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  • UEE50511
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Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

At a glance

At a glance

Progress your career in electronics and communications with this high-level course and develop the advanced skills and knowledge to become a technical officer.

  • Technical Officer - Electronics and Communications Engineering

UEE50511 Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

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Course overview

Course overview

Advance your career in electronics and communications with this high-level course. Develop the advanced skills and specialised knowledge required to become a technical officer.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as telecommunications engineering professionals is currently experiencing strong growth. There is likely to be around 10,000 job openings in this highly-specialised field over the next five years. 

In this course you will develop extensive skills in configuring computer networks as well as programming and fault-finding micro-controller equipped devices. Learn about electronic engineering redesign, commissioning electronic systems, risk assessment, and technical documentation. You will also gain soldering, cabling and termination skills. Our industry experienced teachers will give you the one-on-one guidance and support you need to succeed.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be qualified to work as an electronics and communications engineering technical officer. You will also have a solid foundation to advance your career with further studies.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core units listed below, plus a combination of elective units with a total value of 1460 points. Please note, elective units have various points values. Please contact us for information about which electives should be included in your training plan.

Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan
Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
Implement and monitor energy sector OHS policies and procedures
Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
Commission electronics and communications systems
Modify - redesign of electronics and communications systems
Implement and monitor energy sector environmental and sustainable policies and procedures
Ensure team effectiveness
Set up, create and implement content for a web server
Develop design briefs for electrotechnology projects
Write specifications for electronics and communications engineering projects
Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
Solve problems in d.c. circuits
Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
Compile and produce an energy sector detailed report
Provide engineering solutions for problems in complex multiple path circuits
Provide solutions to basic engineering computational problems
Select and arrange equipment for wireless communication networks
Repairs basic electronic apparatus faults by replacement of components
Troubleshoot single phase input d.c. power supplies
Troubleshoot digital sub-systems
Troubleshoot amplifiers in an electronic apparatus
Troubleshoot resonance circuits in an electronic apparatus
Fault find and repair electronic apparatus
Fault find and repair complex power supplies
Troubleshoot basic amplifier circuits
Solve oscillator problems
Solve fundamental electronic communications system problems
Troubleshoot microcontroller based hardware systems
Troubleshoot communication systems
Design electronic printed circuit boards
Analyse the performance of wireless-based electronic - communication systems
Develop structured programs to control external devices
Configure and maintain industrial control system networks

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Money IconVet Student Loan - $16,221 cap

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 for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to domestic students:

Entry into this course is by one of the following:

  • mature age entry - expression of interest
  • high school graduate - sound achievement in Year 12 English and Maths A, B or C
  • QTAC application
  • engineering trade certificate.

Students must either supply a copy of their Year 12 Certificate issued by the state certifying body in the state you completed year 12 or undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment by the first course census date.

International Students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - View a list of all English Language tests accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).8.

Resources required

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes the use of safety glasses, protective footwear with covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip soles to AS2210, long leather gloves to AS2161, and hair protection. You should also wear 100% cotton drill industry-standard clothing. If you fail to meet these minimum standards of dress, you will not be permitted entry into practical classes.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are also required to have access to and bring personal stationary, a USB, a scientific calculator, and a ruler, set square, protractor and compass.

Need to know

Replacement Qualification
This qualification has been replaced by UEE50520 - Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering, as of 4 October 2020. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 3 October 2022. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland