MC228 - Master of Engineering (Systems Support Engineering)

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Plan: MC228 - Master of Engineering (Systems 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: Master of Engineering (Systems Support Engineering)
Award abbreviation: MEng(SysSuppEng)
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full time (4 semesters); 4 years part time (8 semesters)
Location: City Campus, Online
Owning school: Engineering (172H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 039999
CRICOS code: 079933B

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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 semesters full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)
Graduate Diploma in the same disciplineUp to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters 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 completion of the first year of the program (96 credit points), including core courses, you will be eligible to exit the program with the Graduate Diploma in Systems Support Engineering (GD171). 

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

Program Entry Requirements

An Australian bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 in aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive engineering, or equivalent; or

An Australian bachelor degree in any discipline with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 and at least five years work experience in the aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive industry, or equivalent. Applicants applying on the basis of work experience are expected to have skills in analysis, design, and management of engineering projects within the aerospace, mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, sustainable systems or automotive industries.

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

Credit Transfer and Recognised Prior Learning

Some applicants may be eligible for credit. Please refer to the Articulation and Pathways section for further information. 


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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation
The Master of Engineering (Systems Support Engineering) is not accredited, although it has been developed to align with the Engineers Australia accreditation framework. Engineers Australia is the professional body responsible for the accreditation of higher education programs that prepare students to practise as professional engineers. Graduates of the Master of Engineering (Systems Support Engineering) may be eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia. More details on membership of Engineers Australia can be found here.

Industry Links
The Master of Engineering (Systems Support Engineering) program was initially proposed by the defence industry, including companies such as BAE Systems, Saab Systems and ASC (formerly known as Australian Submarine Corporation) in 2007.  Subsequently, RMIT collaborated with Cambridge University (UK) and the University of South Australia to develop some of the courses in the program, with substantial input from the industry proponents.

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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

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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.

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