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Equipment Design and Technology

With rapid technological advancements in the digital fabrication industry, there has never been a more exciting time to consider a career in equipment design and technology.

Available to study in Tasmania's innovative North-West region, the Associate Degree in Equipment Design & Technology has been designed through local industry consultation to ensure that you will have the skills and knowledge required to drive innovation in your future workplace.

Studying with us means collaboration and placements with industry, and opportunities to co-design and deliver exciting real-world projects. By working with industry, you will have the opportunity to apply and strengthen your knowledge, while meeting prospective employers for the future.

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Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology

2 Years full-time, maximum of 5 Years
Cradle Coast

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Get hands-on experience with industry-based projects, designing and fabricating original manufactured outputs and objects.

Complete your degree in two years full-time study.

Finish your degree with an impressive portfolio of work.

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Course breakdown

Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology (Z2M)

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 students to prospective employers.

By completing the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology, you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania. The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.

1

Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology

Year 1, 100 credit points

Core units

As part of your Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology, you will complete twelve Core units designed to broaden your knowledge and learn new skills to apply within the digital fabrication industry.

75 credit points are met by core units in year one:

  • Material Science
  • Introduction to Equipment Design
  • Introduction to Fabrication
  • Electrical Systems
  • Programming Principles
  • Digital Control Systems
Elective Units (50 credit points)

You will complete four 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.

2

Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology

Year 2, 100 credit points

Core units

As part of your Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology, you will complete twelve Core units designed to broaden your knowledge and learn new skills to apply within the digital fabrication industry.

75 credit points are met by core units in year two:

  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Advanced Fabrication
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Intelligent Systems and Robotics
Elective Units (50 credit points)

You will complete four 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.

Career outcomes

Our OEM Facility

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.

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 opportunity for other positions within quality control, logistics and project management.

Potential Career Options Include:

  • Draftsperson
  • Project Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Designer
  • CNC Operator
  • Robotic Welding Operator
  • Metal/plastics fabricator
  • Technician
  • Entrepreneur
  • Inventor

Career opportunities

Careers relating to design are growing across many industries. Here are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years*.

*National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

Industrial Designers

19.4%

Predicted job growth to 2025

Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

15.9%

Predicted job growth to 2025

Construction, Distribution and Production Managers

8%

Predicted job growth to 2025

Study Experiences

Several students worked with Tasmania Police to develop prop guards for drones. This project used 3D printing to create a lighter and stronger alternative to commercially available drone guards.

"It was great working on the Tasmania Police Drone project. I enjoyed the opportunity to apply my skills on a real industry project while using cutting edge technology."

-Tanzim Taher

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.