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Engineering at CDU

CDU offers a range of accredited engineering courses from diplomas to PhD programs. Whether you are a school leaver or looking for a change in career, check out our engineering courses to find the one that suits you.

Our bachelor and master level engineering courses are internationally accredited through the Engineers Australia and EUR-ACE® accreditation framework. Graduate courses are available both through research and classwork, covering solar car electronic motor systems, and branching into other areas such as oil, gas and renewable energy.

While still covering the traditional areas of engineering, our programs focus on the tropical environment of the Northern Territory. We encompass modern teaching methods such as team activities, project-based learning and offer the opportunity to work with people from related disciplines such as architecture, mathematics and physics.

There is an emphasis on "hands-on" practical learning, through classes, site visits and workshop experience. Undergraduate students are encouraged to present their work using oral presentations as well as written reports, thereby encouraging the early development of a professional approach to their work.

Graduate courses are available both through research and classwork, covering developments of the axial flux electric motor initially used in the Desert Rose solar car, and branching into other areas such as oil and gas and renewable energy.

What is engineering?

Engineers make things happen. Engineering offers a world of excitement, challenges and interesting career opportunities. Engineering converts science and technology into successful innovation, providing the conditions for civilized living.

The work of engineers can be seen everywhere - in health, in our cities, in the country, in food supply and distribution, in medicine and in aerospace. Some examples are:

  • advances in medical treatment, like pacemakers and surgical instruments which allow microsurgery
  • robotics, enabling more effective and efficient production methods
  • power supply systems for remote areas
  • transport systems allowing people to move quickly within cities, within countries and between countries.

Engineering has a long tradition, with the work of engineers including the pyramids, historical temples and buildings, roads and water supply systems, the steam engine and ships.

Engineers create imaginative and visionary solutions to the challenges of the twenty-first century. Engineers improve living conditions for all people, making the environment in which we live a better place and developing better sources of energy.


  • have the power to make a difference by solving problems that are important to society
  • control and prevent pollution, develop new energy sources and create advanced technologies
  • have money and job security
  • are well paid and always in demand
  • work with other talented people - engineering is a team effort with experts in many different fields and from different backgrounds working together
  • work everywhere - in big cities and small towns, rural communities and remote areas, both indoors and outdoors
  • can develop their careers into research, medicine, law, business management and other areas
  • turn fantasy into reality.