52708WA Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation

Course Overview


This advanced diploma is delivered with a strong practical focus. It covers a variety of skills such as instrumentation, automation and process control, industrial data communications, process plant layout, project and financial management, and chemical engineering. Upon completion of this program, you will gain skills and knowledge in the latest and developing technologies in instrumentation, process control, and industrial automation.

At a glance

  • 18 Months
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online
4 October 2021
Course Type
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control

Program Details

There is a shortage of automation, instrumentation, and control engineers around the world, due to retirement, restructuring, and rapid growth in new industries and technologies. Many industrial automation businesses throughout the world comment on the difficulty in finding experienced automation engineers despite paying outstanding salaries.

This 18-month online program aims to provide you with the necessary industrial automation skills. Seven threads run through the program to give you maximum, practical coverage in the field of industrial automation. These threads comprise of instrumentation, automation and process control, electrical engineering, electronics, industrial data communications, process plant layout, project and financial management, and chemical engineering.

This practical program avoids too much emphasis on theory. The lecturers presenting this advanced diploma are highly experienced engineers from industry who have worked in the automation, instrumentation, and control areas. The delivery methodology — live and interactive webinars with the use of state-of-the-art technologies such as remote and virtual laboratories and simulation software — ensures you graduate with cutting-edge skills that are valued by employers around the world.

The program is composed of 21 modules. These modules cover a range of aspects to provide you with maximum practical coverage in the field of industrial automation engineering.

Module Number Module Name Duration
1 Practical Instrumentation for Automation and Process Control 6 Weeks
2 Practical Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering (for Non-Chemical Engineers) 2 Weeks
3 Control Valve Sizing, Selection and Maintenance 2 Weeks
4 Fundamentals of Process Plant Layout and Piping Design 3 Weeks
5 Fundamentals of Professional Engineering 4 Weeks
6 Best Practice in Industrial Data Communications 6 Weeks
7 Practical Process Control for Engineers and Technicians 3 Weeks
8 Practical Tuning of Industrial Control Loops for Engineers and Technicians 3 Weeks
9 Practical Distributed Control Systems (DCS) 4 Weeks
10 Practical Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for Automation and Process Control 3 Weeks
11 Practical Advanced Process Control for Engineers and Technicians 3 Weeks
12 Practical Boiler Control and Instrumentation for Engineers and Technicians 2 Weeks
13 Practical Hazardous Areas for Engineers and Technicians 4 Weeks
14 Practical Safety Instrumentation and Emergency Shutdown Systems for Process Industries Using IEC 61511 and IEC 61508 4 Weeks
15 Practical HAZOPS (Hazard and Operability Studies) for Engineers and Technicians 4 Weeks
16 Practical Shielding, EMC/EMI, Noise Reduction, Earthing and Circuit Board Layout of Electronic Systems 2 Weeks
17 Practical Wireless Ethernet and TCP/IP Networking 3 Weeks
18 Practical Radio Telemetry Systems for Industry 3 Weeks
19 Practical SCADA Systems for Industry 3 Weeks
20 Motor Protection, Control and Maintenance Technologies 4 Weeks
21 Practical Power Distribution for Engineers and Technicians 4 Weeks

This advanced diploma is an accelerated, practical, work-oriented program. It is designed for engineers and technicians who have some background in the field. This includes those who have technical or ‘trade’ qualifications who want to move to the next career step, those with substantial relevant work experience who need to formalize and enhance their achievements, and those with higher-level qualifications in a related field who wish to develop specialist knowledge.

This means you are required to have either a trade certificate (Certificate 3) or equivalent, or at least three years of work experience within a relevant job and industry to gain entrance.  You may also have a higher level of qualification in a corresponding field and be looking to gain further practical knowledge.

Practical work experience in related areas of engineering would help enormously. It would not be suitable for a student with no relevant work experience.

We will review your application and may recommend pre-program studies if required.

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This qualification is officially accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework by the Training Accreditation Council (TAC), and EIT is approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) for delivery by EIT in all Australian states. EIT delivers this program to students worldwide.

This advanced diploma is accredited by Engineers Australia under the Dublin Accord. It is internationally recognized under the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) accords and the various signatories

Find out more about country-specific accreditation and professional recognition.

  • Automation/Controls Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Industrial Service Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Process Control Technician
  • Project Supervisor
  • Engineering Associate
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • PLC System Engineering/Associate
  • Electronics Field Technician
  • Equipment Tradesperson and Machine Repair
  • Simulation Technician
  • Automation Supervisor
  • Electronics Assembler

You are expected to spend approximately 10-15 hours per week learning the program material and completing assessments. This includes attending weekly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This program is run online on a part-time basis and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take 18 months to complete.

We understand that sometimes work commitments and personal circumstances can get in the way of your studies, so if at any point you feel that you are struggling with the pace of the course or finding a particular module challenging, you are encouraged to contact your designated learning support officer for assistance.

Applications are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure your application is submitted at least one week before the start date of the program.

Any student has a right to appeal a decision of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) or any member of the institute’s staff. EIT has a comprehensive Policy on Appeals and Grievances to assist students.

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Hear from our students

  Very practical and informative.  
  The service was awesome, far above many universities. A module for engineering mathematics will also help to sharpen student's approach to engineering problems  
  I feel I have elevated my skills to another high level.  
  The practical aspect to the course was good. It really helps us understand the material better.  

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