AD026 - Associate Degree in Engineering Technology

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Plan: AD026 - Associate Degree in Engineering Technology
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Associate Degree in Engineering Technology
Award abbreviation: AssocDegEngTech
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years Full time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences (174T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 039999
CRICOS code: 079303K

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Purpose of the Program

As a graduate of an Associate Degree in Engineering you will have broad theoretical and technical knowledge, of a specific area and technical knowledge, with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts of engineering.

You will have developed a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

  • analyse information to complete a range of activities including system design
  • interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems
  • transmit information and skills to others
  • cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources
  • cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline
  • cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems
  • communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence

You will be able to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility:

  • in contexts that are subject to change
  • within broad parameters to provide specialist advice and functions
  • with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice
  • to adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and/or for further studies in one or more  disciplines
  • to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations
  • with responsibility and accountability for own learning and work and in collaboration with others within broad parameters

The two-year Associate Degree in Engineering Technology incorporates a capstone project (OENG1068 Engineering Project or OENG1064 Engineering Project A and OENG1066 Engineering Project B combined - a total credit points of 24). It provides significant opportunities for you to choose from an extensive range of engineering majors and pathways, whilst still providing robust vocational outcomes.

This Associate Degree has six majors and you will be able to select your major at the end of the first year. The six majors are:

  • Mechanical 
  • Aerospace 
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics 
  • Electrical and Electronics 
  • Computer and Network 
  • Civil Engineering

Additionally, the program provides a pathway into engineering and related professions that have been experiencing persistent skills shortages for many years.

Mechanical / Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics

This major will enables you to move into a wide range of paraprofessional level position as a mechanical design associate, product design and process, production planner, quality engineer or automation specialist.

Electrical and Electronics / Computer and Network

This major enables you to pursue a career in the areas of Electrical/Electronics design, electronic communications, digital and analogue interfacing, microprocessor programming, automation and process control as a technical officer, Engineering Associate or Electronic Service Engineer. Computer and Network major allows you to pursue a career in the areas of networking, internetworking,IP telephony, network design and network security as a technical officer, network engineer or network support officer.


This major enables you to move into a wide range of paraprofessional positions in the civil and structural engineering fields including roles such as laboratory technician, research assistant, construction supervisor. Nationally, demand is evident for quantity surveyors, structural engineers, and civil engineering draftspersons and technicians. Multiple related engineering professions are also identified as being in shortage at a state level including urban and regional planners, civil engineers, quantity surveyors, structural engineers, and civil engineering draftspersons and technicians.


The aerospace discipline consists of aerodynamics, aircraft systems, and integration, design, dynamics and control, mathematics, structural analysis, thermodynamics. Graduates can look for jobs in Aerospace industry as aircraft maintenance engineer or aerospace design engineer at the paraprofessional level. Your most likely destinations will be design and manufacturing companies including Boeing Australia, EADS (Airbus), Hawker de Havilland and so forth.

The program is delivered face-to-face and includes web-based learning components. It requires on campus attendance in either full time or part-time mode.

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Articulation and pathways

Advanced standing arrangement with the following RMIT destination programs:

If you are a graduate of the Associate Degree in Engineering Technology you will be eligible for guaranteed entry as follows:

If you have completed the following AD026 Major:You will have guaranteed entry into the following programs in the School of Engineering:Credit points granted
  • BH077, Bachelor of Engineering  (Civil and Infrastructure)(Honours)
192 cp
Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics
  • BH068, Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours)
192 cp
  • BH078,  Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace)  (Honours)
192 cp
  • BH070, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)(Honours) or 
  • BH074, Bachelor of Engineering (Automotive)(Honours)
192 cp
Electrical and Electronics
  • BH073, Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)  (Honours) or 
  • BH075, Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)  (Honours)
  • BH072, Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering)  (Honours)
192 cp
Electrical and Electronics
  • BH071P17, Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering) (Honours) 
180 cp*
Computer and Network
  • BH072, Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering)  (Honours)
192 cp

For the list of courses for which you can claim exemption and other details refer to the program guide in the relevant destination programs.

* in line with the AQF and RMIT's credit policy, full credit (192 credit points, equivalent to two years) is granted where source and destination program are in the same cognate area. Where a program is in a related area, less credit is normally granted.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent, or completion of a relevant, recognised, post-secondary diploma or certificate.

Applicants with significant and relevant work experience will also be considered on a case by case basis. 

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page. 


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4—  a study score of at least 20 in Mathematical Methods (CAS); and a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.

English language requirements

  • A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5; or equivalent.  
  • For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

International students who are graduates of the FS000, Foundation Studies (Science, Engineering and Technology) Program or FS016SEH - Foundation Studies Science, Engineering and Health Stream and meet the specified entry requirements and pre-requisites will be guaranteed entry into AD026 Associate Degree in Engineering Technology. For more information on the FS016SEH - Foundation Studies Science, Engineering and Health Stream go to

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External accreditation and industry links

The following five majors of this program are fully accredited by Engineers Australia at Engineering Associate Level:

  • Mechanical
  • Aerospace 
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Computer and Network
  • Civil

The following major of this program is provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia at Engineering Associate Level: Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics

Engineers Australia represents Australia as a signatory to the Dublin Accord. Many other countries are signatories to this international agreement and qualifications accredited or recognised by other signatories are recognised by each signatory as being substantially equivalent to accredited or recognised engineering technician qualifications within its own jurisdiction. See

The School of Vocational Engineering, Health & Sciences has an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), which links the academic program and industry. Membership of the IAC includes staff from major locally-based network engineering firms, as well as RMIT academic staff. The committee meets twice in a year and provides feedback on the currency of programs and the changing needs of industry, and it has input into the design of new programs. Committee members also actively contribute to the School through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.

Many of the teaching staff within the program are (or have been) practising industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks.  This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.
The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:
A Library Subject Guide for this program is available under the engineering section on the following website: .

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT (

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation and fitness activities, as well as student activism and university governance.

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