Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Duration
  • 12 Months
Course Study
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Mechanical Engineering
Course Location
  • Online
Course Code
Course Code
Course Intakes
  • 24 June 2024
Course Type
Course Type
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduate Diploma
Course Fees

Course Overview

The aim of this graduate diploma program is to provide students with specialised skills in mechanical engineering technology, catering to the growing needs of the mechanical engineering industry.

This graduate diploma qualification will equip you with the necessary skills to address the demands of the modern mechanical engineering industry. Students with a background in mechanical, mechatronics, materials, industrial, production, manufacturing, robotics, instrumentation & control, agriculture, marine, mining, oil & gas, aeronautical, aerospace, chemical, process, plant, automobile and renewable engineering will be particularly well-placed to benefit from this program as it is designed to prepare you for further career development in the areas of design, failure analysis, hydraulics, pneumatics, fluid machines, industry processes, fluid dynamics and advanced manufacturing and Industrial Automation. Upon completion of this program, you will gain skills and knowledge in the latest and developing technologies in mechanical engineering.

Completing a Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) from the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) offers several benefits that can enhance your professional and personal growth. Here are five key benefits:

  • Advanced technical knowledge and skills
  • Practical guidance from the industry experts in the field
  • Increased employability and career advancement
  • Global networking opportunities
  • A world class Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) recognised globally.

These benefits collectively offer a transformative educational experience that can significantly impact your career trajectory, opening doors to new opportunities and empowering you to make meaningful contributions to the field of mechanical engineering.

Program Details

The Graduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering offers eight core units that address specific core competencies and the associated knowledge and aptitudes required of mechanical engineers. Students with a background in mechanical, instrumentation & control, electrical, or industrial plant and systems engineering will be particularly well-placed to benefit from this program as it is designed to prepare you for further career development in the mechanical design and maintenance industries.

The program is composed of 8 units. These units cover a range of aspects to provide you with maximum practical coverage in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

Please refer to the current teach-out program structure here.

Unit Number Module/Unit Name
(please ensure links are directing the correct unit outline)
Duration (weeks) Credit Points
MME501A Design and Failure Analysis of Materials 12 3
MME502A Heat Transfer 12 3
MME503A Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics 12 3
MME504A Pumps, Compressors, Turbines and Drives 12 3
MME505A Process Engineering 12 3
MME506A Advanced Fluid Dynamics 12 3
MXX507 Professional Engineering Management 12 3
Elective 1* Choose one of these units:

MME511A – Materials for Engineers

MME508A – Industrial Gas Turbines

MME509A – Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Automation

12 3

  • Demonstrate sound fundamental understanding of the scientific and engineering principles and apply underpinning natural, physical, and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer, and information sciences to solve problems in Mechanical engineering.
  • Apply in-depth as well as broad understanding of the relevant specialist body of knowledge within the mechanical engineering discipline including materials, heat transfer, fluid, design, manufacturing, dynamics, industrial processes, industrial equipment, and systematic project management.
  • Draw on the knowledge of engineering design practice and understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the Mechanical engineering discipline.
  • Apply systematic approaches, design processes and established engineering methods, tools, techniques, and resources, underpinned by hazard and risk framework considerations to conduct and manage Mechanical engineering projects.
  • Communicate effectively technical ideas, design concepts or research results to diverse audience.
  • Demonstrate professional use and management of information.
  • Apply discipline and professional knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, adaptability, and responsibility as a professional engineer.
  • Collaboratively work as a member of a cross disciplinary team in a manner consistent with ethical and professional standards.

To gain entry into this program, we require applicants to hold:

1. A recognized 3-year bachelor degree* in an engineering qualification in a congruent** field of practice; OR

2. An EIT Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree* in a congruent** field of practice; OR

3. A 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent) that is recognized under the Washington Accord or by Engineers Australia, in a congruent**, or a different field of practice at the discretion of the Admissions Committee; OR

4. A 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent)* that is not recognized under the Washington Accord, in a congruent** field of practice to this program; AND

5. An appropriate level of English Language Proficiency equivalent to an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education, or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no individual band less than 6.0), or equivalent as outlined in the EIT Admissions Policy.

* With integrated compulsory twelve-week professional industry experience, training or project work of which six weeks are directly supervised by a professional/eligible professional engineer as determined by EIT.

** All applicants must have evidence of mechanical exposure at undergraduate level and/or work experience. Congruent field of practice means one of the following with adequate Mechanical Engineering content including fundamentals of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics (fields not listed below to be considered by the Dean and the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis):

· Mechanical Engineering

· Mechanical and Material Systems

· Materials Engineering

· Mechatronics Engineering or Systems

· Production Engineering

· Industrial Engineering

· Robotics

· Manufacturing Engineering/Technology

· Manufacturing and Management Systems

· Metallurgical Engineering

· Materials Engineering

· Industrial Automation Engineering

· Instrumentation, Control, and Automation

· Agricultural Engineering/Technology

· Marine/Ocean Engineering

· Mining Engineering

· Oil and Gas Engineering

· Aeronautical Engineering

· Aerospace Engineering

· Plant Engineering

· Chemical and Process Engineering

· Automobile/Automotive Engineering

· Renewable Energy Engineering

· Environmental Engineering

· Nanotechnology

Please note: meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry to our programs. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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Like all Australian higher education providers and universities, EIT programs are accredited by the exacting standards of the Australian Government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

This course is classified as Level 8 under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

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Potential job roles include engineering and management positions in the following areas of expertise:

  • Mechanical engineering design and consultation
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering or Systems
  • Production Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Supply chain management, quality assurance, and sales
  • Operations, field services, and technical support
  • Mining
  • Oil & gas
  • Robotics
  • Industrial Automation
  • Industrial project management and business development
  • Manufacturing
  • Maintenance and condition monitoring
  • Automobile/Automotive engineering
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Cities/councils and water corporation
  • Agricultural Engineering/Technology
  • Marine/Ocean Engineering
  • Chemical/Process/Plant Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

This course may use the following software:

  • Interactive Heat Transfer (IHT) software
  • Automation Studio
  • ANSYS SpaceClaim
  • ANSYS Meshing
  • ANSYS Fluent
  • GasTurb

Due to ongoing unit and course reviews, software’s may change from the list provided. Learn more about the Practical Learning at EIT here

This Graduate diploma takes 1 year to complete. The online graduate diploma is delivered on a part-time intensive basis over 4 terms,each of 12 weeks. Part-time students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week learning the program material and completing assessments. This includes attending tutorials.

Any student has a right to appeal a decision of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) or any member of the institute’s staff. EIT has a comprehensive Policy on Appeals and Grievances to assist students.

You must submit your application at least four weeks before the start date to be considered for your desired intake.

A census date is the date at which an enrolment is considered to be final. Any withdrawal you make after the study period census date will incur an academic penalty (for example, a fail grade) and a financial penalty (for example, no refund of your student contribution or tuition fees). See our current census dates.

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