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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

Available Majors include:

  • Chemical Engineering (Chemical stream OR Oil and Gas stream)
  • Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Electronic and Communication 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)

9 university level units studied over 2 semesters. 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)

  • Accounting
  • Design Skills
  • Economics
  • Human Biology
  • Introduction to Design Skills
  • Information Media Technologies
  • Media Culture & Communications
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

Diploma of Engineering Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087941B

Students must complete the following core units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication
  • Electrical Systems
  • Engineering Foundations: Design & Processes
  • Engineering Foundations: Principals Communication
  • Engineering Materials
  • Calculus for Engineers
  • Linear Algebra and Statistics for Engineers
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Programming

Engineering Diploma of Engineering (Stage 2 Units)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Academic Communication

This unit is specifically designed to develop key communication skills. The aims of this unit are to develop students’ understanding of, and skills in: critical reading, including note-taking, summarising and evaluating arguments; team-building and team-work skills; academic writing skills including paraphrasing, quoting and referencing; report writing; delivering oral presentations; academic writing style.

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 Foundations: Design and Processes

Design horizons. Effective teams. Requirements specifications; identifying features. Systems design; creative thinking methods for innovative solutions. Conceptual design. Design specifications; setting priorities. Ethics and design. Operational design; reliability, sustainability, ergonomics. maintainability. Economics of design. Social and professional responsibilities. The concept of concurrent engineering. The future; computer-aided design. Report writing within engineering academic and professional contexts. Developing reflective learning and oral communication skills.

Engineering Foundations: Principles and Communication

Structure of the engineering industry. How engineering works. Working as an engineer. Engineer’s responsibilities and duties. The engineer and the environment. Working in a team. Academic writing and ethical scholarship. Report writing within engineering academic and professional contexts. Developing reflective learning and oral communication skills.Compliance with procedures.

Engineering Materials

Structure of atoms, quantum numbers Interatomic bonding Atomic coordination, Interatomic distances, Atomic and ionic radii, Coordination number Crystal structure, Non-crystolline structures. Gases. Liquids, Glosses Imperfections and atom movement. Solid solutions in metals andionic, compounds, Point defects. Line defects. Boundaries. Atomic diffusion Electronic structures. conductivity, insulators. semiconductors. electronic resistivity vs temperature. Electronic energies. Energy bands Magnetic behaviour. Ferromagnetism. Superconductivity Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Alkanes, Alkenes and alkynes, Benzene and aromaticity, Functional groups and reactivity, Electrochemistry, Electron transfer reactions. Electrochemical cells. Reduction potentials. Corrosion processes and theory, Corrosion testing. data interpretation, mechanical testing Elastic and Plastic Deformation, Slip Systems and Dislocation Theory, Fatigue and Fracture, Tensile, Hardness, and Impact Tests, Corrosion Prevention and Control Metals and Alloys, Microstructures, Equilibrium diagram construction. Phose Equilibria, Microstructure and Heat Treatment. Metallography and Heat Treatment. Polymers. Ceramics and Glasses. Materials Selection, Case Studies, Composite Materials, Semiconductor.

Engineering Mathematics

Arithmetic and Algebra. Equations of lines. Functions and their graphs. Inverse functions. Limits of functions. Trigonometric ratios and applications. Sine and cosine rules. Radian measure. Circular functions. Symmetry and periodicity of functions. Trigonometric identities and applications. Polar coordinates. The derivative. Tangent and normal lines. Differentiation rules. Derivatives of trigonometric functions. Chain rule. Implicit differentiation. Differentials, linear and quadratic approximations. Taylor and Maclaurin Series. Curve sketching techniques. Optimisation. Roots of equations: bisection method, Newton’s method. Definite and Indefinite integrals. Integration by substitution. Logarithmic and exponential functions with applications. L’Hopital’s Rule. Areas in the plane. Improperintegrals. Complex numbers: Cartesian and polar forms, modulus. argument and principal value. Regions of the complex plane. Exponential form. De Moivre’s Theorem, root extraction and roots polynominals. Matrix algebra, identity andinverse. Elementary Row Operations. Row echelon matrix. Solution of systems of equations via Gaussian Elimination. Rank of a matrix. Homogeneouslinear Systems.
Determinants. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors.

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.

Engineering Programming

The need for and importance of writing computer programs, sequencing the solution of a problem of sub-activities/instructions. Designing an algorithm. Practical programming in ‘C’ (the vocabulary, the grammar and the structure)- input-output. storage and assignment, single-path programs, logic statements. loops and arrays. Scientific and engineering libraries of routines, compilation and de-bugging; validation.

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.

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2017 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,480 11,840
Diploma (Stage 2) 1,600 12,800


International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 2,625 21,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,325 34,600

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR/UAI 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) TBC Minimum of 25 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:

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Diploma of Engineering (Stage 2)
February | July*

Diploma of Engineering (Stage 1)
February | July | 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 Semesters (8 – 12 months)

Diploma of Engineering (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

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

Next Intake October 2017 (Stage 1) & February 2018 (Stage 2)

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

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