Associate Degree in Engineering Technology (Civil)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: AD009
- CRICOS code: 063219D
- Campus: City campus
This program gives you the skills to move into a range of paraprofessional positions in the civil and structural engineering fields and also provides a pathway into the civil and infrastructure engineering degree.
Civil and structural engineering associates provide technical support to civil engineers. Civil engineers plan, design, draft, construct and maintain infrastructure like roads, bridges, dams, water supply schemes, sewerage systems, transportation systems, harbours, canals, dockyards, airports, railways, factories and large buildings.
2 years full-time
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Learning and teaching
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
Your introduction to basic engineering skills includes drafting, use of hand and power tools, machine processes and manufacturing.
The focus in first year is on environmental awareness, examining the effects of various types of pollutants on the Earth's environment.
You will develop key skills in computer-aided design (CAD) to allow you to use software to produce complex CAD drawings.
The second year contains more specialised civil engineering courses. This includes fluid mechanics, structural design, soil mechanics, roads and transport.
You will learn to design and analyse reinforced concrete beams, slabs, footings and columns and simple steel structures.
Lab sessions will develop your knowledge of soil mechanics. You'll also cover design of safe and efficient methods of controlling road traffic.
Classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online reading, workshop, practical and laboratory sessions.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
In the final semester you will undertake an engineering project that will require the full development of a simulated civil engineering problem like designing:
- a water supply for a rural township
- a sub-development for a real estate project including road and channel design.
Projects require analysis of environmental impact and mitigation, as well as full working drawings and materials sourced and costed.
The project is carried out either in conjunction with industry or a simulated engineering work environment.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This qualification will help you find employment in the public or private sector in positions like laboratory technician, research assistant, construction supervisor or CAD draftsperson working under the supervision of a professional engineer.
Professional recognition and accreditation
Program entry requirements
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%.
For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to an Australian Year 12, see the Entry requirements by country web page.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Higher Mathematics or VCE Mathematical Methods (CAS).
English language requirements:
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- Academic IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5
- TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 550 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0)
- TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 79 with a minimum of 19 in each section
- Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade C
- Pearson: Minimum score of 50 (no band less than 42).
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
How to apply
1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
2. Ensure you have your supporting documents ready - this includes certified copies of all academic transcripts.
3. Complete and submit your application using one of the following options:
- Apply online. Please read these important notes before proceeding.
- Print and complete the Application form for international students (PDF 315 KB 4p) and submit following the instructions on the form.
- Use a registered RMIT representative in your country.
There are no application deadlines for international students; however, we encourage you to apply early as acceptance into programs is subject to the availability of places. An application fee may apply.
Learn more about the International application process.
- In addition to tuition fees you are required to pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- All international student visa holders are required to maintain valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
- Here is an estimate cost of living you can expect to pay each year.
Graduates of the Associate Degree in Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering) who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater are guaranteed entry with up to 2 years' exemption (equivalent to 192 credit points) into the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure).
Graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 can still apply, and may be eligible for exemptions if successful.
For further information about this program, please make an enquiry.
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.