Course at a Glance
Schedule Start Date: 3rd February 2020
Code: MIAOC
Course Length: 2 Years

CRICOS Provider Code: 03567C  |  CRICOS Course Code: 094185G         

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.

Program Details

Overview

AT LEAST 15,000 NEW AUTOMATION ENGINEERS ARE REQUIRED ANNUALLY IN THE US ALONE.

This figure is an estimate from the respected International Society of Automation (ISA) and is supported by an industry frustrated by the shortage, despite paying outstanding salaries.

EIT’s Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) addresses this gap. The program’s twelve core units and project thesis are designed to prepare you for a dynamic career in the field whether you have a background in electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and control or industrial computer systems engineering.

The Project Thesis – the capstone of the course – requires a high level of autonomy and accountability and will reinforce the knowledge and skill you attain during the degree. It is a significant research project requiring the ability to critically evaluate and apply knowledge and skill creatively. The ability to critique professional practice in the industrial automation industry will also be required. The knowledge you acquire on the Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) will enable you to incorporate current technologies and solve complex industrial automation problems.

Time Commitment

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.

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.

Industrial Experience

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.

Students will have the opportunity to complete a 12-week internship, subject to meeting eligibility criteria determined by the host company.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

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
  • Robotics
  • Production Engineering

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.

English

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.

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.

Program Structure

Program Structure

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 Unit Code Subjects
Year One
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 Data Communications 1
Semester 2 ME508 Safety Instrumented Systems
Year Two
Semester 1 ME601 Industrial 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

Units Credit Points
`BXX001 - Hands-on Workshop 1

0

`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's qualification after exiting at graduate diploma level, they will need to re-enrol and relinquish the graduate diploma testamur.

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition

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.

Why Study with EIT?

Industry-Oriented

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.

Experienced Lecturers

Our lecturers include highly experienced engineers, with real-world knowledge, not just academics.

World-Class Education

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). Together with its sister organization IDC Technologies, the group has trained over 500,000 engineers, technicians and technologists globally over the last 30 years.

Job Ready

EIT has built strong links with industry over many years. We ensure that course content will remain current with rapidly changing technology.

Affordable Education

EIT is one of the most affordable colleges in Australia offering world-class engineering degrees.

Engineering Specialist

EIT is one of the only private colleges in the world specializing in engineering.

On-Campus Delivery Mode

Delivery

EIT on-campus programs include classroom sessions, practical lab exercises, assessments, class discussions and self-study. Additionally, our students have access to industry experts based around the globe through live and interactive online presentations. Our students have access to a personalized Learning Management System where all course materials are available 24/7.

Practical Exercises, Remote Labs and Assignments

All EIT programs provide access to remote laboratories and cutting-edge simulation software. Hands-on laboratory practicals are an essential component of EIT’s programs to ensure our students put theory into practice. These hands-on workshops cover the major discipline-specific applied skills required for competency in engineering practice.

Learning Support

Remote and on-campus students need support, encouragement and a go-to person. Our students are supported by dedicated Learning Support Officers (LSOs) and Course Coordinators for the duration of their studies, giving them a greater chance of success. Students studying our degrees will have a committed LSO for each unit of study.  

The Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) is also available to study online.

How to Apply

Domestic and International On-campus Students

Once you have reviewed the above entry requirements for this course, you can commence the application process by completing the contact form below. You will then receive an email with detailed course information and a Course Advisor will contact you to explain the application process.  Please note that you will be required to provide certified documents to complete your application.

Brochure

Brochure

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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.

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