The dependence on human skills in performing a task is fast diminishing with automation taking centre stage in all processes of life. Industrial activity has embraced automation to such an extent that only supervisory skills are required. But the design, building and testing of such systems still rest with us. Hence this treatise.
An in-depth knowledge of various systems and elements used in the automation of industrial processes will be dealt with in this Industrial Automation certificate course. Troubleshooting, safety procedures and design of systems are also attempted. The knowledge gained through this course will increase the confidence to handle automation and associated engineering. This will also help in career building and create demand for budding technicians, who are willing to multitask. By automating we:
On the 29th of March we held a live 30-minute course overview webinar for those interested in our upcoming intake of this course starting on the 24th of April. The webinar featured the Course Instructor and SME, Dr. Hadi Harb, and Learning Support Officer, Isabel Sibanda. Watch the recording now!
In the days gone by, engineering was the forte of the specialists say a mechanical or an electrical engineer. As long as the process was human centric, this division in work culture was fine. Then the age of automation dawned and this meant multiple people got involved in the activity. This proved costly and unnecessary, as people acquired skills in several areas and subjects. They became versatile in controlling processes, by integrating mechanical, electronics, electrical, instrumentation and several specialized areas of learning such as hydraulics, pneumatics, embedded systems and so on.
These were the first multitasking engineers and technicians, who could wield the spanners and the multi-meter with equal ease and dexterity. Thus was born the automation technician and this field has broadened to such an extent that they have taken automation to levels never dreamt of, even about say a quarter of a century ago.
This course attempts at introducing the concepts and situations frequently encountered by automation engineers and technicians and gives a learning on the various theoretical and practical aspects of automation in industry.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to appreciate the role of automation to boost productivity with greater degree of reliability, repeatability and efficiency. Students will be able to design/troubleshoot simple electrical, electronic, manufacturing, hydraulic and pneumatic circuits/problems. He/she will be able to decide on operating sequences and make schematic operating methods for different industrial control systems, machineries and processes. Students will also be able to decide if a process qualifies for automation by analyzing the requirements of the manufacturing methods and processing. This forms the basis for further advanced study and research in the field of automation.
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency course, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars. Detailed summaries or notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.
Automation personnel are in great demand throughout the world. Manufacturing, networking, transportation, safety, defense, utilities and so on are some areas where they are much sought after. Skilled people are either absorbed in such units or they can freelance their skills as automation professionals.
You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.
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