22229VIC - Diploma of Engineering Technology

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  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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Course essentials

This leading-edge, current technology focused course provides a non-trades pathway into technician and engineering associate qualifications.

It also offers an opportunity for tradespeople to upgrade their qualifications, and for entry into technician positions in industry.

Learn all about:

  • Environmental and Structural Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical engineering - learn how to design components
  • Manufacturing engineering - how to make the production line work
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) - using 5-axis machine tools
  • Rapid Manufacturing, or 'prototyping'.


Our graduates work in advanced technical and management roles in:

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

Study pathways

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

Bachelor of Engineering (Architectural Engineering) (Honours)

You will be credited for 4 units of study.

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Honours)

You will be credited for 4 units of study.

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)

You will be credited for 4 units of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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 +61 3 9919 6100 to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

Course objectives

Graduates of the Diploma of Engineering Technology will be able to:

  • implement and utilise engineering solutions in mechanical, civil and manufacturing engineering applications requiring substantial theoretical concepts;
  • analyse, diagnose and plan with respect to mechanical, civil construction and manufacturing engineering solutions that have a basis in engineering technology;
  • use complex technical information and concepts to plan and implement solutions for a range of engineering environments and contexts;
  • troubleshoot interfacing problems between disparate technical or engineering systems;
  • provide substantial support in managing complex projects within given time and budgetary constraints, and
  • manage prescribed technical objectives within organisations that have outputs based on engineering application.

Course structure

To fulfil the requirements for the qualification learners must complete all the core units listed making up 240 hours and undertake electives to make up a minimum of 560 hours to provide a course total of 800 hours.

The choice of electives should be relevant to the student’s vocational needs and should be made up of:
1. A minimum of 50% of the training effort must be from units first packaged at an AQF level 5.
2. The balance of units 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.

Elective unit selection is subject to College Approval

Learners exiting prior to meeting all of these requirements will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing those units of competency that they have successfully completed.

This qualification can be used as an exit point from 21622VIC Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Core Units

General Electives

Civil Engineering

Water and Sewage Management Stream

Mechanical Engineering

Additional Elective Options

Admission requirements

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.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a Certificate III in Engineering (from Training Package MEM05) or equivalent
  • Year 12: Minimum requirement is the completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • Mature: Relevant experience as assessed by the University

How to apply for this course

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 applying:

Consider whether you also wish to apply for:

When you're ready:

Secondary school students

Apply via VTAC

VTAC applications due 4 November 2016.

Non-secondary school students

If you're not currently studying at secondary school and only want to apply for courses at VU:

Apply direct to VU

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 2 November 2016.

After you apply:

  • It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
  • Find answers and ask questions at GOTOVU

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