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Engineers can find themselves working in many different disciplines and environments, from overseeing maintenance operations to designing and building engineered solutions, the range of career options is vast, varied and challenging.

The Diploma of Engineering offers students an industry-connected experience, uniquely placed to provide solutions to the challenges faced by the global community. Curtin College will provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to commence the academic studies you will need for your career in engineering.

Leading to:

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Available Majors include:

  • Chemical Engineering (Chemical stream OR Oil and Gas stream)
  • Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

Careers include:

  • Aircraft Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Building and Engineering Technician
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Power Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechatronics Engineer
  • Metallurgical Engineer
  • Minerals and Mineral Process Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Product Quality Controllers
  • Production Engineer
  • Quality Controller
  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer

Your Engineering Pathway

If you have…

✓ Completed Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Engineering (Stage 2)

8 university-level units studied over 2-3 trimesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Or if you have…

✓ Completed Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Engineering (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters. 

Diploma of Engineering (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Engineering Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087941B

Students must complete the following seven core units and one elective unit:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research & Writing
  • Chemistry
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Technical Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Programming

Elective Units (Select one)

  • Information Media Technologies
  • Project Management

Diploma of Engineering Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087941B

Students must complete the following core units:

Core Units

  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Fundamentals of Professional Engineering Practice
  • Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers
  • Electrical Systems
  • Engineering Foundations: Principles, Design and Communication
  • Calculus for Engineers
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Resources, Processes and Materials Engineering

Engineering Diploma of Engineering (Stage 2 Units)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each (unless stated)

Fundamentals of Programming

This unit has been developed as an introduction to programming for science and particularly data science students. It responds to an increasing focus on data analytics and computational science in research and industry. Coding is also one of the valuable tools and skills covered as a valuable skill to apply and extend in your later studies and careers.

Fundamentals of Professional Engineering Practice

In this unit, as a developing professional, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse successful and unsuccessful engineering projects throughout history to make connections between the projects and non-technical aspects, namely historical, ethical, health and safety, social environment, risk management and environmental determinants.

Engineering Foundations: Principles, Design and Communications

This unit is designed for students who want to pursue a professional degree in engineering. This unit covers the engineering design and tendering process, used by engineers from all disciplines to determine a solution to a problem. In this unit as a developing professional you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to define the problem, imagine innovative conceptual designs, write and respond to a tender document, prototype possible design solutions, refine several designs to a single final design, and determine specifications of the final design.

Calculus for Engineers

This unit builds on students’ knowledge of functions and calculus, further extending to a range of techniques used in solving problems arising in engineering and related fields. Students will extend their differentiation techniques to optimisation problems and the approximation of functions. This unit will cover a range of integration techniques to optimisation problems and the approximation of functions. Students will apply integration techniques to find volume, length and surface area and will be introduces to the concept of complex numbers, together with their applications and use in solutions to polynomial equations. This unit is designed for those students who have passed WACE Mathematics Methods or equivalent.

Engineering Mechanics

Newton’s Laws; Forces as vectors. equilibrium of concurrent and non-concurrent forces; Couples and distributed forces. Equilibrium of statistically equivalent systems; Free bodies and free- body diagrams; Analysis of simple frameworks, trusses; Internal actions within a beam using free-body diagrams; Variations in resisting forces along a beam; Relationship between load and response; Axial stress and strain, elasticity; Axial deformation; Shear stress and strain, shear modulus; Deformations in shear; Thermal effects and resulting stress and strain; Principles of compatibility; Concept of stiffness and properties of area and material that influence response; Superposition; Kinematic equations; Linear motion; Projectile motion. Curvilinear and relative motion; Plane kinetics, Newton’s second law in n-t coordinates; Linear momentum; Elastic and inelastic collisions. Work, forces and power; Potential and kinetic energy; Elastic energy; Energy conservation; Plane kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies; Rotation about a fixed axis. Hydrostatic pressure; Static fluid forces on simple structures; Analysis of fluid; Momentum flux of all fluid flows. Bernoulli’s equation.

Electrical Systems

Fundamentals of DC Circuits; Fundamentals of AC Circuits; Electro-mechanics and Energy Conversion; Electronics; Instrumentations and Control.

Linear Algebra & Statistics for Engineers

This unit will consider the problems arising from engineering-related fields. Students will learn the necessary skills to model and solve such problems through the introduction of mathematical techniques of linear algebra, data analysis and statistical inference. This unit will cover vectors, lines and planes and their extension into n-dimension space. The unit also covers matrices and their use for solving systems of linear equations through a study of a number of different types and solution methods. Students will be introduced to the world of statistics by looking at the concepts of descriptive statistics and inferential statistics.

Resources, Processes & Materials Engineering

This unit introduces the whole-of-life cycle of resources and the underlying flow of materials, established and emerging, from their origins on to extraction, processing, selecting, applying and disposal. The unit approaches engineering decision making regarding resources as an ethical and technical systems-thinking process. A key ability that students should gain on completing this unit is to select potential materials for a given application, accounting for the suitability of their properties as well as their impact on society and the environment. Material and energy balances are introduced to quantify the resources consumed in the chemical, metallurgical, physical and biological processes associated with transforming resources and energy into end products. The origin and extraction, physical and chemical processing, sustainable use and disposal of resources are illustrated with case studies of different resources encountered across engineering disciplines, for example, metals and alloys, polymers, glasses, ceramics and composites. Foundational experiments spanning chemical processes, material properties and metallurgy support the syllabus.

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2022 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,950 15,600
Diploma (Stage 2) 2,050 16,400


International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,125 25,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,450 35,600

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1) Year 11 with 50%
Diploma (Stage 2) Minimum ATAR 60 OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 4 points from 3 GCE A-Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 22 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

For more information about entry requirements and pre-requisites for Australian and International applications:

Entry Requirements Pre-Requisites English Requirements

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience:

Entry Options Student & ATAR Profiles


Diploma of Engineering (Stage 2)
February | June* | October

Diploma of Engineering (Stage 1)
February | June | October

* This excludes the majors ‘Chemical Engineering (Oil & Gas)’, ‘Metallurgical Engineering’ and ‘Civil & Construction Engineering’ which only have a February intake for the Diploma (Stage 2)


Diploma of Engineering (Stage 1)
2 or 3 Trimesters  (8 – 12 months)

Diploma of Engineering (Stage 2)
2 or 3  Trimesters (12 months)

This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley Campus

Next Intake February 2022 (Stage 1 & 2)

Apply now for Diploma of Engineering and you could be on your way to year 2 of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at Curtin within 12 months. 

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