- Course at a Glance
- Code: MIA
- Course Length: 2 Years
In this accredited and prestigious LIVE ONLINE program, you will gain:
- Skills and know-how in the latest and developing technologies in instrumentation, process control and industrial automation
- Practical guidance and feedback from industrial automation experts from around the world
- Live knowledge from the extensive experience of expert lecturers, rather than from just theoretical information gained from books and college
- Credibility and respect as the local industrial automation expert in your firm
- Global networking contacts in the industry
- Improved career choices and income
- A valuable and accredited Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)** qualification
The Engineering Institute of Technology is pleased to bring you the Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)** program.
** 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.
This Master'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 Washington accord. This EIT Master's Degree is internationally recognised under the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) accords and the various signatories (https://www.ieagreements.org/accords/washington/signatories/).
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.
Who Will Benefit from this Prestigious Program
Those seeking to achieve advanced know-how and expertise in industrial automation, including but not limited to:
Electrical Engineers and Electricians
Maintenance Engineers and Supervisors
Energy Management Consultants
Automation and Process Engineers
Instrument Fitters and Instrumentation Engineers
Chemical and Mechanical Engineers
Instrument and Process Control Technicians
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.
Overseas qualification equivalency is assessed using on Country Education Profiles - an online qualifications recognition tool designed by the Australia Government Department of Education and Training to help organisations understand overseas higher education and postsecondary technical and vocational educational qualifications.
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.
|Year||Term||Unit Code||Subjects||Credit Points|
|Year 1||Term 1||ME501 |
Programmable Logic Controllers
|Year 1||Term 2||ME503 |
Industrial Process Control Systems
|Year 1||Term 3||ME505 |
Process Engineering (Plant Layout)
Professional Engineering Management
|Year 1||Term 4||ME507 |
Industrial and Data Communications 1
Safety Systems (HAC, HAZOP, SIS)
|Year 2||Term 1||ME601 |
Industrial and Data Communications 2
SCADA and Distributed Control Systems
|Year 2||Term 2||ME603 |
Advanced Process Control
Engineering Practice and Key Research Methods
|Year 2||Term 3 & 4||ME700|| |
Project Thesis (taken over 2 terms – equivalent to 4 units)
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.
Learning and Teaching
During the program you will participate in weekly interactive sessions with the lecturers and other participants from around the world. Each unit's weekly live tutorial will last 60 to 90 minutes. All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, speakers and, if possible, a microphone.
Benefits of Online Learning to Students
- Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
- Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your lecturers 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 lecturers: lecturers 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 lecturers and dedicated Learning Support Officers 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 Online Learning to Employers
- Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
- Less downtime: short lectures (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 lecturers and students
How Does it Work?
EIT Online Learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with professional lecturers, 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
You will participate in laboratory practical assignments using a combination of local laboratories and remote/virtual 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, allow you to perform real implementation of engineering activities by interfacing the computers, software and simulators to real-world hardware.
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