Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)
DurationFull-time 2 years
In this program you’ll gain the theoretical and practical skills to work in the mechanical and manufacturing industries as a technical officer or engineering supervisor/manager.
You’ll develop an understanding of advanced 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.
Note: Programs may change as training packages are updated.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
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. The IAC comprises staff from local manufacturing, automotive, refrigeration and air-conditioning industries. It provides regular feedback on the program and the changing needs of industry.
The advanced diploma covers engineering skills including drafting, computer-aided drafting (CAD), 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 learning 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 (CAM) processes and programming.
Specialist areas include:
- 3D computer-aided drafting and solid modelling
- advanced statics and dynamics
- design of machinery
- project and quality management
- strength of materials
- thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
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: C6130
National curriculum code: MEM60112
After graduating from this program, you’ll have the necessary 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
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 minimum GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0, will be guaranteed entry into the BH070, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours) or BH074, Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive Engineering) (Honours) with one and half years (144 credit points) of credit.
Graduates who do not achieve a GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 may still be eligible for admission into the Bachelor degree if they achieve the lowest selection rank (after adjustments) to receive an offer.
When you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0, you are guaranteed entry into the following programs and may receive three semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 144 credit points):
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive 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$15750* 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.