Payment is not required until 2 to 4 weeks before the start of the program.
Gain strong underpinning knowledge and expertise in Industrial Automation covering a wide range of skills ranging from instrumentation, automation and process control, industrial data communications, process plant layout, project and financial management, and chemical engineering with a strong practical focus. Industrial Automation is an extremely fast moving area especially compared to the more traditional areas such as electrical and mechanical engineering. The field is diverse and dynamic and offers the opportunity for a well paid and enjoyable career. The aim of the course is to empower you with practical knowledge that will improve your productivity in the area and make you stand out as a leader in industrial automation among your peers.
The EIT Advanced Diploma of of Industrial Automation is recognized worldwide and has been endorsed by the International Society of Automation (ISA). Please ask us about specific information on accreditation for your location.
The Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation qualification is recognized by Engineers Australia and (through the Dublin Accord) by leading professional associations and societies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States. The Dublin Accord is an agreement for the international recognition of Engineering Technician qualifications.
For example, current enrolled students can apply for free student membership of Engineers Australia. After graduation, you can apply for membership to become an Engineering Associate, while graduates interested in UK recognition can apply for membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as a Technician Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
This professional recognition greatly improves the global mobility of graduates, and offers you the opportunity of a truly international career.
You will be qualified to find employment as an Engineering Associate in public and private industry including transportation, manufacturing, process, construction, resource, energy and utilities industries. Engineering Associates often work in support of professional engineers or engineering technologists in a team environment. If you prefer to work in the field you may choose to find employment as a site supervisor, senior technician, engineering assistant, or similar.
For more information about accreditation, please review the program brochure and visit this webpage.
The program is composed of 72 topics within 21 modules which run through seven (7) threads to provide you with maximum practical coverage in the field of industrial automation:
Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control
Industrial Data Communications and Networking
The modules are completed in the following order:
Practical Instrumentation for Automation and Process Control
Practical Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering (for Non- Chemical Engineers)
Control Valve Sizing, Selection and Maintenance
Fundamentals of Process Plant Layout and Piping Design
Practical Process Control for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Tuning of Industrial Control Loops for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
Practical Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for Automation and Process Control
Best Practice in Industrial Data Communications
Practical Advanced Process Control for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Boiler Control and Instrumentation for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Hazardous Areas for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Safety Instrumentation and Emergency Shutdown Systems for Process Industries Using IEC 6155 and IEC 61508
Practical HAZOPS (Hazard and Operability Studies) for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Shielding, EMC/EMI, Noise Reduction, Earthing and Circuit Board Layout of Electronic Systems
Practical Wireless Ethernet and TCP/ IP Networking
Practical Radio Telemetry Systems for Industry
Practical SCADA Systems for Industry
Motor Protection, Control and Maintenance Technologies
Practical Power Distribution for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Project Management for Electrical, Instrumentation and Mechanical Engineers and Technicians
Anyone who wants to gain solid knowledge of the key elements of industrial automation to improve their work skills and to further their job prospects:
Electrical Engineers and Electricians
Maintenance Engineers and Supervisors
Energy Management Consultants
Automation and Process Engineers
Instrument Fitters and Instrumentation Engineers
Chemical and Mechanical Engineers
Instrument and Process Control Technicians
Even those who are highly experienced in industrial automation may find it useful to attend some of the topics to gain know-how in a very concentrated but practical format.
**A note regarding recognition of this qualification and accredited course in the Australian education system: Accredited courses in Australia need to be re-accredited every 3 years. An application for this program to be re-accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is currently underway and is to be submitted to the Training Accreditation Council WA (TACWA). On the date when the program information shown here was published an application to TACWA for re-accreditation was pending, therefore the course commencement date is provisional and is dependent upon formal approval. Once re-accredited, the EIT plans to deliver this program to students worldwide.
You can view the course structure by clicking on the 'Program Details' tab above.
Note: Course content is subject to change.
The program features real-world applications and uses a multi-pronged approach involving interactive on-line webinars, simulation software and self-study assignments with a mentor on call. The course consists of 72 topics delivered over a period of 18 months. Presentations and group discussions will be conducted using a live, interactive software system. For each topic you will have an initial reading assignment (which will be delivered to you in electronic format in advance of the online presentations). There will be coursework or problems to be submitted and in some cases there will be practical exercises, using simulation software and remote labs that you can easily do from your home or office. You will have ongoing support from the instructors via phone, fax and e-mail.
The webinar schedule is not put together until after registrations close. The reason for this is that the program is promoted globally and we often have participants from several time zones. When you enrol you will receive a questionnaire which will help us determine your availability. When all questionnaires are returned we create a schedule which will seek to meet everyone’s requirements. Each webinar normally runs 2 (or 3) times during each presentation day and we do our best to ensure that at least one session falls into your requested time frames. This is not always possible, however, due to the range of locations of both presenters and students. If you are unable to attend the webinars scheduled, we do have some options available. Contact EIT for more details.
As part of a groundbreaking way of teaching, we use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during the course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log and proceed through the various practical sessions. These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures. The labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid exposure to the key principles covered in the course and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from the course to succeed in your future career in Industrial Automation.
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The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides distance education to students located almost anywhere in the world – it is one of the very few truly global training institutes. Course fees are paid in a currency that is determined by the student’s location. A full list of fees in a currency appropriate for every country would be complex to navigate and, with today’s exchange rate fluctuations, difficult to maintain. Instead we aim to give you a rapid response regarding fees that is customised to your individual circumstances.
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This option allows for even monthly payments. The first payment is required at least four weeks before the course starts, then one on the same date every month for the remaining period. For the duration of the program, you receive access to the complete electronic library of technical manuals published by IDC Technologies which contains over 160 manuals with more than 40,000 pages of useful content.
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Reviews & Frequently Asked Questions
Reflections and Review
We recently interviewed Osemudiamen (Ose) Usifoh, a graduate from EIT’s inaugural course – the Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation (DIA01). We were pleasantry surprised to find Ose’s story positive, despite the inevitably unpredictable nature of firsts. As with many of our students, Ose was looking for a course which would provide him with specific skills and professional development in a particular area of engineering – he found what he was looking for through studying with EIT. Read Ose’s story here.
International Engineering and thestudy Challenge
Allen Doyle, pictured here, overcame the challenges of working on various assignments across the world to complete the Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation. Read Allen Doyle's story here.
Studying Engineering at (Very) Long Distance
Steve Szekely, pictured below, was based at the Australian Antarctic Division station on Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean. The base is a sub-Antarctic settlement of between 15 and 40 people located at the northern tip of the 34km by 5km island. We were curious about Steve’s day-to-day life and work at the station and about how he managed his Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation study obligations. Read Steve Szekely's story here.
"The course structure and the its relevance to my career line [was what I liked the most about this course]". M. Lucas (Botswana)
"I liked most of the practicals as it made me use different software that I had no knowledge of before." P. Santos (Thailand)
"It [the course] was very informative, provided me with skills essential for the industry." L. Mofubatha (South Africa)
"The overall learning experience [was what I liked most about this course]" T. Campbell (Canada)
"I love the interactive classes between the students and the lecturers." K. Mamah (Nigeria)
"The fact that if one does not understand, you can watch the lecture again. The assessments were also great because they push one to study as they practically covered the whole material." P. Mutumwa (South Africa)
"My knowledge has increased tremendously" C. Muller (South Africa)
"Highly qualified teachers with industrial experience, not professional teachers with no practical experience." B. Fletham (Australia)
Read more on what some of our graduating students from the Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation have to say about the program and their experiences studying with EIT here.
EIT now has several education pathways available to you, allowing you more flexibility and choice.
Completing an EIT Advanced diploma provides a convenient exit point which ensures that you still receive a qualification should you need withdraw from your studies early. If you successfully complete an EIT Advanced Diploma and choose to continue your studies, you will be eligible to receive credit for a significant proportion of an EIT bachelor degree, fast-tracking your studies.
Alternatively, if you have completed a prior qualification from another institution, you may still be eligible to apply for credit. If successful, you may choose to progress through a Bachelor degree, with part-time or full-time, completing the required units as they are scheduled.
If you are not eligible to apply for credit, you can enter directly into our Bachelor program, and select either a full-time or part-time intensive study load depending on your personal circumstances.
You are now able to progress smoothly through to a Master qualification, with our unique, practical delivery model. In some cases you are able to select between our interactive online approach or classroom based learning (or a combination of both); however this is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.
The diagram included below aims to help you understand how you can seamlessly progress your engineering career with EIT in a successful way. The options include: part-time and full-time study mode; pathways with and without credit; and suitable "exit" or "rest" points that allow you to earn accredited and valuable qualifications while you continue to work. You can also view the Online Routes to Engineering Career Success diagram by clicking here.
In order to meet the exacting demands of the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and downstream processing industries, modern plants are equipped with systems and devices which are needed to measure and regulate variables such as temperature, pressure, flow, humidity, liquid level, velocity and density. Industrial Automation provides the technology to control and monitor a process plant using such concepts as feedback, cascade, feedforward and advanced process control. Here at the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), we have developed industry-focused programs in the form of vocational diplomas, advanced diplomas and graduate certificates, all the way up to Masters level in the higher education sector.
There is a critical shortage of automation, instrumentation and control engineers, technicians and technologists around the world now due to the retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new technologies and industries. The respected International Society of Automation (ISA) organization estimated that at least 15,000 new automation engineers are needed annually in the USA alone.
In keeping with the philosophy of EIT, students in this school are exposed to the practical, up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills demanded by leading industries worldwide, with online instrumentation courses. EIT does not just cater to a generic student body, instead all of our online instrumentation courses are specific to industry. The programs cover a large range of topics and are suited to anyone needing an intensive and practical look at all facets of industrial automation, instrumentation and process control.
The short courses that form part of EIT's professional development series are designed to provide students with critical knowledge and practical tools that can be immediately applied to the workplace. They are ideal to up-skill and/or cross-skill in a particular area or technology and are not accredited programs.
Students in EIT's School of Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control study subjects which include: process control, instrumentation, control valves, process plant layout and piping design, tuning of process loops, SCADA, PLCs, advanced process control (APC), boiler control, hazardous areas, safety instrumentation (IEC 61511 and IEC 61508), HAZOPs, industrial data communications, networking, deviceNet and Fieldbus, industrial wireless, radio telemetry systems, shielding/EMC/EMI, and noise reduction.
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