Bachelor of Science (Electrical Systems Major)

3 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 002153M

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Course Description

When completing a Electrical Systems major you may choose between a graduate pathway to Electrical Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering.

  • What is Electrical Engineering?

    Electrical engineers design and build electrical and electronic devices on all scales, from transmitters smaller than the head of a pin, to large-scale projects, such as building a national power grid.

    Electrical engineers design electrical systems for high technology applications such as spacecraft and satellites. In addition to being the central discipline involved in communications, electrical engineering also has an ongoing impact in the medical field, developing systems and instrumentation for such developments as the ‘bionic ear’, heart pacemakers and life support systems.

    What you study

    The Bachelor of Science requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed part time.

    Core engineering studies include mathematics, engineering mechanics and systems design. Electrical engineering study areas include electrical networks, communication systems, signal processing and electronic circuit design.

    Completing a Electrical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science qualifies you to graduate as a Electrical Engineer with professional accreditation, after completing one of these graduate courses:

    Career outcomes

    Electrical engineering students are taught by staff who work in research with collaborative partners such as NASA, IBM and Bionic Vision Australia. Each subject offered includes a practical laboratory component, combined with theory and practice. On completion, graduates may practice as electrical engineers with companies such as Telstra, Siemens, Australian Aerospace, Holden and BHP Billiton.

    Graduates may also work in research and development-related roles. Equally, they may apply their strengths in analysis and mathematics to fields such as management, finance and banking.

  • What is Mechatronic Engineering?

    Mechatronics is the discipline concerned with the integration of mechanical, electronic and software engineering.

    Mechatronics is an exciting field because it combines the knowledge and skills of these three engineering disciplines. A detailed understanding of how mechanical, electronic and software engineering areas interact enables the development of ‘smart’ products and systems such as computer-controlled robots, washing machines, automotive equipment, medical imaging systems, wind and wave generators, advanced CNC machines and hybrid and electric vehicles. Mechatronics has applications in a range of fields, including robotics, medical and assistive technology, human-machine interaction, manufacturing, unmanned aerial vehicles and education.

    What you study

    To graduate as a Mechatronic Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete an Electrical Systems major within the Bachelor of Science, before progressing to the Master of Engineering (Mechatronics).

    The Bachelor of Science requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed part time.

    Core engineering studies include mathematics, systems design and engineering computation. Mechatronic Engineering study areas include control systems, programming, dynamics of machines, and electrical network analysis and design.

    Alternative study options

    You may also complete:

    Career outcomes

    Graduates have advanced skills and knowledge that can be used in a variety of interesting careers, such as developing ‘smart’ products and systems in the manufacturing or robotics industries. A wealth of job opportunities are available with companies that use advanced automation equipment and computer integrated manufacturing systems, in fields such as aerospace and advanced manufacturing. Graduates can participate in and lead multidisciplinary teams in areas such as product development, manufacturing, computing and electronics, hardware and software, mining engineering and robotics.

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