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Automation careers are jobs of the future

A career in Engineering Design and Automation offers the opportunity to work in a field that is challenging, interesting, in-demand and well-paid.   

Considerable change is already underway, with many industries transitioning towards automation. In Western Australia, this especially applies to areas such as agriculture, resources and manufacturing. In April 2018, the State Government partnered with Rio Tinto to begin development of Australia's first dedicated qualifications in automation. Read Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery's statement here or watch a video here.

These exciting changes are already effecting employment prospects - and the workforce of tomorrow. A career in Design and Automation Engineering will see you work at the forefront of rapidly evolving technologies with opportunities in many industries. 

What is automation? 

Automation is about creating and applying technologies that control or monitor production and delivery. It’s not about pressing buttons, but rather, designing and developing the buttons. It's about designing, programming, configuring and testing Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and industrial networks. Ultimately it’s about working with the “robots” – from concept to prototype. 

What skills are required? 

A solid understanding of maths and physics, creative thinking, detail focused and an interest in developing programs that control external devices and networks.

What are the job outcomes? 

Employment outcomes are strong, with excellent reward and recognition for the appropriate candidates. 

Some jobs include:

  • Design Automation Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer Programmer
  • Process Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Maintenance Technician 

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What courses are available? 

South Metropolitan TAFE offers qualifications from entry level Certificate II through to an Advanced Diploma. These are suited for all abilities and ages, from school leavers to age with industry experience. 

For School Leavers and Mature Age Entrants 

MEM30505 Certificate III in Engineering - Technical

This is an entry-level qualification which exposes students to the design fundamentals required by Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing. Graduates of this course may then continue into a second semester of MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering – Technical and complete this diploma in six months full time (rather than the usual 12 months).

UEE50511 Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering 

UEE62111 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Electrical 

MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering – Technical 

MEM60112 Advanced Diploma of Engineering

When you receive an Advanced Diploma of Engineering (MEM60112) from South Metropolitan TAFE you’ll be able to work as an engineering associate around the world. Engineers Australia recognises the Advanced Diploma of Engineering and allows graduates to work as Engineering Associates in countries that are signatories to the Dublin Accord including the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, South Korea, New Zealand and South Africa. Click here for more information.

For tradespeople seeking to upskill or organisations seeking enhancement of electrical capabilities

The skill sets listed below are part of the Diploma of Engineering - Technical (HVAC)  (MEM50212). They have been designed to assist industry build capability in emerging electrical technologies.

GAA30 Applied Engineering Mathematics Skill Set

GAA28 Maintenance Planning, Scheduling and Coordination Skill Set

GAA29 Applied Engineering Drawing and CAD Skill Set

New Automation Courses at SM TAFE!

In partnership with Rio Tinto, SM TAFE has developed two new automation qualifications, which are the first accredited automation qualifications in Australia! These courses will assist to position WA workers to take full advantage of the many exciting opportunities automation is expected to deliver to industry and the economy.

52845WA Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations is currently being delivered as a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools Pilot with three metropolitan schools and one north regional school; as well as the commencement of an Existing Workers Pilot within Rio Tinto to commence in September 2019.  Proposed delivery to the public is planned for late 2020.

52844WA Course in Working Effectively in an Automation Workplace offers a skill set that trade-qualified workers and apprentices can use to improve or upgrade their skills in automation to match future workforce and industry needs. This course is still in the pilot phase with proposed delivery to the public commencing in late 2020. 

Does this sound like something you're interested in? Use the button below to register your interest in future automation study opportunities.

Where will I study? 

Munster Campus 

A world-class, state-of-the-art specialist training facility aligned with the needs of the mining, oil and gas, engineering and processing industries is located in Munster, south of Perth's metropolitan area.  The $12.4 million Munster Campus Stage 2 was officially opened in November 2017.  It has has purpose built Applied Engineering facilities in 3D printing, CNC-milling, laser, precision milling and vinyl cutting.  It also includes a purpose built Mechatronics Room that deals with circuit design and simulation software for multiple technologies such as:

  • Pneumatics
  • Hydraulics
  • PLC controls
  • HMI control panels
  • SCADA and DCS
  • Electro technical motor controls
  • Digital electronics
Page last updated November 20, 2019