Associate Degree in Applied Technologies (Process Sensors)

Digital technology is revolutionising the way manufacturing and extractive industries operate. Gain an advanced engineering qualification and develop in-demand skills to deploy Industry 4.0 technologies, while maintaining your day job. 

Co-delivered by UWA and South Metropolitan TAFE, the Associate Degree will allow you to advance your career and give you a competitive edge for industries of the future.  

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Quick Details

Course code
TISC code
February and July
1.5 years
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
UWA (Perth), South Metro TAFE
Related study areas

This course is currently available for domestic students only.

UWA Collaborating with South Metropolitan TAFE | Associate Degree Applied Technologies

ERDi Test Lab UWA Associated Degree Applied Technologies

About the course

Industry 4.0 represents the world’s fourth industrial revolution and is changing the way companies manufacture and deliver services by integrating sensors, data analytics, and intelligent control systems.

This course is designed for professionals with industry experience who want to advance their career and be part of the exciting opportunities Industry 4.0 presents. The flexibility of the course gives you the option to explore foundational physics, chemistry, or engineering units, enabling opportunities for further study in these disciplines.  

The capstone work-integrated learning unit provides a unique opportunity for you to apply your new skills to a real-world industry project of your choice – whether that’s delivering a solution to an industry-orientated problem from your workplace, or through case studies. With a major industry project on your resume, you’ll be an attractive candidate to future employers.


Why study the course? 

  • You'll gain hands-on skills development at South Metropolitan TAFE, and will deploy these skills on industry-facing projects at UWA’s state-of-the-art ERDi Industry 4.0 Testlab
  • As a graduate you'll have a cutting-edge understanding of how advanced sensors are integrated to build and virtualize control environments across technology industries
  • Flexibility to fit your lifestyle - SM TAFE classes are offered at night, while most UWA classes have online activities available, meaning you can maintain your day job while studying
  • This course is guided by industry expectations and uses industry-standard tools meaning you can immediately apply outcomes in current and future roles
  • Mentored by local and academic leaders in Industry 4.0 technologies, you'll gain project management, communication and teamwork skills - critical in any workplace
  • Some students mat be eligible for partial or full tuition waivers - applicants are invited to discuss with the Program Chair during application

You'll learn to...

  • Understand the “Industry 4.0” paradigm, and how it applies to energy, extractive, and manufacturing industries
  • Design and integrate sensors required for Industry 4.0 through practical, hands-on skills development
  • Deploy digitisation knowledge, and learn how to efficiently collect and manage data across an Industry 4.0 deployment 
  • Apply mathematical and programming frameworks that inform practical engineering tools within Industry 4.0     

Course structure

  • 72 points comprising 12 six-point units. Students take four units in the semester.
  • Students who have completed a Diploma in Applied Technologies, or similar, at South Metropolitan TAFE may apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): if accepted, the RPL would require students to study a total of 48 points, comprised of 8 six-point units (one year, full-time).

View the UWA handbook for more information on the course structure and units.

Careers and employability

Technician Students graduating with an Associated Degree in Applied Technologies (Process Sensors) are well placed for Industry 4.0, where the measurement, modelling and control of systems can be improved through the application of technology, such as manufacturing, extraction and export industries. 

 Potential jobs

  • Digital Service Technician

  • Application Services Associate Engineer

  • Systems Architect

  • Mechatronic/Manufacturing Technologist

  • Data Analyst

  • BIM Manager

Are you eligible for the Women in STEM funding grant?

UWA is a successful recipient of funding as part of the Department of Education's Women in STEM Cadetships and Advanced Apprenticeships Program, which encourages more women to pursue qualifications in STEM and is designed to support women to study part-time, while continuing their careers.

Up to $5,000 per employee, per year, is available for eligible employers to support employees’ participation in the program. These funds can be used to provide flexible work arrangements or to cover costs associated with study, tuition fees or other study-related expenses. 
Applicants are invited to discuss this further with the Program Chair during application.

Fees and scholarships

Student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For a fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”. Annual fees are subject to annual indexation.

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Domestic Students

Domestic students who are eligible for a Commonwealth-supported place can use the HECS-HELP loan scheme to pay their tuition fees.

Course credit points
Average annual fee - 2023

Admission requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have:

(a) completion of a TAFE Diploma in a relevant field;


(b) at least 5 years of relevant work experience undertaken in an English-language environment (including manufacturing or mechatronic technician, service technician, system architect or technician, data analyst, or a similar field across the manufacturing or service sectors);

(2) Interview with the Program Chair

(3) Demonstrate English language competence

We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Find out the admissions pathways for School Leavers and Non-School Leavers.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have completed a Diploma of Applied Technologies from South Metropolitan TAFE, will get an RPL for the following units: MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals; GENG1203 Prepare Mechanical Models for Computer-Aided Engineering; and GENG1204 Develop, Enter and Verify Discrete Control Programs for Programmable Controllers.

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