Deakin University's Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) will provide some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in the Australian university sector and offer the most advanced engineering and design training capabilities in regional Australia.

CADET building

Imagineer the ultimate solution

CADET houses virtual and real prototyping facilities, allowing creative design solutions to be developed almost seamlessly from imagination to concept and manufacture in a single journey. Be it new wind turbines, medical devices, sustainable infrastructure, fuel efficient vehicles or robotics aids, CADET provides the key elements to 'imagineer' the ultimate solution.

Inspiring discovery

CADET offers programs from primary school through to PhD level, and encourage students to gain a new insight into the world of engineering and design. Through CADET, we link secondary, VET and tertiary education to demonstrate the opportunities that are possible design, engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship whilst building aspirations for a career in the industry.

Access to high-end equipment

CADET represents the pinnacle of engineering education in Australia and provides students with access to the kind of high-end equipment that is envied by many. Focused on digital manufacturing, rapid prototyping, 3D modelling and visualisation technologies students, researchers and industry will be able to experience and master the tools and techniques that will take leading Australian industries beyond the 21st century.

State-of-the-art facilities

  • Additive manufacturing technologies
  • 3D printers
  • CNC machining centres
  • Cutting and forming technologies
  • Virtual reality lab
  • Analytical and testing technologies
  • Chemical, corrosives and material lab
  • Scanning technologies
  • High voltage lab
  • Renewal and electrical energy lab
  • Design and realisation studios

Design based learning

Recognising that design is a primary function of the engineering profession, CADET emphasises the importance of design, rapid prototyping and modelling in engineering practice. CADET opens the possibilities of design in engineering through project-oriented design based learning (PODBL) supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide the '21st century' reality of engineering.

Collaboration is key

Interaction with industry is at the heart of CADET and is embedded throughout our engineering and design degrees - from the selection of industry-based projects to assist with the design-based learning approach, through to the stimulation of longer-term research activities. Industry collaboration also takes shape in the form of guest lectures, work-integrated learning opportunities and input into the teaching curriculum to ensure students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies that are highly sought-after by employers.

Industry-linked projects

Industry-linked projects that challenge and encourage student-led learning are a key feature of our engineering and design degrees. Made possible through CADET, these projects enable you to think critically and analytically, demonstrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in fundamental units, manage yourself and others in a team environment, collaborate with peers and communicate effectively with industry professionals.

CADET is a partnership between Deakin University and the Australian Government.

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