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Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)

Become a civil engineer responsible for planning, designing and constructing projects that involve the built environment.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(480 credit points = 4.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR 60.00
Lowest Adjusted ATAR 50.00

In this course, you’ll learn about electric circuits and machines, thermodynamics and industrial robots, in our world class $43 million dollar Science and Engineering precinct at our Mt Helen campus in Ballarat, Victoria.

Build a strong foundation in first year with subjects in machine design, simulation in engineering and energy conversion, and in final year, pursue an interest area with your own unique engineering project.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) is a four-year course, accredited by Engineers Australia – the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.

As an accredited graduate you will be involved in all aspects of design specification, development, research, evaluation, manufacture, installation, testing, operation, maintenance and management of machines and systems. This will include but is not limited to, mechanical and mechatronic systems, automated systems and robotic devices, heat transfer processes, thermodynamic and combustion systems and fluid and thermal energy systems.

Our graduates are highly sought after by industry, employed by large, medium and small engineering organisations, both locally and nationally.

If you wish to progress to further study, you may consider a Master of Engineering course.

The Federation University Co-operative Model will accelerate your career by putting you at the heart of education and industry. Federation Co-op creates a direct connection between students and employers, via paid placements, career preparation and workplace skill development, supported by a leader in student support, skills development and social equity. 
Our industry stakeholders are excited about Federation Co-op as it addresses skill shortages by inviting them to collaborate on our courses, to identify the real skills that our students need to succeed in their chosen industry.

Co-op means you can succeed wherever you start on your study journey.
Federation has the know-how to deliver Co-op through our award-winning relationships with industry, including our 25+ year partnership with IBM, and our extensive research into the co-op model’s success in the USA, Canada and Europe for generations of students.

  • Work and world ready graduates.  We prepare our students through mandatory career development units, so you will be ready to enter the workforce during your co-operative placements, and through transferable World Ready Skills, so you are workforce ready when you graduate, regardless of your background before going to uni.
  • Real experience in your chosen profession. Every Co-op student completes a minimum of 60 days’ paid placement relevant to their course – contributing directly to course credits – either full time over one semester, part time over an extended period or in blocks embedded into your subjects. Co-op offers flexibility to suit our students’ commitments and course.
  • Co-design, co-develop and co-delivered with industry. We work with employers, industry, students and alumni to co-design, co-develop and co-deliver a comprehensive set of structured, assessed Co-operative Experiential Learning activities.
  • Drainage engineer
  • Airport engineer
  • Harbour engineer
  • Local government engineer
  • Planning engineer
  • Soil engineer
  • Transport engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Engineer
  • Hydraulic engineer
  • Materials and testing engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Water resources engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Irrigation engineer
  • Pipeline engineer
  • Railway engineer
  • Traffic engineer

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

ENGIN1003, 15 credit points
ENGIN1004, 15 credit points

Semester 2

COOPC1025, 15 credit points
ENGIN1005, 15 credit points
MATHS1102, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

ENGIN2301, 15 credit points
ENGIN3204, 15 credit points
MATHS2016, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN2203, 15 credit points
ENGIN2204, 15 credit points
ENGIN2304, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

ENGIN2201, 15 credit points
ENGIN3201, 15 credit points
ENGIN3202, 15 credit points
ENGIN3203, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN3002, 15 credit points
ENGIN3205, 15 credit points
ENGIN3206, 15 credit points
COOPC Electives (1)

Year 4

Semester 1

ENGIN4001, 30 credit points
ENGIN4201, 15 credit points
ENGIN5302, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ENGIN4002, 30 credit points
Specialised Electives S1

Specialised Electives S2

16 hours per week

Students will complete 60 days of co-operative industry placement.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This course has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the course pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this course with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in Chemistry, any Information Technology or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special entry access schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory course such as the Federation University Federation Access Studies Program (FAST).


Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this course. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway course such as Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

English language requirement

Overall Academic IELTS band score of 6.0, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510111 (Mt Helen), 3700710111 (Churchill), 3701810111 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: EG8

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Steel cap safety boots and safety glasses - Approximately $60.00

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Diploma of Engineering (Higher Education)

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

TAFE studies
Apply for a relevant TAFE course, at any TAFE provider, and then apply to articulate into this course.  You may receive credit for TAFE studies undertaken, which will be individually assessed upon request, after you enrol in your bachelor level course. 
Bridging courses

A bridging course can provide an excellent foundation to build upon in your bachelor degree studies:

  • Our one semester Federation Access Studies (FAST) program   including FASTP1203 Introduction to Technical Maths,  provides you an alternate entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university.  On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) for the next semester.

* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.


University studies
Enrolling in single subjects (courses) allows you to demonstrate your ability to succeed in study at this level. Re-apply with credit to the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) for the next intake. Recommended subjects include:
  • MATHS1001 Modelling and Change 
  • MATHS1005 Secrets of the Matrix

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia.

Additional information for international students

Download our international engineering program brochure (pdf,1.3MB)

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Course co-ordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Biruk Tekle
Gippsland - Churchill - Amin Soltani