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Launch your career in the manufacturing and engineering industry with a Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course provides you with advanced trade skills for a career in engineering. You’ll gain strong practical and theoretical knowledge that will ensure you are work ready.

You will focus your engineering skills by specialising in one of the following streams:

  • fabrication
  • mechanical
  • maintenance.

Through classroom studies, industry projects, site visits and industry simulation, you’ll develop higher level post-trade skills including:

  • the use of specific tools
  • performing computations
  • applying quality procedures.

This course also includes core studies in engineering measurements, workplace safety, mathematical techniques, planning and communication.

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:

  • site visits
  • industry projects
  • live work
  • industry endorsed workshops
  • industry simulation.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills on special purpose machinery at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. Some of the equipment you’ll become skilled at using includes lathes, milling machines, drilling machines and grinders. Learning a trade with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

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 in engineering

The construction, engineering and fabrication industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia. A Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade from Victoria University Polytechnic can help prepare you for jobs as an Advanced Engineering Tradesperson - Level II. You’ll be prepared for a variety of roles within the engineering and manufacturing sectors, as well as engineering tradesperson roles in other industries.

When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and industry-recognised skills to gain employment in roles such as:

  • foreperson/supervisor
  • inspector
  • technician.

Or an advanced level of any of the following:

  • fitter and turner/fitter and machinist
  • maintenance/diesel fitter
  • plant mechanic
  • sheet metal worker
  • welder/moulder/boilermaker
  • foundry tradesperson
  • patternmaker
  • toolmaker
  • special class electrical fitter
  • electrical/refrigeration mechanic
  • computer numerical control (CNC) programmer
  • radio tradesperson.

Course structure

To be awarded MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade, a student must complete the following:

  • eighteen (18) core units, and;

  • electives, comprising of:

  • units selected from Group A to a maximum value of one hundred (100) points;
  • units selected from Group B up to the value of twelve (12) points, and;
  • units selected from Group C to bring the total value of units from Groups A, B and C to at least one hundred and seventeen (117) points.

Appropriate elective units to the value of twenty-six (26) points may be chosen from other endorsed training packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at Diploma. 

Core units

Elective units

Group A

Group B

Group C

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.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required for employment as an Advanced Engineering Tradesperson - Level II within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries or at equivalent levels in other industries where Engineering Tradespersons work. The qualification has been specifically developed to meet the needs of apprentices in an Engineering Trade who choose to study at a higher level during their apprenticeship in the above trade or for people who are existing engineering tradespersons.

The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through an integrated combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies, such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.

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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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be either a tradesperson or an apprentice with access to on and off-the-job training.
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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