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Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Undergraduate major

Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of electrical and electronic engineering before focusing on the stream that interests you.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 80
  • Qualification
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
  • Credit
    600
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Why study Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Curtin?

Qualify sooner

Start working as a professional engineering graduate in just four years.

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia for a professional engineer.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Outline

Outline

Rapid advances in electronic communication, the ‘internet of things’, and renewable and sustainable energy offer abundant career opportunities in electrical and electronic engineering.

You'll gain a thorough understanding of the concepts that underpin electrical and electronic engineering, before choosing one of the specialisations below.

In your final year you’ll undertake a major research or design project and complete 12 weeks of professional practice.

Power Systems

With fossil fuels being a finite resource, it is vital that we harness alternative sources of electrical energy, such as solar and wind.

This stream will help you address the challenges in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. It covers topics such as smart grids, distribution systems and the integration of renewable energy.

Electronics and Communications

Society has an increasing demand for intelligent transportation systems, mobile broadband access, remote operations and tactile internet – the next evolution of the internet of things.

This stream will help you address challenges facing telecommunication systems, to enable fast and reliable communication anywhere and anytime.

Embedded Systems

Our world is increasingly characterised by intelligent devices that contain embedded systems. These systems enable a computer to control another computer, monitor it or provide it with sophisticated functionality.

In this stream, you will learn the theoretical and practical aspects of embedded systems, sensors and electronic design.

See our handbook for more course information.

Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) with
a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics, Computer Science or Data Science.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • An Industry Advisory Board provides input to this course to ensure it matches current industry needs and expectations.
  • In your final year, you will undertake a two-semester research and design capstone project that will demonstrate your abilities. Y
  • You will also complete 480 hours of exposure to professional engineering practice to prepare you for the work environment.

What jobs can the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Major (BEng Hons) lead to?

Careers

  • Electrical engineer
  • Electrical power engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Communications engineer
  • Embedded systems engineer
  • Medical systems engineer
  • Network controller
  • Power systems engineer
  • Systems engineer

Industries

  • Application engineering
  • Computer hardware design
  • Electronic systems
  • Fibre optics and mobile communications
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Software development
  • Solar and renewable energy

Further study

What you'll learn

  • communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through the development of appropriate plans and reports
  • identify and use suitable technologies to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some intellectual independence
  • demonstrate self-discipline, self-management skills, personal responsibility and the ability to set learning and achievement goals
  • work effectively in teams with global, international and environmentally responsible perspectives
  • recognise the impact of cultural diversity in the implementation engineering works of projects
  • demonstrate leadership, professional behaviour and ethical practice in the context of engineering projects
  • develop and apply fundamental theoretical and technical knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems in an engineering discipline
  • demonstrate development of advanced knowledge and understanding in an engineering discipline
  • apply knowledge using realistic, practical and analytical approaches to problem-solving, design and research

Professional recognition

Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer Washington Accord.

This course has been formally endorsed by the Naval Shipbuilding College.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Specialist ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted, but may be used to meet English competence

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Other requirements and notes for this course


Students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of exposure to professional engineering practice to graduate.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted, but may be used to meet English competence

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Specialist ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course


Students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of exposure to professional engineering practice to graduate.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted, but may be used to meet English competence

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Specialist ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course


Students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of exposure to professional engineering practice to graduate.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 80 and completed the prerequisites; or
  • if you have studied Maths Applications or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester with a semester weighted average (SWA) of at least 70%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester with SWA of 65% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR and Physics ATAR and Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Methods or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester with an SWA of 65%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester with an SWA of 60% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR.

The Maths Methods prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Methods ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics or MATH1005 Pre-Calculus (12.5 credits); and
  • MATH1014 Foundations of Calculus.

The Physics ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

  • Physics ATAR; or
  • PHYS1006 Foundations of Physics.

The Chemistry ATAR prerequisite can be met with:

  • Chemistry ATAR; or
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • attained an ATAR of 80 plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Applications or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 70%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 65% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR; or
  • if you have studied Maths Methods or equivalent:
    • completed 75 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 65%; or
    • completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 60% or higher, plus any unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Methods ATAR, and Physics ATAR or Chemistry ATAR.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least one of the following: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR, Engineering Studies ATAR or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Mathematics Specialist ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course


Students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of exposure to professional engineering practice to graduate.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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