Develop skills in setting up and maintaining automated equipment and systems with a Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control from Victoria University Polytechnic.
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.
Hands-on learning & industry links
Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills on special purpose machinery at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.
You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:
- industry projects
- live work
- industry simulation.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.
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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:
- 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).
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.
Course structure and units
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
- UEEIC0025 - Provide solutions to extra-low voltage (ELV) electro-pneumatic control systems and drives
- UEERE0015 - Implement and monitor energy sector environmental and sustainable policies and procedures
Group A: Imported and Common Elective Units
Group B: General Elective Units
- UEERL0001 - Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply
- UEERL0002 - Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000 V a.c. or 1500 V d.c.
Group C: General Elective Units
- UEEIC0015 - Develop, enter and verify word and analogue control programs for programmable logic controllers
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) approved by VU Polytechnic
Units in Transition - Group A Elective Units
This qualification covers competencies to select, install, set up, test, fault find, repair, maintain and commission systems and devices for measurement and recording of physical/chemical phenomenon and related process control systems.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
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- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
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Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.
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As part of the application process, applicants must:
complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission
- have completed of Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies or Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Pathways from VU courses
There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
Pathways to further study
On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:
You will be guaranteed entry only.
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How to apply
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