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Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

  • National Course Code: UEE50511
  • TAFE NSW code: UEE50511-01V04-21ULT-101

Location – Ultimo, Main Campus


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

19 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering strengthens your skills and knowledge for roles at a senior level. Learn the operational aspects of electronic equipment and be qualified to work as a communications and engineering technical officer.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Understand the theoretical aspects of electricity
  • Understand the operating principles of electronic equipment
  • Modify and commission electronic apparatus
  • Develop software solutions in microcontroller-based systems
  • Solve problems in electronic and digital equipment including voice and data communication
  • Estimate electrotechnology projects
  • Develop and implement data maintenance programs


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Time management
  • Initiative and the ability to self-manage your workload
  • Effective communication skills
  • Teamwork skills and a collaborative spirit


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised Diploma level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Technical officer (electronic and communications engineering)
  • Telecommunications technical officer


Take your career further with the:

  • Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the electronics and communications?industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask and respond well to rapid change
  • Enjoy problem-solving and analysis of electronic circuits
  • Confidence working with electronics components, tools and accessories

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Commit to attend all scheduled training/assessment sessions, complete recommended study/Moodle in your own time and have the reasonable level of literacy and numeracy.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Full Time Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 18.5 hours of class, over 2-3 days a week, for 2 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 0.5 hour of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 8.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including online study including lectures, work experience, assignments and quizzes.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Individuals in this cohort meet the criteria for Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities and will have access to real and simulated workplaces.
  • Individuals are predominately male and between 18-30 years but may also be from wider age groups and diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.
  • Individuals as a whole have MEDIUM levels of literacy and numeracy, and allowance is made for the needs of particular groups (e.g. people with disabilities, and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties, such as speakers of languages other than English).
  • Individuals may have met the entry requirements through recognition of previous studies, work experience, life experience or a combination of them all.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled for 2-3 days a week from 8.00am to 4.45pm. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

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Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
UEENEEE038B Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan
UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEENEEE117A Implement and monitor energy sector OHS policies and procedures
UEENEEE137A Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
UEENEEH167A Commission electronics and communications systems
UEENEEH168A Modify - redesign of electronics and communications systems
UEENEEK145A Implement and monitor energy sector environmental and sustainable policies and procedures
Elective Units
Number Title
UEENEEA102A Select electronic components for assembly
UEENEEC002B Source and purchase material/parts for installation or service jobs
UEENEEC004B Prepare specifications for the supply of materials and equipment for electrotechnology projects
UEENEEC005B Estimate electrotechnology projects
UEENEED101A Use computer applications relevant to a workplace
UEENEED102A Assemble, set-up and test computing devices
UEENEED103A Evaluate and modify object oriented code programs
UEENEED146A Set up and configure basic local area network (LAN)
UEENEEE020B Provide basic instruction in the use of electrotechnology apparatus
UEENEEE102A Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
UEENEEE104A Solve problems in d.c. circuits
UEENEEE110A Develop and implement energy sector maintenance programs
UEENEEE124A Compile and produce an energy sector detailed report
UEENEEE126A Provide solutions to basic engineering computational problems
UEENEEH102A Repairs basic electronic apparatus faults by replacement of components
UEENEEH111A Troubleshoot single phase input d.c. power supplies
UEENEEH112A Troubleshoot digital sub-systems
UEENEEH113A Troubleshoot amplifiers in an electronic apparatus
UEENEEH114A Troubleshoot resonance circuits in an electronic apparatus
UEENEEH115A Develop software solutions for microcontroller based systems
UEENEEH138A Fault find and repair complex power supplies
UEENEEH139A Troubleshoot basic amplifier circuits
UEENEEH142A Solve oscillator problems
UEENEEH145A Develop engineering solutions to analogue electronic problems
UEENEEH146A Solve fundamental electronic communications system problems
UEENEEH181A Design electronic printed circuit boards
UEENEEH188A Design and develop electronics - computer systems projects
UEENEEI155A Develop structured programs to control external devices
UEENEEI156A Develop and test code for microcontroller devices
UEENEEH118A Fault find and repair electronic apparatus

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Electronics and communications engineering technicians.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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