Electrical Power Engineering
|Indicative ATAR||80 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.|
|Location||Bentley or Sarawak This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||4 years full-time|
Electrical power engineers are involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. Global demands on resources have placed an urgent emphasis on supplying affordable, environmentally responsible power. As a power engineer of tomorrow, you will be at the forefront of advancements in grid systems, IT innovations and power technologies.
In this major, you will study power generation and distribution, electrical machines, electronics and power quality, as well as renewable energy sources, alternative fuel systems and future energy infrastructures. In your final year of study, you will undertake a major research or design project.
In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice. After completing this common year you can select to major in electrical power engineering.
You will need to complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during the summer breaks in order to graduate from electrical power engineering.
Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students
Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Not accepted. May be used to meet English competence requirements.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- At least three of the following four: Mathematics 3C/3D, Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D, Physics 3A/3B and Chemistry 3A/3B
- At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B
Desirable WACE coursesEngineering Studies 3A/3B
For occupational health and safety reasons you must be able to identify the difference between various colours.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Graduates fulfill the stage 1 competencies required by Engineers Australia (EAust) as the pathway to chartered-engineer status (CPEng).
If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering to discuss eligibility for recognition of prior learning.
This course can help you become a:
- Electrical Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Excellent national and international employment opportunities and very high demand for graduates
- Well-designed fully accredited course, relevant to industry with theory, computer simulation and practical components.
- Many industry sponsored scholarships and prizes for students.
- Excellent teaching staff, many with extensive industrial experiences and strong links with national and international institutes such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Engineers Australia, Australian Power Institute, APA and Western Power.
- This major opens up a wide range of career options, allowing you to help solve some fundamental global challenges.
- With the triple challenge of climate change, security of energy supplies and affordability, the power industry will continue to need engineers.
- Many graduates begin their careers with energy supply authorities and other large-scale users of electrical energy, such as mining companies.