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Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology Civil Engineering Design

VTAC Code: 22479VIC CRICOS: 099958E VTAC Number: Preston 6900669414, Epping 6900269414



2 years full time / available part time


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Design a future for yourself - and the world

This course offers the perfect introduction into the world of Infrastructure and Built Environment. Students learn the core concepts of civil engineering construction principles, processes and materials, advanced technology applications, structural mechanics, design and documentation of reinforced concrete and steel structures, documentation of urban roads, land surveying, 2D/3D/BIM software.

Gain essential engineering skills

In the course of your studies, you’ll learn from and work with senior civil and structural engineers involved in the design and construction of buildings, bridges, airports, dams and reticulation systems.

The Engineering Technology Programs focus on developing your employability skills and enabling you to be Industry job-ready.

Career Pathways

Where will the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology - Civil Engineering Design 22479VIC take me?

Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology is a widely-recognised qualification within the engineering sector. It’s a great entry point to the industry or a foundation for further studies. You’ll graduate ready to work as a computer aided design (CAD) draftsperson, engineering assistant, assistant project manager or construction engineer, construction materials lab technician or automated systems worker, depending on your stream. You may work in a range of industries, including building construction, steel fabrication, machinery handling or food and beverage production.

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Draftsperson
  • Technical officer with roads / water authority or local council
  • Assistant Project Manager / Construction Engineer
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Reinforcement Scheduling
  • Construction Materials Laboratory Technician
  • Estimating & Project Costing

Study Pathways

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Diploma, you will receive 12 subjects/1.5 years credit into our Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil).

They explained to me that with the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology I could have a qualification as a draftsperson, and I thought 'yeah, this is good. I think I really need a career change.'
Pio Spadoni
Engineering Technology Graduate
Portrait of Pio Spadoni  student engineering

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

  • written activities/assignments/reports
  • oral questioning/demonstration/observation
  • test/quiz
  • portfolio presentation

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CPPBDN4004 Set up BIM-capable software and files for building design drafting projects Elective 40
CPPBDN5013A Develop and collaborate on building information models for small-scale building design Elective 100
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information Core 20
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology Core 20
MEM22001A Perform engineering activities Core 60
MEM22002A Manage self in an engineering environment Core 40
MEM22013A Coordinate engineering projects (Capstone) Core 80
MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics Core 80
MEM23007A Apply calculus to engineering tasks Core 80
MEM23109A Apply engineering mechanics principles Core 60
MEM30007A Select common engineering materials Core 40
MEM30012A Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment Core 40
MEM30031A Operate computer aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements Core 40
MEM30033A Use computer-operated design (CAD) to create and display 3-D models Core 40
VU22330 Select and interpret drawings and prepare three dimensional (3D) sketches and drawings Core 20
VU22451 Investigate advanced technology applications in the manufacturing industry and related Core 60
VU22452 Use communication network concepts and practices in manufacturing and engineering Core 40
VU22474 Apply principles of strength of materials to engineering problems Core 60
VU22475 Apply scientific principles to engineering problems Core 60
VU22484 Implement site investigation procedures Elective 60
VU22485 Apply construction principles to civil engineering works Elective 60
VU22486 Apply principles of materials testing to civil engineering applications Elective 60
VU22487 Apply surveying for civil engineering projects Elective 40
VU22488 Perform measurements and layout tasks on construction site Elective 40
VU22489 Produce reinforced concrete drawings Elective 40
VU22490 Produce structural steel drawings Elective 40
VU22493 Produce drawings to enable urban road construction Elective 40
VU22535 Apply advanced static principles to engineering problems Core 60
VU22545 Apply environmental solutions to engineering projects Elective 40
VU22546 Apply principles of mechanics to engineering structures Elective 40
VU22550 Produce an engineering design for a reinforced concrete structure Elective 40
VU22551 Produce an engineering design for a steel structure Elective 60
VU22552 Produce advanced drawings for reinforced concrete structure Elective 40
VU22553 Produce advanced engineering drawings for a reinforced concrete structure Elective 40
VU22554 Apply surveying computations to engineering projects Elective 40
VU22562 Apply principles of soil mechanics to civil engineering Elective 60

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $14900 $30250
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $15150 $30500
Per year $16400
Per semester $8200

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department
Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department


  • successfully completion of Year 12 VCE studies, or equivalent, including units in English and Mathematics
  • mature age students with relevant experience may also apply
  • applicants without the necessary study prerequisite may be required to undertake additional bridging units of study in mathematics and communication
  • All applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma of Engineering Technology (22478VIC)

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency or higher, to include studies in mathematics or physics
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Note: Diploma of Engineering Technology is a pre-requisite for international students

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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