UEE43220 Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control

VU course code: UEE43220 | Level of study: TAFE
1 year full time or longer for part time
Face to Face


Develop skills in setting up and maintaining automated equipment and systems with a Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control from Victoria University.

You will learn to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain automated equipment associated with circuits and systems.

You will develop skills and knowledge in:

  • fabricating utilities industry components
  • engineering application software
  • solving circuit and path problems
  • understanding codes and specifications
  • implementing environmental and sustainable procedures
  • producing energy sector reports
  • quotations for installation or service jobs
  • sourcing of installation materials
  • computing device assembly
  • configuring basic local area network (LAN)
  • attaching electrical equipment for connection
  • control programs for programmable logic controllers
  • quality control practices
  • safe work practices.

The course also includes the supervision of plant maintenance programs and providing technical advice to process staff.

It is ideal for electricians and non-electricians working in manufacturing and automation environments.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

To be awarded the UEE43220 Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control, a student must successfully complete a total of One thousand, two hundred and Eighty (1,280) weighting points, comprising of:

  • Five hundred and twenty (520) Core weighting points, and;
  • Seven hundred and Sixty (760) Elective weighting points.

Note: 0 and 220 weighting points can be taken from Group A; and between 0 and 540 weighting points must be taken from Group B; and between 220 and 760 weighting points must be taken from Group C, or all 760 weighting points can be taken from Group C. Up to 220 weighting points of the general elective units Group A , may be selected, with appropriate contextualisation, from any relevant nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course, provided selected units contribute to the vocational outcome of the qualification. Previously assigned weighting points are listed in the UEE Electrotechnology Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG), if not listed weighting points will be 10 points, unless directed from the Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.


Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.




The engineering and manufacturing industries are some of the largest industries for employment within Australia, and process automation skills are highly sought after. This qualification from Victoria University Polytechnic can help get your foot in the door.

You’ll have the skills to work on automation infrastructure that many businesses and enterprises rely on for daily operations. You’ll be prepared to work as a technician or supervisor in areas such as:

  • manufacturing
  • power generation
  • industrial automation
  • general electrical systems
  • process control
  • chemical, oil and gas refineries and process plants
  • large warehouses with automated distribution systems.

Example job titles include:

  • electrical industrial maintenance (special class electrician)
  • electronic instrument trades worker
  • industrial measurement and control technician
  • systems integrator (design and commission of PLC and SCADA control systems).