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Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering in Mining


  • Skills and know-how in the latest electrical and instrumentation technologies used in mining operations all over the world 
  • Practical guidance from mining experts in the field 
  • 'Hands-on' knowledge from the extensive experience of the instructors, rather than from only the theoretical information gained from books and college reading
  • Credibility as a mining expert in your firm 
  • Networking contacts in the industry
  • Improved career prospects and income  
  • An Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Engineering in Mining


Next intake is scheduled for April 11, 2016 - contact us to apply.




Who should complete this accredited qualification?

This program would be ideal for you if you are seeking to gain know-how and expertise in the mining industry and are an:

  • Instrument and process control technician or technologist
  • Instrument fitter
  • Mining engineering supervisor
  • Sales engineer
  • Chemical, mining or mechanical engineer
  • Electrical engineers and electricians
  • Maintenance engineers and supervisors
  • Design engineers
  • Project managers
  • Consulting engineers
  • A recent graduate electrical, instrumentation or mechanical engineer

Even if you are highly experienced you will find this a great way to become familiar with mining technology as quickly as possible.


Mining equipment has come a long way since the days of mule-drawn carriages for haulage, and canaries or Davy lamps for safety.

In terms of high-voltage equipment, large AC and DC motors are still at the order of the day, but with increased sophistication. Load-haul-dump trucks operate in hazardous environments without a driver on board. Sophisticated Motor Control Centers now house Variable Speed Drives and soft-starters, and the motor control equipment is often networked via Ethernet.

It is, however, on the low-voltage side where the developments are almost breathtaking. In certain parts of the world all mines in the region are monitored centrally on a SCADA system, with backhauls (fiber and wireless) to all mines in the region, forming a large Wide Area Network.

At the mine sites Ethernet networks, both wired and wireless, are at the order of the day both above and below ground level. Leaky Feeder wireless systems are still to be found, but nowadays they support Ethernet and TCP/IP, making them suitable for voice and data. IEE802.11 wireless (a.k.a. Wi-Fi), suitably adapted for the mining environment, is making vast inroads into mining operations. Wi-Fi-based systems are used for both data and voice (VoIP), and with suitable Radio Frequency ID interfaces they also provide the infrastructure for monitoring personnel and vehicle movement. Some 802.11-based systems can even be configured in mesh topologies, delivering military-grade reliable communications between moving personnel and vehicles in an open mine environment.

Industrial field buses such as HART, AS-i, Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus and DeviceNet are widely used in the mining industry. As is the case with most other electronics, they are increasingly moving towards a co-existence with Ethernet, and augmentation with wireless. And, of course, some of them can perform safety functions as well as operate in intrinsically safe environments.

SCADA and distributed control is at the order of the day, and data from these systems are used as inputs to expert systems. These systems are used for various purposes such as providing data for optimized mine management, safety, and advanced process control. It is, in many cases, not even necessary for control room staff to understand anything about PID control in order to optimize a given control loop; the advanced process control system will heed their ‘operator’ inputs and optimize the process on their behalf.   

Personal safety has not lagged behind. For example, ground radar can detect sub-millimeter ground movements, UWB and Wi-Fi systems are teamed up to avoid collisions between people and vehicles, and integrated headlamps for miners not only have built-in radio communications facilities, but also Ultra-Low Frequency ground-to-surface pagers for emergency location.

So, in short, the mining industry is attracting the best of the best cutting-edge commercial and industrial electrical and electronics technologies. The question is are you capable of dealing with it? Welcome to the EIT Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Engineering in Mining.


This program is composed of 19 modules, covering 5 main streams:

  • Power Engineering
  • Communications
  • Control
  • Analytics and Management Systems
  • Safety

The modules will be completed in the following order:

  1. Electrical and Electronic Engineering Drawings
  2. Electrical Power Distribution
  3. Circuit Breakers and Switchgear
  4. Power Systems Protection
  5. Fundamentals of Professional Engineering
  6. Motor Control
  7. Data Communications
  8. Ethernet
  9. TCP /IP and VOIP
  10. Terrestrial Microwave and Satellite Communications
  11. Leaky Feeder Systems
  12. Wireless LANs
  13. Wireless Mesh Networks
  14. Field Buses
  15. SCADA Systems and OPC
  16. Process Control Systems
  17. Programmable Logic Controllers
  18. Distributed Control Systems
  19. Analytical, Management and Personal Safety Systems and Devices

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In Company Online Training Solutions

Special class groups can be arranged on request to match your own schedule. If you have a large number of staff who should complete any of our programs, read more about EIT's In Company Online Training HERE and contact us to assist you further.


Course Fees

What are the fees for my country?

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides distance education to students located all around the world – it is one of the very few truly global training institutes. Course fees are paid in a currency that is determined by the student’s location. We aim to give you a rapid response regarding course fees that are relevant to your individual circumstances.

We understand that cost is a major consideration before a student begins to study. For a rapid reply to your query regarding course fees and payment options, please contact a Course Advisor in your region via the below button and we will respond within two (2) business days.

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EIT Advanced Diploma Payment Information

Please contact us with your location for Advanced Diploma fees in the relevant currency. Fees include:

  • All live webinars with professional instructors
  • Up to thirty (30) technical manuals (as searchable eBooks)
  • Course materials
  • Software
  • Postage
  • Assignments, and
  • Ongoing support from a dedicated Course Coordinator

All you need to participate is an Internet connection, a computer, speakers and, if possible, a microphone.


There are three payment options available for EIT's Advanced Diploma courses:


Pay the total amount upfront and receive a 5% reduction in fees.


Over the duration of the course you will have 6 equal payments. The first payment is required between two (2) and four (4) weeks before the course starts. Payment dates are set ahead of time and provided at the start of the course. You receive the complimentary thirty (30) technical reference eBooks in batches over the duration of the course.


This option allows for even monthly payments. The first payment is required at least four weeks before the course starts, then one on the same date every month for the remaining period. This option incurs a 2% administration fee. You receive the complimentary thirty (30) technical reference eBooks in batches over the duration of the course.


Fee concessions are available for larger group bookings

For a rapid reply to your query regarding courses fees and payment options, please contact us and we will respond within two (2) business days.

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More courses available from EIT's School of Industrial Automation

  1. Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation)
  2. Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Engineering for Mining
  3. Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities
  4. Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation
  5. Advanced Diploma of Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics
  6. Professional Certificate of Competency in Allen Bradley Controllogix/ Logix5000 PLC Platforms
  7. Professional Certificate of Competency in Best Practice in Process, Electrical & Instrumentation Drawings and Documentation
  8. Professional Certificate of Competency in CitectSCADA/VIJEO
  9. Professional Certificate of Competency in Control Valve Sizing, Selection and Maintenance
  10. Professional Certificate of Competency in Hazardous Areas and Intrinsic Safety for Engineers and Technicians
  11. Professional Certificate of Competency in IEC 61850 based Substation Automation
  12. Professional Certificate of Competency in Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control
  13. Professional Certificate of Competency in Machine Vision Applications in Industry
  14. Professional Certificate of Competency in Practical Boiler Control and Instrumentation for Engineers and Technicians
  15. Professional Certificate of Competency in Process Control Incorporating Loop Tuning and Advanced Control Strategies
  16. Professional Certificate of Competency in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and SCADA Systems
  17. Professional Certificate of Competency in Safety Instrumentation Systems for Process Industries
  18. Professional Certificate of Competency in the Selection, Commissioning and Maintenance of Shutdown, Blowdown, Severe Service and Choke Valves 

In order to meet the exacting demands of the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and downstream processing industries, modern plants are equipped with systems and devices which are needed to measure and regulate variables such as temperature, pressure, flow, humidity, liquid level, velocity and density. Industrial Automation provides the technology to control and monitor a process plant using such concepts as feedback, cascade, feedforward and advanced process control. Here at the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), we have developed advanced training and diplomas in Instrumentation and Control.

There is a critical shortage of automation, instrumentation and control engineers, technicians and technologists around the world now due to the retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new technologies and industries. The respected ISA organization estimated that at least 15,000 new automation engineers are needed annually in the USA alone.

In keeping with the philosophy of EIT, students in this school are exposed to the practical, up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills demanded by leading industries worldwide, with online instrumentation courses. EIT does not just cater to a generic student body, instead all of our instrumentation courses online are specific to industry. The Advanced Diplomas cover a large range of topics and are suited to anyone needing an intensive and practical look at all facets of industrial automation, instrumentation and process control. The short courses that form part of EIT's professional development series are designed to provide students with critical knowledge and practical tools that can be immediately applied to the workplace. They are ideal to up-skill and/or cross-skill in a particular area or technology.

Students in EIT's School of Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control study subjects which include: process control, instrumentation, control valves, process plant layout and piping design, tuning of process loops, SCADA, PLCs, advanced process control (APC), boiler control, hazardous areas, safety instrumentation (IEC 61511 and IEC 61508), HAZOPs, industrial data communications, networking, deviceNet and Fieldbus, industrial wireless, radio telemetry systems, shielding/EMC/EMI, and noise reduction. 

Here is what some of our past students have said about this course:


Wisdom and Education


Hear from EIT's unofficial 'Poster Boy' Murray Langley - Murray first completed the Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Engineering in Mining (DMN), he then successfully passed the Vocational Graduate Diploma of Project Management in Industrial Automation (GPI) and has now commenced the Graduate Diploma of Project Management in Electrical Engineering (GPE). He now “approach(es) my project work much more strategically; having developed a much better understanding of financial, planning and implementation processes that make projects successful.”

Learn more about Murray's experiences here.




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