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Diploma of Engineering Technology

Civil Engineering

VTAC Code: 22478VIC CRICOS: 099957F VTAC Number: Preston 6900669414, Epping 6900269414



Preston, Epping




12 months full time / available part time


12 Months

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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. You'll 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 this take me

Possible career paths for para-professional graduates include:

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


When you comple the Diploma you can pathway to 22479VIC Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering Design) and the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil).

They explained to me that with the Advanced Diploma 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
Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology 22479VIC
Portrait of Pio Spadoni  student engineering

Course Details

Delivery methods

Blended Learning at Melbourne Polytechnic means that students will be connected to their learning and assessment through a combination of Face to Face and online experiences.

  • Blended learning
  • Face-to-face
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Part time duration depends on your selection of units.

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including observation, questioning, written activities, knowledge quiz and demonstration.

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
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
MEM23004A Apply technical mathematics 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
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 industries Core 60
VU22452 Use communication network concepts and practices in manufacturing and engineering Core 40
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
VU22554 Apply surveying computations to engineering projects Elective 40

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $7000 $14050
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $7250 $14300
Per year $16500
Per semester $8250

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 1 November 2021. 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. 

Check your eligibility here.

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.


Applicants must have successfully completed Year 12 of VCE studies or equivalent, including units in English and Mathematics.

Mature age students (non-VCE) with relevant experience may also apply.

Students who do not have the necessary prerequisite studies may be required to undertake additional bridging units of study in mathematics and communications.

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
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.

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 03 9269 8400 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 +61 3 9269 8400

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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