- Course at a Glance
- Schedule Start Date: 2nd January 2019
- Code: BIA
- Course Length: 3 years (up to 6 years Part-Time)
This Program is Delivered via EIT's Innovative LIVE ONLINE Approach.
Due to rapidly evolving technology, industrial processes are becoming increasingly automated. Previously mechanized systems which required human intervention now use computerized control systems for higher accuracy, precision and cost effectiveness. This practical qualification will ensure you graduate job ready as an industrial automation engineering technologist. Upon completion of this program you will gain:
- Skills and knowledge in the latest industrial automation technologies
- Practical guidance from experts in the field
- A valuable and accredited Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)
- Global networking contacts in academia and industry
- Improved career options
** 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.
Isaac Asimov, a famous science fiction author, professor of biochemistry and robotics devotee said:
“SCIENCE CAN AMUSE AND FASCINATE US ALL, BUT IT IS ENGINEERING THAT CHANGES THE WORLD.”
Engineering touches everything and is responsible for our progress through the ages; it is, for example, fundamental to all forms of transportation, to power generation, communication technologies and biomedicine. Engineers also contribute to solving the complex challenges in the world today, including pollution, hunger and disease.
It is a prestigious career to pursue, with the highest average starting salary of any undergraduate major. Because it is a respected profession the world over engineers can also consider working abroad.
There is more choice for engineers now than ever before; it is a discipline which is developing and broadening with the evolution of technology. Industrial automation is one of those expanding streams of engineering, with an increasingly profound influence on most industries and enterprises.
With this qualification you will have acquired the essential knowledge which underpins both this and other fields of engineering. More importantly, you will have become an industrial automation technologist.
Successful students are thus likely to spend approximately 20 hours per week in order to cover the material adequately and to gain sufficient knowledge in each unit. This includes the preparatory reading, attendance at each webinar and the time necessary to complete the assignments and laboratory work.
Potential Job Outcomes
Graduates will able to be employed as technologists working in a wide range of manufacturing, industrial, chemical, military, mineral process and mining industries.
Potential job roles include engineering and management positions in the following areas of expertise:
- Process control, commissioning and production management
- Plant, factory and building automation
- Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) and SCADA
- Industrial design and consultation
- Supply chain management, quality assurance and sales
- Operations, maintenance, field services and technical support
- Controls, instrumentation and robotics
- Industrial project management and business development
Pathway to the Bachelor of Science (BSc)
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 students with a relevant industrial career background (that is at an appropriate career level) would not need to complete the industrial experience, and may also gain credit for the associated Industrial Experience Research Project unit (unit code BSC109C). 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 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 programs 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 Admissions Policy and the BSc Entry Requirements.
The BSc will include two short, well-defined periods of industrial experience in an engineering environment. It will also entail a hands-on workshop which will be used to verify your hands-on work skills. If you already have relevant experience you may apply to have credit granted by completing the associated recognition of prior learning form to demonstrate that your 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:
- IDC Technologies Library – an engineering eBook library of over three hundred books and additional resources.
- IEEE Xplore STEM45 Journal –unlimited full text access to 45 selected IEEE Journals
- Elsevier Knovel® for Academia – a cloud-based service that offers you 24x7 access to relevant and reliable technical information wherever you are.
- Gale Academic Onefile – a database of abstract and full text articles from over 11,000 peer-reviewed journals, covering a variety of subjects in science, business and humanities.
Entry Requirements - Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)
Entry is available to applicants who hold:
An Australian Senior Certificate of Education or equivalent; OR
A relevant (to the sub-discipline) 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 recognized 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 6.0 (with no individual band score less than 5.5); or TOEFL equivalent as outlined in the EIT Admissions Policy.
It is desirable that applicants hold Senior Certificate:
Advanced Mathematics; or WACE Mathematics: Methods; or equivalent
Physics and Chemistry, with equivalents considered
Applicants with WACE Mathematics Applications (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 or contact an EIT Course Advisor for assistance.
Please note: All documents submitted as part of your application must be certified.
Maths Bridging Test/Exam
Maths bridging test/exam (non-proctored/invigilated): to be completed by all Higher Education students (online and on-campus) during orientation week, to be administered through Moodle. If a student fails the initial test they must complete EIT’s 3 week bridging course (online) and then take the test again (non-proctored/invigilated). If the student fails again they will be considered a student at risk and managed in accordance with EIT’s Student at Risk Policy.
Recognition of Prior Learning and Exemptions
EIT can give you credit for units where you can demonstrate substantial prior experience or educational background. An assessment fee may apply. For more information, please see EIT's Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.
Please note: meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry to our programs. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
The course consists of a combination of core units, sub-discipline specific ‘stream’ units, industrial work experience and a final year project. The specialized industrial automation units will build on this knowledge, but focus on this particular industrial automation stream, such as programmable logic controllers, safety systems engineering, project management, process instrumentation and more.
|Unit Code||Subjects||Credit Points|
|BSC101C||Engineering Mathematics 1 (Core)||3|
|BSC102C||Electrical Circuit Theory and Analysis (Core)||3|
|BSC103C||Engineering Dynamics and Mechanics (Core)||3|
|BSC203C||Engineering Design and Drawing (Core)||3|
|Industrial Experience Research Project||0|
|BSC104C||Engineering Mathematics 2 (Core)||3|
|BSC201C||Engineering Programming (Core)||3|
|BIA106S||Principles of Chemical Engineering||3|
|BSC107C||Physics and Chemistry for Engineers (Core)||3|
|Industrial Experience Research Project||3|
|BIA108S||Process Instrumentation and Control||3|
|BCS105C||Mechanics of Machines (Core)||3|
|BSC202C||Engineering Mathematics 3 (Core)||3|
|BIA205S||Electrical Control Circuits and PLC |
|Project Planning, Management and Costing (Core)||0|
|BIA204S||Ancillary Support Systems||3|
|BIA206S||Communications and Networks||3|
|BIA208S||Safety Systems Engineering||3|
|BIA209S||Analysis and Modelling of Dynamics Systems||3|
|Project Planning, Management and Costing (Core)||3|
|BIA207S||Automation Systems and Supervisory Control||3|
|BIA301S||Communication Systems and Protocols||3|
|BIA303S||Embedded Systems Design||3|
|BIA304S||Power and Drive Controls||3|
|Technology, Sustainability and Society (Core)||0|
|BIA306S||Instrument and Control Engineering Practices||3|
|BSC307C||Final Year Project (Industrial Automation Engineering)||9|
|Technology , Sustainability and Society (Core)||3|
Additional Mandatory Courses
|BXX001 - Hands-on Workshop 1|| |
|BXX002 - Hands-on Workshop 2||0|
|BXX003 - Hands-on Workshop 3||0|
|BXX004 - Hands-on Workshop 4||0|
Professional RecognitionThis bachelor's degree is an academically accredited program by the Australian Government agency Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia under the Sydney Accord. This EIT degree is internationally recognised under the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) accords and the various signatories.
Why Study With EIT?
EIT programs are specifically designed by an international body of industry experts, ensuring you graduate with cutting-edge skills that are valued by employers around the world.
Our lecturers include highly experienced engineers, with real-world knowledge, not just academics.
Like all Australian higher education providers and universities, EIT programs are accredited by the exacting standards of the Australian Government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Through the Sydney Accord, this online program is also recognized by many authorizing bodies around the world. Together with its sister organization IDC Technologies, the group has trained over 500,000 engineers, technicians and technologists globally over the last 30 years.
Our innovative online delivery model ensures that you have access to the best instructors and resources 24 hours a day. You can participate from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection.
You will be supported by dedicated Learning Support Officers and Course Coordinators for the duration of your studies, giving you a greater chance of success. Global Reach EIT’s current students join from over 140 countries, with expert lecturers based around the globe, providing you with a truly international perspective.
EIT is one of the only private colleges in the world specializing in engineering.
Online Delivery Mode
EIT uses an innovative, online approach to ensure that you have a supportive, interactive and practical education experience. Our delivery model involves live, interactive online tutorials, remote laboratories, simulation software, and assignments with support from dedicated Learning Support Officers and Academic Staff.
Tutorials are conducted using our own specialized, live, interactive software system. You will receive course materials and assessments through an online Learning Management System which is available 24 hours a day.
All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, a computer, speakers and, if possible, a microphone.
EIT recognizes that many students have work and/or family commitments which makes pursuing further study very challenging. Our online programs have been specifically designed to reduce the significant financial, time and travel commitments often required by on campus programs.
Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories
You will participate in laboratory practical assignments using remote laboratories and simulation software, to ensure you receive the requisite hands-on experience. The hardware equipment connected to most of the computers, both industrial and educational, allows you to perform real implementation of engineering activities by interfacing the computers, software and simulators to real-world hardware.
The Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering) is also available to study on campus.
How to Apply
Domestic and International Online Students
Once you have reviewed the above entry requirements for this course, you can commence the application process by completing this form. You will then receive an email with detailed course information and access to our application portal. Alternatively, please watch this video, for a summary of the application process. Please note that you will be required to provide certified documents to complete your application.
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