The Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical, provides you with the essential knowledge to design, install, commission, fault find and maintain industrial control systems, robots and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Graduate ready to work as a technician, paraprofessional, or technical officer in areas including: industrial automation, mechatronics and general electrical systems.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
  • TAFE Victoria
    TAFE Victoria
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Skills you’ll learn

  • Develop and maintain micro solar systems for renewable energy applications
  • Design, install and commission electrical control systems
  • PLC programming and commissioning
  • Design and control SCADA systems
  • Design and interpret electrical wiring systems
  • Electrical project management

Your career opportunities

  • Electrical technician
  • Technical officer (Electrical)
  • Electrical manager
  • Electrical foreman
  • Electrical engineering associate
  • Paraprofessionals in Electrical industry

Key codes

International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Hawthorn VTAC code

Location options

Professional accreditations


Entry into this program is based on an applicant’s study and/or relevant work history.

All applicants are required to have one of the following:

• Successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent


• Successfully completed a Certificate II or higher qualification in a relevant Engineering or Electrical field.


• Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant relevant work experience 

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

This course is delivered in a combination of face-to-face, workshops, tutorials, lectures, and online activities.

It is comprised of 24 core units and 23 elective units. 

Core units
Elective units
Advanced Diploma

Indicative nominal course hours: 2160

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Apply industry and community standards to engineering activities
Core unit
Apply material science to solving electrotechnology engineering problems
Core unit
Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems
Core unit
Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
Compile and produce an energy sector detailed report
Core unit
Develop design briefs for electrotechnology projects
Core unit
Manage risk in electrotechnology activities
Core unit
Provide engineering solutions for problems in complex multiple path circuits
Core unit
Provide solutions to basic engineering computational problems
Core unit
Solve problems in multiple path circuits
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Solve problems in single path circuits
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Apply methods to maintain currency of industry developments
Core unit
Write specifications for electrical engineering projects
Core unit
Interpret, produce and modify electrotechnology drawings
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Manage large electrical projects
Core unit
Solve problems in direct current (d.c.) machines
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Solve problems in low voltage a.c. circuits
Core unit, 80.0 credit points
Solve problems in magnetic and electromagnetic devices
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
Plan large electrical projects
Core unit
Provide engineering solutions to problems in complex polyphase power circuits
Core unit
Evaluate and report on the performance of LV machines
Core unit
Plan and analyse LV electrical apparatus
Core unit
Plan and analyse wiring systems, circuits, control and protection for electrical installations
Core unit
Develop strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues in the energy sector
Core unit
Elective units
Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
Elective unit, 20.0 credit points
Repairs basic electronic apparatus faults by replacement of components
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Work in Industry 4.0
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Apply introductory programming skills in different languages
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Use advanced computational processes to provide solutions to energy sector engineering problems
Elective unit
Develop structured programs to control external devices
Elective unit
Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers
Elective unit
Provide solutions to extra-low voltage (ELV) electro-pneumatic control systems and drives
Elective unit
Develop and implement energy sector maintenance programs
Elective unit
Develop, enter and verify word and analogue control programs for programmable logic controllers
Elective unit
Develop, enter and verify programs in supervisory control and data acquisition systems
Elective unit
Develop energy sector computer network applications infrastructure
Elective unit
Apply introductory object-oriented language skills
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Design and use advanced programming tools, PC networks and HMI Interfacing
Elective unit
Apply statistics and probability techniques to engineering tasks
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Make presentations
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Apply communication skills
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Manage innovation and continuous improvement
Elective unit, 70.0 credit points
Apply critical thinking for complex problem solving
Elective unit, 60.0 credit points
Commission a cyber-physical system
Elective unit
Maintain instrumentation equipment
Elective unit

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Yearly fee* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

VET Student Loan amount* ($AUD)


Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)


SSAF fee* ($AUD)



Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

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