Gain strong underpinning knowledge and expertise in Industrial Automation covering a wide range of skills ranging from instrumentation, automation and process control, industrial data communications, process plant layout, project and financial management and chemical engineering with a strong practical focus. Industrial Automation is an extremely fast moving area especially compared to the more traditional areas such as electrical and mechanical engineering. The field is diverse and dynamic and offers the opportunity for a well paid and enjoyable career. The aim of the course is to empower you with practical knowledge that will improve your productivity in the area and make you stand out as a leader in industrial automation amongst your peers.
IN THIS 18-MONTH INTENSIVE PART-TIME PROGRAM YOU WILL GAIN:
- Skills and know-how in the latest technologies in instrumentation, process control and industrial automation
- Guidance from industrial automation experts in the field
- Knowledge from the extensive experience of instructors, rather than from the clinical information gained from books and college
- Credibility as the local industrial automation expert in your firm
- Networking contacts in the industry
- Improved career prospects and income
- An Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation
March 2015 intake is full- Next additional intake starts June 29, 2015.
Payment is not required until 2 to 4 weeks before the start of the program.
*JOB OUTCOMES, INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP:
A range of global opportunities awaits graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation. Pending full accreditation you may become a full member of Engineers Australia and your qualification will be recognized by Engineers Australia and (through the Dublin Accord) by leading professional associations and societies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States. The Dublin Accord is an agreement for the international recognition of Engineering Technician qualifications.
For example, current enrolled students can apply for free student membership of Engineers Australia. After graduation, you can apply for membership to become an Engineering Associate, while graduates interested in UK recognition can apply for membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as a Technician Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
This professional recognition greatly improves the global mobility of graduates, and offers you the opportunity of a truly international career.
You will be qualified to find employment as an Engineering Associate in public and private industry including transportation, manufacturing, process, construction, resource, energy and utilities industries. Engineering Associates often work in support of professional engineers or engineering technologists in a team environment. If you prefer to work in the field you may choose to find employment as a site supervisor, senior technician, engineering assistant, or similar.
Who should complete this program?
Anyone who wants to gain solid knowledge of the key elements of industrial automation to improve their work skills and to further their job prospects:
Electrical Engineers and Electricians
Maintenance Engineers and Supervisors
Energy Management Consultants
Automation and Process Engineers
Instrument Fitters and Instrumentation Engineers
Chemical and Mechanical Engineers
Instrument and Process Control Technicians
Even those who are highly experienced in industrial automation may find it useful to attend some of the topics to gain know-how in a very concentrated but practical format.
The program is composed of 72 topics within 21 modules. These cover the following seven engineering threads to provide you with maximum practical coverage in the field of industrial automation:
Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control
Industrial Data Communications and Networking
The modules will be completed in the following order:
Practical Instrumentation for Automation and Process Control
Practical Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering (for Non- Chemical Engineers)
Control Valve Sizing, Selection and Maintenance
Fundamentals of Process Plant Layout and Piping Design
Practical Process Control for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Tuning of Industrial Control Loops for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
Practical Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for Automation and Process Control
Best Practice in Industrial Data Communications
Practical Advanced Process Control for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Boiler Control and Instrumentation for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Hazardous Areas for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Safety Instrumentation and Emergency Shutdown Systems for Process Industries Using IEC 6155 and IEC 61508
Practical HAZOPS (Hazard and Operability Studies) for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Shielding, EMC/EMI, Noise Reduction, Earthing and Circuit Board Layout of Electronic Systems
Practical Wireless Ethernet and TCP/ IP Networking
Practical Radio Telemetry Systems for Industry
Practical SCADA Systems for Industry
Motor Protection, Control and Maintenance Technologies
Practical Power Distribution for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Project Management for Electrical, Instrumentation and Mechanical Engineers and Technicians
The programme features real-world applications and uses a multi-pronged approach involving interactive on-line webinars, simulation software and self-study assignments with a mentor on call. The course consists of 72 topics delivered over a period of 18 months. Presentations and group discussions will be conducted using a live, interactive software system. For each topic you will have an initial reading assignment (which will be delivered to you in electronic format in advance of the online presentations). There will be coursework or problems to be submitted and in some cases there will be practical exercises, using simulation software and remote labs that you can easily do from your home or office. You will have ongoing support from the instructors via phone, fax and e-mail.
The webinar schedule is not put together until after registrations close. The reason for this is that the program is promoted globally and we often have participants from several time zones. When you enrol you will receive a questionnaire which will help us determine your availability. When all questionnaires are returned we create a schedule which will endeavour to meet everyone’s requirements. Each webinar runs 2 or 3 times during each presentation day and we try our best to ensure that at least one session falls into your requested time frames. This is not always possible, however, due to the range of locations of both presenters and students. If you are unable to attend the webinars scheduled, we do have some options available. Contact the EIT for more details.
Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories
As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, we will be using a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during the course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log and proceed through the various practical sessions. These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite handson experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered in the course and will Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from the course to succeed in your future career in Industrial Automation.
**A note regarding recognition of this qualification and accredited course in the Australian education system: Accredited courses in Australia need to be re-accredited every 3 years. An application for this program to be re-accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is currently underway and is to be submitted to the Training Accreditation Council WA (TACWA). On the date when the program information shown here was published an application to TACWA for re-accreditation was pending, therefore the course commencement date is provisional and is dependent upon formal approval. Once re-accredited, the EIT plans to deliver this program to students worldwide.