Are you ready for a technically advanced engineering career?
Redefine your engineering future with the Advanced Diploma of Engineering. Develop specialised technical skills to step towards a future as an engineering technician, detailed drafter, or maintenance technician.
Workers in industry have options available for flexible study. Explore the electrical and mechanical study pathway options.
Study in specialist facilities
Students study this course at our state-of-the-art Applied Engineering building at Munster campus, featuring mechatronics labs and technical engineering workshop rooms. In our courses, you'll have access to modern equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, civil engineering compression labs to name just a few.
- carry out mechanical engineering drafting and design
- analytical work involving manufacturing and fabrication techniques
- understand the application of engineering principles, systems, and processes
- draw and design mechanical equipment
- maintain mechanical systems
- workplace health and safety
- Graduates are typically employed in areas such as computer aided design and drafting, process plant drafting and design, machine drafting and design, air conditioning drafting and design, shipbuilding drafting and design, plant maintenance supervision (building on a trade background), and other general engineering and technical positions.
- Able to understand complex mathematical and physics concepts
- Planning and organisational skills
- Analytical skills and the ability to interpret information
- Strong communication skills
This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more
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This course is available as a traineeship.
Entrance requirements for traineeships
You must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study an apprenticeship or traineeship.
In a traineeship you also gain hands-on skills and work experience, and improve your employment prospects, while earning a wage. On successful completion you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to rewarding career options. The difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that a traineeship can be either a full time or part time employment based training arrangement, usually for a nominal duration of 12 months or more, generally in a non-trade related area.
To find out how to arrange a traineeship and study at South Metropolitan TAFE, please contact the Jobs and Skills Centre closest to you.
Attendance in class
This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied across 2 years full time (or 1 year full time after completion of Diploma of Engineering).
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
You will need to have the basic technical requirements, including Microsoft Office - Word; Excel, for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.
Work placement is not a requirement of this course.
What you need for your first day of class
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, ruler and calculator) and wear enclosed footwear.
In addition, you are required to wear the following PPE for various laboratories and workshops:
- full sleeve shirt
- closed shoes
- full length pants
- safety glasses (will be provided by your lecturer)
Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.
SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.
To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.
Become a specialist in your field with university study
The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.
Australian Maritime College
This course has a study pathway with the Australian Maritime College(opens in a new tab) as of August 2018.
- Australian Maritime College - Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Specialisation) (Honours)
This course has university study pathways with Curtin University(opens in a new tab) as at 7 May 2021.
- Bachelor of Science (Multidisciplinary Science) - 150 to 200 credit points
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - 150 to 200 credit points
Edith Cowan University
This course has university study pathways with Edith Cowan University(opens in a new tab) as at 7 May 2021.
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Y45) - up to 120 credit points
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) (Y44) - up to 120 credit points
This course has university study pathways with Murdoch University(opens in a new tab) as at 7 May 2021.
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Power Engineering (H1264) - 24 credit points
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Industrial Computer Systems Engineering (H1264) - 24 credit points
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Instrumentation and Control Engineering (H1264) - 24 credit points
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Renewable Energy Engineering (H1264) - 24 credit points
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