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Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time

Overview

Launch your career in electronic design, power generation or communications, studying one of the largest and most in-demand areas of engineering.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) will help you gain the practical and problem-solving skills needed to become an electrical or electronic engineer. 

Our engineering degree offers lab work and industry experience, ensuring you’re job-ready when you graduate.

You can specialise in telecommunications, power systems or embedded systems. These areas need qualified professionals, and there is a high demand for our graduates.

Electrical and electronic engineers work in these areas:

  • electricity generation and distribution
  • smart-grid design – communication, control, and automation technologies
  • renewable energy systems – designing photovoltaic, wind and biomass systems
  • electricity supply work – power systems analysis, protection, operations, reliability, maintenance, and management
  • electronic equipment design
  • industrial manufacturing plants and substation management
  • communications infrastructure design – for telephones, radio, TV and the internet
  • microprocessor-based embedded systems – design and programming.

Scholarships for engineering students

VU offers a range of scholarships for undergraduate students.

The College of Engineering and Science provides additional scholarship opportunities, including 10 scholarships to undergraduates to conduct supervised research during the summer.

World-class electrical and electronic engineering research

VU's electrical and electronic engineering research is rated 5-stars at ‘well above world standard’ by Excellence in Research for Australia.

Women in engineering

Female engineers excel in solving problems of social significance, making a positive impact on society and the environment.

Our Women in Science & Engineering program supports our current university students, and inspires women to choose engineering and science careers.

Careers

VU’s electronic and electrical engineering graduates are recognised in the industry as accredited engineers with the skills to develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems. Through laboratory experimentation and work placements, you’ll gain the practical knowledge and ability to hit the ground running.

Job titles

  • electrical engineer
  • electronic engineer
  • communications engineer
  • power engineer
  • telecommunications engineer
  • embedded software engineer

Organisations employing electronic and electrical engineering graduates

Graduates can find employment in a diverse range of industries including robotics, renewable energy, transport, telecommunications, manufacturing and bioengineering.

Salaries

The average salary for electrical engineering graduates four months after completing their degree is A$65,000 (Graduate Careers Australia).

Once your career gets going, electrical engineers have an average salary of A$104,000 whilst electronics engineers earn around A$85,020 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

88 per cent of electrical engineering graduates and 79.5 electronics engineering graduates in Australia were in full time employment four months after graduation (GradStats).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), students will be required to complete 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core studies;
  • 240 credit points of Professional Core Engineering units, and;
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies (from list below):

 

Students are required to produce documented evidence of the completion of 12 weeks professional experience.

 

Accreditation:
This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates are eligible to apply for graduate membership.

 

First Class Honours:
To be eligible for completion with First Class Honours, students must achieve:

  • A minimum weighted average of 60% over year levels 1 to 3;
  • A minimum weighted average of 80% in year level 4;
  • A HD grade for the final year NEF4202 Capstone Project 2.

First Year Core Units

Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 3

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 4

Semester 1

24 credit points (equivalent to two units) from the selected Minor

Semester 2

24 credit points (equivalent to two units) from the selected Minor

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate conceptual understanding of mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences with advanced specialist bodies of knowledge within the electrical and electronic engineering discipline;  
  2. Exhibit expertise and professional judgement in engineering design practice which acknowledges contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline;  
  3. Adapt theoretical knowledge applicable to the discipline and propose creative, innovative and sustainable engineering practices;  
  4. Critically evaluate both sources and validity of information and use established processes for information management;  
  5. Plan and execute a research project, professional project or piece of scholarship which demonstrates intellectual independence and contributes to the evidence base within the engineering discipline;  
  6. Discriminate and defend the application of established engineering methods and processes to promote systems which resolve existing and emerging complex engineering problems (including those that require cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills);  
  7. Present clear and coherent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences;  
  8. Exemplify the requisite characteristics for team leadership and membership appropriate to specific purposes, projects and contexts;  
  9. Apply professional ethics and accountabilities in their engineering practice and a commitment to ongoing professional development.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum of 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). OR Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English AND a study score of 20 in any Mathematics (any).
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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