Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology (Z2M)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

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Duration

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Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Cradle Coast
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses that are offered to international students

Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, online study may replace some or all of your on-campus classes. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any changes.
Something revolutionary is happening in Australian manufacturing, and now is the perfect time to get in on the action. Rapid technological advancements have meant that we are seeing shift away from manual labour towards interconnectivity, automation, robotics, and the use of real-time data in the field of equipment design.

The Associate Degree in Equipment Design & Technology has been designed through an extensive industry consultation process to ensure that graduates have the skills and knowledge required to drive innovation into the future. A focus on project-based work, some of which will be completed in partnership with industry, means that you’ll be both job-ready and highly employable.

You’ll get hands-on experience in designing and producing equipment, in a real-world manufacturing environment. You’ll see your designs come to life with cutting-edge equipment, such as 3D scanners, laser cutters, 3D printers and virtual/augmented reality technology. Learning to use the tools of the future means you’ll also have plenty of exciting career options to choose from.

In this degree you’ll learn design and making skills, as well as important skills and knowledge required for quality assurance, safety and logistics. As part of this course, you’ll also learn core skills needed in any workplace, such as critical thinking, project management, design thinking, communication, teamwork and digital literacy. You’ll enjoy real-world learning experiences designed to demonstrate what both the job and the workplace will be like, so you can hit the ground running.

Our OEM Facility

This course is offered in the North-West region of Tasmania, which has long been recognised as a centre for traditional manufacturing. Thanks to our OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) facility, the North West is one of the best places in the world to study Equipment Design and Technology. Co-located with industry at the Tasmanian Minerals Manufacturing and Energy Council (TMEC) facilities, you'll have the opportunity to rub shoulders with industry professionals as you work collaboratively on real-world projects.

  1. Explain and use industry 4.0 relevant technologies, materials, tools and methods to optimise manufacturing production or management systems
  2. Design and fabricate original manufactured outputs and objects to solve problems
  3. Identify, analyse and evaluate technical and theoretical concepts of materials science, programming and mathematics required within a manufacturing lifecycle to inform design
  4. Reflect on and communicate manufacturing skills and management approaches to solve problems in complex workplace situations
  5. Analyse and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of team-based manufacturing to maintain quality and safety of the design and build process
Year 1

Students are exposed to authentic and engaged learning experiences designed to develop their understanding of work and the workplace. In the first year of study, students are introduced to:

  • Different methods of and approaches to practice;
  • How issues such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership are reflected in the workplace;
  • The role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing workplace-based knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations.

Students develop personal responsibility for and autonomy in developing their portfolio of practice (known as a Practice Manual). This is reflected in educational plans developed in consultation with their Academic Coaches and based on a method or approach to practice from, for example projects, data-driven decision making, case studies, field work, simulated environments, design thinking etc.

Year 2

The second year of study builds on concepts of learning through practice from the diploma by introducing students to more complex learning experiences.  Students will be introduced to discipline-based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations, including:

  • Authentic and purposeful, industry-related experiences
  • Concepts of managing effective relationships and communicating with others
  • The development and use of adaptive leadership skills and how these skills relate to innovative and entrepreneurial practice
  • The nature of responsible, accountable and reflective workplace skills
  • Creative and critical thinking relevant to para-professional practice.

Students will exercise self-awareness, initiative and judgement to manage yourself and professional relationships effectively. The application of tacit knowledge and capabilities will be reflected in a Practice Manual.

Become a Student Ambassador

Improve your communication, teamwork and leadership skills, meet new people, inspire and help others, and developing lasting friendships and networks as a student ambassador. Our ambassadors proudly represent the University throughout Tasmania in schools, at University and community events, and support a range of recruitment and engagement activities. Though the Student Ambassador Program or STEM Outreach Team you will have many opportunities for training and professional development, experience in real-world community engagement and outreach, networking, and public speaking, plus end up with a key point of distinction on your CV.

A key feature of the course is the practical component, to provide hands-on learning which aims to enhance students’ problem solving, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills by allowing them to ‘learn through practice’. The course is delivered at a new workshop facility located in the TMMEC Advanced Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Burnie. Co-location at this facility provides students with a range of formal and informal networking opportunities with industry experts.

Career outcomes

This course is suited to individuals pursuing a career in the manufacturing industry across a range of roles. The primary roles available to graduates are in design and fabrication, with other positions available within quality control, logistics and project management. Career Options might include:

  • Draftsperson
  • Project manager
  • Team leader
  • Designer
  • CNC operator
  • Robotic welding operator
  • Metal/plastics fabricator
  • Technician
  • Entrepreneur
  • Inventor

Course structure

Completion of the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology requires 200 credit points including:

  • A Core (150 credit points)
  • Electives (50 credit points)

The course design and cumulative learning approach is driven by themed problem-based learning projects that have a capstone assessment at the end of the first and second year. It is envisaged these problem-based learning projects may not only facilitate collaboration and placements with industry and opportunities to co-design and deliver projects with industry or work with industry as client, but also strengthen applied knowledge and expose UC students to prospective employers.

For assistance with the enrolment requirements for this course, please refer to the Course Planner.

In this unit you will explore the application of material science in manufacturing. This will include practicals where you examine the physical properties and characteristics of traditional and contemporary materials including metals, polymers and composites. There is also a focus…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will be introduced to Industry 4.0 and how it is disrupting the equipment design and technology sector and learn about the skill set required to thrive as a practitioner. You will explore and use a range…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces key concepts, processes and principles of industry 4.0 driven fabrication in a manufacturing environment. You will undertake small-scale project work to create fabricated objects that relates to a local industry, organisation or community need or opportunity. To…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will learn about the fundamentals of electrical circuits and systems. This includes studying voltage, current, impedance, electrical energy, power and resistors, inductors, capacitors, and electrical units and measurements. You will also investigate operational amplifiers, sensors and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the concepts of software design and development in the context of computer programming. You will learn how to design, manage, and evaluate projects that solve real-world applied technology problems through industry best practice and design methodologies. You…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will be introduced to Digital Control Systems, their applications, and the industries they are applied in. Through case studies and site visits (where possible) you will also investigate the use of digital control systems firsthand across…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide you with an understanding of how organisations manage the supply chain and logistics processes associated with manufactured and purchased goods, ensuring the successful flow of materials between organisations and external suppliers. The logistics aspects and methodologies…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will engage in practical workshops that will enable you to acquire and apply core principles and practices of ‘Lean’ manufacturing. Through observation and practice, you will gain insight into the use of Lean as a systematic approach to reduce…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Using more advanced features of digital design toolsets, you will engage more deeply in design methods and practices by developing more complex designs. In this unit, you will specify appropriate materials and joins based on knowledge of mechanics and progressing…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Building on the skills and knowledge you gained in ZAE105 ‘Introduction to Fabrication’, you will extend your ability to work with additional techniques and elements of digital fabrication, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries by completing a team-based fabrication project. Applying…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will develop self-guided inquiry skills, enabling you to explore and continuously build on your awareness of advancements in the field of manufacturing and engineering. You will identify areas of new research and practice that aim to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Electives

You will complete 50 credit points of Elective units in the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology. Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Arts, Business, Design, Science, and Information Communication Technologies . Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline field. To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in. You can complete any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for.

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS
Domestic Applicants who have recently completed secondary education

- Completed the TCE (or equivalent)

Domestic Applicants with higher education study

- Completed at least one undergraduate unit (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points).

Domestic Applicants with VET / TAFE study

- A completed VET Certificate III or higher

Domestic Applicants with work and life experience

If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

Prerequisites
Nil

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

This course is not currently offered to international students

You may be eligible for advanced standing (i.e. credit points) in this associate degree if you:

  • Have completed an award such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma at the University, from TAFE or another institution;
  • Are currently studying another associate degree at the University or at another institution;
  • Have completed studies towards a Bachelor degree at the University or from another institution.

How to apply for a credit transfer

Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition for Prior Learning

Students articulating into the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology from a completed Undergraduate Certificate in Equipment Design and Project Management will receive 50 credit points of advanced standing. Articulation from other courses will be in line with the University’s standard application for credit process

Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information. Applications for credit can be made upon application to the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology course

Students who complete the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology will receive minimum credit of 100 credit points for units studied within this course toward the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies.

Students wishing to articulate from the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology into another university of Tasmania Bachelor course may gain credit subject to the receiving College's discretion.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

How can we help?

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International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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