Telecommunications engineering Engineering and IT

Telecommunications engineering Engineering and IT

Telecommunications connects the planet, from mobile phones in our pockets, to the global internet. As a telecommunications engineer, you’ll design, build and manage systems that transmit broadband signals, switch data packets through networks, connect smart sensors monitoring our environment, and design future networks.

At Macquarie you’ll develop the skills needed to design communication devices and equipment, and develop and manage the communication networks that society and industry rely on.

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 Telecommunications Engineering, you could potentially move into career roles such as:

  • computer and communications network engineer
  • electronics design and manufacturing engineer
  • research and development engineer
  • telecommunications systems engineer
  • telecommunications sales engineer.

Possible employers

  • banks and financial institutions such as The Macquarie Group, NAB and Commonwealth Bank
  • 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
  • telecommunications companies such as Optus, Telstra, Nokia, Vodafone, Toshiba and Ericsson
  • university research laboratories around the world

Professional experience

PACE provides opportunities for undergraduate students at Macquarie University to gain practical experience by working with industry partners on mutually beneficial projects.

Through PACE, Macquarie telecommunications engineering students have the opportunity to develop important practical experience working alongside industry professionals on real-world projects. Previous students have worked as part of a professional mobile core engineering team at Optus to support the closing down of some mobile sites and the recovery of all the equipment, as well as setting up of new sites. This involved extensive auditing and some engineering work. Through this experience the students gained a sound understanding of the switch engineering operations, managing contractors and how a busy operational team functions.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an activity for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

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 Mahrina Munir

Mahrina Munir

Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications

“I decided on engineering as my career because I’ve always had a knack for maths and physics and a passion for design. Engineering is the perfect career to utilise it all. I chose to study engineering at Macquarie University because I was awarded the Macquarie University International Scholarship – an opportunity I was honoured to have received. It meant I could enjoy student life while striving to meet the challenges of the engineering degree. I decided to specialise in the field of telecommunications engineering because of its rapid growth and new career prospects.

"Engineering at Macquarie has been an invaluable experience. The engineering family is a close knit group where I have felt right at home. The cosy atmosphere encourages expression and creativity. The small student teacher ratio allows us to get individual attention. The vast experience and impressive accomplishments of the faculty members in addition to their support and encouragement creates a fantastic learning environment. After I graduate I want to work on making communication more efficient and affordable and providing world class primary education to children in underdeveloped countries.”

Engineering Student Matthew Jugmans

Matthew Jugmans

Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications

“In high school we had a class in school that was all circuits and circuit design. It was the only thing in school that really interested me. Macquarie has very high standards of teaching. Engineering is an enjoyable degree for many people. It’s a good degree if you’re curious and want to know how stuff works and how to design.”

Engineering Student Binchao Yang

Binchao Yang

Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications

“I love science and I love maths and physics, so it’s a very suitable degree for me. It’s pretty cool to be an engineer because you can design new things, it offers a wide range of career opportunities, and it’s good money as well. I chose to study a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications in Australia to improve my English. The engineering program at Macquarie University is designed to be very practical. The lecturers are very knowledgeable because they come from some of the major companies in the field.”

Engineering graduate Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke

Bachelor of Engineering

"I graduated from Macquarie University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in telecommunications engineering. I chose to study engineering as I really enjoy solving problems and that's what engineering is in a nutshell.

“Engineering is one of the few professions where you use both your scientific mind and your creativity on a daily basis. I chose to study engineering at Macquarie because of the engineering program, its close proximity to one of Australia's leading technology hubs, easy access to transportation, and the cutting-edge facilities. Since graduating I have worked as a technology consultant at Oracle and as a computer forensic consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers."

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)

  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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