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Duration: 
1.5 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 12 November 2018

Overview

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

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 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.

Need some advice?

Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

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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 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;

  • completion of Specialisation units from the Group A list below to a maximum value of 100 points, and;
  • completion of units up to the value of 12 points from the Group B list below and;
  • completion of units from the Group C list below to bring the total value of units from Groups A, B and C to at least 117 points.

Core units

Elective units

Group A

Group B

Group C

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge to demonstrate:

  • broad theoretical concepts;

  • application of skills and knowledge;

  • problem solving, and;

  • information interpretation and output responsibility.

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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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.

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

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Direct applications are due on 12 November 2018

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  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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