Remote Engineering, also referred to as Online Engineering, is a recent development in Engineering and Science. Its aim is to facilitate the shared use of equipment, resources, and specialized software such as simulators.

The International Association of Online Engineering (IAOE) is an international non-profit organization. Its objective is to encourage the wider development, distribution and application of Online Engineering (OE). The main forum of the OE community is the annual International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation ('REV').

According to the IAOE the reasons for the growing importance of sharing engineering resources include:

  • The growing complexity of engineering tasks
  • The increasing proliferation of specialized and expensive equipment as well as software tools and simulators
  • The need for expensive equipment and software tools/simulators in short-lived projects
  • The application of high-tech equipment even in small and medium-sized enterprises
  • The need for highly-qualified staff to control new equipment
  • The demands of globalization and division of labor

In this exciting 18-month program you will gain:

  • Skills and know-how in the latest industrial Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics technologies
  • Practical guidance from experts in the field
  • 'Hands on' knowledge from the extensive experience of the instructors, rather than from only the theoretical information gained from books and college reading
  • Credibility as a Remote Engineering/Mechatronics expert in your firm
  • Networking contacts in the industry
  • Improved career prospects and income
  • An Advanced Diploma of Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics

The only 2015 intake starts May 04.

Do not miss your chance to complete this intensive, part-time and accredited program.

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Mechatronics, is an interdisciplinary field of engineering and integrates several technologies or subsystems. These include:

  • The mechanical subsystem, which is the device being controlled
  • A variety of sensors capable of measuring the controlled variables
  • Actuators that can convert digital signals into, say, physical quantities to adjust the system (e.g. to minimize errors) in order to meet the required performance
  • An instrumentation subsystem to interface sensors and actuators to the controlling computer
  • The controller (computer), which can, for example, be a microcontroller (microprocessor) or a PLC
  • The software for the controller, which can be written in a myriad of ways including machine-level languages, or high-level languages such as C++ or ladder diagrams

Mechatronics is the key to modern video and CD disk drives, camcorders, avionics, aircraft fly-by-wire, computerized fuel injection for motor vehicles, anti-lock braking systems, smart (autonomous) vehicles and smart weapons such as military drones used for aerial reconnaissance purposes. In the process automation field Mechatronics is also present in systems such as smart conveyer lines and assembly robots.

A Mechatronics engineer or technician has to view a system as a whole, and offer solutions to problems with multiple variables. As explained above, modern systems do not only combine several fundamental disciplines such as control theory, electronic systems, mechanical systems and computers, but they often require hybrid technologies where these basic disciplines overlap, such as electro-mechanics and Programmable Logic Controllers. It is therefore mandatory for the engineer to transcend the traditional barriers between these disciplines, and acquire skills such as developing microprocessor software, designing and implementing sophisticated PID control schemes, developing mathematical models of processes (for simulation purposes), selecting appropriate drives (linear, rotary, electrical, hydraulic, etc), selecting appropriate sensors and signal conditioning, and designing or integrating mechanical components.

Just like Ethernet networking and IEEE 802.11 wireless (Wi-Fi), the integration of technologies in engineering applications as embodied in Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics is upon us, and it is here to stay. And, what’s more, it is evolving at an exponential rate that will, in 10 years’ time, make some of today’s technology look like museum artifacts. This makes it almost mandatory for everyone in the Engineering world to become familiar with relevant technology or face obsolescence.

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:

  • Automation and Process Engineers
  • Chemical and Mechanical Engineers
  • Consulting Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and Electricians
  • Energy Management Consultants
  • Instrument and Process Control Technicians
  • Instrument Fitters and Instrumentation Engineers
  • Maintenance Engineers and Supervisors
  • Project Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Technologists

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.

Program Content

The course comprises 16 modules (please refer to the brochure). These cover the following four main threads to provide maximum practical coverage in the fields of Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics:

  1. Electrical/Electronic Systems
  2. Mechanical Systems
  3. Computers
  4. Control Systems

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