About Us

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) delivers industry-driven programs to ensure our students have the skills required in the real industrial world. Our four Bachelor of Science degrees are available on campus in Perth, Western Australia and online. Our Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) is available on campus in Perth, Western Australia and Melbourne, Victoria, as well as online.


Dr Steve Mackay – Dean of Engineering

Steve is passionate about many things, but his passion for engineering and education define him. He has enjoyed a varied career in engineering and he continues to study to ensure he keeps abreast of the many changes in an age driven by technology. Most of his experience has been gained whilst working ‘on the job’; so he has a strongly practical focus in everything he does, believing that all study must lead to a successful engineering career.


He has worked mainly in the automation, data acquisition, instrumentation, data communications and process control areas of engineering throughout Australia, Europe, Africa and North America for the past thirty five years. Although perhaps initially greeted with some scepticism, he pioneered the application of new technologies in Australia and overseas such as industrial data communications systems, engineering online learning using remote labs and the commercialisation of engineering training worldwide with success.


He has been responsible for activities ranging from detailed hardware and software design for control system interfaces to the management of complex multimillion dollar mechanical and electrical projects.  His experience has covered many industries including power stations, mining, mineral processing, oil/gas/petrochemical plants and platforms.  Steve has also presented numerous courses world-wide on industrial data communications, data acquisition and process control and the impact of new technologies on instrumentation and control to over 30,000 engineers and technicians to clients such as NASA, Rolls Royce, BP and Manchester University.


He has over 25 of his books (3 of them of which he was a co-author and the remainder for which he has acted as editor) being accepted for publication by Elsevier (Butterworths and Newnes) throughout the world on aspects of engineering. A Fellow of Engineers Australia with a licence to practise as a Chemical, Mechanical and Electrical Chartered Professional Engineer, Steve firmly believes in Nelson Mandela’s mantra that: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.


As Dean of the Engineering Institute of Technology, he leads the college in provision of programs to over 1500 students per year (both on-campus and online) from 140 countries with an unswerving focus on excellence, caring and value for students.


On-Campus Study

EIT on-campus programs include classroom sessions, practical lab exercises, assessments, class discussions and personal study. Additionally, our students have access to industry experts based around the globe through live and interactive online presentations. Our students have access to a personalized Learning Management System where all course materials are available 24/7.


Practical Exercises, Remote Labs and Assignments

All EIT programs provide access to remote laboratories and cutting-edge simulation software. Hands-on laboratory practicals are an essential component of EIT’s programs to ensure our students put theory into practice. These hands-on workshops cover the major discipline-specific applied skills required for competency in engineering practice.


Learning Support

Remote and on-campus students need support, encouragement and a go-to person. Our students are supported by dedicated Learning Support Officers (LSOs) for the duration of their studies, giving them a greater chance of success. Students studying our degrees will have a committed LSO for each unit of study.  


Honesty, Integrity: Our Word is Our Bond

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a world-class education and gain job ready skills that can be immediately implemented in the workplace. Our staff members uphold our ethos of honesty and integrity and our students are also expected to carry this ethos throughout their time at our institute, and into their careers.