Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

National Code: UEE50511
TAFE SA Code: TP00391


This qualification leads to the application of electronic components and computers to enable technologies like mobile communications, medical devices, mining equipment, robotics and more. You develop skills to select, commission, maintain and diagnose malfunctions of electronic sub-assemblies and systems.

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18 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Electronic Engineering Technical Officer

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Work as a technical officer in the rapidly-growing electronics industry and related areas like defence, mining, biomedical and communications. You may be commissioning and maintaining medical equipment or supervising production line activities in a manufacturing environment.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering (UEE50511)
    This course provides skills in commissioning electronic and communication systems, modification-redesign of electronic and communication systems and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and elective units totalling 1460 points.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace 20
    Commission electronics and communications systems 20
    Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work 20
    Implement and monitor energy sector environmental and sustainable policies and procedures 20
    Implement and monitor energy sector OHS policies and procedures 20
    Modify - redesign of electronics and communications systems 20
    Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assemble electronic components 40
    Design electronic printed circuit boards 40
    Develop and test code for microcontroller devices 60
    Develop industrial control programs for microcomputer equipped devices 60
    Develop software solutions for microcontroller based systems 60
    Develop structured programs to control external devices 40
    Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components 40
    Fault find and repair complex power supplies 40
    Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment 20
    Install and maintain cabling for multiple access to telecommunication services 120
    Lay wiring_cabling and terminate accessories for extra-low voltage (ELV) circuits 40
    Maintain documentation 20
    Provide programming solution for computer systems engineering problems 60
    Provide solutions to basic engineering computational problems 60
    Repairs basic electronic apparatus faults by replacement of components 40
    Select electronic components for assembly 20
    Set up and configure basic local area network (LAN) 40
    Set up, create and implement content for a web server 120
    Solve problems in d.c. circuits 80
    Supervise and coordinate energy sector work activities 40
    Troubleshoot amplifiers in an electronic apparatus 80
    Troubleshoot basic amplifier circuits 40
    Troubleshoot communication systems 80
    Troubleshoot digital sub-systems 80
    Troubleshoot resonance circuits in an electronic apparatus 80
    Troubleshoot single phase input d.c. power supplies 40
    Use computer applications relevant to a workplace 20
    Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications 40
    Use engineering applications software on personal computers 40
    Use lead-free soldering techniques 40
    Write specifications for electronics and communications engineering projects 40
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering
    Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering
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