There is a critical global shortage of automation, instrumentation and control engineers due mainly to restructuring and rapid growth of new industries and technologies. The respected International Society of Automation (ISA) estimated that at least 15,000 new automation engineers are needed annually in the US alone. Many industrial automation businesses throughout the world comment on the difficulty in finding experienced automation engineers despite paying outstanding salaries.

The Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) perfectly addresses this gap in the Industrial Automation industry. The program's twelve core units, and project thesis, provide you with the practical knowledge and skills required. Students with a background in electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and control, or industrial computer systems engineering can benefit from this program.

The content has been carefully designed to provide you with relevant concepts and the tools required in today’s fast-moving work environment. For example, Power Engineering covers major equipment and technologies used in power systems, including power generation, transmission and distribution networks. Programmable Logic Controllers covers in-depth principles of operation of programmable controllers, networking, distributed controllers, and program control strategies. Industrial Process Control Systems combines the process identification and feedback control design with a broad understanding of the hardware, system architectures and software techniques widely used to evaluate and implement complex control solutions. Industrial Instrumentation identifies key features of widely used measurement techniques and transducers combined with microprocessor devices to create robust and reliable industrial instruments. Process Engineering will enable students to evaluate and apply complex process calculations through application of control principles. Industrial Data Communications provides the requisite knowledge to manage modern field buses and industrial wireless systems. Safety Systems provides an introduction to the common safety philosophy of hazard identification, risk management and risk-based design of protection methods and functional safety systems. SCADA and DCS cover hardware and software systems, evaluation of typical DCS and SCADA systems and configuration of DCS controllers. Special Topics enable students to incorporate current technologies and the knowledge acquired from the entire course and thus solve complex Industrial Automation problems.

The Masters project, as the capstone of the course, requires a high level of personal autonomy and accountability, and reinforces the knowledge and skill base developed in the preceding subjects. As a significant research component of the course, this project will facilitate research, critical evaluation and the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative, enabling students to critique current professional practice in the Industrial Automation industry.

The Engineering Institute of Technology is pleased to introduce our exciting new Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)** program.

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

  • Skills and know-how in the latest and developing technologies in instrumentation, process control and industrial automation
  • Practical guidance and feedback from industrial automation experts from around the world
  • Live knowledge from the extensive experience of expert instructors, rather than from just theoretical information gained from books
    and college
  • Credibility and respect as the local industrial automation expert in your firm
  • Global networking contacts in the industry
  • Improved career choices and income
  • A valuable and accredited Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)** qualification
     

Next intake is scheduled for July 27, 2015 - contact us now!

Entrance Requirements - Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)

You can gain direct entry to the two year Master degree or via the one year Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation), and thence to the final year comprising the Master degree as detailed in the program brochure.

To gain entry into the Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation), applicants need:

a) an undergraduate degree in engineering, equivalent to and recognized by Engineers Australia in the following fields; or a Graduate Diploma in the following fields. Fields not listed below will be considered by the Dean and the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis.

a. Chemical Engineering                  g. Mechanical Engineering
b. Electrical Engineering   h. Mechanical and Material Systems
c. Electronic and Communication Systems   i. Mechatronic Systems
d. Industrial Engineering   j. Production
e. Instrumentation, Control and Automation   k. Robotics
f. Manufacturing and Management Systems   l. Industrial Automation

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND 

b) substantial industrial experience in a related field is preferred, with a minimum of two years experience.

AND

c) an appropriate level of English Language Proficiency equivalent to an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education; or for international students, an IELTS score of at least 6.50 (with no individual band score less than 6.0), as per the Admissions Policy.

AND

d) sufficient knowledge of mathematics as expected of an accredited Bachelor of Engineering program. Students must demonstrate that their degree is equivalent to an acceptable and recognized engineering degree and that the level of mathematics covered is equivalent to or greater than that of an accredited engineering program;OR i. Undertake a mathematics bridging program prior to undertaking this course.

Entrance Requirements - Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation)

To gain entry into the Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation), applicants need:

a) an undergraduate degree in engineering, equivalent to and recognized by Engineers Australia in the following fields. Fields not listed below will be considered by the Dean and the Admissions’ committee on a case-by-case basis.

a. Chemical Engineering                  g. Mechanical Engineering
b. Electrical Engineering   h. Mechanical and Material Systems
c. Electronic and Communication Systems   i. Mechatronic Systems
d. Industrial Engineering   j. Production
e. Instrumentation, Control and Automation   k. Robotics
f. Manufacturing and Management Systems    

 

 

 

 


OR

b) a recognized tertiary qualification in engineering at a minimum of Advanced Diploma level having achieved a minimum overall pass mark of 65%. The following EIT qualifications are suitable, or other equivalent accredited qualifications will be considered by the Dean and the Admissions Committee:

a. Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation   f. Advanced Diploma of Plant Engineering
b. Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering   g. Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engin
c. Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities   h. Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Mining
d. Advanced Diploma of Industrial Data Communications, Networking and IT   i. Graduate Diploma of Project Management in Electrical Engineering
e. Advanced Diploma of Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics   j. Graduate Diploma of Project Management in Industrial Automation

AND

c) Applicants without a degree should have substantial industrial experience in a related field, with a minimum of ten years experience, but preferably 15 to 20 years in a true engineering leadership role, such as Chief (Instrument) Engineer or equivalent.

AND

d) All applicants must demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English Language Proficiency equivalent to an English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education; or for international students, an IELTS score of at least 6.50 (with no individual band score less than 6.0), as per the Admissions Policy.

AND

e) All applicants must have sufficient knowledge of mathematics expected of an Engineers Australia accredited Bachelor of Engineering program. Students who are graduates of a non-IEAust accredited program must demonstrate that their degree is equivalent to an Australian engineering degree and that the level of mathematics covered is equivalent to or greater than that of an EAust accredited engineering program; OR

i. undertake a mathematics and/or physics bridging program prior to undertaking this course.

AND

f) Applicants without a degree must undertake a research methodologies bridging program prior to undertaking this course.

Who Would Benefit

Those seeking to achieve advanced know-how 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

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 of work. There are no electives in this course. The course duration is two years full time, or equivalent. Subjects will be delivered over 4 semesters per year. Students will take 2 subjects per semester and be able to complete 8 subjects per year. There will be a short break between semesters. Each semester is 12 weeks long.

Year/
Semester
Core Units  

Subjects

Credit Points


YEAR ONE*

Sem 1
ME501 Power Engineering
ME502 Programmable Logic Controllers
 
3
3
Sem 2
ME503 Industrial Process Control Systems
ME504 Industrial Instrumentation
 
3
3
Sem 3
ME505 Process Engineering (Plant Layout)
ME506 Practical Project Management
 
3
3
Sem 4  
ME507 Industrial and Data Communications 1
ME508 Safety Systems (HAC, HAZOP, SIS)
 
3
3


YEAR TWO

Sem 1  
ME601 Industrial and Data Communications 2
ME602 SCADA and Distributed Control Systems
 
3
3
Sem 2  
ME603 Advanced Process Control
ME604 Special Topics in Industrial Automation
 
3
3
Sem 3 & 4
 ME700 Master's Thesis (taken over 2 semesters)
 
12

 
* Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation): Students who successfully complete all units from year one, as outlined above, can opt to receive EIT's Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Industrial Automation). This provides a useful exit point as successful graduates will meet all competencies for industrial automation occupation-specific requirements, from academic, workplace, to industry-sector technical competencies, according to the ISA and Automation Federations' Automation Competency Model.

Live Webinars

During the program you will participate in weekly interactive sessions with the lecturers and other participants from around the world. Each unit's weekly live tutorial will last 60 to 90 minutes. We take student availability into consideration wherever possible before scheduling webinar times. Please refer to ‘When will the sessions take place?’ in the Frequently Asked Questions. All you need to participate is an adequate Internet connection, speakers and a microphone. The software package and setup details will be sent to you prior to the program.

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