GD171 - Graduate Diploma in System Support Engineering

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Plan: GD171 - Graduate Diploma in System Support 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 Diploma in System Support Engineering
Award abbreviation: GradDipSysSuppEng
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year full time; 2 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus, Distance Education (DE)
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 039999
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The objectives of this program is to educate you as an experienced professional systems support engineer who is able to:

  • analyse complex engineering assets and the environment they are situated in, and develop engineering support systems to ensure problem-free operations
  • find innovative solutions from an array of possibilities through systematic problem solving and system design methodologies
  • analyse and adapt support system design and implementation to deliver value for all stakeholders
  • conceive novel system design for challenging problems and opportunities
  • deal with a wide range of key stakeholders in professional and effective manner
  • build and work with teams with trust and respect

System Support Engineering is a new, emerging professional discipline as a combination of several traditional knowledge domains including systems engineering, logistics engineering, supply chain and engineering design. It is a discipline currently being transformed from a traditional maintenance-based approach to one that is increasingly sophisticated, performance-based and cost effective.

In order to remain competitive in the global environment, operators of capital intensive industries such as mining, transport, defence, energy, chemical processing have changed the way they approach support of their operation on their assets. Traditional maintenance oriented services are replaced by strategic outsourcing whereby complete support systems to ensure problem-free performance are placed in the hands of contractor organisations. This shift in customer strategy changes contractor roles and responsibilities and requires a new breed of engineers to design an optimum support system.

Owners of key assets are demanding a new level of performance to support their assets. The professionals to perform these roles require extensive knowledge, skills and competency in:

  • Systems and service design
  • Performance based logistics and supply chain support
  • System capability enhancement
  • Asset management
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Articulation and pathways

If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications majoring in engineering you will be eligible for exemptions as follows:


Qualification levelExemptionsRemaining program duration
Graduate Certificate in the same disciplineUp to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in the same discipline (AQF Level 8 or equivalent)Up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)
Graduate Diploma in the same disciplineUp to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)

 Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master’s degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for exemption of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study). 

Information is available on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including PhD in Engineering by research or other Master programs, subject to each program's entry requirements.

Credit transfer from programs other than above will be considered according to RMIT Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning:

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Entrance requirements

Entry into this program is through the MC228, Master of Engineering (Systems Support Engineering). You may exit the Master's program with the Graduate Diploma in Systems Support Engineering after successful completion of the courses listed in this program.

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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  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:

    Industry Links

    Industry has played a key role in the development of the program. It has been sponsored by an industry consortium including BAE Systems, Saab Systems and ASC.

    The industry partners will also be actively involved in the delivery of the program. You will also have access to advice and support from a range of defence industry professionals with expertise in the development and implementation of service support solutions.

    In providing opportunities to explore and share the project work with fellow students, as well as academics, researchers and industry experts, the program (both coursework and research components) offers you a range of opportunities to link your study directly with the leading edge of industry practice.

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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

    As a student enrolled in an RMIT University program you may access many of the extensive collections of electronic resources and services provided from the RMIT University Library in Melbourne. Resources include e-books, electronic journals and newspapers and product data. Library subject guides and web based tutorials will support your learning. Electronic resources and the online Ask a Librarian reference service are accessible on and off campus 24 hours per day.  
    For more information on Library resources and services from Melbourne go to

    Online learning tools and content:

    As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

    When you enrol to RMIT, you will be fully supported by the facilities set up for supporting active learning in RMIT.  You will have access to library resources, both on campus and online via myRMIT.  Since the courses are delivered by University of South Australia, RMIT will make arrangement that you will have access to similar facilities in University of South Australia.  You will also have access to libraries of other universities in Victoria and in Australia, through inter-library services. 

    The distance learning mode of the program will be supported by existing facilities on myRMIT.  You will have access to the Blackboard learning system that is managed by the course coordinator.  From 2011, RMIT will have web-based interactive online collaborative tools installed on the Blackboard system to support virtual classroom, video conferencing and web cast sessions.  Through these functionalities, you can listen to lectures, interact with the lecturer, and work in small groups in much the same way as if you are collocated.

    For courses that require special software for demonstration and assignment purposes, you will find the required software and facilities on myRMIT.

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