Diploma of Surveying
In this program, you'll extend your studies and knowledge with increased practice and engagement with digital technologies and surveying tools that map and display information from multiple databases.
Surveying services rely on the collection, management and presentation of information that relates to surveying, mapping and GIS. This is an integral part of:
- local, state and national land management programs
- building and construction projects
- environmental studies
- navigational systems
- emergency situations monitoring
You will further your skills by learning to conduct advanced Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data collection and set-out surveys; create engineering drawings; and perform advanced surveying computations.
There is a focus on geodetic surveying including how to perform geodetic surveying computations. You will also develop industry-specific skills including how to undertake site surveys and set-out procedures for building projects, and develop a subdivision survey design for local government approval.
You will become more experienced with data and be able to manipulate and analyse geographic information system (GIS) data and use complex spreadsheets.
We offer industry exposure through regular seminars with guest speakers and opportunities to take part in simulated spatial science and survey activities at our Yarra Bend field station.
*Programs may change as training packages are updated.
You’ll experience lectures, tutorials, practical/laboratory exercises, work-simulated projects, competency-based assessments, online and offline learning and balanced hands-on practice.
As part of your assessment, you will conduct an engineering surveying project in a work-integrated learning (WIL) environment.
You'll learn how to:
- plan spatial data collection
- conduct GNSS surveys
- conduct engineering surveys
- perform advanced surveying computations
- perform geodetic surveying computations
- conduct geodetic surveys
- design basic engineering structures
- produce maps for land management purposes
- develop subdivision survey designs for local government approval
- implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
- prepare and present GIS data
- plan and implement spatial projects
- develop spreadsheets for spatial data
- coordinate GIS data manipulation and analysis
- undertake site surveys and set-out procedures for building projects
- undertake project work
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Program code: C5368
National curriculum code: CPP50116
With several industries that are dependent on surveyors, particularly construction, the long-term career opportunities for surveyors are very encouraging.
You may find work in the industry as a:
- survey technician
- assistant to land surveyors
- GIS/GPS operator
- computer draftsperson
Work is available in areas including:
- land management
- civil and structural engineering
- asset management for local government or mining companies
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.
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$9,000* per annum
- 2019 full-fee place: AU$17,500* 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 2019 is $303.
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.