Mining, Engineering & Transport Centre

Electronics and Communications

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What course level should I choose?

  • Certificate II or Certificate III

    Choose this level if you are interested in working as an assembler or installer (Certificate II) or as an electronics/computer servicing technician (Certificate III) and/or if you wish to ease your way back into study

  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma

    Choose this level if you would like to work as an electronics technical officer in the design and manufacturing of electronics systems

  • Associate Degree

    Choose this level if you aspire to continue your study at University and/or you would like to work as an advanced electronics technical officer in the design and manufacturing of electronics systems
Regardless of the course you choose, there are multiple entry and exit points that you can take advantage of. Most of the courses we offer are nested one into another, offering a nice progression from one qualification to the next.

What kind of work will I do when I graduate?

South Australia has a very strong electronics sector that specialises in the design and manufacture of defence, communication and instrumentation systems, sensors and medical devices.

Past graduates of our courses can be found today enjoying their work at large, medium or small companies including Redarc, Bureau of Meteorology, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Codan, DSTO, BaE Systems, Channel 10 and Transfield Adelaide as well as data and voice and security installation companies.

A job in the electronics and computer systems engineering industry will give you:
  • A challenging, interesting, lifelong career in a growth industry
  • Excellent salary and conditions
  • Global opportunities, here and overseas

What is my study going to be like?

  • Face-to-face: classroom-based learning

    You participate in traditional lecture and practical sessions. The number of students in a practical session is a maximum of 16 and in a lecture a maximum 32.

    You have the opportunity to ask questions in class, and to learn from the lecturer’s and other students’ experience.

    You will have a timetable which is renewed every term. Typically, students study for 6 hours/day for 4 days/week.

    Every unit has a Unit Guide that guides you through all your learning and assessment tasks.

  • Self-paced, on-campus learning

    You study in a Flexible Learning Lab which is designed to support ‘self-directed’ or ‘self-paced’ study. Every unit has a Learning Guide that guides you through all your learning and assessment tasks. There is a variety of learning resources to help you learn including videos, text books, internet, simulations, computer based training tools, practical experiments etc.

    Facilitators (Lecturers) are always available in the lab to help you when required.

    Assessments can be done when you are ready for them (but must all be completed by the set dates). NOTE: You must be motivated and self-directed to be successful in this learning environment.

  • Online learning

    You study off campus. Every unit has a Learning Guide that guides you through all your learning and assessment tasks. There’s a variety of learning resources to help you learn including videos, text books, internet, simulations, etc.

Lecturers are available for study support either by email or in person by appointment.  You are also part of an online class and you can take advantage of a study forum to ask questions and get support in your learning.

Assessments can be done when you are ready for them (but must all be completed by the set dates). NOTE: You must be motivated and self-directed to be successful in this learning environment.

What is the Maths Diagnostic Test?

Upon acceptance in one of our courses, during the Orientation and Enrolment session, you will be required to sit a diagnostic test for Mathematics and Reading Comprehension. The diagnostic tests help us establish your study needs in these areas. For those unable to obtain a pass in these tests, there is an opportunity to enhance those skills through extra study.

See a sample mathematics test below

Sample Maths Test (Word 162 Kb)
Sample Maths Test Answers (PDF 356 Kb)