Master of Engineering (Manufacturing)
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
LocationMelbourne City, Bundoora
Gain the expertise to lead change, adopt new technologies and implement new operating practices in manufacturing businesses.
Worldwide, manufacturing companies are undergoing dramatic change. The combination of new technology, customer expectations and global competition is forcing new approaches to automation, factory design and manufacturing systems.
As the pace of change accelerates, it creates demand for trained professionals who can strategically apply new technologies and modes of manufacturing in industry.
Manufacturing companies already use computerised information systems, but there is a need to achieve true systems integration through the adoption of 'whole enterprise' modelling approaches. Production machines and processes are increasingly under computer/microprocessor control and this requires more sophisticated approaches to maintenance management.
RMIT University is ranked among the world’s top 150 universities in mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering (2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject).
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
Learning and teaching activities are designed to develop the capabilities required by the contemporary manufacturing environment.
The program includes courses in additive manufacturing and utilises the facilities available at RMIT's Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.
Most lectures take place at the Melbourne City campus and some lab classes run at the Bundoora campus.
Some projects in the Master's Research Project course may require travel to the Bundoora campus. Alternative projects based entirely at the Melbourne city campus are available.
Professor Milan Brandt is the Technical Director of RMIT's Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and the Director of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing. He is the leading Australian researcher in the area of macro processing with lasers and has conducted work in laser cladding, cutting, drilling, welding, assisted machining and more recently additive manufacture.
Professor Sabu John is mainly involved in teaching, research and administrative duties. He currently lectures in smart materials and processes and strategic manufacturing planning in the School of Engineering.
Associate Professor Roger La Brooy has extensive research and teaching experience in control, robotics and advanced manufacturing. He teaches MANU2069 Design for Manufacture in the program.
Associate Professor Songlin Ding has worked in industry and universities with a focus on biomedical engineering, CAD/CAM and advanced manufacturing processes. He is the Program Manager of MC224 and teaches MANU2078 Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
The Master of Engineering (Manufacturing) consists of 192 credit points.
During this program you will complete 13 core and elective courses as listed in the program structure as a full-time student (14 as a part-time student).
In some of the core courses in the first year such as Lean Manufacturing and Manufacturing Strategy and Planning, guest lecturers invited from the industry will introduce case study examples based on their extensive industry experiences to help you develop the ability to solve real world problems.
In the second year, you'll undertake the Master’s Research Project which focuses on work-integrated learning (WIL). You'll spend one entire semester working on an individual project to further develop your research, design and project management skills. Some projects include the opportunity to work within the local engineering industry. You'll be assessed on professional or vocational work in a workplace setting (real or simulated).
These courses provide a realistic work situation, allowing you to develop, apply and demonstrate your professional engineering practice.
As part of the program you must complete at least 12 weeks of work experience in a professional engineering environment. Work experience completed prior to joining this program and after commencing a relevant bachelor’s degree (see entry requirements) may count towards the work experience component.
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Program code: MC224
Graduates from the program will develop the potential to take a leading role in management and technology development.
Graduates will be equipped to pursue senior positions in manufacturing engineering, operations or consultancy such as:
- a team leader implementing new technology and operational strategies
- an operations manager responsible for the competitive performance of a manufacturing unit
- a consultant providing specialist technical advice to manufacturing industry
- An Australian bachelor's degree (Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor of Engineering Science or Bachelor of Engineering), or equivalent, in the fields of aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive engineering, with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of equal to or greater than 2.5 out of 4.0.
- An Australian Master of Engineering or PhD, or equivalent, in the fields of aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive engineering.
Applicants with a GPA less than 2.5 out of 4.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis, with consideration given to at least two years' relevant work experience in industry.
International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
You must have successfully completed:
An Australian Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor of Engineering Science or Bachelor of Engineering (or equivalent overseas qualification) in the fields of aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive engineering, with a GPA of at least 2.5 out of 4.0;
An Australian Master of Engineering or PhD (or equivalent overseas qualification) in the fields of aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive engineering.
You may also be considered if you have at least two years relevant work experience in industry. All current applications/offers/acceptances will be honoured under the old entry requirements.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).
In 2018, if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,444 and AU$10,754.
The indicative annual tuition fee for full-fee places in 2018 is AU$30,720.
How much you’ll pay will depend on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place or a full-fee place. Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs). Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
Fees shown above apply to 2018 only and are based on an annual full-time study load of 96 credit points unless otherwise noted. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load. Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.
Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
In 2018, the annual student contribution amount you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,444 and AU$10,754. As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
For further information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program.
For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or the Department of Human Services for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.