Diploma in Military Vehicle Technology



About the Diploma

The Diploma in Military Vehicle Technology provides students with a deep study into the engineering science and technology used in the design of military land vehicles. You will learning the engineering and design fundamentals of modern military vehicle design including the performance trade-offs associated with the selection of different technologies. This exciting new course of study will expose you to a range of topics including combat and logistic vehicle design principles and requirements, automotive performance, vehicle dynamics, amphibious vehicle design and vehicle mobility.

This excellent qualification is the only diploma of its type in the world and offers students a unique learning opportunity and pathway to new knowledge and skills.

Your learning pathways to being awarded the Diploma are by either:

  • Pathway 1. Attending a public or in-house Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) professional development course and then completing in your own time the mandated Diploma readings and assessment tasks, or
  • Pathway 2. By completing the online diploma course.

Students must complete all the mandated diploma required reading, course assessments and exams within 12 month of either completing the Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) course or commencing the online course.

Once you have acheived all the Diploma requirements you will be awarded a Diploma in Military Technology (Military Vehicles & Mobility).  The qualification is awarded on a non-accredited basis.

Who should do the Diploma?
The diploma course is specifically designed to meet the knowledge and skill needs of technology professionals working government and industry.  Candidates for the diploma are likely to be working in capability development, engineering, project management, procurement, ILS and through-life support roles.
What are the Learning Outcomes?

Outcome 1:    Describe the key aspects of automotive design principles and concepts used in the design of military vehicles.

Outcome 2:   Use applied engineering mathematics to solve a range of fundamental automotive performance, ride and vibration, vehicle handling and vehicle mobility problems.

Outcome 3:  Understand the engineering concepts and trade-offs used in the design of fighting and logistic vehicles and their sub-systems. 

Outcome 4: Understand the key sub-systems and components used in the design of military vehicles and how these affect performance outcomes.

Outcome 5: Understand how the design of military vehicle sub-systems affect the overall achieved mobility of track and wheeled vehicles. 

What are the Learning Pathways?

The two learning pathways to achieve a Diploma of Military Vehicle Technology include: 

  • Pathway 1. Students enter this learning pathway must attend a 40 hour public or in-house Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) course and then complete  the prescribed readings, submit all mandated assessments tasks and sit mid-course and final examinations.

  • Pathway 2. Students enrolled in the online diploma course complete the prescribed readings, submit all mandated assessments tasks and sit mid-course and final examinations.

Examinations are undertaken in invigilation centres located in your counrty. If you are a student located outside Australia, please contact us to discuss exam options.

What are the Diploma Entry Requirements?

The prerequisite education requirements for the diploma course include:

  • successful completion of Year 12 high school with studies in English (essential), mathematics (essential), physics (desirable) and engineering science (desirable); or 

  • successfully completion of vocational trade in auto mechanical, engineering or similar studies; or 

  • successful completion of an undergraduate engineering degree that is recognised by Engineers Australia or equivalent organisation.

You will need to submit evidence that you comply with the Diploma entry requirements before being admitted into the study program. If you are unsure of whether you meet the entry requirements for the diploma course, please contact us. 

How long do you have to complete the Diploma?

Students have 12 months from the completion of the course lectures to complete all the mandated assessment task. If you are undertaking the online diploma, then you have 12 months from the date you are granted access to the e-Learning portal to complete all mandated assessment tasks.  Extensions to complete the Diploma will not be granted beyond the stipulated 12 months completion period.

Course Study Modules



Students are required to complete all mandated assessment tasks in order to be granted the diploma qualification. The weighting of the various assessment tasks is shown in the table below. The pass mark for each assessment task is 50%.

All assessment tasks are required to be emailed to the course instructor. 

Weight of Total Mark
Tutorial Tasks
  5 x tutorials
Technical Report
  2000 words max limit
Mid-Semester Exam (2 Hours)
  4 questions
Final Exam (2 Hours) 
  4 questions
Tuition Fees

Pathway 1 - Public/In-house Course. The tuition fee for the residential-style diploma is available in the pricing table here. This fee includes attendance at a public Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) course, course folder, course required textbook and readings, access to online reading materials, sitting of exams at a local exam centre in your country and online access to the course instructor.

Pathway 2 - Online CourseThe tuition fee for the online diploma is available in the pricing table here. This fee provides you with full access to Eggler's e-Learning portal which includes all the requisite course presentations, tutorials, videos, readings, quizes and online access to the course instructor.  Sitting of exams occurs at a local exam centre in your designated country. 


The required textbooks to support student studies during the diploma course are “Theory of Ground Vehicles," 4th Edition, by J.Y Wong, 2009 and "Terramechanics and Off-Road Vehicle Engineering", 2nd Edition, by J.Y Wong, 2010.  A range of other reading materials will be made available via the student learning portal. 

Students receive a copy of the text book "Theory of Ground Vehicles", 4th Edition as part of attending a public Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) course.  Students need to separately purchase a copy of the textbook 'Terramechanics and Off-Road Vehicle Engineering' as this is not included in the public course fee.  Students studying the online Diploma need to sepately purchase the two mandated text books "Theory of Ground Vehicles" and "Terramechanics and Off-Road Vehicle Engineering". 

Online Study Materials

Students will be provided with online access to a broad range of relevant, supplementary reading material and references to support learning during the diploma course. These supplementary learning materials are contained in the student e-Leaning Portal.  For residential students, access will be provided to the e-Learning portal following enrolment, payment of the course fee and completion of public/in-house course.  Students studying the online Diploma will receive immediate access to the e-Learning Portal following payment of the tuition fee.

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of others and presenting them as your own. Plagiarism is a type of intellectual theft. It can take many forms, from deliberate cheating to accidentally copying from a source without acknowledgement. All students enrolling in the diploma course are required to sign an ‘Academic Code of Conduct’ and agree not to engage in plagiarism, act dishonestly or unethically during the completion of assessment tasks. 

Diploma Course Outline

Session 1 – Introduction & Historical Overview

Historical overview of military vehicle development | The operational environment | Cardinal design requirements | Obstacles | Vehicle geometry | Mass model | Key components | Constraints on mobility 

Session 2 – Fighting Vehicle Design

The operational environment | Cardinal design requirements | Design spiral | Design balance | Critical dimensions | Weight and volume considerations | Configurations | Survivability | Availability | NBC Systems

Session 3 – Logistic Vehicle Design

Historical overview | Design requirements | Cab designs | Chassis designs | Load sharing suspensions | Towing issues | Trailer issues | Tray design | ILHS design | Flatracks | Tractor design | Recovery vehicle design 

Session 4 – Automotive Performance 

Power requirements | Constant power concept | Gradient resistance | Aerodynamic resistance | Rolling resistance | Calculating road load | Tractive effort curves | Design tradeoffs for military vehicles | Tutorial

Session 5 – Engine Technology

Key performance parameters | Fuels | Spark ignition engines | Military diesel engines | Military power packs | Boosting performance | Ground gas turbines | Engine-transmission matching | Layshaft & Epicyclic gearboxes | Differentials | Propshafts | Universal joints

Session 6 – Transmissions and Driveline Technology

Key requirements in transmission design | Transmission sub-system | Engine-transmission matching | Layshaft gearboxes | Epicyclic gearboxes | Differentials | Propshafts | Universal joints

Session 7 – Running Gear & Tracked Vehicle Steering

Key concepts | Road wheels | Single pin track | Double pin track | Design issues | Track life | Concepts of skid steering | Friction & moment analysis | Operating conditions | Limits of performance| Slip and non-slip conditions | Skid steering transmissions designs | Tutorial 

Session 8 – Tyre Technology 

Types of tyres | Tyre manufacturing | Radial tyres | Bias ply tyres | Tyre characteristics | Cornering and camber forces | Self-aligning torque | Longitudinal stiffness | Runflats | Central Tyre Inflation Systems 

Session 9 – Vehicle Handling 

Wheeled vehicle steering systems | Key concepts in vehicle handling | Ackermann steer | Roles of tyres in handling | Oversteer | Understeer | Neutral Steer | Gradient and wind effects | Critical speed | Tutorial

Session 10 – Amphibious Vehicle Design

Key concepts | Shallow fording | Deep fording | Snorkeling | Swimming | Buoyancy and stability | Types of stability | Design issues 

Session 11 – Suspensions, Ride, & Human Response to Vibration

Key concepts | Suspensions systems | Springs and dampers | Undamped natural frequency | Sprung and unsprung mass effects | Resonance | Wheel hop | Pitching effects | Design for ride quality or handling performance | Average absorbed power | Human response to vibration | Tutorial

Session 12 – Terramechanics and Mobility

Vehicle Mobility | Mobility Classifications | Soil properties | Vehicle Cone Index and Rated Cone Index | Nominal Ground Pressure | Mean Maximum Ground Pressure |Traction Models | Parametric Methods | Numerics | NATO Reference Mobility Model | Tyres vs Tracks | Tutorial

Course Instructor - Mark Eggler, BE (Hons), MSc, CPEng 

Mark has over 25 years' experience as a senior project manager and professional engineer working on military and special purpose vehicle projects. He has worked for the Australian Department of Defence and private sector organisations on large military vehicle acquisition programs. He now teaches military vehicle design to governments and OEMs around the world. Mark is a visiting fellow at University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy).