DurationFull-time 1 year
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
Surveying rely on the collection, management and presentation of information that relates to mapping and GIS.
In this program, you'll extend your knowledge with increased practice and engagement with digital technologies and surveying tools that map and display information from multiple databases.
These skills are integral to:
- local, state and national land management programs
- building and construction projects
- environmental studies
- navigational systems
- emergency situations monitoring.
You will learn to conduct advanced Global Navigation Satellite System data collection and set-out surveys, create engineering drawings, and perform advanced computations.
There is a focus on geodetic surveying, including how to perform geodetic computations. You will also learn how to undertake site surveys and set-out procedures for building projects, and develop a subdivision survey design for local government approval.
You will become more experienced with data and be able to manipulate and analyse geographic information system data and use complex spreadsheets.
We offer industry exposure through regular seminars with guest speakers, and opportunities to take part in simulated spatial science and survey activities at our Yarra Bend field station.
You’ll experience lectures, tutorials, practical/laboratory exercises, work-simulated projects, competency-based assessments, online and offline learning and balanced hands-on practice.
As part of your assessment, you will conduct an engineering surveying project in a work-integrated learning (WIL) environment.
You'll learn how to:
- plan spatial data collection
- conduct GNSS surveys
- conduct engineering surveys
- perform advanced surveying computations
- perform geodetic surveying computations
- conduct geodetic surveys
- design basic engineering structures
- produce maps for land management purposes
- develop subdivision survey designs for local government approval
- implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
- prepare and present GIS data
- plan and implement spatial projects
- develop spreadsheets for spatial data
- coordinate GIS data manipulation and analysis
- undertake site surveys and set-out procedures for building projects
- undertake project work
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Program code: C5368
National curriculum code: CPP50116
With several industries dependent on surveyors, the long-term career opportunities for surveyors are very encouraging.
You may find work in the industry as a:
- survey technician
- assistant to land surveyors
- GIS/GPS operator
- computer draftsperson.
Work is available in areas including:
- land management
- civil and structural engineering
- asset management for local government or mining companies.
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: AU$9,250* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$18,000* 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.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
Vet Student Loan cap
If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.
It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date.
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.