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Develop specialist practical and technical skills for a career in the engineering industry with an Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology at Victoria Polytechnic.

You will develop advanced skills in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of mechanical equipment and systems. You’ll further develop your knowledge of:

  • robotics
  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) - using 5-axis machine tools
  • rapid manufacturing, or 'prototyping'.

This course offers the chance to specialise in one of the following streams:

  • civil engineering
  • water and sewerage management
  • mechanical engineering.

Everything you learn at Victoria Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills on special purpose technology at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills.  You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • industry projects
  • live work
  • industry simulation.

You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility with a six-Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses. We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Equip yourself for a career in engineering by improving your existing skills in CAD, robotics, and advanced manufacturing.

Careers in engineering

The construction, engineering and fabrication industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia. An Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology can prepare you for technician and senior positions.

You’ll be prepared for a variety of technical and management roles including:

  • production/laboratory technician
  • draftsperson
  • advanced technical worker
  • programmable logic control (PLC) programmer
  • construction supervisor.

Graduates of this course have found employment in:

  • public and private sectors of engineering
  • water and roads industries
  • automotive industries
  • manufacturing.

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

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 144 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded the 22228VIC Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology, a student must successfully complete:

  • core units listed in Table 2 making up 280 hours and undertake electives from Table 3 making up a minimum of 1,120 hours to provide a course total of 1,400 hours. The choice of electives should be relevant to the student’s vocational needs and should be made up of:

  • A minimum of 30% of the training effort must be from units first packaged at AQF level 6, and;
  • The balance of electives 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.

Table 2: Core Units

Table 3: Electives

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at Victoria Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the training package and be assessed as appropriate by Victoria Polytechnic.

Broad theoretical and technical knowledge of a specific area, or a broad field of work and learning, with depth within one or more fields of engineering.


A broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

  • identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources for various engineering activities;
  • interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex engineering problems;
  • transfer information and skills in engineering technology to others and demonstrate an understanding of specialised knowledge with depth in their area of engineering specialisation;
  • formulate responses to complex engineering problems, and;
  • express ideas and perspectives within an engineering context.

Application of knowledge and skills

The ability to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgment and defined responsibility:

  • with depth in areas of engineering specialisation, in contexts subject to change;
  • with initiative and judgment in planning, design, technical or management functions in engineering, with some direction;
  • to adapt a range of fundamental principles and complex techniques to known and unknown situations with their area of engineering specialisation, and;
  • across a broad range of technical or management engineering functions, with accountability for personal outputs and personal and team outcomes within broad parameters.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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