- Course at a Glance
- Code: MIAOC
- Course Length: 2 Years
CRICOS Provider Code: 03567C | CRICOS Course Code: 094185G
The Engineering Institute of Technology is pleased to bring you the Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)** program.
In this accredited and prestigious 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
- Learn 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
- A valuable and accredited Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)** qualification
There is a critical 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.
** 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.
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 subjects. 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 Would Benefit
Those seeking to achieve advanced know-how 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
Successful completion of all 500 level units is required before attempting 600 level units. The Project Thesis can only be attempted once all other units have been successfully completed.
The content of each unit is designed to provide a graduated increase in knowledge and skills. All engineering disciplines are built up of individual bodies-of-knowledge that together target a specific application. Industrial Automation is no different. 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 program.
The 500 level units provide the framework for application in the field of industrial automation. The knowledge from each unit allows students to be able to investigate difficult problems, identify and evaluate complex solutions, communicate their solutions and ideas, to enable successful progress to the 600 level units. All this knowledge is brought together as the students tackle complex application problems in their final Thesis.
All units must be passed, or have exemptions, to achieve the qualification.
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.
EIT on-campus programs include tutorial and lecture sessions, practical lab exercises, class/group discussions and personal study time. EIT uses a blended model of learning with industry experts and academics based locally and streamed in from around the world.
Our students have access to a personalized student portal where all course materials are available 24/7.
Each unit is composed of 10 hours of study per week. Full-time on-campus students will study 4 – 4.5 units per semester and are required to be on campus for a minimum of 20 hours per week for tutorial, lecture, lab/workshop and self-study sessions.
Hardware and Software Requirements
You will be provided with all the necessary hardware and software in your classroom sessions however we strongly recommend that students arrange access to a computer and Internet connection outside classroom session hours, either through purchase, public library access or other arrangements, in order to continue with self study, assessment work etc.
Students must complete 48 credit points comprised of 12 core subjects and one capstone Thesis. The Thesis is the equivalent of one full semester. There are no electives in this program. The program duration is two years full time. Subjects will be delivered over 2 semesters per year. Students will take 4 units per semester and will be able to complete 8 units per year. There will be a short mid-semester break and extended breaks between semesters. For the detailed academic calendar, please see below:
|Semester 1||ME501||Power Engineering|
|Semester 1||ME502||Programmable Logic Controllers|
|Semester 1||ME503||Industrial Process Control Systems|
|Semester 1||ME504||Industrial Instrumentation|
|Semester 2||ME505||Process Engineering (Plant Layout)|
|Semester 2||MXX507||Professional Engineering Management|
|Semester 2||ME507||Industrial and Data Communications 1|
|Semester 2||ME508||Safety Systems (HAC, HAZOP, SIS)|
|Semester 1||ME601||Industrial and Data Communications 2|
|Semester 1||ME602||SCADA and Distributed Control Systems|
|Semester 1||ME603||Advanced Process Control|
|Semester 1||MXX501/601||Engineering Practice and Key Research Methods|
|Semester 2||ME700||Project Thesis (taken over 1 semester)|
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|
|MXX001 - Professional Practice Hands-on Workshop||0|
|MXX510 - Professional Experience||0|
To gain entry into this program, applicants need one of the following:
- A recognized 3-year bachelor degree* in an engineering qualification in a congruent** field of practice; OR
- An EIT Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree* in a congruent** field of practice; OR
- 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; OR
- 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; AND
- 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 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.
International students who wish to study on-campus in Australia will need to have a valid international student visa.
Maths Bridging Test/Exam
Maths bridging test/exam (non-proctored/invigilated): to be completed by all Higher Education students during orientation week, to be administered through Moodle. If the student fails again they will be considered a student at risk and managed in accordance with EIT’s Student at Risk Policy.
All CRICOS applicants will be subject to a phone interview as a condition of their Letter of Offer (This is in addition to the English Language Proficiency requirements stated above).
An English proficiency test must be completed by all Higher Education students studying on campus. This will be adminsitered through Moodle during orientation week. If a student fails the initial test they must complete additional English language support classes. If the student fails again they will be considered a student at risk and managed in accordance with EIT’s Student at Risk Policy.
Please note: meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry to our programs. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. If applicants do not meet the above requirements, applicants are welcome to apply in writing to the Admissions Committee.
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In order to meet the exacting demands of the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and downstream processing industries, modern plants are equipped with systems and devices which are needed to measure and regulate variables such as temperature, pressure, flow, humidity, liquid level, velocity and density. Industrial Automation provides the technology to control and monitor a process plant using such concepts as feedback, cascade, feedforward and advanced process control. Here at the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), we have developed industry-focused programs in the form of vocational diplomas, advanced diplomas and graduate certificates, all the way up to Masters level in the higher education sector.
There is a critical shortage of automation, instrumentation and control engineers, technicians and technologists around the world now due to the retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new technologies and industries. The respected International Society of Automation (ISA) organization estimated that at least 15,000 new automation engineers are needed annually in the USA alone.
In keeping with the philosophy of EIT, students in this school are exposed to the practical, up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills demanded by leading industries worldwide, with online instrumentation courses. EIT does not just cater to a generic student body, instead all of our online instrumentation courses are specific to industry. The programs cover a large range of topics and are suited to anyone needing an intensive and practical look at all facets of industrial automation, instrumentation and process control.
The short courses that form part of EIT's professional development series are designed to provide students with critical knowledge and practical tools that can be immediately applied to the workplace. They are ideal to up-skill and/or cross-skill in a particular area or technology and are not accredited programs.
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