The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021

AUD36,950 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40006
CRICOS code: 088615G

Study renewable energy systems

Renewable energy technologies are evolving rapidly. They include geothermal heat sources, carbon capture and storage, mineral sequestration, photovoltaics, polymer cells, oxyfuel technologies, and wind turbines. There is international demand for renewable energy technology and specialist engineering professionals with related skills in energy technical expertise as well as safety regulations. In Australia, growth in demand for engineers and technicians in the renewable energy sector is predicted to triple between 2008 and 2020.

This pathway program will allow you to build on the knowledge gained from your TAFE Associate Degree of Engineering (Renewable Energy Technologies), and finish with a bachelor degree after one year of university study. You will develop the business and technical skills required for a career as a renewable energy professional. We will help you develop an informed, critical-thinking approach to seeking solutions to renewable energy issues. You’ll learn how to design, develop, install, commission, maintain, repair or decommission renewable/sustainable energy technologies, and coordinate with energy, technical and safety regulations.

    Why study with us?

    • TAFE + University: this pathway program allows you to build upon your TAFE Associate Degree of Engineering (Renewable Energy Technologies) to receive a bachelor degree after one year study.
    • Tailor your study: choose to major in either electrical engineering or mechanical engineering.
    • Real-world insights: connect with industry through projects, guest lecturers, and mentoring

    Wind Turbine

    World Top 100 ? for Civil and Structural Engineering
    No.1 in NSW ? for educational experience and median salaries (Engineering)
    World top 200 ? for Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    What you will study

    Build critical and technical skills in:

    • calculus of science and engineering
    • electrical engineering design
    • carbon accounting and energy auditing

    Choose your major in either mechanical or electrical engineering.

    Electrical major:

    • quantum mechanicals and semiconductor physics
    • electric machines and power systems
    • principles and design of off-grid power systems
    • power electronics and renewable energy systems
    • automatic control

    Mechanical major:

    • mechatronic systems
    • thermofluids
    • mechanical engineering design
    • materials science and engineering
    • renewable energy conversion

    Program plans

    Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

    These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

    View the full course list

    Career opportunities

    Engineers and technologists in the field of renewable energy work on a variety of technologies and their integration into systems. These include technologies such as solar, wind and geothermal energy, biofuels and hydropower. Engineers and technologists research and develop creative ways to transform renewable energy into usable power. They are vital in the design of these sustainable technologies as well a their implementation.

    You could work for an energy company, a consultancy, a renewable energy equipment manufacturer, a research and development organisation or a government department.

    Typical positions include:

    • wind energy technician
    • energy consultant or advisor
    • solar energy systems designer
    • thermal energy systems manager
    • renewable energy project officer

    Professional recognition

    Professional recognition

    Engineers Australia (logo)

    The body knowledge and skills developed in this degree align with Engineers Australia Australian Engineering Competency Standards. Subject to course endorsement by Engineers Australia, graduates who enter into the third year of study at UON will be eligible for assessment as an Engineering Technologist on completion of the Bachelor degree. If you continue to complete the four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) you will be eligible to achieve the status of Professional Engineer.