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Overview

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

You will develop advanced skills in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of mechanical equipment and systems.

You will 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 Design
  • Mechanical Engineering Design

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.

Careers

The construction, engineering and fabrication industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia. An Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology from Victoria University Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door for technician positions, and gives you a competitive edge over graduates with a diploma.

You’ll be prepared for a variety of technical and management roles. Example job titles include:

  • production/laboratory technician
  • draftsperson
  • 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.

Course structure

To be awarded the 22479VIC Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology, a student must successfully complete a total of 1750 hours of formal training consisting of:

  • all the core units listed in Table 3 making up 500 hours, and;
  • elective units to a minimum of 1250 hours of which:
  • units with a minimum value of 400 hours must be selected from Table 4;
  • the balance of elective units, to the value of of 850 hours, may be selected from Table 2 and/or Table 4 and may include:
  • a maximum of 150 hours from other endorsed training packages or accredited courses.

Note: Any units of competency used in the Diploma of Engineering chosen from the Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Table 4) cannot be credited towards the hours required to complete the Advanced Diploma of Engineering.

The Polytechnic currently offer the following specialisations:

  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Engineering Design

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

Specialisation: Civil Engineering Design

To be awarded a specialisation, the following rule must be adhered to:

- a minimum of 600 hours of units from Table 2 and Table 4, of the same specialisation, must be completed, with a minimum of 400 Hours of units from Table 4.

Table 3: Core Units

Table 2: Elective Units

Civil Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Table 4: Elective Units

Civil Engineering Design

Mechanical Engineering Design

Specialisation: Mechanical Engineering Design

To be awarded a specialisation, the following rule must be adhered to:

- a minimum of 600 hours of units from Table 2 and Table 4, of the same specialisation, must be completed, with a minimum of 400 Hours of units from Table 4.

Table 3: Core Units

Table 2: Elective Units

Mechanical Engineering

Table 4: Elective Units

Civil Engineering Design

Mechanical Engineering Design

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the 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 qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

The 22479VIC Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology aligns to the Advanced Diploma level of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in that graduates will have:

Knowledge

  • specialised and integrated technical and theoretical knowledge with depth within one or more fields of engineering/manufacturing technology.

Skills

  • cognitive, communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources for various engineering/manufacturing activities;
  • cognitive and communication skills to transfer knowledge and skills to others and to demonstrate understanding of specialised knowledge with depth in some areas of engineering and/or manufacturing;
  • cognitive and communication skills to formulate responses to complex engineering/manufacturing problems, and;
  • wide-ranging specialised technical, creative or conceptual skills to express ideas and perspectives within an engineering or manufacturing context.

Application of knowledge and skills
Graduate of the Advanced Diploma will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • with depth in areas of engineering/manufacturing specialisation, in contexts subject to change;
  • with initiative and judgment in planning, design, technical or management functions in engineering/manufacturing, with some direction;
  • to adapt a range of fundamental principles and complex techniques to known and unknown situations with their area of engineering/manufacturing specialisation;
  • across a broad range of technical or management engineering/manufacturing functions, with accountability for personal outputs and personal and team outcomes within broad parameters, and;
  • The Volume of Learning for the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology is typically 1.5 - 2 years.  This is made up of structured tuition and assessments, plus unstructured learning such as research for assignment and project work, investigating pathway options for further study and/or future employment in the engineering, manufacturing or related industry.

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

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. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants are best placed to successfully undertake this qualification if they have a demonstrated capacity in learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy that align to Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
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.

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.

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