Bachelor of Engineering (Instrumentation Control and Automation) Honours

Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University
  • Awarded by

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Instrumentation Engineer | Process Control Engineer | Control and Automation Engineer

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Last modified: 03 Jun 2019

In a Nutshell

Turn your interest in motors and machines into an exciting new career with this Bachelor of Engineering (Instrumentation Control and Automation) Honours course from Edith Cowan University. 

Designed for students interested in starting careers in engineering, this qualification will equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge required to start a career in instrumentation control and automation engineering -- the integration of electrical, electronic and computing engineering with control engineering.

Grounded in a foundation of physics and maths, this course offers specialised study in the development of intelligent systems to automate monitoring, processing, and production in different engineering industries. You'll graduate with skills in electrical and electronic engineering; design, development and management of advanced control and automation systems; and leadership, teamwork and problem-solving. 

With this qualification, you'll have the skills, knowledge and experience required to work in a broad range of industries that rely on automation, including in mining and mineral processing, oil and gas, and agriculture -- all of which are strongly represented in the Western Australian economy. 

This qualification is accredited by Engineers Australia and is recognised nationally. If you're looking for an exciting new career and need a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and experience, this qualification is your next step. 

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a minimum indicative ATAR of 82 (or equivalent); OR
    • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
    • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
    • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU's higher entry requirements; AND
    • Meet ECU's English Competency requirements and special admissions requirements (see below).

    Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

    Special Admissions Requirements: All applicants are required to have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents considered, and Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, with equivalents considered. It is desirable that all applicants have Mathematics: Specialist ATAR, with equivalents considered.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this engineering course, the subjects you may study include:

    Core subjects:

    • Introduction to engineering
    • Electrical engineering 1A
    • Mathematics 1
    • Engineering drawing and computer-aided design
    • Engineering mechanics
    • Mathematics 2
    • Materials and manufacturing 1
    • Electrical engineering 1B
    • Instrumentation and measurement
    • Digital electronics
    • Engineering innovation and ethics
    • Engineering systems
    • Programming fundamentals
    • Engineering dynamics
    • Signals and systems
    • Analog electronics
    • Communication systems 1
    • Electrical networks
    • Data communications and computer networks
      Control systems
    • Electrical machines and transformers
    • Microprocessor systems
    • Industrial control
    • Engineering practicum
    • Propagation and antennas
    • Advanced industrial control
    • Power electronics
    • Project development
    • Engineering honours thesis 1
    • Engineering management
    • Process control
    • Engineering project
    • Engineering honours thesis 2

    Elective subjects:

    • Materials and manufacturing 2
    • Thermodynamics
    • Fluid mechanics
    • Power systems 1
    • Wireless communication
    • Electronic circuit design
    • Data signal processing
    • Telecommunication networks
    • Robotics 1
    • Communication systems 2
    • Sustainability and renewable energy
    • Multivariate calculus
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  • Why Edith Cowan University?

    Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

    ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

    From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

    Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

    When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Engineering (Instrumentation Control and Automation) Honours from Edith Cowan University

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to pursue employment in the diverse field of automation and process engineering. You'll be able to seek employment in areas including product design and development, manufacturing, mining and resources, agriculture, public utilities, roads and transport, defence, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, and as a consultant or project manager. You'll be able to seek work as a control and automation engineer, process control engineer or instrumentation engineer.

This qualification is nationally recognised and accredited by Engineers Australia. 

Wondering where a career in engineering could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

Let's Talk Price

Fees may be paid up-front, or financial assistance is available to help with study costs. Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Enquire now to find out more!


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year). 


Find out more about government study loans here.

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