Engineering & Technology
Get practical, hands-on engineering experience as you study either a 3 + 2 year Bachelor/Masters program, or a traditional 4-year degree at ECU.
You'll get to experience our world-class facilities in a supportive and student-centred learning environment. What's more, our collaboration with industry ensures that you're prepared for the engineering challenges of the real world and often have a foot in the door before you graduate.
Engineering covers a large range of disciplines leading to an enormous variety of rewarding careers. Our Engineering qualifications can provide entry into a broad spectrum of careers across a range of areas such as:
- Chemical Engineering: chemical, petroleum and pharmaceutical production, mineral processing, biochemical research and development, food production, environmental protection
- Civil Engineering: road design and construction, building design and construction, water supply, harbours and railways
- Civil and Environmental Engineering: environmental risk assessment and management, water and wastewater treatment, wastewater collection systems, waste disposal and management, air-borne pollution control
- Mechanical Engineering: mining and mineral processing, oil and gas, manufacturing systems, automotive design, air handling and conditioning, building services
- Electrical Power Engineering: power generation and distribution, renewable energy systems, design and commissioning of electrical plant for mining or industry
- Instrumentation, Control and Automation Engineering: mining and mineral processing, oil and gas, automated manufacturing systems, process control
- Computer Systems Engineering: computer and digital system design, embedded systems, robotics, intelligent systems
- Mechatronics Engineering: manufacturing, robotics, production automation
- Electronics and Communications Engineering: wired and wireless communications, data transmission, electronic systems, consumer electronics
- Maritime Engineering (Marine and Offshore Systems, Ocean Engineering, Naval Architecture): oil and gas, ports and harbours, marine system design and operation, marine surveying
- Motorsports: design and development of high performance vehicles, automotive engineering, engine management systems, motor sports management, mechanical design.
It is our aim to provide students with pathways into the best of those careers. What's more, our collaboration with industry means that not only are our graduates ready for the real world of engineering, they often have a foot in the door, too. And the practical experience they gain at our advanced labs and workshops means that they can hit the ground running. Choose from our range of courses in Engineering, Motorsports, Aviation and more.
ECU motorsport team ranked best in WA
In 2012, ECU's motorsport team finished in second place in the Formula SAE-A event in Werribee, Victoria, achieving its best result to date. The team is now ranked 25th in the world out of 510 international universities, and was the highest-placed team from Western Australia. The motorsport team spent an entire academic year working on the car, designing and testing its parts to ensure reliability on the racetrack.
Continued collaboration with industry partners
In conjunction with our industry partner Schneider Electric, 2012 saw the opening of our brand new automation and control laboratory. This laboratory will help ECU students learn the skills necessary to contribute to the continued growth of the Australian resource industries.
And by collaborating with industry, we ensure our students are job-ready when they graduate and get the opportunity to develop strong industry contacts along the way.
State-of-the-art engineering and technology building
Our students experience engineering education in a new, multi-million dollar engineering and technology building. The world‑class, on‑campus facility features purpose‑built labs and project spaces, all designed with a focus on students. It also features sustainable systems and infrastructure that both decrease its carbon footprint, and provides students access to real systems for sustainable energy education.
Additional courses now available
Two additions have been made to the extensive range of engineering courses available at ECU. Chemical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering were added to satisfy the demand for graduates in these lucrative fields. Many chemical engineers find employment opportunities in the oil and gas industries. And we are the only university in WA offering a combined course in Civil & Environmental Engineering.
ECU Students Make Top Four at Innovator Awards
Demonstrating extraordinary research and development strength, our Engineering students secured two of the top four placements in the 2011 WA Innovator of the Year Awards.
The "Wireless Token Network" and "Tunable Laser" projects were the only university entries to appear amongst the top four finalists in the iiNet Encouragement Award category for innovation in superfast broadband applications.
Bachelor of Engineering Science course offers a '3+2' model
Our Bachelor of Engineering Science course is the first in WA to feature the European '3 + 2' model. Three years of engineering foundation, followed by specialisation in a two-year coursework Masters degree.
This option is offered in addition to the many four-year engineering courses we offer.
"At ECU, you solve real-world engineering problems."
"Ever since I was small, I've been fascinated by how things work – and could never resist pulling things apart to find out. At school I was pretty good at most of the science subjects like physics, chemistry and mathematics. So when it came time to go to uni, I looked for a course that would include all of these things – and I came up with Engineering at ECU. What attracted me to ECU was that the course claimed to be very hands-on – and it is. In the lab, we get to work on some really interesting, innovative projects which really stimulate the mind. It's the best feeling ever when you rise to the challenge and solve an engineering problem and at ECU, you definitely get the knowledge and training to do that."
Engineering (Mechanical) student
WiFi sensors to tackle bushfires
A network of inexpensive fire monitoring sensors positioned throughout bushland could be the latest early‑warning system in the fight against fires.
Researchers from ECU's Centre for Communications Engineering Research (CCER) have taken sensors and equipped them with wireless communication technology.
Placed throughout an area of bush, the sensors take readings of temperature, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, as well as air contaminants. When smoke from a fire is detected, the sensors can instantly alert fire authorities via wireless internet connection or a text message to a mobile phone, providing accurate GPS information.
Professor Daryoush Habibi, Dr Iftekhar Ahmad and Doctor of Philosophy student and Master of Engineering Science graduate Mr Amro Qandour developed the sensor network as part of the research they have been conducting into engineering applications that serve the local community. CCER are in the final phase of testing the devices and hope to team up with an industry partner to make the monitoring system available to fire authorities.
New design method for rock slope stability under earthquake loads
Prediction of the stability of rock slopes has always been a challenging task for civil and mining engineers because the rock masses constituting the slopes often have discontinuities in various forms, resulting in different types of slope failures.
ECU School of Engineering's Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Research Group, including Associate Professor Sanjay Kumar Shukla and Doctor of Philosophy student and Master of Engineering Science graduate Md Monir Hossain, have developed a simplified methodology to estimate the factor of safety of the rock slopes, which may be present in open cast mines or developed areas around hilly terrain.
The new mathematical method considers all relevant factors under earthquake loading conditions in order to provide a more realistic prediction of the factor of safety of the rock slopes.
The real benefit of the new method is that it does not require the use of complex software packages. Practising engineers can carry out the safety calculations using a pocket calculator and therefore more rapidly assess the safety of proposed works.
From a mining job to a career in mining
A few years ago Trenton Auld was working in a mining job and yearned for a challenging and exciting career. He enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Instrumentation Control and Automation) at ECU where he developed a range of skills and gained knowledge that have provided the foundation for his engineering career.
Asked what the most beneficial aspect of the course was, he is quick to answer "The professional contacts that I developed within the Engineering Faculty and the small class sizes". Trenton was also offered an opportunity to act as a teaching assistant for a 1st year Electrical Engineering Laboratory.
Now a Graduate Process Electrical Engineer at the Boddington Gold mine of Newmont Mining Corporation, Trenton says of his experience at ECU "I graduated with first class honours and had the opportunity to choose the best of several high quality job offers. You can’t ask for more than that."
Three Maritime Engineering courses offered in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College
At ECU, we offer three maritime engineering courses in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania. The three courses are in the areas of Marine & Offshore Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.
Students undertake their first two years of study at our Joondalup campus and complete their final two years at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston, Tasmania.
We are excited to be able to offer WA students a pathway to engineering qualifications in these high demand areas of the profession.
ECU develops wireless sensor networking device
Professor Daryoush Habibi (Head of School of Engineering), Dr. Iftekhar Ahmad and Mr. Amro Qandour, researchers from ECU's Centre for Communications Engineering Research (CCER) have developed the Wireless Sensor Networking Device – a small, palm-sized unit that is capable of detecting bushfire smoke from up to 60km away.
The device uses air sensors that are sensitive enough to detect not only smoke, but even fluctuations in the atmosphere of a specified area. This information is then transmitted wirelessly, and the entire device can run on solar power. The device should cost no more than a few hundred dollars and its potential benefits are invaluable.
ECU investigates energy saving glass
In collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), several of our Engineering students have been researching and developing an energy-saving glass coating that is not only energy efficient, but also communication efficient.
The thin coating reduces inbound UV rays and keeps temperatures down. During winter, it limits the amount of outbound
This coating would typically minimise the transmission of Wi-Fi, mobile, 3G and GPS signals. However, one of our Master of Engineering Science students, Irfan Ullah, is currently exploring the implications of spatial filters within the coating that actually improve these signals, yet retain the energy-saving characteristics.
Our Engineering & Technology disciplines offer a number of unique courses which give you the competitive edge:
- University Certificate in Maintenance Engineering
Whether you are already engaged in a maintenance department or thinking of pursuing a career in industrial maintenance, this course allows you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for implementing, planning and optimising industrial maintenance operations. This course can be studied off-campus (online). Students undertaking this course will also have access to our specialised Maintenance and Vibrations Laboratory.
- Bachelor of Technology (Motorsports)
The first course of its kind to be run in Australia. Students not only learn motorsport from the ground up, but also experience race track action first-hand through our unique networking with the local industry.
The course provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment with an enthusiastic and articulate approach that reflects the culture of motorsports. Students engage in hands on work on ECU's racing cars in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
Graduates will be well equipped for a career in motor racing, product design and development, manufacturing technology, or team and project management.
- Maritime Engineering courses
ECU is excited to be able to offer WA students a pathway to engineering qualifications in Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering and Marine & Offshore Engineering, all high demand areas of the profession.
Offered in collaboration with the University of Tasmania students undertake the first two years of study in these courses at our Joondalup campus and complete the final two years at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston.