Associate Degree in Engineering

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

This program will give students the freedom of choice to begin work in the industry right away, or as a stepping stone to further study. Students will have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of areas and apply their knowledge in a potential workplace through at least 30 days of practical work experience.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Springfield
Institution CRICOS: 00244B


  • Engineering-agricultural
  • Engineering-civil
  • Engineering-computer systems
  • Engineering-electrical and electronic
  • Engineering-environmental
  • Engineering-instrumentation control and automation
  • Engineering-mechanical
  • Engineering-mining
  • Engineering-power

We are proud to be ranked Queensland’s number one university for graduates in full-time work^. In just over 50 years as a higher education provider, we have become internationally recognised for our practical, world-class research that delivers high impact solutions, and teaching excellence. 

Studying on-campus at one of our three locations is a rewarding way to undertake a university degree in an innovative and friendly environment. Or you can join more than 75 per cent of our students who study online with USQ, one of the top three Australian universities for online study*. 

In 2016, nearly 30,000 students from 92 countries studied a diverse range of programs through on-campus, online delivery or with overseas education partners. The University has earned an international reputation for the support it provides to overseas students and this was reconfirmed when the University was named the top university in Australia for international student satisfaction by the International Student Barometer survey. 

USQ also achieved the highest possible ratings in Australia for graduate salaries and in the important areas of student support and, for the second year in a row, social equity^.


  • USQ is ranked number one in Queensland for graduates in full-time work - Graduate Destinations Survey 2014-2016
  • USQ is QLD’s number one provider of online postgraduate studies- Department of Education, 2015
  • USQ is ranked in the top five MBA programs in Australia - Financial Review Group, 2015
  • USQ has 3,500 engineering students with 87 per cent studying externally from 20+ countries.
  • The Bachelor of Communications and Media (Public Relations) is accredited with the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) 
  • The Bachelor of Information Technology (except the Data Analytics major) is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) 

Where are we located?

USQ Toowoomba is the main campus. Offering television studios, a performing arts theatre, science and engineering laboratories and 24-hour access computer laboratories, USQ Toowoomba provides you with the professional experience and facilities your study deserves. USQ Toowoomba campus offers you the benefits of a city environment within a relaxed country atmosphere. Brisbane is approximately 90 minutes’ drive from Toowoomba.  If you are unsure about accommodation, USQ offers you the chance to experience living at the USQ Residential Colleges.

With a state-of-the art television studio, a radio station and rehearsal spaces, as well as collaborative teaching rooms, USQ Springfield is a hub for digital production and performance. The Springfield campus also has brand new laboratories for science and engineering which give you opportunities to gain great hands-on experience during your study. Springfield is located just 35 minutes from the CBD of Brisbane.

USQ Ipswich offers facilities for the best experience while studying our Health and Community degrees. Study nursing, sport and exercise science, or psychology whilst experiencing Ipswich’s luxury grand vistas across the city, as well as the graceful mix of historical and modern buildings making up the campus. USQ Ipswich’s library contains one of the most stunning features, a living rainforest. USQ Ipswich is only 55 minutes from the CBD of Brisbane and is easily accessible via public transport. 


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The degrees offered at USQ are designed with the aim of preparing industry-ready, internationally recognised and qualified graduates. At USQ, you can study at diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels. You can also take advantage of our Professional Development Single Courses, pathway programs, and English language courses to enhance your career.
USQ offers degrees in the following discipline areas:
  • Business and Commerce
  • Creative Arts and Media
  • Education
  • Engineering and Built Environment
  • Health and Community
  • Humanities and Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Justice
  • Sciences
  • Research
  • English Language and Pathway Programs
  • Professional Development

USQ Research 

USQ is committed to performing research that engages with industry and stakeholders, and contributes to innovation that benefits our communities and the nation. Our areas of research focus include agriculture and the environment, health and engineering.

Are you ready to apply at USQ?

Applying to study with USQ is easy.  To find out more about this application process and to get your application started, visit:
Remember, there is no fee for applying to USQ.

USQ redefines the way you think about flexible and online study. USQ is one of Australia’s top three universities for online education* and received a five star rating for Student Support^.

If you are looking to study a pathway program, or your first degree, USQ prides itself on providing the best support possible to help you reach your career goals. You will have your very own Student Relationship Officer (SRO) to support you every step of the way on your learning journey.

You will enjoy small class-sizes, collaborative learning spaces, and a suite of support services to help you get through the highs and lows of your study experience, whether you are studying face-to-face with us or via our supportive online learning mode. 

* Online Study Australia, 2016
^ Graduate Destinations Survey 2014-2016

USQ is here to help you achieve your goals, support you through any challenges and celebrate your success.

 Services include:

  • Free airport reception and transfer to your USQ Campus
  • Residential colleges and off campus accommodation
  • International Student Workgroup on USQ Career Hub
  • Student welfare, health, counselling and wellbeing
  • Multi-faith services
  • Regular student events and activities
  • Disability resources

For more information about the listed and additional services USQ International offers, please visit the following website:

Where to stay?

If you’re planning to study on campus with USQ, there are several accommodation options available to suit every budget – all within close proximity to each of USQ’s campuses. You can find out more about accommodation with USQ at:

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