Diploma in Military Vehicle Technology

About the Diploma

The Diploma in Military Vehicle Technology provides a thorough introduction to the principles of military land vehicle mobility, focusing on the engineering science, technology and trade-offs underpinning the design of modern combat and logistic vehicles. Students are exposed to a range of topics including combat and logistic vehicle design principles and requirements, automotive performance, vehicle dynamics, amphibious vehicle design and vehicle mobility.

Eggler offers the diploma as an extension to those students that complete either an in-house or public Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) professional development course.  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.

Students who successfully complete the 40 hours of public course lectures and the mandated additional course work will be awarded a Diploma in Military Technology (Military Vehicles & Mobility).  The qualification is awarded on a non-accredited basis.

Students must complete the required reading, course assessments and exams within 12 month of completing the Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) course.

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.
Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for the diploma is AUD $5,500. This fee includes attendance at a public Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) course, course folder, course required textbooks and readings, access to online reading materials, sitting of exams at a local exam centre and online access to the course instructor.

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.

If you are unsure of whether you meet the entry requirements for the diploma course, please contact us. 

What are the Learning Outcomes?

Outcome 1:    Describe the key aspects of automotive design that are used in the design of military vehicles.

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

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

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

Outcome 5: Understand how the design of automotive sub-systems affects overall achieved vehicle mobility.

What is the Delivery Format?

Students attend a public or in-house Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) course and complete the 40 hours of lectures and course tutorials. 

  • Part 1. Students attend a public or in-house Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) course and complete the 40 hours of lectures and course tutorials.
  • Part 2. Students enrolled in the diploma course are then required to complete the prescribed readings, submit all mandated assessments tasks and sit mid-course and final examinations.

Examinations are undertaken in invigilation centres located in either Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Canberra. If you are a student located outside Australia, please call to discuss exam options.

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. 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. 

Assessment Weight of Total Mark Comments

Tutorial Tasks


5 x tutorials

Technical Report


2000 words max limit

Mid-Semester Exam (2 Hours)


4 questions

Final Exam (2 Hours)


4 questions


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 by P.J Wong as part of the diploma fee.  Students need to separately purchase a copy of the textbook “Terramechanics and Off-Road Vehicle Engineering” as this is not included in the course fee.  
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 Leaning Portal.  Access to the Learning Portal will be provided following enrolment, payment of the course fee and completion of Part 1 of the Diploma.

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 | 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 UNSW@ADFA.