Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design


  • Program code: C6093
  • Campus: City campus
  • National curriculum code: 40604SA

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Please note: this program is no longer offered to commencing students; it has been replaced with C6132 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology.

This program will give you the practical and technical skills to work with civil engineers in the research, design and construction of infrastructure projects.

Civil and structural engineering involves the design and construction of roads, airports, railways, buildings, bridges, dams and drainage systems.

The work you'll be trained to do includes:

  • using computer-aided drafting (CAD) software to produce detailed drawings, plans and designs for construction work
  • doing cost estimates and preparing material specification
  • liaising with construction workers and project managers
  • inspecting completed works to ensure they meet specifications and regulations
  • conducting laboratory and/or field testing of materials, soil and water quality.


2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Program structure and features

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'll have access to online 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.

Program structure

Year 1

You'll focus on computer-aided drafting (CAD). A large proportion of the CAD courses are included in your first year as to give you the skills to enter employment as soon as possible.

Other core elements of the program include:

  • mathematics
  • structural mechanics
  • materials science
  • site investigation
  • concrete and timber technology
  • environmental issues
  • computer applications
  • surveying
  • estimating.

Year 2

You'll focus on the design of roads, drains, sewers, and concrete/steel structures.

Complementary studies in areas like hydrology and the mechanics of structures, fluids and soils (including laboratory testing) round out your education, giving you insight to a broad spectrum of civil and structural topics.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

You'll do an engineering project in Year 2.

You'll design a simulated project consisting of a design brief and communication strategies and demonstrating teamwork.

You'll be encouraged to seek an industry mentor to oversee your project.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


As a graduate, you'll be well placed for work in both the public and private sector.

Likely positions include:

  • laboratory technician
  • research assistant
  • construction supervisor
  • CAD draftsperson working under the supervision of a professional engineer.

You'll get to attend seminars given by Melbourne consulting organisations at RMIT. You'll glean insight into their operations and be advised about job prospects.

We've previously been visited by GHD, SKM, Kingston City Council and a variety of civil contracting companies.

Professional recognition and accreditation

On graduating, you'll be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.

Global opportunities

We commit to giving you a global passport for your working life, and in line with this, you'll have opportunities to do your engineering project with a reputable company, for at least 6 months.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements


Current Year 12 prerequisite units 1 and 2 - two units (any study combination) Mathematics (any).

Selection tasks

VTAC application: Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC personal statement online.

Direct application: If you want other information to be considered with your application, you must complete and submit a personal statement.

How to apply

Equity access

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.

Fee assistance

As a vocational education (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.

Other fees

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.


If you graduate with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater, and are successful in gaining a place in the program, you may be eligible for exemptions of up to 2 years from the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours).

To be eligible for exemptions you must also have successfully completed two electives:

  • MATH5318 Calculus
  • CIVE5699 Mathematics for Higher Level Engineering

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Engineering (TAFE)

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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Program Manager
School of Vocational Engineering
Building 57, Level 5
115 Queensberry Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Tel. +61 3 9925 4468

View PDF brochure for this program.


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.

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