- Course at a Glance
- Code: MIA
- Course Length: 2 Years
This Program is Delivered via EIT's Innovative LIVE ONLINE Approach.
This master's qualification is inspired and driven by industry, but with a strong theoretical underpinning. Concept relevance and knowledge that is critical in this fast moving work environment has driven the course design process. Upon completion of this program you will gain:
- Skills and knowledge in the latest developing technologies in instrumentation, process control and industrial automation
- Practical guidance from industrial automation experts from around the world
- A valuable and accredited Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)** degree
- 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.
There is a global shortage of automation, instrumentation and control engineers due mainly to restructuring and rapid growth of new industries and technologies. The respected International Society of Automation (ISA) estimated that at least 15,000 new automation engineers are needed annually in the US alone. Many industrial automation businesses throughout the world comment on the difficulty in finding experienced automation engineers despite paying outstanding salaries.
The Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) perfectly addresses this gap in the Industrial Automation industry. The program's twelve core units, and project thesis, provide you with the practical knowledge and skills required. Students with a background in electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and control, or industrial computer systems engineering can benefit from this program.
The content has been carefully designed to provide you with relevant concepts and the tools required in today’s fast-moving work environment. For example, Power Engineering covers major equipment and technologies used in power systems, including power generation, transmission and distribution networks. Programmable Logic Controllers covers in-depth principles of operation of programmable controllers, networking, distributed controllers, and program control strategies. Industrial Process Control Systems combines the process identification and feedback control design with a broad understanding of the hardware, system architectures and software techniques widely used to evaluate and implement complex control solutions. Industrial Instrumentation identifies key features of widely used measurement techniques and transducers combined with microprocessor devices to create robust and reliable industrial instruments. Process Engineering will enable students to evaluate and apply complex process calculations through application of control principles. Industrial data Communications provides the requisite knowledge to manage modern field buses and industrial wireless systems. Safety Systems provides an introduction to the common safety philosophy of hazard identification, risk management and risk-based design of protection methods and functional safety systems. SCADA and DCS cover hardware and software systems, evaluation of typical DCS and SCADA systems and configuration of DCS controllers. Special topics enable students to incorporate current technologies and the knowledge acquired from the entire course and thus solve complex industrial automation problems.
The Project Thesis, as the capstone of the course, requires a high level of personal autonomy and accountability, and reinforces the knowledge and skill base developed in the preceding units. As a significant research component of the course, this project will facilitate research, critical evaluation and the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative, enabling students to critique current professional practice in the industrial automation industry.
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
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
Who Would Benefit from this Prestigious Program
Those seeking to achieve advanced knowledge and expertise in industrial automation, including but not limited to:
- Automation and Process Engineers
- Chemical and Mechanical Engineers
- Consulting Engineers
- Design Engineers
- Electrical Engineers and Electricians
- Energy Management Consultants
- Instrument and Process Control Technicians
- Instrument Fitters and Instrumentation Engineers
- Maintenance Engineers and Supervisors
- Production Managers
- Project Managers
Rules of Progression
The Project Thesis can only be attempted once all other units have been successfully completed.
All engineering disciplines are built up of individual bodies-of-knowledge that together target a specific application. It not only relies on the combined body of knowledge from the undergraduate degree, specifically mathematics, physics, and discipline knowledge, but also on the various units that form this course. The ‘500’ level units are designed at AQF level 8 (Graduate Diploma). The knowledge from each unit allows students to be able to investigate difficult problems, analyze and synthesize complex solutions, and communicate their solutions and ideas. This will enable successful progress to the ‘600’ level units at AQF level 9 (master's degree). All this knowledge is brought together as the students tackle complex application problems in their final Thesis.
The content of each unit is designed to provide a graduated increase in knowledge and skills from the ‘500’ level units to the ‘600’ level units culminating in a Project Thesis. All units must be passed, or have exemptions, to achieve the qualification.
The Graduate Diploma of Engineering is nested within the master's degree as an exit point only after successful completion of all the ‘500’ level units of the program. Both qualifications have the same entry requirements. The second year of the master's degree does not serve as an entry point.
In terms of industrial or practical experience, EIT's Master of Engineering programs require the completion of 240 hours of relevant industrial experience (i.e. internship, paid/unpaid work) in an engineering environment under professional supervision. In addition, the course will also entail some hands-on workshops through BXX001-004 units, which will be used to provide you hands-on work skills. The course also requires the completion of Professional Practice Workshop through MXX001 unit, which has engineering student project teams working on a discipline related comprehensive industrial case study. If you already have some work experience in the relevant engineering field, 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.
Entry Requirements: Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)
To gain entry into this program, applicants need one of the following:
a) a recognized 3-year bachelor degree* in an engineering qualification in a congruent** field of practice.
b) an EIT Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree* in a congruent** field of practice.
c) a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent), that is recognized under the Washington Accord or Engineers Australia, in a congruent**, or a different field of practice at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
d) a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering qualification (or equivalent)* that is not recognized under the Washington Accord, in a congruent** field of practice to this program.
An appropriate level of English Language Proficiency equivalent to an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education, or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no individual band less than 6.0)***, or equivalent as outlined in the EIT Admissions Policy.
All applicants must have evidence of automation and/or electrical exposure in their degree and/or work experience.
* With integrated compulsory 12-week professional industry experience, training or project work of which 6 weeks are directly supervised by a professional/eligible professional engineer as determined by EIT.
** Congruent field of practice means one of the following with adequate Industrial Automation content (fields not listed below to be considered by the Dean and the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis):
- Industrial Automation
- Industrial Engineering
- Instrumentation, Control and Automation
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechanical and Material Systems
- Mechatronic Systems
- Manufacturing and Management Systems
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic and Communication Systems
- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Production Engineering
***Applicants may have a maximum of one individual band of 5.5 and be granted entry subject to the provision of English language support by EIT.
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.
Students must complete 48 credit points comprising 12 core units and one (1) capstone Thesis. There are no electives in this program. The program duration is two years. Subjects will be delivered over four (4) terms per year, and students will take 2 subjects per term. There will be a short break between years. For program learning outcomes, click here.
|Year||Term||Unit Code|| |
|Year 1||Term 1||ME501|| |
|Year 1||Term 1||ME502|| |
Programmable Logic Controllers
|Year 1||Term 2||ME503||Industrial Process Control Systems||3|
|Year 1||Term 2||ME504|| |
|Year 1||Term 3||ME505||Process Engineering (Plant Layout)||3|
|Year 1||Term 3||MXX507|| |
Professional Engineering Management
|Year 1||Term 4||ME507||Industrial Data Communications 1||3|
|Year 1||Term 4||ME508||Safety Instrumented Systems|| |
|Year 2||Term 1||ME601||Industrial Data Communications 2||3|
|Year 2||Term 1||ME602||SCADA and Distributed Control Systems|| |
|Year 2||Term 2||ME603||Advanced Process Control||3|
|Year 2||Term 2||MXX501/601||Engineering Practice and Key Research Methods|| |
|Year 2||Term 3 & 4||ME700||Project Thesis (taken over 2 terms – equivalent to 4 units)||12|
Additional Mandatory Units
|`BXX001 - Hands-on Workshop 1|| |
|`BXX002 - Hands-on Workshop 2||0|
|`BXX003 - Hands-on Workshop 3||0|
|`BXX004 - Hands-on Workshop 4||0|
|MXX001 - Professional Practice Hands-on Workshop||0|
|MXX510 - Professional Experience||0|
` Applicable to students gaining entry under option a) or d) of the Entry Requirements.* Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation): Students who elect to exit the program after successfully completing all of the first year units, as outlined above, can opt to receive EIT's Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation). If students wish to finalize the Master qualification after exiting at Grad Dip level, they will need to re-enrol and relinquish the Graduate Diploma testamur.
This master's degree is accredited by the Australian government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), which is an independent statutory authority. TEQSA regulates and assures the quality of Australia’s large, diverse and complex higher education sector. Details of the courses that EIT have accredited can be seen here. This master's degree is provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia under the Washington accord, and 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 Washington 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 Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) 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 the form below. 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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