Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology
- Program code: C6069
- Campus: City campus
- National curriculum code: 21622VIC
This paraprofessional program in mechanical and manufacturing engineering will train you to work as a technical officer or engineering supervisor/manager.
You can study either a generic mechanical/manufacturing program or a specialised stream to suit your interests or employer needs.
The Advanced Diploma is equivalent to 1400 hours of training effort, with an embedded Diploma consisting of 800 hours.
If you're a qualified tradesman with a Certificate III in Mechanical Trade or equivalent you can claim 200 hours towards this program.
2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Learning and teaching
You'll experience lectures, tutorials, practical/laboratory exercises, work-simulated projects, competency-based assessments, online and offline learning and balanced hands-on practice.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
You'll cover basic engineering skills including drafting, computer-aided drafting (CAD), use of hand and power tools, machining and manufacturing processes.
This will include learning to produce a range of basic engineering components using cutting, grinding and turning techniques.
You'll learn basic machining operations and fabrication tasks and how to select, set up and use test equipment to measure voltage, current and resistance.
You'll be introduced to basic engineering mathematics (including calculus techniques), materials engineering and learn to apply computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) processes and programming.
The main study areas include:
- 3D CAD and solid modelling
- advanced statics and dynamics
- design of machinery
- project and quality management
- strength of materials
- thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.
Note: Program code is subject to change due to anticipated introduction of a new national metals and engineering training package qualification.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
Some courses require research and liaison with industry to complete coursework.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
An estimated 90% of the mechanical and manufacturing industry is TAFE graduates.
Graduates can work as a technical officer/engineering assistant, supervisor or manager in offices, technical laboratories, workshops or on-site.
Mechanical and manufacturing paraprofessional engineers assist professional engineers with:
- mechanical design
- supervision and management of manufacturing and assembly plants
- construction, operation and maintenance of machines and manufacture
- maintenance of mechanical equipment, mechanical installations and mechanical facilities.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is recognised in the Federal Metal Industry Award and relates directly to the C3 classification of Engineering Associate - Level II.
This qualification is a pathway for entry into the professional body Engineers Australia as an engineering associate.
This qualification allows you to apply for Student Membership and Graduate Membership of Engineers Australia.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
How to apply
1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
2. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the nominated date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.
3. Check if you are eligible for a Victorian Government subsidised place. If not you will need to apply for a full-fee place.
4. Check the table below for how to apply.
5. Apply using the appropriate method by the closing date.
Level of study
Semester 2 (midyear)
Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma
Internal application (current students only)
Internal application (current students only)
Certificate III and below*
* Some Certificate III and below programs are administered by direct application to RMIT.
If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.
Tuition fees vary according to each program.
There are 2 tuition fee types:
- Victorian Government subsidised places where your fee is shared between you and the Victorian Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria
- full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost.
As a TAFE student you may be eligible for the following:
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.
In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology can apply for exemptions of up to 1.5 years from the following programs:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering).
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.