Course at a Glance
Schedule Start Date: 2nd November 2020
Code: GCIA
Course Length: 3 Months
Course Location: Online
Fees CSP : $500 Australian/Domestic Students Only*

Course Overview

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. Industrial automation is one of those expanding streams of engineering with an increasingly profound influence on most industries and enterprises. This fast track 3-month graduate certificate will provide you with the advanced skills in Industrial Automation. It covers programmable logic controllers, professional engineering management, industrial process control systems and instrumentation.


Course Structure

Students will study four units concurrently over 12 weeks in a true full-time study mode which would require a total of 20-30 hours per week of study. To help our students achieve success, we will provide a supportive learning environment including small class sizes, dedicated learning support officers, access to quality learning resources including e-library and remote labs and, for these fast tracked courses, dedicated one-to-one teaching support by one of our course specialist academics.

The program will run in the following structure:

Date     Description
2 Nov         Orientation Week
9 Nov     Topic 1
16 Nov Topic 2
23 Nov Topic 3
30 Nov Break
7 Dec Topic 4
14 Dec Topic 5
21 Dec Topic 6
28 Dec Break
4 Jan Topic 7
11 Jan Topic 8
18 Jan Topic 9
25 Jan         Break        
1 Feb Topic 10
8 Feb Topic 11
15 Feb Topic 12

The following units will be completed during this course:

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of this graduate certificate, graduates will have communication (oral and written) skills to investigate, analyse and present technical ideas, information and solutions on Industrial Automation problems and projects in a professional, independent and organised manner, across international cultures, individually and in teams, within the professional engineering domain.
  • Graduates of this program will be able to identify, critically analyse and creatively solve intellectually complex, specialised professional engineering problems in programming logic controllers, industrial instrumentation and process control systems relevant to Industrial Automation, individually or in groups, underpinned by critical analysis, innovation, evaluation, synthesis, accountability and sound engineering judgement of solutions relevant to the Professional engineering domain.
  • The graduates will use skills in established systematic design and project management methodologies to source, analyse, synthesise, design and communicate projects and information individually or in collaboration with others as team members and leaders.

Online Delivery and Assessments

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. The course learning outcomes will be assessed with formative and summative assessments. These formal and informal assessment methods include quizzes, invigilated tests, written reports, remote-lab practicals, case studies and invigilated final exams.

Employment Outcomes and Pathways

Students who have a basic Graduate certificate in industrial automation engineering degree can enhance their ability and knowledge in the industrial automation field, enabling them to gain and hold employment.

Graduates will be able to work in a wide range of manufacturing, renewable, power, industrial, chemical, military, mineral process and mining industries in mid-career, technical management or senior level role.

Further study pathway with EIT would be the Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation).

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a recognised bachelor degree (or above) in engineering or science in a congruent field of practice**, with the completion of the equivalent of first year Bachelor level mathematics, or recognised relevant work experience. Those without a recognised Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline of engineering or science are required to demonstrate their prior learning and experience is equivalent to this qualification (exact positions and roles that will be considered relevant are to be decided by each specialisation and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the EIT Admissions Committee) ***.

All applicants must have evidence of engineering exposure in their degree and/or work experience.

Students via the work experience pathway may be required to undertake additional diagnostic mathematics testing.


An appropriate level of English Language Proficiency at an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education, or equivalent as outlined in the EIT Admissions Policy.

Note: All applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

**Congruent fields of practice are listed on the related Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) page (fields not listed are to be considered by the Dean and the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis).

*** Applicants who enter and complete this qualification without holding a prior Bachelor Degree and go on to complete an EIT Masters Degree may not be eligible for Engineers Australia recognition, although students can lodge a personal application with Engineers Australia to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

Once you have reviewed the 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.

Please note: All applicants will be required to provide certified/notarized photo ID and certified/notarized qualifications transcripts*

Certified/Notarized ID and Qualification Transcripts

A requirement of studying with EIT is to provide us a certified/notarized copy of a formal identification document which includes your name (this must match the name used in your application) and photograph. An acceptable formal identification document includes either a copy of a current passport, drivers license, ID card or other official license which includes a photograph of yourself. You will also need to provide certified/notarized qualification transcripts. The certified/notarized transcripts must show all programs and an official statement to confirm that all requirements for the qualification have been satisfied.  If a transcript is not yet available please attach a certified written record which includes all grades. Certified/notarized copies of relevant documents must be in English. A full list of who is eligible to certify documents is available here. Those certifying documents should write: “This is a true copy of the original document sighted by me”, followed by their signature then printed name, address, contact telephone number, occupation and date. 


This Graduate Certificate is a formally recognized qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework and is accredited by the Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) which is an independent statutory authority that regulates and assures Australia’s higher education sector. 


This course is supported by the Australian Government via a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Enrolling in a CSP mean the Australian Government pays for part of your course. To be eligible for a CSP, you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian citizen, who will live and study in Australia for some of the course; or
  • a New Zealand citizen, who will live and study in Australia for the whole course; or
  • permanent visa holder, who will live and study in Australia for the whole course.

The student contribution amount for a CSP in this course is $500. Eligible students are able to defer their student contribution payment through FEE‑HELP. Normal eligibility requirements for deferring payment through FEE-HELP.  

The discounted student fees will only apply to the November 2020 intake for this course.

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a world-class education and gain skills they can immediately implement in the workplace upon graduation. Our staff members uphold our ethos of honesty and integrity, and we stand by our word because it is our bond. Our students are also expected to carry this attitude throughout their time at our institute, and into their careers.

School of Industrial Automation