Electronics Engineering and IT

Electronics Engineering and IT

Electronic components, devices, and systems are everywhere in our modern lives. Mobile phones, TVs, cameras, digital recorders, and watches, are all examples of electronic devises. And electronics is also embedded in many other areas of our modern society, including telecommunication networks, manufacturing, computers, transport, power generation, entertainment, consumer appliances, environmental control and medicine.

At Macquarie you’ll gain the knowledge and skills required to design future electronic technologies at the cutting edge, and develop embedded systems in the electronics industry.

Careers in engineering

Thinking about a career in Engineering?

Engineering is not just about the ‘hard hats and boots’ variety such as building bridges and commercial buildings (civil, mechanical), engineering provides a variety of specialisations and is a creative profession with design at its core. Engineering offers an internationally portable qualification enabling you to work in different countries, a high employment rate, a broad degree with flexible career paths, and a high starting salary.

As a graduate of our Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with a major in Electronics Engineering, you could potentially move into career roles such as:

  • electronics design and manufacturing engineer
  • project and technology manager
  • research and development engineer
  • telecommunications systems engineer.

Possible employers

  • banks and financial institutions such as The Macquarie Group, NAB and Commonwealth Bank
  • developers and manufacturers of medical devices such as Cochlear
  • government and university research laboratories such as CSIRO, DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation)
  • IT companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and EMC
  • public sector institutions at both state and federal level such as RailCorp
  • telecommunications companies such as Optus, Telstra, Nokia, Vodafone, Toshiba and Ericsson
  • university research laboratories around the world

Professional experience

Before students can be awarded the Bachelor of Engineering degree they have to carry out a minimum of 12 weeks (60 full-time equivalent days) of professional work experience. This is a degree accreditation requirement from Engineers Australia. The work experience can be carried out as a contiguous 12-week block during a summer break, several smaller blocks of time over multiple summer breaks or in an equivalent part-time manner as agreed with the selected organisation(s). The requirement must be completed during the student enrolment in the degree before graduation.

The professional work experience is assessed in the PACE Unit ENGG400. ENGG400 is offered all year round, including the summer period. Students can enrol in ENGG400 after completing 42cp towards their Bachelor of Engineering degree. To enrol students also need to receive permission of the Executive Dean of Faculty (the request will be made automatically once you put your enrolment request in e-student).

Student experience

What is the assumed knowledge for Engineering?

Maths 2 Unit or Ext 1, Physics and English

Note: HSC Mathematics (Band 4 or better) is required for entry to MATH135 and PHYS140, two first-year core units in the Engineering program.

For students who have taken HSC Mathematics but have not achieved Band 4, the Stream C vacation bridging course must be taken before enrolment in MATH135 (fees apply).

For students who have taken only General Maths, the Stream B bridging vacation course (fees apply) is usually required to bring students to a level where they can enrol in MATH130 (an elective unit for the Engineering program), which then allows them to enrol in MATH135. However, this is likely to delay completion of the four-year Engineering program.

Contact the Numeracy Centre online for details of bridging courses and other support, or telephone Carolyn Kennett, Director of the Numeracy Centre, on 02-9850 8924.

What ATAR do I need to get into Engineering?

The ATAR for entry to Engineering is expected to be between 80 for single degrees, and about 5 points higher for double degrees (unless the BSc or BCom cut-off is higher).

Students wishing to enrol in engineering can gain up to 5 bonus points credit if they have studied relevant subjects (e.g. advanced maths) in the HSC. Please see the Academic Advantage website for details.

Alternative access schemes are available for some students, such as Special Tertiary Admissions Test and the Jubilee Scheme. Visit the Alternative Pathways page for further details.

Are double degrees available with the Bachelor of Engineering and how do they work?

Double degrees allow students to complete the core requirements of two degrees in 5 years of full-time study.

Double degrees are available that combine any of the Engineering specialisations with either a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics major) or Bachelor of Science (Computer Science major). All specialisations of Engineering will be available as double degrees with the Bachelor of Business Administration.

The higher UAI entry requirement of two components applies for entry to double degrees

Is there a common first year for Engineering at Macquarie University?

The first-year study program for most Engineering specialisations is the same ( with the exception of Software Engineering). Students who are uncertain which Engineering specialisation to take may enrol in any one and then transfer after a year (or in some cases 18 months) without loss of credit, subject to satisfactory performance (meeting transfer requirements). The rules governing transfers are available in the University Handbook. After second year it depends on the programs you transfer from and to as to whether you need to take additional units to satisfy the requirements for the new specialisation (as defined in the relevant study pattern).

Can I study part-time?

Local students may undertake whatever course load they wish; however, international students must be enrolled full-time. For local students, anything less than 9 cp (credit points) per semester is considered part-time.

For international students, generally, anything less than 12 cp per semester is regarded as less than the full load required to finish the degree on time, which will incur visa complications. Please contact a Student Adviser in the International Office for further details

Hear from our students

Engineering Student Christopher Hughes

Christopher Hughes

Bachelor of Engineering

"I chose to undertake a Bachelor of Engineering at Macquarie University because the course is relatively new and as such they have focused funding on new laboratories and equipment.

“The academic staff in the Department of Engineering are also very knowledgeable. Their experience in industry, as well as their wealth of knowledge, provides a well-rounded and positive learning experience. Macquarie University has definitely had a positive impact on my learning and will be my preferred place of learning for future studies."

Scholarships and prizes

There are several prizes available for a range of categories awarded to the best Engineering undergraduate students in a given semester or year. These include:

EMC Corporation Prize for Best Female Student in Engineering Semester 1 ($250)
For the female student with the highest overall grade in Semester 1 in Bachelor of Engineering

EMC Corporation Prize for Best Female Student in Engineering Semester 2 ($250)
For the female student with the highest overall grade in Semester 2 in Bachelor of Engineering

EMC Corporation Prize for Best Student in Software Engineering ($500)
For the student with the highest overall grade in in Software Engineering

EMC Corporation Prize for Best Student in Computer Engineering ($500)
For the student with the highest overall grade in Computer Engineering

EMC Corporation Prize for Best Female Student in Engineering ($500)
For the female student with the highest overall grade in Bachelor of Engineering

Institute of Instrumentation, Control and Automation Prize ($1000)

Skills developed

  • Understanding of systems engineering: the process of understanding and designing a system, or component of a system, to meet desired needs within realistic constraints;
  • Background in fundamental engineering principles: with an ability to apply these to identify, formulate, and solve problems;
  • Competency in principles of professional practice: including project management, business practice, documentation, sustainability, product life-cycle, social and ethical constraints and responsibilities.

Subjects which form part of this course include:

  • Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI), Algorithms and Systems
  • High Performance Integrated Circuit Design
  • Reconfigurable Electronics
  • Cognitive Radio
  • Telecommunications Performance Analysis
  • Beyond 5G Mobile
  • Heterogeneous Networks: Theory & Practice
  • Wireless Sensor Networks Applications
  • Big Data Technologies
  • Engineering Project
  • avionics specialist
  • control systems engineer
  • factory automation adviser
  • manufacturing engineer
  • production engineer
  • robotics developer.

Possible employers

  • BAE Systems
  • Cochlear
  • Honeywell
  • Medtronics
  • ResMed
  • Rockwell Automation
  1. We offer a wide range of study options with a focus on practical applications that reflect the combination of knowledge and skills your future employers require.
  2. Our partnerships with global companies mean valuable internships, work placements and scholarships – you will work on a 12-week minimum industry-based final-year project to help ensure that you graduate as a work-ready, connected engineering professional.
  3. We offer a strong, practical and supportive mentoring network to all students – fellow students and recent graduates are on hand to guide and assist you through your studies.

Find out more about studying Engineering at Macquarie.

Industry partners get access to high-performing engineering students and graduates and engage in the program by providing:

  • scholarships
  • work experience
  • industry placements
  • prizes for academic achievement
  • sponsorships
  • guest lectures.

Industry partners also contribute strategic advice on the development of our engineering program. A unique feature of our engineering program is the possibility of final year engineering projects to be conducted as full academic-session full-time industry-based projects with industry partners.

In January each year, industry partners will be requested to provide topics for work-based projects to be offered to our students. With the involvement of industry partners, our students will then be matched to suitable projects.

Our industry partners include Altium, BAE Systems, BCS Innovations, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CISRO, Cochlear, Datacom, EMC, Google, Honeywell, Huawei, MA-COM Technology Solutions, National Instruments, Rockwell Automation and Optus.

For more information about the Engineering Industry Partnership Program, and how to get involved, please contact EIPP Manager Mr Daniel McGill or EIPP Coordinator (Academic) Professor Eryk Dutkiewicz.

Find out more about studying Engineering at Macquarie and our exciting Engineering Industry Partnership Program.

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