Diploma of Engineering Infrastructure (Specialisation) (P1A)

Overview  2021

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements


Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years


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.


Distance Sydney
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the International Online Course Guide (PDF 809KB) for courses that are offered to international students

"Even though I was a qualified civil engineer, I wanted to understand how track structure interacts in the rail environment. I strongly believe that the knowledge and skills I’ve learnt have made me more capable and confident to perform my role"- Jessica Fallico, Civil Engineering and Recent Graduate. Read more

Jessica Fallico, Civil Engineer
Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, online study may replace some or all of your on-campus classes. We'll be sure to keep you informed of any changes.
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 skilling 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.

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

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

The management of a modern railway is a complex challenging task because most modern railways are very large multi-faceted organisations with many stakeholders, not the least of which in Australia are state and federal governments, regulators, and of course customers.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The major causes of deterioration in railway tracks are the forces generated between the train and the tracks at the point where the train wheel rests on the rail. Knowing what generates those forces, how those forces can be manipulated,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

There are many types of defects which inevitably occur in railway track, and identifying and rectifying those defects is what maintenance is all about. The most critical defects occur within the steel rails and insufficient awareness of such defects has…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

Turnouts, switches and crossings allow a train to go from one track to another in the train’s path through the often multifaceted web of tracks in a modern railway system. Turnouts, therefore, are critically important and expensive items of infrastructure.…

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

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.


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.


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.


Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

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

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a 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.


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

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

1300 363 864
+61 3 6226 6200
Online enquiries

Next steps