The Engineering Institute of Technology is pleased to bring you the Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)** program.
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** A note regarding recognition of this program in the Australian education system: EIT is the owner of this program. The qualification is officially accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). EIT delivers this program to students worldwide.
This Bachelor's Degree is an academically accredited program by the Australian Government agency Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and does not currently provide Engineers Australia - Engineering Technologists status. Engineers Australia are considering this and other programs for those students desiring Chartered Engineering Technologist status (e.g., CEngT). However, the outcome of this review may or may not result in a student gaining Chartered Engineering Technologist status if he or she does not already possess this.
It is however recommended that you directly approach your local professional engineering body for an individual assessment and/or registration.
The ancient inventions of the pulley, the lever and the wheel were just the beginning. Engineering underpins our way of life and has steered us into the modern age. Consider its contributions to rail and road transportation, power generation, communication technologies and to the applications in the biomedical, aeronautical and industrial fields. Engineers design for progress, but they also address various challenges facing society today, including pollution, hunger and disease.
Engineering is an honourable endeavour, offering both intrinsic and extrinsic benefits. It is prestigious, intellectually challenging and allows for career flexibility because of its breadth. As an occupation engineering is rewarding both personally and financially.
It has the highest average starting salary of any undergraduate major. Furthermore, when economies slow the rates of employment for engineers remain buoyant with the supply of able engineers commonly failing to meet the demand. Retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new industries and technologies has resulted in an increasing need for engineering skill and knowledge.
This has been particularly evident in the fields of automation, instrumentation and control. The respected ISA has estimated that at least 15,000 new automation engineers are needed annually in the US alone. Furthermore, industrial automation businesses the world over comment on their struggle to find experienced automation engineers despite paying outstanding salaries.
For high school graduates, the prospect of attending a campus for the duration of a bachelor degree is not terribly daunting. But for those embarking on this qualification a little later on the story is very different. Alongside full time work and family commitments, particularly when regular attendance at a campus is factored in, acquiring a degree is often considered too demanding.
With this in mind EIT has developed an intensive program which offers flexibility to would-be students. The degree can be completed through a combination of live, online sessions, self-study and cloud-based, ‘remote’ laboratory work.
To ensure the engineering foundation blocks of mathematics, physics and problem solving are attained EIT includes them in the initial year of study, but approaches them from the perspective of applied theory (as opposed to a largely theoretical approach). This core material is delivered alongside other units pertinent to the course (including) Principles of Chemical Engineering and Process Instrumentation and Control. In this way students are able to contextualize their learning while acquiring the important skills and knowledge which underpin industrial automation.
Second year further builds upon these core subjects and includes programming, advanced mathematics and design and drawing. Other units provide a systems approach to industrial automation; enabling students to understand how it functions as an integrated whole (from instrumented sensors and local controllers to factory-wide monitoring and control systems connected via communication systems).
The depth and scope of industrial automation is communicated during this second year of study together with the importance of safety. The unit Safety Systems Engineering teaches students a systematic, engineering approach to safety, based on international best practices.
The third year of study is where some of the most challenging and rewarding material is covered. It includes two broad subjects presented from an engineering perspective: Project Planning, Management and Costing and Technology, Sustainability and Society. These units are vital because career progression is significantly based upon an engineer’s ability to manage projects of increasing complexity, scope and cost – on time and on budget! Furthermore, many commentators foresee future growth in jobs within industries concerned with environmental sustainability.
To provide greater technical depth the third year units include Power and Drive Controls, Embedded Systems Design, Instrument and Control Engineering Practices and Communication Systems and Protocols.
The final year of the degree involves the capstone project. Working either individually or as part of a team the aim is to involve students in projects similar to those found in industrial or commercial environments. With the emphasis on independent learning the process entails articulating a project; defining its scope, refining design and generating a finished product. The intention behind this concluding assignment is to provide students with the opportunity to integrate and manipulate the knowledge and skills they have gained during the course.
With this qualification a graduate will have acquired the essential foundation which underpins both this and other fields of engineering. But more critically he or she will have the opportunity to forge a career and become a technologist in industrial automation; with the requisite practical skills and cutting edge knowledge attained during the degree.
Entry is available to applicants who hold:
It is desirable that applicants hold Senior Certificate:
Students who do not have the desirable level of maths and science may consider a bridging course. While bridging courses may be strongly recommended, they are not prerequisites.
Applicants with WACE Mathematics 2C/2D (or equivalent) will be accepted but EIT may also recommend a bridging course as a supplementary activity. To confirm that past studies in mathematics align with these requirements, applicants may compare the mathematics syllabus to the WACE here and contact an EIT Course Advisor for assistance: www.scsa.wa.edu.au/internet/Senior_Secondary/Courses/WACE_Courses/Mathematics.
For more details on the English language requirements applicants are referred to the Higher Education Admissions Policy. There is also a useful Appendix in the policy which lists the different tests and their equivalent scores across different testing methods.
The pathway to the BSc (Eng.) is designed for students who qualify for credit from their preceding advanced diploma or equivalent studies and industry experience. The pathway will provide advanced diploma entrants with exemption for those units within the BSc curriculum that are technology orientated where it can be demonstrated that equivalent content and depth of study has already been completed in the advanced diploma program. This will only apply if the discipline stream chosen can be closely associated with the units taken in the advanced diploma stage.
It is anticipated that AE students with a relevant industrial career background (that is at an appropriate career level) would not need to complete the industrial experience in the 4th term of Years 1 and 2, and may also gain credit for the associated Industrial Experience Research Project unit (unit code 109S). This credit would be gained only after formal assessment of the student’s career history and it is likely that these vocationally experienced students will need to deepen their academic knowledge and may need to deepen their professional engineering competencies. This deepening is built into the program by three inclusions:
You must complete 81 credit points comprising 11 core subjects (each 3 points), plus 15 sub-discipline based units (each 3 points) and a sub-discipline based Final Year Project (9 points value). The Project is the equivalent of one full-time term of work. The units have been designed to provide you with maximum practical coverage in the field of industrial automation. There are no optional units in this program.
Studied full-time, this program would consist of 3 years of study, with 4 terms per year each of 12 weeks.
The full-time study option is not currently available.
Students who meet the entry requirements for this program may be eligible for the Articulated Entry pathway.
The Articulated Entry pathway is designed for students who qualify for credit from their preceding EIT Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation (or equivalent) studies and relevant industry experience. Successful Articulated Entry applicants will complete the Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering) part-time, over 3.5 years.
Successful Articulated Entry Pathway students may receive credits for the following units:
Please note that applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In the event that you do not meet the Articulated Entry pathway entry requirements, an EIT Course Advisor will contact you with further options.
The BSc will include two short, well-defined periods of industrial experience in an engineering environment. Applicants who already have experience may be required to demonstrate (by completion of a questionnaire during admission) that their experience is of a sufficient nature and standard.
In addition to your recommended textbooks, there are a number of potential electronic resources available to you for your work during the program. These include:
Knovel is used by hundreds of thousands of engineers, applied scientists, and engineering students from top firms and engineering schools worldwide including 14 of top 20 World’s Best Engineering & Technology Universities. It draws from more than 100 leading technical publishers and professional societies including AIAA, AIChE, ASHRAE, ASME, and SAE.
Knovel is a cloud-based service that offers students and faculty 24x7 access to relevant and reliable technical information they need wherever they are.
Knovel’s optimized search tools “understand” engineering language and deliver relevant results even when the data is hidden in tables, graphs, and equations. Knovel is designed around how engineers think, and how they need to search, being able to search for keywords or data in numerical range.
Common Knovel Searches:
Note: the above is an extract from Elsevier Knovel’s literature and is copyright Elsevier.
During the program you will participate in weekly interactive sessions with the lecturers and other participants from around the world. Each unit's weekly live tutorial will last 60 to 90 minutes. We take student availability into consideration wherever possible before scheduling webinar times. Please refer to ‘When will the sessions take place?’ in the Frequently Asked Questions. All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, speakers and, if possible, a microphone. The software package and setup details will be sent to you prior to the first webinar.
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Your tuition fees include weekly webinars with leading engineering and technical experts, technical eBooks, program materials, software and postage, plus grading and support from the program coordinators and lecturers.
The following additional fees (not included in tuition fees) may apply:
Additional Textbooks and Materials
For EIT Higher Education programs, students should plan to spend between approximately US$100 to US$200 per unit on text books not included in the tuition fees.
Deferred and Supplementary Assessments and Examinations
The tuition fee will include one attempt at the examination or assessment. If further attempts are required an additional fee may be applied. Please contact an EIT staff member for more information.
Fees and Refunds for Individual Units
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Withdrawal prior to program start date
A fee equivalent to 1 monthly payment will be retained as a cancellation fee for written cancellations received less than 14 days prior to the start date of the program. This applies to all payment options.
Withdrawal from a program
If a student decides to withdraw completely from course, students are asked to complete the withdrawal declaration form. Students who have paid in advanced can apply for a pro-rata refund of the fee paid.
The refund will consist of the balance after deductions for:
There is no fee for deferment of studies; however, if the student wishes to continue the program at a later date, a re-joining fee of US$200 will apply.
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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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