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Overview

Take a non-trades pathway into an engineering career with a Diploma of Engineering Technology at Victoria University Polytechnic.

You’ll gain skills and knowledge in the manufacturing, design, maintenance, modification and installation of mechanical equipment and systems.

This is a leading-edge course, focused on current technology. You will 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 (CAD)
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) - using 5-axis machine tools
  • rapid manufacturing, or 'prototyping'.

You’ll be prepared for technician and management positions in the engineering industry. This course also offers an opportunity for tradespeople to upgrade their qualifications.

Everything you learn at Victoria University 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.

Careers in engineering

The construction, engineering and fabrication industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia. A Diploma of Engineering Technology from Victoria University Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door for technician positions.

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 22478VIC Diploma of Engineering Technology, a student must successfully complete:

  • core units listed in Table 1 making up 400 hours, and;
  • elective units to a minimum of 500 hours, consisting of:
  • units listed in Table 2, or
  • units listed in Table 2, with a maximum of 150 hours drawn from other endorsed training packages or accredited courses, provided the units are relevant to an engineering/manufacturing job function.

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 specialisation(s):

  • Civil Engineering, and;
  • Mechanical Engineering.

Specialisation: Civil Engineering

To be awarded this specialisation, the following rules must be adhered to:

- a minimum of 300 hours of units from the Civil Engineering specialisation in Table 2, must be completed.

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Table 2

Automation Systems Engineering

Civil Engineering

Engineering Maintenance Management

No electives available for this specialisation

Engineering Management

No electives available for this specialisation

Fluid Power

Manufacturing Systems

Mechanical Engineering

Mechatronic Engineering

Specialisation: Mechanical Engineering

To be awarded this specialisation, the following rules must be adhered to:

- a minimum of 300 hours of units from a Mechanical Engineering specialisation in Table 2, must be completed.

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Table 2

Automation Systems Engineering

Civil Engineering

Engineering Maintenance Management

No electives available for this specialisation

Engineering Management

No electives available for this specialisation

Fluid Power

Manufacturing Systems

Mechanical Engineering

Mechatronic Engineering

The 22478VIC Diploma of Engineering Technology aligns to the Diploma level of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in that graduates will have:

Knowledge

  • technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within the field of engineering technology.

Skills:

  • cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of engineering/manufacturing sources;
  • cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements in the field of engineering/manufacturing;
  • specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives in their chosen engineering/manufacturing specialisation, and;
  • communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialist skills to others and demonstrate understanding of engineering/manufacturing technology.

Application of knowledge and skills:

  • depth in areas of specialisation, in known and changing contexts;
  • transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of engineering/manufacturing situations;
  • personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameter for quantity and quality, and;
  • initiative and judgment to organise the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad, but generally well defined 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

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

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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 language, literacy and numeracy skills 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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