While the world continues to ask critical questions about issues of sustainability and climate change, we increasingly look to the power industry for answers.

A progressive new course in power engineering is leading the way, educating and re-educating engineers and industry professionals.

With its focus on renewable energy, Victoria University’s six-month Graduate Certificate in Power Engineering is the only short course of its kind in Australia. Students are using it to enhance their expertise, skills and employability.

Upskill, reskill or specialise in power engineering.

Taking the lead in renewable energy

Making the electricity grid “smart” has become a priority throughout the world – as is ensuring we have enough adequately skilled specialists in the field.

Power Engineering course chair and lecturer Professor Akhtar Kalam says his new course was designed for industry professionals ready to upskill. His passion for renewable energy has helped shape the course.

“This work is so exciting, everyone’s talking about Smart Energy. We’re teaching people from diverse backgrounds – those with engineering degrees and a range of industry experience,” he says.

“I’m determined to promote, educate and change the mindset of our conventional past and contribute to solving CO2 emissions and climate change. Power systems have been a major contributor to polluting the planet. At VU we are committed to growing knowledge in renewable energy systems.”

Course chair and lecturer Professor Akhtar Kalam: "At VU we are committed to growing knowledge in renewable energy systems."

The Victoria University difference

Hands-on approach

A practical, industry-focused approach sets VU above and beyond other institutions. Using case studies and a project-based curriculum in workshop-style classes immerses students in real problems, and an expectation that energy resources will come from non-fossil fuels.

Unique facilities

VU students learn in world-class facilities, including the $3.5 million industry-based Victoria Zone Substation Simulator Centre, not available anywhere else in the academic world.

Revolutionary learning model

Finally, this course is taught in a postgraduate-modified version of the award-winning VU Block Model. It is taught one unit at a time in eight-week blocks. This means more regular feedback and reduced study load so you can better manage work and other commitments, and no impact to the timing of the course’s completion.

Global leaders in Planetary Health

VU’s commitment to Planetary Health – through research, teaching and community engagement – was formally recognised with membership of the Planetary Health Alliance, and a ranking of #1 in Australia and #10 in the world for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021).

Power engineering student success

Studying VU’s Master of Engineering (Power Engineering), product development engineer Chabilal Mongar says he chose VU for its reputation, but soon discovered the hands-on approach and supportive environment that elevated his career.

“I had the opportunity to learn from the best and be a part of this amazing institution which is ranked among the world’s top 2% of universities.

My coursework not only covered all types of renewable energy technologies (solar, wind, biomass and fuel cells including energy storage technologies) but also provided in-depth understanding of the technology through mathematical modelling and simulation using software tools.

The skills I gained made me job-ready and gave me the necessary confidence to practice engineering and solve real-world problems. The unwavering support I received from my professors was invaluable in my success.”

Product development engineer Chabilal Mongar says his VU studies have advanced his career to the next level.

Why is 2021 the year to study?

In 2021, the Graduate Certificate in Power Engineering, along with a range of future-focused, six-month higher education courses have fees heavily subsidised and HECS-HELP loans available, thanks to the Federal Government’s response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to gaining this qualification, the course may provide pathways with credit towards higher degrees (for example, the Master of Engineering or Master of Research).

With significant fee subsidies, 2021 is the perfect opportunity to return to study.

Find out more

Visit the course page to find out more or apply today.

To speak to a course adviser, call 1300 VIC UNI or +61 3 9919 6100. Or live chat online to talk with an experienced course adviser.

Eligibility & course delivery

If you have completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline, or an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline, you will be eligible to apply.

Even without an undergraduate degree, you may apply based on approved work experience.

The course consists of the following four units, taught in modified Block Model (two units every eight weeks) in face-to-face workshops (unless remote learning is required due to the COVID-19 pandemic).