Engineering and built environment professionals are responsible for the design and construction of the world around us. They include architects, building and interior designers, engineers (e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical), project managers, and urban planners.

Distance learning courses reflect that most of the individual disciplines are hands on.

  • Students complete the academic components of degrees online.
  • Where in-person learning is essential, residential schools are organised where students attend on-campus classes over consecutive days.
  • Fieldwork placements also feature in professional programs.

The skills you develop by doing an engineering and built environment degree are useful in different roles. Graduates often obtain high-paying jobs in other disciplines.

Less than half of Australia’s recent engineering graduates are working in their field, but most of them are likely to work in highly skilled and highly paid jobs... Engineers have high level maths skills, and it is those skills, combined with technology, analysis and design expertise, which can make them prized recruits in commerce and finance.

~ Engineers Australia

Your options for studying engineering online are plentiful. Most Australian universities have engineering schools and a selection of these offer distance education courses.

A Bachelor of Engineering degree generally takes 4 years, at least if you want to be accredited as a Professional Engineer. Some on-campus attendance can be required (either occasionally or in a block each semester) to do hands-on engineering practice.

Postgraduate engineering degrees, include graduate diplomas and masters, help engineers keep up to date with Australian industry needs. Doing an advanced course online may help you shift into a growth sector... READ MORE

Professional engineers become candidates for management and leadership roles as they gain experience. To acquire business and management skills, you can do a Master of Engineering Management degree or even an MBA.

Studying management builds competencies in organising people, projects, budgets and operations. You learn to approach engineering from a more business than technical perspective.

Engineering management degrees are useful for demonstrating that you want to take on administrative roles and have the skills and credentials. They create opportunities within engineering and more broadly... READ MORE

Studying project management online is an easy way for project managers to enhance their skills and qualifications. The subject is typically taken at a postgraduate level – by professionals with some experience in managing or administering projects.

An online project management course covers principles and techniques that can be applied in industries such as construction and property development. It complements the knowledge and skills you acquire on the job.

Students develop a stronger conceptual model of how to run a project, which can help in areas such as planning and communication. The most common online degree is Master of Project Management... READ MORE

Australian online universities offer professional degrees in urban and regional planning.

  • Distance courses that lead to accreditation involve work placements.
  • Students spend a number of weeks working in the field alongside professionals.

Some courses may also require students to attend residential sessions on campus. These are intensive periods that quickly cover some of the hands-on elements of training.

Postgraduate courses are popular with students who want to upgrade their qualifications or change career streams. Graduate diploma, graduate certificate and masters courses are designed to produce job-ready, professionally accredited planners... READ MORE

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