AD028 - Associate Degree in Digital Technologies (Advanced Manufacturing)

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Plan: AD028 - Associate Degree in Digital Technologies (Advanced Manufacturing)
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 Digital Technologies (Advanced Manufacturing)
Award abbreviation: AssDegDigiTech(Industry 4.0)
Total credit points: 192
Career: UGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
Location: RMIT University, City Campus
Owning school: Future Technologies (520T)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 030101
CRICOS code: 104983B

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Purpose of the Program

The Associate Degree in Digital Technologies (Advanced Manufacturing) covers emerging digital manufacturing technologies that will provide you with essential skills and knowledge required by the Industry. This program directly aligns with Australian Government's initiatives to incorporate Industry 4.0 technologies into manufacturing sector and create new training opportunities for the workforce. Industry 4.0 uses transformative technologies to connect the physical world with the digital world.  

In this qualification you will receive training in the use of emerging technologies including Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Additive Manufacturing, Digital Twinning, Supply Chain, Mindsphere, Smart Manufacturing, Robotics, Mechatronics, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Digital Controllers, Sensors, Electrical Circuits and Motors, Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing, Automation & Process Control, Programming Logic Controllers (PLCs), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Software Applications and Cyber Security for Industrial Network. 

This program is a blend of practical experience with electrical, electronics and mechanical control applications built on a strong theoretical foundation. You will gain capabilities in configuring, testing, assembly, installation and maintenance of electrical and automation control systems and networks. You will complete an Industry 4.0 Capstone Project by undertaking project based learning and applying all the skills and techniques learned over the duration of the whole program. 

After completion of this qualification you may gain employment in the following roles:  

  • Industry 4.0 Systems Technician
  • Cyber Security Technologist 
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technician 
  • Cyber-Physical Systems Technologist 
  • Service Technician  
  • Technical Officer  
  • Industrial Network Design Associate 

This program is available at RMIT City Campus in a blended delivery mode. 

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you, on graduating from an RMIT program, to apply for credit towards a higher level RMIT qualification. 


If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):  

Successful completion of the RMIT Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (Engineering) guarantees entry into the Associate Degree in Digital Technologies (Advanced Manufacturing).

Students enrolled in this qualification who have completed 96 credit points (Seven courses in the first year and either MATH2167 Mathematics 1 or MANU2522 Computer Aided Manufacturing) can exit with Diploma of Digital Technologies (Advanced Manufacturing) (DP018) qualification.

Graduates of C5398 Diploma of Applied Technology (22460VIC) will be guaranteed entry into AD028 Associate Degree in Digital Technologies (Advanced Manufacturing) at RMIT University and will receive credit of 96 credit points (equivalent to 1 year of study as follows:

  • MATH2167 Mathematics 1
  • EEET2276 Electrical Principles
  • MANU2524 Industrial Automation and Control
  • MIET2138 Engineering Management
  • EEET2617 Digital Control System Design
  • OENG1211 Industrial Manufacturing and Control Systems
  • COSC2954 Industrial Network Technologies
  • MANU2522 Computer Aided Manufacturing

Further study

Graduates of the RMIT Associate Degree in Digital Technologies (Advanced Manufacturing) (AD028) program are guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Engineering (Adv Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours) (BH068) and will receive 180 credit points (= 15 courses). Graduates who successfully complete EEET2616 Use of Digital Technologies in Health Care System as an option course in AD028 will receive a further 12 credit points (192 credit points = 16 courses).

For more information on this pathway, the credits that will be granted and any conditions that apply, refer to the destination program guide.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements 

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education, successful completion of an AQF accredited award at Certificate IV or above, or equivalent.

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


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — 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 page.

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External accreditation and industry links

The School has designed this program in consultation with industry partners, including: FESTO, SIEMENS, Australian Industry Group (AIG), Memko, SEW Euro Drive, Defence, Telstra, Balluff, Omron, Beckoff Automation and JRD Communications. The engineering and manufacturing experts within these companies have helped RMIT to develop the program to be in line with the industry expectations and future needs. This program directly aligns with the Commonwealth Government's current focus on manufacturing and digital technologies to help build and drive the Australian economy.  RMIT has signed MoU with Industry 4.0 leaders SIEMENS and FESTO. This agreement has facilitated latest software tools and learning resources are accessible to you. 

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 engineering  and manufacturing 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. This new program has been designed based on input from IAC members. Committee members will also actively contribute to the School through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.

This program is not accredited by any professional accrediting body.

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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 

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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 online Ask the Library chat 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: 

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Services available to you as a student at RMIT University 

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Services are available face to face and online assisting with: 

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