Deakin on track to introduce rail-specific courses in 2024

December 5, 2023 BY

Director of Deakin's Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI), Professor Douglas Creighton with ARA CEO Caroline Wilkie. Photo: SUPPLIED

RAIL-SPECIFIC courses will be offered at Deakin University’s School of Engineering for the first time ever in 2024.

An agreement recently signed between Deakin University and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) will enable the co-development of rail-related courses in post-graduate and under-graduate engineering degrees.

The courses will help rectify the shortage of rail-based learning in current university engineering degrees and enable students to hit the ground running once they graduate.

The partnership will see the development of two micro credentials, with a focus on both civil and electrical mechanical systems.

Deakin University Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Professor Nick Birbilis said the announcement was a huge boost for local students.

“I am delighted that School of Engineering at Deakin University continues to innovate with education in areas of critical importance to Australia.”

ARA chief executive officer, Caroline Wilkie said the partnership marked a significant milestone in addressing “a current skills gap in rail.”

“The Australasian rail industry has invested heavily in the development of nationally recognised vocational education and training qualifications to support development of specialist rail trades and operational personnel that are essential to its activities.

“This will create a more sustainable workforce to enable a thriving industry in the future.”

The revised micro credentials are due to be ready by Trimester 1 (March), 2024.