Hydraulic Engineering

Individuals considering a career in Hydraulic Engineering are encouraged to undertake a Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design conducted by an accredited training institution.

Click here to view course information on the Australian Government MySkills website.

Contact TAFE NSW directly for specific information relating to course availability, start dates, cost, locations and enrollment.


Update August 2019

Diploma of Hydraulic Services – National Update

For the past 3 years, The HCAA Education Sub-Committee has been working with TAFE NSW and liaising with two other national Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) to try and secure the delivery of the Diploma in Hydraulic Services Design.

Industry change often takes place slowly and we would like to share the status of our current RTO negotiations and liaisons for the benefit of future students:

  • TAFE New South Wales (NSW)Are working with HCAA to get the Diploma running in 2020, but have suspended delivery in 2018/2019.
  • TAFE Queensland (QLD)As of July 2019, TAFE QLD have advised they will not offer the Diploma to new enrolments in 2020, but will continue to “teach out” the course to remaining students. This may be subject to change.
  • AGB Group Pty Ltdhave advised they will not offer the Diploma in 2020.

    A full summary of the progress to date is available on the HCAA forum.

TAFE New South Wales (NSW)

TAFE (NSW) have had to suspend the delivery of the Diploma in 2018/2019. However, the HCAA and TAFE (NSW) have been working to get the Diploma running in 2020. A summary of the progress to date is as follows:

·         We have secured funding to develop updated Course resources. This will include the development of assessments and course notes for each Unit in the course. These resources will be provided to teachers who are involved in delivering the course.

·         We have obtained the permission to use 3 x development sites that were drawn and documented for the National Plumbing and Services Training Advisory Group (NPSTAG) in 2010. The development sites are the base design that can be used for assessment services design and include the following sites:

o    Mixed Use Development – Residential, Commercial, Retail and Basements.

o    A large school that is intended for Gas Design.

o    A Warehouse (Large Isolated Building) for Fire Sprinkler and Fire Hydrant design.

·         We have at 3 Industry Professionals who have committed to help write the new course resources. Work on this will be commencing in August 2019.

·         At this stage, the intent is that the Diploma will be offered in Sydney via traditional “face-to-face” delivery. We have discussed options of online delivery with TAFE (NSW). This may be offered in the future, but will need to be developed with TAFE (NSW) and will require further funding.

·         TAFE (NSW) have also been working with HCAA to get more of our Industry Professionals qualified with a Training And Education (TAE) training package. It is a requirement that anyone who is teaching at TAFE (NSW) is required to have this TAE Certificate IV to ensure they are aware on how to “teach” This provide the individual with the understanding on how to convey their knowledge to others in the classroom. We currently have a number of Consultants who have committed to doing the TAE and aim to have them completed by the end of 2019. This will provide a better pool of people to draw from for delivery of the Diploma.

We will continue to work on this and aim to get the Diploma running again in 2020. Please contact me if you have any questions.

TAFE Queensland (QLD)

We have also had written advice from the Hydraulic Industry in QLD that TAFE (QLD) will be “teaching out” the Diploma in 2020. That is, they will not be taking any new enrolments, but will continue to run the course for all students enrolled until they are finished obtaining their qualification. We note that Hydraulic industry professionals in QLD  are now working with TAFE (QLD) with an intent to get the course running again in the future. We wish them all the best with their endeavours and are happy to assist in any way we can.

AGB Group Pty Ltd (VIC)

Lastly, we have had a phone discussion with AGB Group and have been advised they will not be running the Diploma in 2020 and are looking to remove themselves from the approved RTO list for the course.

Artibus - Review of National Diploma

Artibus is continuing their review of the Diploma. A DRAFT of the updated Diploma has been issued for review and public comment. The HCAA have provided further feedback and suggestions to Artibus. It appears that Artibus have taken on the comments from the industry to abbreviate the course slightly.

·         The previous Course, Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design (CPC50612) required the student to complete 31 core units and 3 elective units for a total of 34 units.

·         The DRAFT Course, Diploma of Hydraulic Services Design (CPC5XX19) requires the student to complete 14 core units and 4 elective units for a total of 18 units.

Amendment to Units

Below is a list of Units that were included in the CPC50612 course with a comment on how they have been affected in the latest review by Artibus.

Code & Title

Type

Comment

BSBITU201A- Produce simple word processed documents

Core

Removed

BSBITU202A- Create and use spreadsheets

Core

Now an Elective

BSBITU301A- Create and use databases

Core

Removed

BSBWRT401A- Write complex documents

Core

Now an Elective

CPCCBC4012B- Read and interpret plans and specifications

Core

Removed – included in the Certificate IV Plumbing and Services

CPCCBC4034A- Apply codes and standards to building trade and services contracting

Core

Removed – similar Unit included in the Certificate IV Plumbing and Services (Apply building code and regulatory requirements to planned work activities)

CPCPCM4013A- Produce 2-D architectural drawings using CAD software

Core

Now an Elective

CPCPCM4014A- Prepare simple sketches and drawings

Core

Now an Elective

CPCPCM5010A- Design complex sanitary plumbing and drainage systems

Core

Retained

CPCPCM5011A- Design complex cold water systems

Core

Retained

CPCPCM5012A- Design complex stormwater and roof drainage systems

Core

Retained

CPCPCM5013A- Design complex (non-solar) heated water systems

Core

Retained

CPCPCM5014A- Design sewer infrastructure systems

Elective

Retained

CPCPDR4011B- Design and size sanitary drainage systems

Core

Removed – included in the Certificate IV Plumbing and Services

CPCPDR4012B- Design and size stormwater drainage systems

Core

Removed – included in the Certificate IV Plumbing and Services

CPCPDR4013B- Design and size domestic treatment plant disposal systems

Core

Removed – included in the Certificate IV Plumbing and Services as an Elective

CPCPFS4024A- Design residential and domestic fire sprinkler systems

Core

Now an Elective

CPCPFS5011A- Design fire sprinkler systems

Elective

Retained

CPCPGS4011C- Design and size consumer gas installations

Core

Removed – included in the Certificate IV Plumbing and Services

CPCPMS5010A- Design steam generation and distribution systems

Elective

Retained

CPCPMS5011A- Design air conditioning and ventilation systems

Elective

Retained

CPCPMS5012A- Design sound attenuated hydraulic services

Elective

Retained

CPCPMS5013A- Design hydronic heating and cooling systems

Elective

Retained

CPCPPS5000B- Design gas bulk storage systems

Core

Now an Elective

CPCPPS5001B- Design industrial gas systems

Core

Now an Elective

CPCPPS5002B- Design gas reticulation systems

Core

Retained

CPCPPS5014A- Locate and maintain piping systems

Elective

Retained

CPCPPS5015B- Inspect plumbing and drainage systems

Elective

Retained

CPCPPS5023A- Design solar water heating systems

Core

Retained

CPCPPS5024A- Conduct a water audit and identify water-saving initiatives

Core

Retained

CPCPPS5025A- Design grey water re-use systems

Core

Retained

CPCPPS5026A- Design rainwater collection, storage, distribution and re-use systems

Core

Retained

CPCPPS5027A- Design irrigation systems

Elective

Retained

CPCPPS5028A- Design trade waste pre-treatment systems

Core

Retained

CPCPPS5030A- Design pump systems

Core

Retained

CPCPPS5032A- Design syphonic stormwater drainage systems

Core

Retained

CPCPPS5033A- Design vacuum sewerage systems

Elective

Retained

CPCPSN4011B- Design and size sanitary plumbing systems

Core

Removed – included in the Certificate IV Plumbing and Services

CPCPWT4011B- Design and size heated and cold water services and systems

Core

Removed – included in the Certificate IV Plumbing and Services

CPCSFS5001A- Define scope and hazard level of fire systems design projects

Core

Retained

CPCSFS5007A- Create detailed designs for hydrant and hose reel systems

Core

Retained

CPCSUS5001A- Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability

Elective

Retained


Additional Education Resources

Continuing Education

There are many industry-related courses that can help you become a hydraulic engineer, or further develop your consulting skills. By continuing your education you will be adding to your skills set, thereby increasing your value as a consultant and your ability to increase your income.

Many of the educational programs you undertake will be eligible to have CPD points awarded upon successful completion. Please check with our CPD Officer prior to undertaking any continual education program.


Below are links to some relevant educational programs. The list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome any suggestions for listing additional programs:

DRAINS Software Courses

http://www.watercom.com.au/

HYENA Software Courses

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~acadsbsg/