22229VIC - Diploma of Engineering Technology

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Course essentials

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This leading-edge, current technology focused course provides a non-trades pathway into technician and engineering associate qualifications.

It also offers an opportunity for tradespeople to upgrade their qualifications, and for entry into technician positions in industry.

Learn all about:

  • Environmental and Structural Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical engineering - learn how to design components
  • Manufacturing engineering - how to make the production line work
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) - using 5-axis machine tools
  • Rapid Manufacturing, or 'prototyping'.



Our graduates work in advanced technical and management roles in:

  • the public and private sector of engineering
  • water and roads industries
  • automotive industries
  • manufacturing

Study pathways

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following Bachelor degrees and in some cases receive credit for your degree:

Bachelor of Engineering (Architectural Engineering) (Honours)

You will be credited for 6 units of study.

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Honours)

You will be credited for 6 units of study.

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)

You will be credited for 6 units of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your existing skills obtained through previous work, education and life experiences may make you eligible to receive formal recognition towards your qualification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

This process acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through formal or informal learning. To receive RPL, your skills, training and experiences are assessed against recognised qualifications.

Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling. To discuss RPL for this course please contact us on +61 3 9919 6100 and ask for the course manager of this course.

Course objectives

Graduates of the Diploma of Engineering Technology will be able to:

  • implement and utilise engineering solutions in mechanical, civil and manufacturing engineering applications requiring substantial theoretical concepts;
  • analyse, diagnose and plan with respect to mechanical, civil construction and manufacturing engineering solutions that have a basis in engineering technology;
  • use complex technical information and concepts to plan and implement solutions for a range of engineering environments and contexts;
  • troubleshoot interfacing problems between disparate technical or engineering systems;
  • provide substantial support in managing complex projects within given time and budgetary constraints, and
  • manage prescribed technical objectives within organisations that have outputs based on engineering application.

Units and electives

To fulfil the requirements for the qualification learners must complete all the core units listed making up 240 hours and undertake electives to make up a minimum of 560 hours to provide a course total of 800 hours.

The choice of electives should be relevant to the student’s vocational needs and should be made up of:
1. A minimum of 50% of the training effort must be from units first packaged at an AQF level 5.
2. The balance of units may be drawn from Table 3 or other endorsed training packages, provided the units of competency are of an appropriate AQF level and relevant to an engineering job function or to enterprise requirements.

Elective unit selection is subject to College Approval

Learners exiting prior to meeting all of these requirements will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing those units of competency that they have successfully completed.

This qualification can be used as an exit point from 21622VIC Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Core Units

General Electives

Civil Engineering

Water and Sewage Management Stream

Mechanical Engineering

Additional Elective Options

Admission information

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a Certificate III in Engineering (from Training Package MEM05) or equivalent
  • Year 12: Minimum requirement is the completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • Mature: Relevant experience as assessed by the University

How to apply for this course

Applications have closed for this course.

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  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
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