Associate Degree in Equipment Design & Technology


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


On campus


Cradle Coast campus


Term 1 (February)


Australian manufacturing is rapidly transforming and the growth in the advanced manufacturing sector presents exciting career opportunities, particularly in the North-West region of the Tasmania. The industry is transforming itself from a manual labour focused environment to one that is leveraging the benefits of robotics and automation.

Building on the State’s existing strengths in maritime, food production, forestry, energy and mining industries, the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology (Z2M) has been developed to address the need for a workforce that has hands-on experience in designing and producing equipment, within a modern manufacturing environment.  

The course will enable graduates to be competitive in emerging jobs which sit between the existing roles of engineer and tradesperson, essentially requiring a hybrid mix of skillsets of a traditional tradesperson or engineer. In addition to design and fabrication skills, this course will equip students with important skills in quality assurance and safety and logistics, together with a whole suite of employability skills. These are essential skills and values that enable you to thrive in any workplace such as critical thinking, project management, design thinking, communication, teamwork, and digital literacy.


The OEM facility (OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer) is located within the NW Coast manufacturing precinct and will be utilised for the design and manufacture of ‘equipment’. This unique learning environment will bring great value for students and industry alike. Equipment located at the facility will include:

  • Laser cutter and engraver
  • Industrial composite 3D printers
  • Industrial robotics systems
  • Autodesk CAD facilities

Career Options

Program structure

The Associate Degree involves 16 units over 2 years of full-time study, delivered at a new workshop facility located in Burnie. Subjects include:

The project-focused, workshop-based and practical teaching environment will enable you to create your own opportunities through innovative thinking and collaborative design with your peers. You’ll experience a start-up culture within the classroom, all about encouraging creativity and innovation.

You’ll be exposed to authentic and engaging learning experiences designed to develop your understanding of work and the workplace; you’ll rapidly experience an entire product life cycle including: project management, design, fabrication, quality assurance, sustainability, and safety.

For further information about the course structure, visit the course and unit handbook.

Alternative study options

Start with a diploma

Students also have the option to enrol into the Diploma of Equipment Design and Technology, a 12-months nested program; this means it forms the first year of the related Associate degree. The diploma offers students a shorter study option that leads directly into the Associate degree should students wish to extend their study.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology (Z2C) you may be eligible to receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania. The amount of credit received will be subject to the receiving college/faculty’s discretion.

Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information.

2020 indicative costs

As a domestic student, you are eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at University and thus your course costs can be fully deferred (no payment required up front). See this website for details.

Need help applying?

If you would like one-on-one assistance with your University College application, please phone 1800 788 244 during business hours.

We also have more information on our Need help applying page.


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