Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)
Course at a Glance
Course Name - Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)
Course Code - BIA
Qualification - Bachelors
Duration - Up to 6 years
CEU/CPD* - on enquiry
The Engineering Institute of Technology is pleased to bring you the Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)** program.
THE NEW GENERATION OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION
WHAT MAKES THIS PROGRAM TRULY INNOVATIVE:
- This engineering qualification is distinguished by its emphasis on useful, practical industry-orientated technology units combined with strong academic foundations closely aligned with the job market. It is a truly interactive online program, drawing on features such as interactive live instruction and remote (cloud-based) laboratories.
- EIT’s existing industry-orientated programs ensure that you have a continuous pathway (with viable exit or “rest” points) to a professional engineering level beginning with advanced diploma studies, through Bachelors of Science, to master’s degree level. You will be able to exit the pathway with a qualification.
- Flexibility of study load and duration, within program rules. If you wish to reduce the study load then duration may extend up to a maximum of 6 years unless extenuating circumstances apply (illness, parenting responsibilities or similar).
- It is global in its reach. EIT’s current students join from over 100 countries.
- Students are supported with a dedicated learning coordinator in addition to the lecturers. This provides a single, consistent point of reference for students and intensive support to enhance the learning process. The coordinator acts as a mentor who will assist you to augment your potential throughout the program and acts as a conduit for direct contact with the lecturers.
- Lecturers are drawn overwhelmingly from industry and are highly experienced engineers, as well as practiced presenters.
- EIT has built strong linkages with industry over many years operating in the vocational sector. Flexible and dynamic development means that units will maintain currency with changing technology.
Join the next generation of Industrial Automation Engineers.
Through innovative live eLearning, participate from your home or office with the full support and mentoring of dedicated Course Coordinators and industry experienced lecturers.
The next intake will start on the week of June 26, 2017.
Applications will close May 31, 2017.
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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 Requirements - Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)
Entry is available to applicants who hold:
- 3 years’ relevant (as determined by EIT) work experience; AND
- a relevant Industrial Automation Engineering Advanced Diploma or higher from an Australian higher education institution; OR
- an overseas qualification equivalent to the above item from a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification undertaken at a tertiary institution such as a university, government technical college, or government recognised private college (EIT assesses overseas qualifications using Australian Government guidelines to determine their comparability to qualifications); AND
- satisfactory English language proficiency at an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education or equivalent; OR
- a specified level of achievement in a recognised English language test such as: IELTS (or equivalent) at a score of at least 6.5 (with no individual band score less than 6.0); or TOEFL equivalent.
It is desirable that applicants hold Senior Certificate:
- Advanced Mathematics; or WACE Mathematics 3A/3B; or equivalent
- Physics and Chemistry, with equivalents considered.
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.
PATHWAY TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
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:
- Core units will extend academic knowledge in areas such as the more theoretical maths and engineering science that a vocational entrant may not have experienced;
- Where required, short bridging courses may be offered to overcome gaps in prior knowledge (delivered in sub-discipline units) that are identified when students apply for credit for prior learning;
- Students who have industrial experience that is identified as being at an inadequate standard would be required to complete the Industrial Experience Research Project unit. This would be determined case-by-case based on EIT’s Higher Education Admissions Policy and the BSc Entry Requirements.
Program Structure - Full Time Study (Currently Not Available)
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.
Program Structure - Articulated Entry, Part-Time Study
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:
- BIA108S Process Instrumentation and Control
- BIA109S Industrial Experience Research Project I
- BSC110C Industrial Experience
- BIA205S Programmable Logic Controllers
- BIA206S Communications and Networks
- BIA207S Automation Systems and Supervisory Control
- BSC210C Industrial Experience
- BIA301S Communication Systems and Protocols
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.
Comprehensive eBooks and Associated Documentation
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:
- The entire IDC Technologies engineering eBook library of over three hundred books and additional resources. Typical titles that you will receive are listed below. To see the full range of titles visit www.idc-online.com/books
- Practical Industrial Safety, Risk Assessment and Shutdown Systems for Industry
- Practical Hazops for Engineers and Technicians
- Practical Safety Instrumentation and Emergency Shutdown Systems for Process Industries
- Extracts from thousands of engineering books built up under the Copyright Act
- Elsevier Knovel Library with tens of thousands of interactive tables, graphs and equations. This is detailed below.
- Other additional library resources will be announced from time to time
Elsevier Knovel® for Academia
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:
- Material selection
- Structural analysis
- Process improvement
- Safety and compliance
- Best practices
- Stress calculations
- Vapour pressure
- Heat transfer
- Fluid dynamics
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
- For cancellations prior to 14 days before the start of delivery of a unit, a refund will be provided, less 10% of the fee.
- For cancellations between 7 and 14 days before the start of delivery of a unit, a refund will be provided, less 20% of the fee.
- For cancellations less than 7 days before the start of delivery of the unit, there will be no refund.
- For a unit that contains a formal examination assessment component, the unit fee includes one attempt at the examination for the unit. Students requiring two or more attempts at the examination will be required to pay the additional examination fee for each attempt. Please contact an EIT staff member for more information.
Fees and Refunds for a Course
- If an attempted unit has not been completed, through failure to participate or to complete the set assignments, then a new enrolment in that unit is required. The additional fee for this unit will be calculated from the proportion this unit makes to the course as a whole (by its point value).
- For a unit that contains a formal examination assessment component, the course fee includes one attempt at the examination for each unit. Students requiring two or more attempts at the examination will be required to pay the additional examination fee for each attempt. Please contact an EIT staff member for more information.
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:
- Units attended by the student up to the point where the Course Coordinator receives written notice of the student’s request for withdrawal. The withdrawal declaration form must be received before the first topic of the unit is commenced otherwise the unit is deemed to have been attended and the full fee for that unit is due. Therefore it is important to submit the withdrawal declaration form as soon as the decision is made.
- The value of any courses reference manuals supplied by EIT in advance. This is determined by the Course Coordinator. Students who have chosen to pay in instalments do not receive a refund on full withdrawal.
Payment of all instalments is required up to and including the unit where the student provided the EIT with the completed withdrawal declaration form. As applies to students who pay in advance, the withdrawal declaration form must be received before the first topic is commenced, otherwise the unit is deemed to have been attended and the full fee for that unit is due. If paying by instalments there is no need for a deduction for materials as the course reference manuals are provided in batches in arrears.
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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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.
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Professional Accreditation – do you need it?
In most countries there are two forms of accreditation for engineering qualifications - national accreditation/recognition by the Government, and professional recognition by an Engineering society or association.
In Australia, national accreditation of higher education qualifications is undertaken by the Australian Government regulator; “TEQSA” (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) – by Law, TEQSA are absolutely critical to any higher education being recognised.
The other form of accreditation is ‘professional accreditation’ though engineering societies such as; Engineers Australia or Professionals Australia. This professional recognition may help in obtaining employment, although an employer's requirement for this seems not at the levels it used to be - generally because the type of degree being studied, one's actual experience and past training are far more influential with potential employers.
Few engineering Master, and no PhD, degrees are accredited by Engineers Australia. Remember, if a qualification is not accredited by Engineers Australia, you can still apply for professional recognition by Engineers Australia on an individual, case-by-case basis.We are proud that we already have two Advanced Diplomas accredited by Engineers Australia, and are continuing to work with Engineers Australia to achieve accreditation on our Master and Bachelor degrees as soon as possible.
It should be noted that whilst confident, EIT cannot guarantee or commit to when (and if) we will receive accreditation from Engineers Australia for any of our other qualifications.
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