Diploma of Military Technology (Vehicles & Mobility)


"Overall I am extremely satisfied and appreciative having completed this course. Thank you again for the opportunity to have completed this field of study that is otherwise very difficult to access, particularly online. You have clearly been tireless in your planning and ongoing commitment to the coursework that underpins your company’s online offerings" 

                                                                                              Diploma Graduate 2019 

About the Diploma

The Diploma in Military Technology(Vehicles & Mobility) provides students with a deep study into the engineering science and technology used in the design of military land vehicles. You will learn 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 months of either completing the Military Vehicle Technology & Mobility (Advanced) course or commencing the online course.

Once you have achieved all the Diploma requirements you will be awarded a Diploma in Military Technology (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 within 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.

Is the Diploma suitable for students with non-technical backgrounds?

Yes.  As part of the Diploma, you will have access to an online pre-course study program. This set of studies is designed to assist students refresh a range of essential mathematics, physics and engineering science topics that will be used during the Diploma program.  For students with a non-technical background, it is mandatory that you complete the pre-course studies before moving into the first study module.  Students with technical or engineering qualifications are likely to find the pre-course study a useful refresher course.
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 who 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 country. 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 

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

  • successful completion of an undergraduate engineering degree that is recognised by a professional engineering organisation that is authorised to accredit professional engineering qualifications.

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?

Pathway 1. Students have 12 months from the completion of the course lectures to complete all mandated assessment tasks. If you are attending a privately delivered ‘Sandwich’ course, then students must complete all assessment task in 14 weeks.

Pathway 2. Students undertaking the online diploma have 12 months from the date they 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-course Exam (2 Hours)
  4 questions
Final Exam (2 Hours) 
  4 questions
Tuition Fees

Pathway 1 - 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, quizzes, e-copy of course folder and online access to the course instructor.  Sitting of exams occurs at a local exam centre in your designated country.

Pathway 2 - 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.

You can withdraw from the course within the first 10 days after being granted access to the e-Learning Portal provided you have formally advised Eggler in writing within this timeframe. If you choose to do this, you will be refunded 70% of the Diploma tuition fee. No refunds are available if you choose to withdraw later in the course and after this cut-off date.


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 separately 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 enrollment, 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 

Module 1 – Introduction & Historical Overview

Historical overview of military vehicle development | The operational environment | Cardinal design requirements | Obstacles | Vehicle geometry | Coordinate reference system | Mass model | Constraints on mobility | Vehicle types

Module 2 – Fighting Vehicle Design

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

Module 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 

Module 4 – Amphibious Vehicle Design

Introduction | Shallow fording | Deep fording | Snorkeling | Swimming | Buoyancy and stability | Types of stability | Design issues and trade-offs

Module 5 – Engine Technology

Introduction | Key requirements in engine design | Engine configurations | Key performance parameters | Fuels | Spark ignition engines | Military diesel engines | Euro 4 & 5 issues | Military power packs | Boosting performance | Ground gas turbines | Future developments

Module 6 – Transmissions and Driveline Technology

Introduction | Key requirements in transmission design | Transmission sub-system | Engine-transmission matching | Torque convertors | Layshaft gearboxes | Epicyclic gearboxes | Differentials | Propshafts | Universal joints | Future developments

Module 7 – Automotive Performance 

Introduction | Rolling resistance | Aerodynamic resistance | Gradient resistance | Road Load | Normal force & adhesion force | Tractive effort curves | Constant power concept | Gearing requirements | Road speed & road power | Modelling automotive performance | Tutorial

Module 8 – Running Gear & Tracked Vehicle Steering

Introduction | Road wheels | Single pin track | Double pin track | Rubber band tracks | 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

Module 9 – Tyre Technology

Introduction | Types of tyres | Tyre manufacturing | Radial tyres | Bias ply tyres | Run-flat tyres| Central Tyre Inflation Systems | Tyre characteristics | Slip angles | Cornering and camber forces | Self-aligning torque | Longitudinal stiffness | Advanced issues | Future developments

Module 10 – Vehicle Handling

Introduction | 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

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

Introduction | 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

Module 12 – Terramechanics and Mobility

Introduction | 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

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).