Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time may be available, Full-time 2.5 years
Get started in a career that will see you design and develop electronic products and processes that make a difference.
You’ll develop skills to design, validate and evaluate electronics and communication equipment as well as systems.
You’ll also be able to manage risk, estimate and manage projects, and provide technical and sales advice.
You will learn skills in programmable gate array technologies, circuit simulation, printed circuit board design, digital and analogue systems and applications, amplifiers, analogue integrated circuit design, communication systems, mobile phones, global positioning systems (GPS), microwave links, embedded controllers, AM/FM, computer programming, engineering software and project management, and computational solutions.
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 computer systems industries. The committee meets twice yearly and provides feedback on our programs to ensure that 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.
This program blends practical experience with electronics and communications applications built on a strong theoretical foundation.
You'll learn how to test, assemble, install and maintain electronics and communications equipment and systems, manage risk, estimate and manage projects, and provide technical advice.
You'll gain skills in computer-aided drafting and electronic design, computer interfacing, microprocessor programming, design, testing and commissioning of analogue and digital electronics systems, computer programming, and perform simulations using various engineering software packages.
The qualification is structured to deliver competencies, knowledge and skills required by the nationally-accredited Electrotechnology Training Package.
Areas of specialised study include:
- analogue integrated circuit
- communications and networks
- computational solutions
- computer programming
- digital and analogue applications
- electronic technology and instrumentation
- engineering and material science
- environmental and sustainability
- gate array technology
- microprocessor control systems
- occupational health and safety
- printed circuit board design
- project management
April 2018 intake
Students will complete 4 courses over 9 weeks. Students will also have the opportunity to load up to 25 hours per week in the Semester 2, 3 and 4 to complete by 2019. Semester 1 classes will be for approximately 20-22 hours per week.
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Program code: C6122
National curriculum code: UEE60211
As a graduate of this program your skills will be applicable to a wide range of business, manufacturing and operational occupations where application of knowledge in electronics and communications underpins the business operations.
You may work in a range of industries/fields such as manufacturing, telecommunications, radio communications, electronics equipment and services, security systems, scientific instruments and sales, and administering and upgrading electronics, communications equipment and facilities in small, medium or large-sized enterprises.
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 71 (with minimum of 17 in all sections)
- 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 Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Graduates who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 may be eligible to receive 1.5 years credit (equivalent to 144 credits) to the following programs if successful in gaining a place:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communication Engineering) (Honours)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) (Honours)
Please note that you will need to complete some units that are only offered in first semester. While the total number of credits in advanced standing equates to 144 credits points (equivalent to 1.5 years of study), the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed 2.5 remaining years.
When you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0, you are guaranteed entry in the following programs and may receive three semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points):
- Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications 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.
- 2018 government subsidised place: AU$5500* per annum
- 2018 full-fee place: AU$18750* 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.
Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
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.