Diploma of Engineering Infrastructure (Specialisation) (P1A)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Distance Sydney
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please refer to courses to explore courses that are offered to international students.

"Building this foundation of rail track infrastructure knowledge means I can choose different avenues in an engineering or rail career. It will allow me to diversify my skill set and be more flexible in my future career. Particularly in regional Australia, that’s the way of the future.”

Tim McLean, Engineering consultant and alumni
The Diploma of Engineering Infrastructure (Specialisation) is aimed at engineering personnel intending to work in the management, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, and it fills a critical knowledge and skills gap not currently being addressed in the tertiary sector.

The Diploma of Engineering Infrastructure (Rail) is designed to provide rail specific skillng for professional engineers, engineering graduates and technically qualified staff interested in reskilling to pursue a role in track engineering. Students will learn from staff who are at the forefront of their discipline and industry experts with extensive rail experience through online delivery, face to face workshops, group work and discussion forums.


This course is delivered by the University of Tasmania in partnership with Engineering Education Australia and Transport for NSW.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the role, behaviour, degradation and repair of rail track components.
  2. Calculate forces, stresses and actions induced by interaction between the track and trains.
  3. Demonstrate the key steps involved in the design of track alignment and components.
  4. Develop base plans for the construction and maintenance of infrastructure in the rail corridor, including liaison with relevant stakeholders.
  5. Distinguish the important operational, safety and environmental issues involved in infrastructure related incidents.
  6. Describe the management of a rail business, including the management of assets and of train scheduling.
  7. Demonstrate ethical, professional and team-supportive behaviour and values.

Students enrolled in the Diploma of Engineering Infrastructure (Rail) will be employed within the rail industry and will have extensive industry experience on entry. The units have embedded within aspects of industry practice.

Students will be exposed to authentic and engaging learning experiences designed to develop their understanding of work and the workplace. Students are introduced to

  1. different methods of and approaches to practice,
  2. how issues such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership are reflected in the workplace and
  3. the role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing workplace- based knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations.

Students will develop personal responsibility for and autonomy in developing their e-portfolio. This will be reflected in educational plans. Students learn through projects (local and international), data for decision making, fieldwork, case studies (local and international), action learning, design and creative thinking, simulated environments, and real-world problems; and complete assessment tasks such as presentations, proposals, reports, activities (quizzes/tests), plans.

The Management and Operations unit will have an applied focus and be based around industry engagement.

Career outcomes

Engineering Infrastructure Rail Specialisation

“There are huge investments planned by state governments to get economies going after the pandemic. There is a lot of money going into rail right now, and a lot more planned.”

Martin Murray, course lecturer

Graduates of the  Diploma of Engineering Infrastructure (Rail) will have levels of knowledge of track engineering, legislation and regulation, such that they can operate under professional supervision in designing, constructing, commissioning, monitoring, maintaining and managing a section of track and have skills to communicate and interact with stakeholders in ensuring the track meets the operational performance standards of the railway business.

Course structure

Students are required to complete the following eight core units.

Rail Specialisation

In previous units you have learned about the components making up the structure of a track in the rail corridor, as well as learning about the broad range of other infrastructure within the corridor for which the civil engineer would…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Railways were invented in Britain over 200 years ago, and it is difficult to overstate the fundamental and critically important role they have played in the development of nations, the progress of wars, and the prosperity of peoples the world…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

All track engineering activities and planning are undertaken with the purpose of ensuring a successful, profitable and safe railway business. A significant purpose of the management of the business is to ensure that the maintenance of rail infrastructure is appropriately…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In JEE151 Fundamentals of Track Engineering and in other units you learned about the various components from which track is constructed, some of the defects which can occur in those components, and something of the forces generated by a train…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit has two compatible parts. The first part of the unit is focused on track maintenance and the second on applications of much of the course learning to incidents and case studies. Both parts of the unit require the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In JEE151 Fundamentals of Track Engineering you learned about the various components from which track is constructed. However, simply knowing about these components will not enable you to have any meaningful insight into the complex interactions between each of those…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Railway traffic does not simply travel from one place to another along the same single piece of track. In an urban network of rail lines, trains travel in all sorts of directions depending upon customer demand and availability of rollingstock.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Trains run on tracks within the rail corridor, which is a defined strip of land for the exclusive purpose of the railway business. However, within that corridor there are many items and infrastructure not only to ensure that trains can…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Rozelle - SydneySemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

This course is restricted to students who have:

  • A minimum of three years of industry experience and current employment in the industry; and
  • A Certificate III or higher in engineering or a related field.

Students from all other educational backgrounds can enquire online for advice on other course options.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

This course is currently not offered to international students

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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