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ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN ENGINEERING What is the Associate Degree in Framework (AQF). AQF Level 6 Associate Degree graduates Engineering? will have the broad knowledge and skills to undertake paraprofessional, highly skilled work and/or as a pathway to The UWSCollege Associate Degree in Engineering offers further learning (www.aqf.edu.au). prospective students: • upgraded knowledge and skills for career progression to The UWS Associate Degrees, taught by UWSCollege are managerial roles designed for people who have a high level of expertise and • the Graduate Attributes of an Engineering Associate technical skill in their profession and who seek a higher required by Engineers Australia, and education qualification to support their career development in a related higher-level role or as a pathway to a higher-level • a clear pathway to the UWS Bachelor of Engineering qualification. degree with 1.5 years or more credit (depending on elective choices). What is an Engineering Associate? The degree was developed with the University of Western Sydney (UWS) School of Engineering and with advice from The role of an Engineering Associate (also known as an Engineers Australia. Engineering Officer) covers a wide range of functions but is characterised as having a good general grounding in In this introductory phase, the focus is on Construction, engineering science and principles, the ability to lead and Civil, and Environmental Engineering with an intention to manage teams, and expertise in a comprehensive range expand to other fields in the future. However, graduates of business and project management skills. Titles for these of the Associate Degree can enrol in any of the eight paraprofessional positions in the workplace include Technical key programs (specialisations) of the UWS bachelor Officer, Technical Manager, Plant Supervisor, Engineering degree: Construction, Civil, Environmental, Mechanical, Manager, Project Manager, and Resources Manager. Computer, Electrical, Robotics and Mechatronics, and Telecommunications. For further information, visit the Engineers Australia website at www.engineersaustralia.org.au What is an Associate Degree? An Associate Degree is a recognised qualification of two years duration. It is a Level 6 in the Australian Qualifications Why UWSCollege? Industry experience includes any work that you have undertaken in industries related to engineering including UWSCollege offers: apprenticeship training, and extended work experience • clear pathways to UWS bachelor degree programs placements (more than a month) with an engineering • small group instruction and flexible delivery options industry company or organisation. • additional academic support where required How will the degree be taught and who • targeted industry-identified skills requirements with will be teaching it? Industry consultation and participation The Associate Degree in Engineering will be delivered • industry-developed case studies through on-campus and off-site lectures and tutorials by • 30% of all courses delivered by industry specialists staff from UWSCollege and the University, and relevant, experienced staff from industry. We will offer the course • industry-based projects where practicable in an intensive mode – two units per teaching session of • professional accreditation/recognition where 10 weeks to accommodate the student’s commitments appropriate to full-time or part-time paid work. • track record of successful Engineering graduates. Will I still be able to work while studying this degree? For further information, visit the UWSCollege website at www.uwscollege.edu.au The 16 units of study in the degree can be completed in two years, ie equal to full-time but spread over four What do I need to enter this degree – teaching sessions per year. admission requirements? The study timetable for each teaching session has been Entry Requirement 1: Academic achievement designed with the needs of working students in mind. Academic qualifications should include a recognised Contact hours on campus are approximately 8-10 per Certificate III or Certificate IV (eg trade qualification) week (two units of study). We are planning to deliver the and/or you may have completed the NSW HSC and/or course on one full week day, one evening and Saturday other equivalent. This may include bridging/preparatory mornings (as needed). courses and paraprofessional and other post-secondary qualifications. Where will the degree be offered? Entry Requirement 2: Industry experience The primary location for the delivery of the Associate At least five years relevant industry experience. Degree in Engineering is the UWS Nirimba campus at Quakers Hill which is easily accessible by public transport and the Westlink M7, and offers ample parking. When does the degree commence? maximum fee is $263.00 per year for full-time students which will be charged as $131.50 each half year. Lower The first teaching session of the Associate Degree fees will apply for students doing less than a full- in Engineering commences on Monday 14 January time load in the half year period. You can pay the fee 2013. upfront or, if you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you can apply to defer the How much will it cost to study the fee via an SA-HELP loan similar to HECS-HELP. More Associate Degree in Engineering? information can be found at www.uws.edu.au/ssaf Course Fees HECS contribution - Like other university Is this degree open to international undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) the students? Associate Degree in Engineering is funded by the The Associate Degree in Engineering is only available to Commonwealth Government. You are required to Australian Residents at this point in time. pay a part of the fees which is called your student contribution. The fees are set within the government Do you offer financial assistance for this contribution bands. You pay per unit of study (10 degree? credit points per unit) and you will study 16 units in the Associate Degree. The units in the Associate Degree in Students enrolled in the Associate Degree in Engineering are Band 2 units ($1006 in 2012). Engineering may be eligible to receive AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY while undertaking this degree. You will be charged a fee per unit of study that you can either pay upfront (and receive a 10% discount) To determine your eligibility and for more information, or you can defer payment and apply for a loan under visit Centrelink at www.centrelink.gov.au the HECS-HELP scheme if you are eligible. The loan repayments commence once you earn a taxable How do I apply for this degree? income of $47,195 or more (this was the amount set Applications for the Associate Degree in Engineering for the 2011/2012 financial year). More information is will be accepted from mid June through the UWS available at http://studyassist.gov.au and Online Application System. The link to the application www.goingtouni.gov.au will be on the website when applications open (www.uwscollege.edu.au). If you register with us, we Student Services and Amenities Fee will email you when the applications open. From 2012, universities have been able to charge a Student Services and Amenities Fee. In 2012, the What do I need to include in my application? 5. You can also include a CV/resume with the application (maximum two pages). 1. You will need to list your qualifications and provide a All documentation submitted with your application must certified academic transcript of your qualifications from be correctly certified by following the certifying document TAFE or other education institution(s). Any studies at guidelines available at www.uws.edu.au/currentstudents/ UWS or UWSCollege will be in our records so you do current_students/applying_to_study/certifying_documents2 not need to include an academic transcript for these. You will also need to provide Proof of English Language proficiency if your studies were taken in a language other When do applications close? than English. On-time applications close Friday 30 November 2012. 2. You will need to include your work history with a Late applications may be accepted after this date if places statement to verify this from your employer/s. The are still available. statement should be written on company letterhead and include the following: What are the dates/sessions I will be enrolled in? • your full name The Associate Degree in Engineering is a two-year course, • your position title with four teaching sessions per year. There are 10 teaching • the period of employment in the position and whether weeks per session plus session break and exams. The 2013 you were employed on a full-time or part-time basis course will commence the first session in January 2013. (eg the hours you worked per week and how long you Successful students will graduate in December 2014. were in the job) • details of the duties of the position. How do I get more information about this degree? 3. You will need to provide evidence of membership if you are a member of a professional association. More information is available on the UWSCollege website at www.uwscollege.edu.au/course/local/associate_degrees/ 4. You will need to provide proof of change of name if your associate_degree_in_engineering qualifications are in a name other than the name under which you are applying. UWSCollege (CRICOS Code 02851G) is a wholly-owned entity of the University of Western Sydney (CRICOS Code 00917K) Funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The information in this brochure is correct at the time of print. June 2012. 021.A.
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