GC131 - Graduate Certificate in International Automotive Engineering

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Plan: GC131 - Graduate Certificate in International Automotive Engineering
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: Graduate Certificate in International Automotive Engineering
Award abbreviation: GradCertIntlAutoEng
Total credit points: 48
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 semester full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/engineering/
Partnered offering / Corporate client:  
ASCED code: 030501
CRICOS code: 060515J

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Purpose of the Program

In recent times the incorporation of a higher level of technology in the automotive industry, coupled with the emergence of stringent environmental and safety standards being imposed by governments and regulatory bodies on automobile manufacturers, have led worldwide to a rise in the knowledge and skills level required by the  automotive industry.  Of particular interest are the new sustainable design and manufacturing practices based on the entire life-cycle (from “cradle to grave”) of the vehicle incorporating issues such as design for disposal and recycle, design for disassembly, life cycle assessment, alternative fuels and power-trains, light structures, etc.  For example, conventional engines are being replaced by hybrids and fuel cells, quality vehicles are expected to have five star New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety rating (i.e., they need to be equipped with all the latest active and passive safety technology). Whereas, there is a decrease in the demand for engineers with the classical skills in general engineering fields, a growing demand for specialist engineers with interdisciplinary knowledge in design, mechanics, materials, electronics, manufacturing, environmental science,  is clearly evident. This program will provide you with an in depth understanding of engineering disciplines the life cycle of the product automobile is based on.  It will expose you to state-of-the-art infrastructure and different work ethics, by providing you with the opportunity to carry out work experience or research projects at multi-national automotive companies worldwide.  The program is international in character; it aims to provide you with advanced technical and generic capabilities which will enhance your chances of employment in the global automotive industry sector.

There are two distinct and interrelated specialist automotive areas of activity in the global automotive industry sector. The first focuses on the Automotive Design and Development.  It includes developed automotive industries that are knowledge intensive and with high value added products and services (e.g., Australia, Germany, USA, Japan).  The second focuses on the Automotive Manufacturing Engineering Processes.  It includes emerging automotive industries where the focus is process intensive, relies on economies of scale and the pursuit of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies (e.g., China, India, Thailand).  In catering for local and international students this program offers the flexibility for specialization in either sector. It will instil in you the specialized automotive engineering skills that are currently in short supply, but are increasingly in high demand by the automotive industry.  By so doing it will put you in good stead if the time comes for you to reposition yourself in the global job market.

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Articulation and pathways

The program will provide a pathway for engineers and scientists, or those with an alternative acceptable qualification and relevant experience in industry, to gain a Masters qualification specializing in Automotive Engineering.  Opportunities also exist for those who do not wish to pursue a Masters qualification.  You will be able to complete the Graduate Certificate (1 semester full-time equivalent) or a Graduate Diploma (2 semesters full-time equivalent).

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

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Entrance requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or applied Science is mandatory.   Relevant industry work experience is also desirable.
International students must satisfy a pre-requisite of an IELTS English language test score of 6.5 or greater with no band less than 6.0, or be a graduate of a university in which the language of instruction is English.

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External accreditation and industry links

Engineers Australia is the national authority representing engineers in Australia. Under the Washington Accord, international recognition is offered by countries such as the USA, United Kingdom, Hong Kong (SAR), New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and South Africa. Engineers Australia is responsible for the accreditation of undergraduate engineering programs. Accreditation ensures academic institutions consistently meet national and international standards.

The current policy of Engineers Australia is to admit engineering graduates based on their undergraduate program to membership at the relevant career grade, and allow reciprocal privileges by equivalent professional bodies overseas. In general, Engineers Australia does not accredit postgraduate programs (such as this one). However, you can be admitted to membership of Engineers Australia as:

— A graduate from an accredited undergraduate program. The career grade and discipline will depend on your undergraduate degree; or
— A graduate from a non-accredited degree and completing a competency report. The career grade and discipline will depend on your undergraduate degree; or
— An experienced engineering professional. The career grade and discipline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

More details for membership of Engineers Australia can be found at http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/.  Engineers Australia will recognise the achievements of members who satisfy the relevant leadership and management competency standards in the form of a new post-nominal Engineering Executive (EngExec). The status of EngExec will be available to professional engineers, engineering technologists and engineering associates who can satisfy the competency requirements, and who are members of Engineers Australia. If you are a member of Engineers Australia, you can apply for the EngExec status to Engineers Australia.

More details for application to Engineering Executive status can be found at:


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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 (www.rmit.edu.au/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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

The School has many laboratories, often with specialised equipment, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities, and most of these laboratories have been upgraded in recent years to ensure that you have access to modern computers and equipment that you are likely to use in industry.  RMIT has a planned budget to ensure that all computers are upgraded on a regular basis (currently every three years).

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, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.

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