Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation)

Course Duration
  • 12 Months
Course Study
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Industrial Automation
Course Location
  • Online
Course Code
Course Code
Course Intakes
  • 24 June 2024
Course Type
Course Type
  • Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control
  • Graduate Diploma
Course Fees

Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation) program offers eight core units that address the growth and new technologies in the industrial automation industry.

This program is offered standalone or as an exit point after the first year of the two-year master’s degree.

What will I learn/gain:

  • Advanced technical knowledge in industrial automation engineering
  • Practical guidance from automation engineering experts from around the world
  • Global networking contacts in academia and industry
  • Improved career options
  • After a review of the fundamentals, you will investigate in-depth principles of operation of programmable controllers, instrumentation, networking, and program control strategies.
  • Develop advanced knowledge of process identification and feedback control design and a broad understanding of the hardware, system architectures, networking protocols and software techniques widely used to evaluate and implement complex control solutions.
  • Use key features of widely used measurement techniques and transducers combined with microprocessor devices to determine how to apply robust and reliable industrial instruments in the context of real-world applications.
  • Refine your business knowledge and communication skills and add technical knowledge necessary to lead engineering teams and execute complex solutions.
  • Refine the requisite knowledge to manage, design and troubleshoot components within modern field buses, industrial wireless systems as well as Industry 4.0 networks.
  • In the last unit you’ll investigate the common safety philosophy of hazard identification, risk management and risk-based design of protection methods and functional safety systems, all within the automation space.

Not sure if this is the right course for you? Please check out other Postgraduate Engineering Study Options at EIT.

Graduate Diploma of Engineering Program Details

There is a global shortage of automation, instrumentation, and control engineers due to the rapid growth of new industries and technologies. This program equips students with core competencies and the associated knowledge and aptitudes required of engineers working with automation. Students from a background in electrical, electronics, mechanical, instrumentation & control, or industrial computer systems engineering would benefit from this program as it prepares them to further develop their skills in the automation space within the process and manufacturing industries.

The program is delivered on a part-time intensive basis over 4 terms, each of 12 weeks..

Term Unit Code Unit Title  Credit Points
Term 1 ME500 Industrial Automation Introduction 3
Term 1 ME502 Programmable Logic Controllers 3
Term 2 ME503 Industrial Process Control Systems 3
Term 2 ME504 Industrial Instrumentation 3
Term 3 ME509 Electrical Engineering for Industrial Automation 3
Term 3 MXX507 Professional Engineering Management 3
Term 4 ME510 Industrial Data Communications 3
Term 4 ME508 Safety Instrumented Systems 3

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 overall Academic IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 6.0***, or equivalent as outlined in the EIT Admissions Policy.

* 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.

** All applicants must have evidence of automation and/or electrical exposure at undergraduate level and/or work experience. 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

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Payment Methods

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Dr.  Akhlaqur Rahman (Course Coordinator, Industrial Automation Engineering)
Dr. Morteza Alizadeh (Research Coordinator)
Dr. Hadi Harb (Research engineer, with experience in the development and management of Artificial Intelligence and Audio Signal Processing projects)
Dr. Imtiaz Madni (Experienced in Safety Engineering and Automation)
Dr. Ali Marzoughi (EIT Lecturer and Unit Coordinator, Instrumentation Engineering)
Dr. Ehsan Gatavi (Experienced in Control systems)
Dr. Pejman Peidaee (Experienced in PLC and power Engineering)
Dr. Naser Hashemnia (Experienced in Electrical and Power Engineering)
Daniel Stoop (Experienced in Programmable Logic Controllers)
John Lawrence (Experienced in Networking and Communication)

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). This Graduate Diploma is a formally recognized qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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

This course is classified as Level 8 under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

This course may use the following software:

  • VPLabs
  • Matlab
    (Toolboxes: Control System Toolbox, System Identification Toolbox, Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox, Model Predictive Control Toolbox)
  • Realterm
  • Modbus (Serial and TCP)
  • Wireshark
  • OPC
  • Open PHA™ – Kenexis

Due to ongoing unit and course reviews, software’s may change from the list provided. Learn more about the Practical Learning at EIT here

  • Process control, commissioning and production management
  • Plant, factory and building automation
  • Industrial design and consultation
  • Industrial Network Management
  • Mining Automation Specialist
  • Power Engineering
  • IT/OT convergence consultation
  • Manufacturing Automation Specialist
  • Supply chain management, quality assurance, and sales
  • Operations, maintenance, field services, and technical support
  • Controls, instrumentation, and robotics
  • Industrial project management and business development

The online graduate diploma is delivered on a part-time intensive basis over 4 terms, each of 12 weeks. Part-time students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week learning the program material and completing assessments. This includes attending tutorials.

You must submit your application at least four weeks prior to the start date to be considered for your desired intake.

A census date is the date at which an enrolment is considered to be final. Any withdrawal you make after the study period census date will incur an academic penalty (for example, a fail grade) and a financial penalty (for example, no refund of your student contribution or tuition fees). See our current census dates.

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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