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Gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge relating to engineering when you study a Certificate II in Engineering Studies. You’ll plan projects, produce engineering sketches and fabricate metal products. At the end of second year, you’ll learn how to build your own drone. This VETDSS course can lead to an apprenticeship in various engineering trades or act as a pathway into a higher education degree.

  • Wantirna campus
  • Two years part-time
  • Year 1: Wednesday 12.30pm – 5.30pm (plus a one-week block in Term 2 or 3 break)
  • Year 2: Wednesday 12.30pm – 5.30pm
  • Classroom/workshop based/online delivery
  • Materials fee: Year 1 = $190, Year 2 = $170
  • Required clothing and equipment: steel cap work boots, full-length cotton drill overalls or shirt and pants, pencil case with ruler, pens, pencils and erasers, and an exercise book.

Units of competency

Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
MEM13014A Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment 10 Compulsory
MEM18001C Use hand tools 20 Compulsory
VU22329 Report on a range of sectors in the manufacturing, engineering and related industries 30 Compulsory
VU22330 Select and interpret drawings and prepare three dimensional (3D) sketches and drawings 20 Compulsory
VU22331 Perform basic machining processes 40 Compulsory
VU22339 Create engineering drawings using computer aided systems 60 Elective
VU22332 Apply basic fabrication techniques 40 Compulsory
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations 20 Elective
  Total nominal hours 240  
Unit code Unit name Nominal hours Compulsory/Elective
MEMPE006A Undertake a basic engineering project 80 Compulsory
VU22333 Perform intermediate engineering computations 40 Elective
VU22338 Configure and program a basic robotic system 60 Elective
  Total nominal hours 180  


On successful completion of this program, students will:

  • VCE: be eligible for up to four units of credit towards their VCE: two units at Units 1 and 2 level and a Units 3 and 4 sequence.

    Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the Units 3 and 4 sequence of VCE VET Engineering must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student’s best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study.

    Refer to the VCAA Engineering Program booklet [Word DOCX, 200KB].
  • Qualification: be eligible for the award of 22470VIC Certificate II in Engineering Studies.

Complementary studies include Mathematical Methods and Physics.

Career opportunities include mechanical engineering tradesperson (fitter and turner), steel fabrication/welding tradesperson, certified welder, process manufacturing engineer, production engineer, marine craft construction tradesperson, competitive systems and practice engineer, mechanical engineer and civil engineer.

How to apply for VET Delivered to Secondary Students

Essentially, we’re in partnership with you and your school. You speak to your school and they coordinate your application with Swinburne. Seek out your school’s VET or careers coordinator for course recommendations and discuss your options. Then, when you’ve decided on a VDSS course that fits, your school will forward your application directly to us.

To be eligible for consideration for a VDSS program you must be currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12.

You’ll receive notification from your school about the outcome of your application. Successful? More information about enrolment will follow.

If there is greater demand than course places available, you’ll be placed on a waiting list. So, take note of our key application dates to allow time for your school-endorsed application to get to us.

Please refer to Swinburne's policies and regulations for student rights and responsibilities while on campus.

Course costs

The costs associated with Swinburne VDSS programs is invoiced directly to schools. For more information on course costs, it’s best to contact your school’s VET or careers coordinator.

2025 key dates

First round applications open Monday 12 August 2024
First round applications close Sunday 6 October 2024
Schools notified Monday 14 October 2024
Late applications open Wednesday 16 October 2024
Late applications close Wednesday 6 November 2024

These dates are indicative only.

Enrolment and Orientation

Orientation for courses at Wantirna campus and Croydon campus is scheduled for Wednesday 27 November 2024.

When you’ve completed your enrolment and we’ve seen you on campus for orientation, you’ll attend Swinburne one day per week for training while continuing at your secondary school.

Courses commence Wednesday 5 February 2025.

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Contact the VET Delivered to Secondary Students team

Have questions? If you would like more information about Swinburne's Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students, please call us on 1300 275 794 or email