Associate Degree of Engineering Technology (Civil)

Melbourne Polytechnic's Associate Degree of Engineering Technology (Civil) was developed following rigorous consultation with industry stakeholders and benchmarking with comparative courses within Australia. The program is part of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) with an optional exit point after two years at Associate Degree level.

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Build your future with Melbourne Polytechnic

With the Melbourne Polytechnic Associate Degree of Engineering Technology (Civil), you have the opportunity to start your career in:

  • construction management
  • structural engineering design (civil and municipal)
  • transportation design and practice

The Associate Degree of Engineering Technology (Civil) is a two-year program of study, supplemented by a supervised industry-based placement or an extended project-based classroom activity.

The program is the first two years of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil).

The course aims to educate engineering technologists in one of three engineering majors:

  • structural
  • municipal/transportation
  • construction management

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Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years

Modes of Delivery

Online components, Classroom


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Entrance Requirements

A minimum score of 25 in one of the VCE Units 3 and 4 English subjects or equivalent, or a minimum score of 20 in VCE Units 3 and 4 Mathematical Methods (CAS). Students lacking the mathematics prerequisite will be required to complete a bridging course in Engineering Mathematics before course commencement. Mature aged applicants will be asked to participate in a selection interview to demonstrate capability to undertake study at degree level and personal attributes suitable for the profession of civil engineering. Applicants will be required to present school reports/study records and may be required to take a written test if necessary. Entry is through VTAC for Semester 1. Applicants may apply directly to Melbourne Polytechnic's Sustainable Design and Construction Department for Semester 2 intake. For more information, applicants are encouraged to attend one of Melbourne Polytechnic's Information Nights.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods is a blend of essays, reports, reflective journals, case studies and analysis, oral presentations, projects, portfolios tests and exams.


Students will need to purchase a graphics calculator.

Pathways to further study

Areas of employment include, construction management, structural engineering design (civil and municipal) as well as transportation design and practice.

Career Pathways

Graduates can pursue further studies through Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) with specialisation in one of three majors: Structural Design, Municipal and Transportation, or Construction Management.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July
  • Midyear

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
BET101 Professional engineering
BET102 Engineering skills 1
BET103 Engineering mathematics 1
BET104 Surveying
BET105 Engineering principles
BET106 Civil engineering construction
BET107 Mechanics of structures 1
BET108 Engineering skills 2
BET201 Mechanics of structures 2
BET202 Environmental sustainable design
BET203 Engineering mathematics 2
BET204 Construction materials
BET205 Computer aided engineering
BET206 Principles of geomechanics
BET207 Engineering management 1
BET209 Minor engineering project