Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Electrical
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time may be available
In this program, you'll develop skills to design, validate, and evaluate electrical equipment and systems, as well as provide technical advice and sales.
Electrical engineers design and maintain electrical systems to improve the production and distribution of energy to all levels of society. As we increasingly depend on electrical and electronic devices in modern society, electrical engineers are in high demand.
Electrical engineers design and maintain electrical systems in markets and application areas ranging from aerospace, power utilities, mining, oil and gas, wind and solar food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, data centres, transport and logistics, and many others.
You’ll gain skills and knowledge in electrical design, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, industrial data networking, and motor control. Following this program, you’ll be qualified to work in the electrical industry.
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 myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
RMIT has a strong Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), which links the program and industry. The IAC includes representatives from local electrical industries. The committee meets twice yearly and provides feedback on the programs to ensure they reflect the changing needs of industry.
You’ll also be able to connect with industry representatives through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.
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Program code: C6120
National curriculum code: UEE62111
As a graduate of this program you may become responsible for electrical and control support and administering and upgrading electrical facilities in small, medium or large-sized enterprises.
You'll gain skills in the installation, maintenance and administration of electrical and automation infrastructure. These skills will be applicable to a wide range of business, manufacturing and operational occupations where application of knowledge in electrical technology underpins the business operations.
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.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 50% average (check 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.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, there may be other RMIT programs you are eligible for that can lead you to your preferred program. Explore pathway options.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants may submit additional information if they would like it to be considered.
- For semester 1 intake, this can be completed through the VTAC Personal Statement online.
- For semester 2 intake, this can be completed through the personal statement in the Apply Direct application.
SEAS Form: This is a gender under-represented program and awards SEAS bonus points to female applicants. To be eligible you must submit a VTAC SEAS application and select category 1.
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 (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 530 (TWE 3.5)
- 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)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 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 Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
When you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0), you are guaranteed entry in the following programs and will receive three semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points):
- Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (Honours)
Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.
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.
- 2019 government subsidised place: AU$5750* per annum
- 2019 full-fee place: AU$16750* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme (VSL), 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 VSL application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
If your program is eligible for the VSL 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 once you exceed the cap.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. You will start repaying your accumulated HELP 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.
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.