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Engineering and Technology

Our School of Engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering schools in Australia.

It’s a place where you'll experience world-class engineering facilities in a supportive learning environment.

You’ll gain valuable practical experience at our advanced labs and workshops.

And our close collaboration with industry bodies means you'll be prepared for the engineering challenges of the real world – with a foot in the door before you graduate.

Unique courses for today's engineers

We're excited to offer engineering degree courses unique to Western Australia or Australia, giving you a competitive edge in high demand areas of the profession.

  • Our combined Civil & Environmental Engineering course provides civil engineers with greater employment opportunities in areas of water resource and environmental management for sustainable development.
  • We offer three maritime engineering courses – Naval Architecture, Marine & Offshore Engineering and Ocean Engineering, in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania.
  • Our Bachelor of Technology (Motorsports) equips graduates for a career in motor racing, product design and development, manufacturing technology, or team and project management.

Engineering a new world

ECU research engineers are a clever bunch. Here's a sample of ground-breaking work currently being undertaken at the university.

Wi-Fi sensors to tackle bushfires

ECU's Centre for Communications Engineering Research has developed a solar-powered palm-sized Wireless Sensor Networking Device that's capable of detecting bushfire smoke from up to 60km away and transmitting information wirelessly.

Predicting rock slope stability under earthquake loads

ECU School of Engineering's Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Research Group has developed a simplified mathematical methodology that allows practising engineers to use a pocket calculator to estimate the factor of safety of rock slopes, including under earthquake loads.

Energy-saving glass breakthrough

In collaboration with the CSIRO, ECU Engineering students have developed an energy-saving glass coating that is not only energy efficient in summer or winter, but is also communication efficient.

Laser technology targets and eradicates weeds

In conjunction with Perth-based weed control company photonic detection systems, ECU researchers created the Photonic Weed Detection System which uses lasers to detect and spray weeds within large crops.

Engineering studies in Bunbury

Engineering and Technology degrees can be started at our South West Campus in Bunbury from 2016.

Students can study the first year of the 4-year degree in Bunbury, before completing the course at our Joondalup Campus.

This is a great opportunity for South West students to make professional connections with local industry through internships and site visits, and especially valuable if they choose to return home after completing their degree.

The initiative has been enthusiastically supported by South West industry, where resources and construction are large employers.

Student scholarships

With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.



When you study engineering at ECU, we'll literally take you outside your comfort zone.

As well as spending time in lectures and labs, your engineering course will involve at least 12 weeks of practical work experience in the engineering industry. This is a great way to kickstart your career.

Our Engineering courses are also accredited by Engineers Australia, so you'll be eligible for Graduate Professional Membership when you complete your course.

And best of all, as these courses are recognised under the Washington Accord, you'll graduate ready to design, test, build and solve engineering challenges anywhere in the world.

Study Areas, degrees and majors

To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into study areas across ECU – Engineering and Technology is one of those study areas.

Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Engineering or a Bachelor of Technology.

For some degrees, like a Bachelor of Technology, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Aeronautical, Electronic and Computer Systems or Motorsports.

We also offer Engineering Honours degrees in Civil, Chemical, Mechanical and other disciplines.

And postgraduate degrees are available through coursework or research. For example, you can study our Research Master's degree for a Master of Engineering Science.

What kind of engineer will you be?

The field of Engineering covers many disciplines and leads to a huge variety of rewarding careers.

  • Chemical Engineering includes chemical, petroleum and pharmaceutical production, mineral processing, biochemical research and development, food production, environmental protection.
  • Civil Engineering includes road design and construction, building design and construction, water supply, harbours and railways.
  • Mechanical Engineering includes mining and mineral processing, oil and gas, manufacturing systems, automotive design, air handling and conditioning, building services.
  • Electrical Power Engineering includes power generation and distribution, renewable energy systems, design and commissioning of electrical plant for mining or industry.
  • Instrumentation, Control and Automation Engineering includes mining and mineral processing, oil and gas, automated manufacturing systems, process control.
  • Computer Systems Engineering includes computer and digital system design, embedded systems, robotics, intelligent systems.
  • Mechatronics Engineering includes manufacturing, robotics, production automation.
  • Electronics and Communications Engineering includes wired and wireless communications, data transmission, electronic systems, consumer electronics.
  • Maritime or Marine Engineering includes oil and gas, ports and harbours, marine system design and operation, marine surveying.
  • Motorsports Engineering includes design and development of high performance vehicles, automotive engineering, engine management systems, motor sports management, mechanical design.

Engineering & Technology degrees

Double degrees

There is a growing demand in high-technology industries and research centres for engineers with knowledge and professional skills in business, management and areas of science.

We offer a range of double degrees to meet this demand:

Postgraduate options

Become the master of your future with one of our postgraduate engineering degrees:

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A Closer Look

A Closer Look

If you're looking for an engineering university, you've come to the right place.

As an ECU Engineering student, your learning experience is like no other, thanks to the facilities you’ll find inside our multi-million dollar purpose-built engineering and technology building.

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Inside ECU's School of Engineering.


Your engineering journey starts here

Our Engineering students learn in the best laboratories, guided by the best lecturers on one of the best university campuses in Australia. Take a look inside the School of Engineering at ECU.

Motorsports Engineering

Our Motorsports students have an enviable track record for building and testing race cars. The team is currently ranked 25th in the world for the performance of its car – and that’s out of 510 international universities!

Want more revs? Check out ECU's Motorsport Facebook page.

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Student torque: Meet Motorsports Engineering student Alex Barry.

Take the tour, meet the machines

Our world-class facilities include purpose-built labs and project spaces. The Engineering building also contains sustainable systems and infrastructure that decrease its carbon footprint, and provide students access to real systems for sustainable energy education.

The Payoff

The Payoff

In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.

We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.


Hear from our students

Our diverse range of Engineering courses attracts an equally diverse group of students.

Felicha Prem

"My passion for motorsport led me to this course, all the way from Sydney."

"This is the only fully accredited motorsport course in the southern hemisphere. Having lecturers with past experience in Motorsports has meant we’ve been very competitive in the Motorsport industry in the FSAE competitions. Part of the course involves building a 600 cc Formula SAE car that we then compete in around the world. Last year we took the car we designed and built over to the Silverstone Circuit in the UK for the Formula Student competition where we won the Mercedes AMG Petronas Internal Combustion Award and the Jaguar Land Rover Innovation in Internal Combustion Engine Award. It was an amazing experience. "

Alexander Barry

Motorsports Technology student

Sasha Tanasich

"At ECU the learning experience is more personalised so you feel less like a number and more like a person."

"I switched to ECU from another university when I heard about the Ocean Engineering course. I believe this course has the best course structure because of its partnership with the Australian Maritime College. After embarking on this course, I have become aware of how strong the demand is for Ocean engineers, which has motivated me even further. At ECU the learning experience is more personalised so you feel less like a number and more like a person. The lecturers genuinely care about your education and are always there to help and support you."

Tayah Gallacher

Ocean Engineering student

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