Course at a Glance

National Code - 52677WA

Schedule Start Date: 6th August 2018
Code: DMC
Course Length: 18 Months

Join this interactive, LIVE ONLINE program, for 18 months part-time, to gain:

  • Skills and know-how in the latest industrial Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics technologies
  • Practical guidance from experts in the field
  • 'Hands on' knowledge from the extensive experience of the instructors, rather than from only the theoretical information gained from books and college reading
  • Credibility as a Remote Engineering/Mechatronics expert in your firm
  • Networking contacts in the industry
  • Improved career prospects and income
  • An accredited Advanced Diploma of Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics


According to a national report, almost  40 per cent of Australian jobs, including skilled roles, could be made redundant in 10 to 15 years due to advances in technology.

 

Applications closing July 30, 2018.
 

Program Details

Overview

Remote Engineering, also referred to as Online Engineering, is a recent development in Engineering and Science. Its aim is to facilitate the shared use of equipment, resources, and specialized software such as simulators.

The International Association of Online Engineering (IAOE) is an international non-profit organization. Its objective is to encourage the wider development, distribution and application of Online Engineering (OE). The main forum of the OE community is the annual International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation ('REV').

According to the IAOE the reasons for the growing importance of sharing engineering resources include:

  • The growing complexity of engineering tasks
  • The increasing proliferation of specialized and expensive equipment as well as software tools and simulators
  • The need for expensive equipment and software tools/simulators in short-lived projects
  • The application of high-tech equipment even in small and medium-sized enterprises
  • The need for highly-qualified staff to control new equipment
  • The demands of globalization and division of labor


Mechatronics, on the other hand, is an interdisciplinary field of engineering and integrates several technologies or subsystems. These include:

  • The mechanical subsystem, which is the device being controlled
  • A variety of sensors capable of measuring the controlled variables
  • Actuators that can convert digital signals into, say, physical quantities to adjust the system (e.g. to minimize errors) in order to meet the required performance
  • An instrumentation subsystem to interface sensors and actuators to the controlling computer
  • The controller (computer), which can, for example, be a microcontroller (microprocessor) or a PLC
  • The software for the controller, which can be written in a myriad of ways including machine-level languages, or high-level languages such as C++ or ladder diagrams


Mechatronics is the key to modern video and CD disk drives, camcorders, avionics, aircraft fly-by-wire, computerized fuel injection for motor vehicles, anti-lock braking systems, smart (autonomous) vehicles and smart weapons such as military drones used for aerial reconnaissance purposes. In the process automation field Mechatronics is also present in systems such as smart conveyer lines and assembly robots.

A Mechatronics engineer or technician has to view a system as a whole, and offer solutions to problems with multiple variables. As explained above, modern systems do not only combine several fundamental disciplines such as control theory, electronic systems, mechanical systems and computers, but they often require hybrid technologies where these basic disciplines overlap, such as electro-mechanics and Programmable Logic Controllers. It is therefore mandatory for the engineer to transcend the traditional barriers between these disciplines, and acquire skills such as developing microprocessor software, designing and implementing sophisticated PID control schemes, developing mathematical models of processes (for simulation purposes), selecting appropriate drives (linear, rotary, electrical, hydraulic, etc), selecting appropriate sensors and signal conditioning, and designing or integrating mechanical components.

Just like Ethernet networking and IEEE 802.11 wireless (Wi-Fi), the integration of technologies in engineering applications as embodied in Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics is upon us, and it is here to stay. And, what’s more, it is evolving at an exponential rate that will, in 10 years’ time, make some of today’s technology look like museum artifacts. This makes it almost mandatory for everyone in the Engineering world to become familiar with relevant technology or face obsolescence.
 

Who should complete this program

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:

  • Automation and Process Engineers
  • Chemical and Mechanical Engineers
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and Electricians
  • Energy Management Consultants
  • Instrument and Process Control Technicians
  • Instrument Fitters and Instrumentation Engineers
  • Maintenance Engineers and Supervisors
  • Project Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Technologists

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.
 

Program Structure

The course comprises 16 modules (please refer to the brochure). These cover the following four main threads to provide maximum practical coverage in the fields of Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics:

  1. Electrical/Electronic Systems
  2. Mechanical Systems
  3. Computers
  4. Control Systems


The 16 modules will be completed in the following order:

  1. Remote (Online) Engineering
  2. Engineering Computing
  3. Electro-Technology
  4. Actuators
  5. Robot Mechanics
  6. Robot Kinematics
  7. Analog Circuit Design
  8. Digital Circuit Design
  9. Machine Vision
  10. Closed Loop Motion Control Systems
  11. Programming Languages
  12. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  13. Embedded Systems
  14. Machine Sensors
  15. Machine Communication Technologies
  16. Industrial Robotic Arms

 

Entry Requirments

This Engineering Institute of Technology Advanced Diploma is an accelerated, practical, work-oriented program. It is designed for engineers and technicians who have some background in the field. This includes those who have technical or ‘trade’ qualifications who want to move to the next career step, those with substantial relevant work experience who need to formalize and enhance their achievements, and those with higher level qualifications in a related field who wish to develop specialist knowledge. Practical work experience in related areas of engineering would help enormously. It would not be suitable for a student with no relevant work experience. We will review your application and may recommend pre-program studies if required.

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of eLearning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 


Benefits of eLearning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students

 

How Does it Work?

EIT eLearning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.


Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to 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, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.

 

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