Vocational Graduate Diploma of Project Management in Industrial Automation


  • Skills and credibility in Project Management in Industrial Automation
  • Advanced skills and knowledge in the latest advanced technologies in industrial automation, for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning
  • Practical know-how from practising experts with demonstrated ability
  • Credibility as an advanced practitioner in industrial automation
  • Ability to make independent judgements and high level decisions in a variety of technical or managerial contexts
  • Knowledge and skills to be actively involved in planning, implementation and evaluation stages of a range of functions in specialised industrial automation
  • A fully accredited** EIT Vocational Graduate Diploma of Project Management in Industrial Automation


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**A note regarding recognition of this course in the Australian education system: The EIT is the owner of this course. The course is officially accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework by the Training Accreditation Council, and is approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) for delivery by the EIT in all Australian states. The EIT delivers this course to students worldwide.

The Vocational Graduate Diploma of Project Management in Industrial Automation has been approved by the Institute of Measurement and Control in the UK as contributing to the further learning when required for Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration. The program is also approved as providing acceptable CPD.


This program has been produced after considerable research into what an engineering professional working in the industrial automation field really needs to help achieve the final steps up the career ladder. The unique flavour of this course is the linking of project management, a key part of all engineers and ‘technologists’ working careers, to that of industrial automation. This course focuses on the practical issues of industrial automation that will confront an advanced practitioner in the field. For example, you will be exposed to the design concepts and issues of best practice in instrumentation and control. You will also be expected to undertake advanced project management, design and conceptualisation
work. Some of the work and study you will be undertaking will involve pioneering technology and exploring new approaches.

An added feature of this program is that in using web collaborative technologies you will not only study and work with your peers around the world on various industrial automation design projects, but conveniently and flexibly from your desktop using the latest techniques in live web and video conferencing and thus you do not have to leave your workplace to attend this highly interactive course.

You only need to look at the huge number of job openings in industrial automation and project management to know that there is a definite ongoing need for highly qualified and skilled specialists in project management and especially in industrial automation. Upon completing this program you will be able to show technical leadership in the field of industrial automation and be recognised as an advanced practitioner.

An innovation of this program is that it serves both as an up-skilling and cross-skilling mechanism. Students from a discipline such as Mechanical Engineering could complete the program to up-skill and cross-skill to Industrial Automation Project Management.

In summary, this high level practical vocational graduate diploma is based on:

  • Outstanding lecturers with relevant, real-world, industrial automation and project management experience

  • Excellent materials with useful industry applicable theory

  • State-of-the-art, live, lecturer led e-learning presentations to present and interact; no matter where you are in the world

  • Using our marketing and contacts to gather an outstanding group of students who are keen and enthusiastic to learn from each other

  • Ensuring you get the best value for money by squeezing the costs down using the latest Internet, online and publishing technologies

Suitable Candidates & Pre-Requisites

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, however suitable applicants should be seeking to achieve advanced know-how and expertise in Project Management in Industrial Automation. Admission to the course is subject to the candidates meeting specified criteria. As a minimum, a bachelor degree (or equivalent) in an applicable discipline is required. Candidates without a bachelor degree may be admitted to the course provided they have completed a related high level course at other institutions or otherwise possess qualifications that can be considered as meeting the flexible entry requirements.

Potential students include:

  • Practising engineers or technologists with advanced knowledge, experience and education (such as a 3 or 4 year bachelor’s degree)
  • Practising electrical and instrumentation technologists or engineers with demonstrated competence and interest in industrial automation
  • Engineers or technologists from another discipline (such as mechanical and chemical engineering) wanting to up-skill in this area
  • Individuals who have successfully completed the advanced diploma in industrial automation and cemented this with extensive practical experience in electrical and instrumentation engineering

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants to gain solid knowledge of Project Management and the key elements of industrial automation to improve their work skills and to further their job prospects:

  • Electrical Engineers

  • Maintenance Engineers and Supervisors

  • Instrumentation Engineers

  • Energy Management Consultants

  • Automation and Process Engineers

  • Design Engineers

  • Project Managers

  • Electricians and Instrument Fitters with sufficient experience

  • Consulting Engineers

  • Production Managers

  • Chemical and Mechanical Engineers

  • IT Professionals

  • Instrument and Process Control Technicians 


This innovative Vocational Graduate Diploma comprises of 9 units and is structured to be an intensive part time course, running over a period of 4 semesters of 12 weeks each; with a one week break between semesters. You need to invest 15 to 20 hours per week (comprising online lectures, assignments, lab and simulation work, collaborative team work and selfstudy in the program) to optimise the value you obtain from it. The structure of the Vocational Graduate Diploma does provide some flexibility; in that you can defer units due to work commitments and continue when more appropriate for you.

*Delivery sequence subject to change.

  • Unit SBM 1201 - Project Management Fundamentals Project Scope, Time and Cost Management

  • Unit SBM 1202 - Project Quality, Risk and Procurement Management

  • Unit GIA 01A - Industrial Process Instrumentation

  • Unit GIA 02A - Industrial Process Control Systems

  • Unit GIA 03A - Programmable Logic Controllers, SCADA and Distributed Control Systems

  • Unit GIA 06A - Industrial Data Communications

  • Unit GIA 07A - Management of Industrial Automation Projects

  • Unit GIA 08A - Processes, Tools and Templates for Management of Industrial Automation Projects

  • Unit GIA 09A - Integrated Management of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)


Live Webinars

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 endeavour to meet everyone’s requirements. Each webinar runs 2 or 3 times during each presentation day and we try 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 the EIT for more details.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, we will be using 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 handson 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 in the course and will Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from the course to succeed in your future career in Industrial Automation.

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In Company Online Training Solutions

Special class groups can be arranged on request to match your own schedule. If you have a large number of staff who should complete one of our programs, read more about our In Company Online Training HERE and contact us to assist you further.


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Course Fees

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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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Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) Graduate Diploma Course Payment Options

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Many engineering professionals tend to take on a role which encompasses management (and leadership) tasks at some stage of their career despite enjoying the technical aspects of their career.

Effective management, however, requires formal training and a willingness to learn new skills. All the technical know-how in the world will not deliver a project successfully, i.e. with the required level of quality, within cost constraints and on time. Unfortunately very few engineering professionals have any degree of formal management training, which results in a great deal of personal stress as well as cost blow-outs and other woes.

The lack of training often applies to the 'people skills' required for effective leadership as well. Critical project related activities such as work breakdown, scheduling, cost control and risk management, are important to understand. The 'soft' (but equally important) aspects such as team leadership and contract law are also critical.

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) School of Engineering Management thus focuses on project management with a interest in time, cost and risk management.


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