement so you can start using and improving your new skills and knowledge in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 240 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Need to know

Download your Associate Degree in Civil Engineering 2022 Course Information handbook here.


Orientation session
Part of the Higher Education enrolment process at TAFE Queensland is your attendance at orientation. This provides you with information about being a para professional in the Civil Engineering sector. It will enable you to make an informed decision about your ability to successfully complete the course.

At orientation, you will be informed about the academic calendar, time commitments, and other demands the course will place upon you, so you can make an informed decision about your enrolment at TAFE Queensland. Learn more > 


Criminal History check
During your enrolment at TAFE Queensland you may be required to provide TAFE Queensland with updated Criminal History Checks. If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Coordinator for further information.


Basic Key Skills Builder’ (bksb)
Successful applicants enrolling into the first semester may be 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.

Students are occasionally referred to TAFE Queensland’s Adult Tertiary Preparation Mathematics and English Language courses prior to resuming their enrolment.

 

Government Loan Schemes
This course is also approved for FEE-HELPFEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that covers the cost of your tuition fees on your behalf. FEE-HELP is available to students who are not studying in a Commonwealth supported place (and are therefore not eligible for HECS-HELP).


Student Profile
The student profile is a snapshot of data about all students who commenced undergraduate study in the most recent semester intake, including applicants offered in all offer rounds across all campuses and international students. 

A student profile is provided for TAFE Queensland as a whole as well as for each of our undergraduate courses. The student profile shows the number of students admitted to the institution/course, along with their life and education experiences. Learn more >


Advanced Standing
Advanced Standing comprises credit and recognition of prior learning. You may be able to have your prior studies or work experience count as credit towards your course and be able to graduate sooner. We call this 'advanced standing'.

Prior studies include units completed at TAFE Queensland or at another institution. Our policy is available here.

This course has the following specific advanced standing:

  • HED006 Undergraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering Fundamentals -  4 Units of Study (40cp) -  specified credit.


Course Articulation
Students who complete this course will receive 144 credit points (12 units) provided the student has successfully completed Advanced Mathematics (CEA108 Advanced Mathematics or CEA1218 Engineering Mathematics 2) towards EN01 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at QUT.

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.

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Course 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 enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.