This qualification is suited to an advanced technician (technical officer), team leader or supervisor who requires a wider range of telecommunication skills.
You will learn to install and maintain:
- enterprise networks in emerging and converging technologies
- optical and wireless equipment for high-speed broadband network infrastructure
- internet protocol (IP) based network telecommunications equipment
- IP based networks in home networks and small and medium enterprises
- telecommunications, data cabling and cabling products in line with the specifications of the access network owner
- telecommunications access network cabling and infrastructure, systems and customer equipment.
The qualification also enables technicians to assess installation requirements of converging voice, video and data IP networks, plan and perform installations and test installed equipment and fault find. It may also involve a degree of autonomy and may include limited supervision of others.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will gain real-world telecommunications industry experience in this program with visits to industry sites.
The program emphasises all aspects of local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), and focuses on solving complex copper and fibre network faults. It comprises eight core and eight specialist units in the major study areas.
Specialised study areas include:
- advanced network switching
- advanced optical test equipment
- customer needs and premises equipment
- cable bearers
- electrical skills
- environmental policy and procedures
- hand and power tools
- internet protocol devices
- network faults and infrastructure
- team management
- work health and safety
- effective work and documentation
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Program code: C4387
National curriculum code: ICT41215
Graduates become technical officers or technicians specialising in the telecommunications industry.
As a telecommunications technician, you'll likely work in the operations departments of a telecommunications carrier.
The growing use of telecommunications infrastructure in large business enterprises means there's increasing work available in providing system administration and support interconnecting with public telecommunications infrastructure.
Technicians are sometimes required to maintain complex telecommunications equipment, systems and facilities at a station doing maintenance, testing, alignment, modification and operation of electronic equipment.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants may submit additional information if they would like it to be considered.
- For semester 1 intake, this can be completed through the VTAC Personal Statement online.
- For semester 2 intake, this can be completed through the personal statement in the Apply Direct application.
SEAS Form: This is a gender under-represented program and awards SEAS bonus points to female applicants. To be eligible you must submit a VTAC SEAS application and select category 1.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$800* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$4,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$10,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.