Online – Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering)

Course Duration
  • 3 Years Full-Time
Course Study
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Industrial Automation
Course Location
  • Online
Course Code
Course Code
Course Intakes
  • 22 July 2024
Course Type
Course Type
  • Bachelors
  • Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control
Course Fees

Course Overview

Industrial automation is an expanding stream of engineering, with an increasingly profound influence on most industries and enterprises. This practical qualification will ensure you graduate job-ready as an industrial automation engineering technologist in many industries such as manufacturing, power generation, mechatronics, mechanical, mining, and chemical. Upon completion of this program, you will gain skills and knowledge in the latest developing technologies in instrumentation, process control, and industrial automation.

This course is internationally recognized under the Sydney Accord.

Program Details

Due to rapidly evolving technology, industrial processes are becoming increasingly automated. Previously mechanized systems, which required human intervention, now use computerized control systems for higher accuracy, precision, and cost-effectiveness. As industrial automation continues to develop with technological advancements, it is essential that prospective engineers graduate with skills that can be applied within the industry. Our Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering) provides you with cutting-edge skills that are valuable in the workplace.

With this qualification, you will have acquired the essential knowledge which underpins both this and other fields of engineering. More importantly, you will have become an industrial automation technologist.

The degree consists of a combination of common units, sub-discipline specific ‘stream’ units, industrial work experience, and a final year project.

Please refer to the current teach-out program structure here.

Year One

Unit Code Subjects Credit Points
BSC101 Engineering Mathematics 1  3
BSC102 Electrical Circuit Theory and Analysis   3
BSC103 Engineering Physics and Materials 3
BSC104 Engineering Drawing and CAD  3
BSC105 Engineering Ethics and Professional Practice  3
BSC106 Engineering Mathematics 2 3
BSC107 Engineering Programming 3
BSC111 Industrial Instrumentation and Control  3
BIA109 Principles of Chemical and Process Engineering  3

Year Two

Unit Code Subjects Credit Points
BSC201 Engineering Management  3
BSC202 Engineering Mathematics 3  3
BIA203 Ancillary Support Systems  3
BSC206 Communications and Networks  3
BIA205 Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers  3
BIA206 Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence  3
BIA207 Modern Industrial Communication Systems and Protocols  3
BIA208 Embedded Systems Design  3
BSC209 Analysis and Modelling of Industrial Control Systems  3

Year Three

Unit Code Subjects Credit Points
BIA301 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems  3
BIA302 Lifecycle of an Industrial Automation Project    3
BIA303 Safety Systems Engineering  3
TBA Elective-1*  3
TBA Elective-2*  3
BSC305 Technology, Sustainability and Society  3
BSC307 Engineering Capstone Project (Industrial Automation Engineering)  9

Additional Mandatory Units

Unit Code Subjects Credit Points
Hands-on Workshop 1 0
BXX001-004 Hands-on Workshop 2 0
Hands-on Workshop 3 0
Hands-on Workshop 4 0
BSC210 Industrial Experience 0

List of Electives* (2 Electives to be selected)

Unit Code Subjects Credit Points
BIA306 Power Electronics and Industrial Drives  3
BIA307 IT/OT Cyber Security  3
BIA308 Industrial Robotics and Mechatronics  3
BEE212 Signal Processing  3
BEE309 Big Data Analytics in Electricity Grids  3

Work-Integrated Learning

EIT’s Bachelor of Science programs require students to undertake 240 hours of paid or unpaid professional work-integrated learning.  This can incorporate paid or unpaid internships, site visits, contributing to industry projects, and networking activities.

In undertaking an internship, students will interact with employees and become exposed to organizational policy and culture. You will familiarize yourself with organizational communication procedures, a variety of engineering disciplines, and obtain insight and practical aptitude in projects from the planning phase to completion.

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.

Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering) – Mapping of Program Learning Outcomes with Graduate Attributes and Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies for Engineering Technologists.

Entry is available to applicants who hold one of the following:
1. Year 12: Australian Senior Certificate of Education (or equivalent), completed within the past 3 years, with a minimum score of 60% in Maths;

  • Applicants who have completed Yr 12 (or equivalent) more than 3 years ago will also need to demonstrate relevant work experience in the field of study applied for.

2. A relevant (to the sub-discipline) Engineering AQF Diploma or higher or a relevant (to the sub-discipline) overseas qualification equivalent to an Engineering AQF Diploma or higher which was completed within the last 10 years with successful completion of all Maths units/modules + recent industry work experience in a relevant field.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

Entry to this course requires demonstration of English language proficiency at the level of an IELTS overall score of at least 6.0 (with no individual band score less than 5.5)

The methods of satisfying this English language proficiency requirements are generally through (but not limited to):

  • An Australian Senior Certificate of Education or equivalent.
  • A specified level of achievement in a recognised English language test, such as IELTS (or equivalent).
  • Satisfactory completion of another tertiary course offered in English.
  • Work history in an organisation where English is the language of communication.

NOTE: All CRICOS applicants from non-English speaking countries (as determined by the Australian Department of Home Affairs) are required to provide results from a recognised language test such as IELTS or equivalent.

NOTE: All applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please check the Documentation Guidelines for your application.

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Payment Methods

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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 bachelor’s degree is fully accredited by Engineers Australia under the Sydney 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.

This course is classified as Level 7 under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

This course may use the following software:

  • Desmos online calculator
  • National Instruments ELVISmx Instrument Launcher (on Remote Lab)
  • National Instruments Multisim (on Remote Lab)
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • AutoCAD
  • Python 3.10
  • CodeBlocks C/C++ IDE
  • (Cloud IDE)
  • UniSim Design by Honeywell
  • Python Jupyter Notebook
  • Google Colab
  • Codesys
  • RSLogix 5000
  • Pytorch
  • Apache Mahout
  • Keil μVision V4 and V5
  • STM32CubeMX
  • STM32CubeIDE
  • Proteus
  • PlantSCADA
  • Exostructure
  • Citect SCADA
  • PlantSCADA
  • OSHA’s Hazard Identification Training Tool
  • PowerFactory
  • LabView
  • SolidWorks
  • Inventor
  • PSIM
  • WEKA
  • R

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

Graduates will be employable as technologists working in a wide range of manufacturing, industrial, chemical, military, electrical, mineral processes, and mining industries.

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

Our bachelor’s degrees take 3 years to complete full-time, and longer for those studying part-time. After enrolment the maximum time allowed to complete all units is 8 years (on a full-time or part-time basis). You will spend approximately 10 hours per week, per unit, learning the program material, and completing assessments. This includes attending tutorials.

Applications are open for our upcoming intakes. You must submit your application at least four weeks before 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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