Subject focus: Engineering trades courses in Australia and New Zealand

  • Mining Exploration students at TAFE SA. Photo credit: TAFE SAMining Exploration students at TAFE SA. Photo credit: TAFE SA
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)  Credit: Melbourne PolytechnicBachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) Credit: Melbourne Polytechnic

This subject focus looks at courses in engineering trades. These courses are popular with students who would like to work in the engineering trades, but would prefer to study in a vocational environment.

Engineering trades covers a wide range of courses in different types of engineering - from locksmithing to automotive engineering, oil and gas to civil.  Students will also find a wide range of levels of study, from certificates all the way through to a bachelor degree.

Contact Study Options if you want to find out more about studying engineering trades at colleges in Australia and New Zealand, we can help you find a course to suit you.

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Certificate III in Mining Exploration at TAFE SA

The Certificate III in Mining Exploration at TAFE SA is designed to give students the practical experience they will need to work in the mining industry.

What you will study

The Certificate III programme includes 7 core units: Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns; provide first aid; communicate in the workplace; work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures; maintain and monitor site quality standards; conduct local risk control; collect routine site samples; plus 11 elective units.

Employment Outcomes

This course is for people pursuing a career in the exploration sector of the resources industry. The course provides new and existing employees with skills, knowledge and/or recognition required for employment in a mineral and petroleum exploration role. Job roles may include mineral exploration field assistants/technicians, mine samplers and hydrocarbon sample catchers.

Diploma of Applied Geosciences

The Certificate III in Mining Exploration can be packaged as part of a Diploma of Applied Geosciences for students who would like a more in-depth study into the area of resources.

There is also an option to study the Diploma of Applied Geosciences leading into a degree at the University of Adelaide as a packaged university offer. Packaged university offers also allow students to apply for a single visa for the whole duration of their study programme under the Streamlined Visa Processing arrangements.

Contact Study Options if you would like to find out more about university pathways in this subject area.

Programme details

Duration: 0.5 years

Start date: Semester 1 (February)

Tuitions fees (2016): A$6,500

Find out more about TAFE SA here.

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) at Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) was developed following rigorous consultation with industry stakeholders and benchmarking with comparative courses within Australia. The programme is industriously versatile and also offers an exit point after the first two years at the Associate Degree level.

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At the third and fourth year, the programme offers specialisation in one of its major streams:

  • structural engineering
  • municipal engineering/transportation
  • construction management

Structural Engineering

Within this stream you will be specialising in the design of concrete, steel and timber structures. Graduates of this stream will have an opportunity to complement the work of architects in designing large buildings and sky scrapers.

Structural engineers can work in:

  • bridge design
  • highway structures
  • hydraulic structures
  • oil, gas and mineral exploration
  • utilisation facilities

Municipal Engineering/Transportation

Within this stream, students will specialise in municipal/transportation engineering.

Municipal engineers are responsible of specifying, designing, constructing and maintaining:

  • public walkways
  • water supplies and drainage networks
  • waste management systems
  • town planning and subdivision

Transportation engineers are responsible for designing, testing and improving transportation systems to avoid traffic congestion and ensure easy flow of traffic through the network.

Construction Management

Within this stream, you will learn more about managing construction projects.

Construction Engineers are often required in the planning, construction and management of large infrastructure projects such as:

  • highways
  • airports
  • ports and dams
  • bridges
  • mines
  • complex building projects

During the last semester, students will engage in a major project. The project could be a real life project from industry or a simulated one. Students are required to progress through the steps of formalising client requirements, developing specifications, conducting literature surveys, develop an optimised solutions, detailed design and evaluations.

Contact Study Options to find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil) at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Programme details

Campus: Epping (Melbourne), Australia

Intakes: February and July

Duration: 4 years

Melbourne Polytechnic also offers a Diploma in Engineering Technology (Locksmithing), which you can read more about on this page. Find out more about Melbourne Polytechnic here.

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