Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)

There is a 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 Project Thesis, 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 units. 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.


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  • CRICOS Course Code: 094185G
  • Course duration: 2 years full-time
  • Hours: 10 hours of study per week (40 hours total)
  • Holiday break: N/A
  • Study mode and hours:
    On-campus Study
  • Fees: $11,375 Per semester
ME501 Power Engineering
ME502 Programmable Logic Controllers
ME503 Industrial Process Control Systems
ME504 Industrial Instrumentation
ME505 Process Engineering (Plant Layout)
MXX507 Professional Engineering Management
ME507 Industrial and Data Communications 1
ME508 Safety Systems (HAC, HAZOP, SIS)
ME601 Industrial and Data Communications 2
ME602 SCADA and Distributed Control Systems
ME603 Advanced Process Control
MXX501/601 Engineering Practice and Key Research Methods
ME700 Project Thesis (taken over 1 semester)
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