Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) - MEM60122

VOCATIONAL

Learn the theoretical and practical skills to work in the mechanical and manufacturing industries.

Student type:
Learning mode:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

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Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Learning mode:
On campus
Entry score:

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Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$21,000 (2024 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

At RMIT, you’re learning in a world-class university environment.

In this advanced diploma, you’ll gain the theoretical and practical skills to work as a technical officer or engineering supervisor in the mechanical and manufacturing industries.

You’ll develop an understanding of technical and managerial concepts, and be able to work in small, medium and large enterprises, as well as the defence forces.

Mechanical engineering is a diverse and challenging field where you will be responsible for designing, improving and building mechanical devices, systems and machines to solve problems across a range of industrial sectors and within general society.

Why study mechanical engineering at RMIT?

Job-ready skills

From computer-aided drafting to fabrication, you'll develop a broad suite of skills using the latest equipment and programs.

Work-integrated learning

Undertake a simulated industry-based engineering project and learn about real-life industry developments.

Led by industry

An advisory committee, made up of leading industry representatives, ensures that this degree reflects current industry needs.

RMIT University is ranked in the top 10 universities in Oceania for engineering [QS rankings by subject 2023].

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Be ready for what’s next in engineering

With Industry 4.0, digital twins, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and generative design creating new opportunities in engineering, how will you be ready for what’s next?

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Guaranteed Pathway options available

Didn't get the ATAR you needed? Guaranteed Pathways lets you preference pathway packages so you can secure your place in your goal degree and graduate with two internationally-recognised RMIT qualifications.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

Learning and teaching

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.

You'll have access to online resources through the student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Learning at RMIT

The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.

Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.

You’ll complete a simulated industry-based project (or equivalent) as part of the program.

This program has a strong Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), which links the program and real life industry developments, and is comprised of staff from local manufacturing, automotive, refrigeration and air-conditioning industries. It provides regular feedback on the program and the changing needs of industry.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this advanced diploma and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

The advanced diploma covers engineering skills including drafting, computer-aided drafting, and use of hand and power tools, machining and manufacturing processes.

You’ll learn skills in basic machining operations and fabrication tasks, as well as how to select, set up and use a range of test equipment.

You’ll also be introduced to engineering mathematics, scientific principles and materials engineering. You may also learn to apply computer-aided manufacturing processes and programming.

Specialist areas include:

  • 3D computer-aided drafting and solid modelling
  • advanced statics and dynamics
  • design of machinery
  • metrology
  • project and quality management
  • strength of materials
  • thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)
Program code: C6186
National curriculum code: MEM60122

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)
City Campus
2 years full-time
C6186
112017D
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
C6186
CRICOS
112017D
Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)
City Campus
2 years full-time
C6186
112017D
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
C6186
CRICOS
112017D
Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)
City Campus
2 years full-time
C6186HA
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full-time
Plan code
C6186HA
CRICOS

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

Upon graduation, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be employed as a technical officer, engineering assistant, supervisor or manager. You may work in offices, technical laboratories, workshops or manufacturing plants.

Mechanical and manufacturing paraprofessional engineers:

  • assist professional engineers in mechanical design
  • supervise and manage manufacturing and assembly plants
  • construct, operate and maintain machines
  • manufacture and maintain mechanical equipment, mechanical installations and mechanical facilities.

Jobs and Skills Australia projects that work opportunities for industrial, mechanical and production engineers are set to increase by 13.1% to 2028.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates of the program will be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia at Engineering Associate level.

Australia is a signatory to the International Engineering Alliance, also known as the Dublin Accord, for engineering technicians. Graduates of the program will be recognised in all countries that are signatories to the accord.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

Option 1:

Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) (plan code C6186):

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) (or equivalent)

OR

Successful completion of Post-Secondary studies in a related field (Certificate II or above)

OR

At least 6 months of full-time work experience in a related field as per a detailed resume (or part-time equivalent).

Option 2:

Guaranteed Pathway - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours) (plan code C6186PATH1):

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) (or equivalent)

OR

Successful completion of Post-Secondary studies in a related field (Certificate II or above)

OR

At least 6 months of full-time work experience in a related field as per a detailed resume (or part-time equivalent).

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed a qualification recognised by RMIT as equivalent to the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) with a minimum average of 50% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
  • C1 Advanced: minimum of 162 with no less than 154 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 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

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Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.

Guaranteed Pathways gives you the option to preference pathway packages in VTAC.

If you apply and are successful in gaining a place in a Guaranteed Pathway package, you will progress straight into the Bachelor Degree upon successful completion of the relevant vocational degree (otherwise known as TAFE) first.

With a Guaranteed Pathway package, you can graduate with two internationally-recognised RMIT qualifications.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Graduates of this course will be guaranteed entry into the courses below.

For more information, explore our Pathway finder, or contact Study@RMIT.

You can gain entry to this advanced diploma from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

You are guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours) with three semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points) when you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical).

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.

Fees

Tuition fees

The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.

  • 2024 government subsidised place: AU$7,750* per annum
  • 2024 full-fee place: AU$13,750* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$351 maximum fee for 2024.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

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 2024 is $351.  

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.

VET Student Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

How does a VET Student Loan work?

If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.

Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (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.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology advises that:

  • VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements; and
  • a VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information see VET Student Loans or Study Assist.

VET Student Loan cap

If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.

It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date. 

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The annual tuition fee for 2024 is AU$21,000.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2024 commencement is AU$42,500.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.