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The initial program of the NETM will develop 100 micro-credentials between 2022-2025. Check back regularly for the latest information on current and upcoming courses or click here to sign up to be kept informed about upcoming micro-credentials.

NETM micro-credentials are non-accredited training not formally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). NETM micro-credentials are NOT intended to replace or substitute a recognised AQF qualification or statement of attainment, and do not replace or substitute any occupational licencing or registration requirements.

Current micro-credentials

Semiconductor Business Processes, IC Processes and Devices, and IC Programming

Industry Partner: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Education Partner: The University of Sydney

Micro-credential overview: A semiconductor is a physical product designed to manage and control the flow of current in electronic devices and equipment. Semiconductors are the building blocks of modern computing and are responsible for powering nearly every electronic device. This micro-credential prepares learners to engage in semiconductor design by developing skills and knowledge in the following topics:

  • Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and commercial practices
  • Digital integrated circuit design fundamentals
  • HTTP live streaming (HLS) to register-transfer level (RTL) to graphic data stream II (GDSII) flows
  • High-level synthesis of digital design

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Practical Foundations of Biology

Industry Partner: Vitex Pharmaceuticals

Education Partner: University of Technology Sydney

Micro-credential overview: Biology is the study of living things and their vital processes. It is an important area in pharmaceutical production, as it enhances staff capability and capacity for businesses delving into new food production technologies and manufacturing approaches. This micro-credential prepares learners to engage in pharmaceutical manufacturing by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of cellular nucleus biology, including DNA replication, transcription and translation
  • Describe and apply key concepts related to proteomics
  • Apply knowledge of human biology to describe how solid dose medications are absorbed and exert their therapeutic effect
  • Explain how production processes used in manufacturing could impact cells, with particular focus on eliminating or mitigating the impact of contaminants

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Practical Foundations of Microbiology

Industry Partner: Vitex Pharmaceuticals

Education Partner: University of Technology Sydney

Micro-credential overview: Microbiology is the study of all living organisms that are too small to be visible with the naked eye. It is an important area in pharmaceutical production, as it enhances staff capability and capacity for businesses delving into new food production technologies and manufacturing approaches. This micro-credential prepares learners to engage in pharmaceutical manufacturing by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Identify and describe the different families of micro‑organisms and their functional differences
  • Understand the variety of sterilisation techniques used to ensure safety and quality in pharmaceuticals manufacturing
  • Apply sterilisation techniques to eliminate and/or mitigate the impact of different micro-organisms in products for human consumption

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Practical Foundations of Organic Chemistry

Industry Partner: Vitex Pharmaceuticals

Education Partner: University of Technology Sydney

Micro-credential overview: Organic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of carbon-containing compounds. It is an important area in pharmaceutical production, as it enhances staff capability and capacity for businesses delving into new food production technologies and manufacturing approaches. This micro-credential prepares learners to engage in pharmaceutical manufacturing by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Identify and describe the functional groups in botanical ingredients
  • Understand the different vitamins and their biological interaction with the body
  • Identify and explain the role of enzymes, catalysis and other lab procedures to isolate organic compounds for safe use in pharmaceutical manufacturing

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Practical Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

Industry Partner: Vitex Pharmaceuticals

Education Partner: University of Technology Sydney

Micro-credential overview: Inorganic chemistry is concerned with the properties and behaviour of inorganic compounds, which include metals, minerals, and organometallic compounds. It is an important area in pharmaceutical production, as it enhances staff capability and capacity for businesses delving into new food production technologies and manufacturing approaches. This micro-credential prepares learners to engage in pharmaceutical manufacturing by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand the standard for tablets, capsules and pills set out in Therapeutic Goods Order No. 101 and relate the standard to manufacturing practice
  • Understand the inorganic compounds, heavy metals and potential contaminants which may be involved in pharmaceutical production
  • Describe and justify the use of a variety of experimentation techniques to test minerals and finished products for safety and quality

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Basic Programming and Use of Collaborative Robots

Industry Partner: Omron Automation and Robotics

Education Partner: University of Technology Sydney

Micro-credential overview: Collaborative robots or 'cobots' are robots that can operate safely alongside and even with human workers. Cobots are fitted with sensors that minimise the chances of close-range human injuries.  Cobots are predominantly used for tedious and repetitive tasks with more consistent and efficient outputs, while freeing up workers for more important and higher skilled roles. At the completion of this micro-credential, learners will be able to:

  • Program a cobot using industry relevant cobot programming languages.
  • Interpret cobot specifications and use that information to select cobots and how to integrate into common industry applications.
  • Understanding of cobot safety implications, safety devices and ethics

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Create Technical Drawings

Industry Partner: Romar Engineering

Education Partner: TAFE NSW

Micro-credential overview: Creating technical drawings is a critical skill in manufacturing, especially in advanced manufacturing contexts where precise technical skills in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing are in increasing demand. Without unambiguous, clear and complete technical drawings, manufacturers cannot produce objects at scale.  This micro-credential prepares learners to create technical drawings by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand Australian Standard AS1100 technical drawing information requirements
  • Translate engineering intent into AS1100-compliant detail drawings
  • Ensure detail drawings combine into coherent AS1100-compliant assembly drawing(s)

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Introduction to Technical Drawings

Industry Partner: Romar Engineering

Education Partner: TAFE NSW

Micro-credential overview: Technical drawings are essential to visually communicating ideas in industry and engineering. They provide a blueprint to inform how a product or component is produced and enable post-production quality control. The ability to read technical drawings impacts everyone involved in the design and manufacture of goods and is a fundamental skill in the industry. This micro-credential prepares learners to read technical drawings by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand the principles of Australian Standard AS1100 for technical drawing
  • Apply knowledge of AS1100 to interpret the engineering intent of release drawing(s)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technical terminology specified in AS1100

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Essentials of Additive Manufacturing

Industry Partner: GE Additive

Education Partner: Western Sydney University

Micro-credential overview: Additive manufacturing is an advanced manufacturing technique that gradually adds layers of materials together through a process of 3D printing.  The resulting objects can be lighter-weight and more complex than those produced through traditional manufacturing techniques.  This micro-credential prepares learners to use metal additive manufacturing in their operations by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand the principles of additive manufacturing and industrial 3D printing
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create production-ready designs
  • Apply knowledge of the additive manufacturing process to produce basic 3D printed objects
  • Investigate additive part selection and develop a business case for the use of additive manufacturing

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Developing and Sustaining Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces

Industry Partner: Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT)

Education Partner: UNE Partnerships, University of New England

Micro-credential overview: Diverse and inclusive workplaces can create significant benefits for both employees and businesses. These benefits include improving employee engagement and wellbeing, reducing the risk of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, improving productivity, and fostering a strong company reputation that positions a business as an employer of choice. This micro-credential prepares learners to establish diversity and inclusion in their organisations by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Identify various types of diversity
  • Articulate the importance and business benefits of diversity in the workplace
  • Design and implement practical strategies that promote workplace diversity and inclusion
  • Design and implement practical strategies that sustain diverse and inclusive workplace environments
  • Contextualise recruitment and staff retention strategies to a specific organisational context

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Upcoming micro-credentials

Semiconductor Digital Design Verification Concept and Tool Training

Industry Partner: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Micro-credential overview: A semiconductor is a physical product designed to manage and control the flow of current in electronic devices and equipment. Semiconductors are the building blocks of modern computing and are responsible for powering nearly every electronic device. Digital design verification helps to ensure that the design of a semiconductor meets specifications and system requirements for use. This micro-credential builds on Semiconductor Business Processes, IC Processes and Devices, and IC Programming and prepares learners to engage in semiconductor design verification by attaining skills and knowledge in the following topics:

  • Xcelium simulator
  • Metric-driven verification using Cadence vManager
  • Essential SystemVerilog for Universal Verification Methodology (UVM)
  • System Verilog Accelerated Verification using UVM
  • SystemVerilog assertions
  • JasperGold® fundamentals for designers
  • Xcelium integrated coverage

Semiconductor Digital Implementation Concept and Tool Training

Industry Partner: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Micro-credential overview:

A semiconductor is a physical substance designed to manage and control the flow of current in electronic devices and equipment. Semiconductors are the building blocks of modern computing and are responsible for powering nearly every electronic device. This micro-credential builds on Semiconductor Business Processes, IC Processes and Devices, and IC Programming, and prepares learners in semiconductor digital implementation by attaining skills and knowledge in the following topics:

  • Basic static timing analysis 
  • Genus synthesis solution
  • Innovus implementation system
  • Tempus sign-off timing analysis
  • Conformal Equivalence Checking
  • Conformal low power

Introduction to Manual Composite Layup Techniques

Industry Partner: Quickstep

Micro-credential overview: Carbon fibre composite is a resilient, strong, and lightweight material ideal for aerospace applications. Applications of carbon fibres are expanding to the manufacture of performance vehicles, electric cars, boats, hybrid buses and drone technology. At the completion of this micro-credential, learners will be able to:    

  • Understand the difference between dry and pre-impregnated materials, their preparation and storage requirements
  • Apply release agent to tools/moulds and extract completed parts
  • Hand form multilayers of fabrics to moulds (incorporating a range of internal and external curvatures, lap & butt joins)
  • Understand and select consumables for compaction and final cure of composites
  • Apply a compaction and final bag to the layout and mould and understand the curing process

Introduction to CNC G-code Programming (PowerMILL)

Industry Partner: Nepean Engineering

Micro-credential overview: Computer numerical control (CNC) programming is the automated control of machining tools (such as drills, lathes, 3D printers, etc.) by means of a computer. G-code is the simple programming language that tells a CNC machine what to do, how fast to move, what path to follow, and in what sequence. Generally, these instructions are generated by computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, such as PowerMILL. This micro-credential prepares learners to control CNC machines via G-code programming by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand in-depth machine set up, area clearance and finish machining strategies, editing tool paths and collision checking
  • Understand how to set leads and links, levels and sets, patterns, and boundaries to avoid issues whilst processing
  • Understand how to navigate curve editor, 3D machining, and NC programs
  • Create setup sheets, specialist finishing, component thickness and stock models

Introduction to CNC Controls Fundamentals

Industry Partner: Nepean Engineering

Micro-credential overview: Computer numerical control (CNC) machining encompasses the manufacturing process where machines cut, carve, and form parts based on computer codes. CNC machining is faster, more efficient, and safer than manual techniques.  This micro-credential prepares learners to operate a CNC machine by developing skills and knowledge to:

  • Load/unload raw materials and equipment
  • Set up and calibrate accessories and equipment
  • Perform necessary equipment maintenance
  • Supervise machine operations and adjust accordingly
  • Inspect finished product to ensure it meets required specifications

Introduction to Programming a Welding Robot

Industry Partner: Lincoln Electric

Micro-credential overview: Welding robots in the past were suited to high-volume, repetitive metal fabrication applications. Now with vastly improved ease of programming and intelligence, such as seam tracking and touch sensing, they can be used in low-volume, high-variety applications.  This micro-credential will allow learners to safely operate and program a welding robot.

At the completion of this micro-credential, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the process, parameter and requirements of successful welding
  • Safely power up the robot in the proper sequence
  • Demonstrate how to jog the robot in the joint coordinate system while observing safety considerations and robot limitations
  • Demonstrate basic programming, management, and optimisation of the welding process

Under development*

Introduction to Modern Industrial Automation - Managers

Micro-credential overview: Significant economic pressures, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have emphasised the need for a globally competitive local manufacturing sector and a resilient supply chain. Lack of awareness in Industry 4.0 trends, such as digitalisation, IT and OT convergence, has become a major obstacle preventing companies from adopting industrial automation within their organisations.  Significant economic pressures, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have emphasised the need for a globally competitive local manufacturing sector and a resilient supply chain. Lack of awareness in Industry 4.0 trends, such as digitalisation, IT and OT convergence, has become a major obstacle preventing companies from adopting industrial automation within their organisations.  Additionally, there are existing professions, outside automation engineering, that are becoming relevant to industrial automation in light of Industry 4.0 trends. This micro-credential targets decision-makers, including owners and managers in small to medium enterprise.  

Upon completion, learners will be able to: 

  • Understand the benefits of adopting modern industrial automation; 
  • Identify and assess opportunities for automation; and 
  • Engage suppliers of industrial automation products and services available in the Western Parkland City – including locally based companies as well as international suppliers.

Introduction to Modern Industrial Automation - Programmers

Micro-credential overview:  Significant economic pressures, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have emphasised the need for a globally competitive local manufacturing sector and a resilient supply chain. Lack of awareness in Industry 4.0 trends, such as digitalisation, IT and OT convergence, has become a major obstacle preventing companies from adopting industrial automation within their organisations. Additionally, there are existing professions, outside automation engineering, that are becoming relevant to industrial automation in light of Industry 4.0 trends. This micro-credential is suitable for application and/or software programmers with an overview of programming in modern industrial automation.

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  • Understand existing technologies, such as PLCs and CNC machinery; and
  • Understand opportunities for traditional languages in industrial automation in light of increasing digitisation and the convergence of Information and operations technologies.

Introduction to Modern Industrial Automation – Data Scientists

Micro-credential overview:  Significant economic pressures, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have emphasised the need for a globally competitive local manufacturing sector and a resilient supply chain. Lack of awareness in Industry 4.0 trends, such as digitalisation, IT and OT convergence, has become a major obstacle preventing companies from adopting industrial automation within their organisations.

Additionally, there are existing professions, outside automation engineering, that are becoming relevant to industrial automation in light of Industry 4.0 trends. This micro-credential provides data scientists and practitioners in similar fields with an awareness of:

  • Data collection and analysis in industrial automation control systems;
  • Data analysis process related methodologies, such as statistical process control, used in modern industrial automation;
  • The role of AI/ ML in automation control systems in light of increasing digitalisation and the convergence of Information Technology and Operating Technology.

Introduction to Modern Industrial Automation – Electricians

Micro-credential overview:  Significant economic pressures, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have emphasised the need for a globally competitive local manufacturing sector and a resilient supply chain. Lack of awareness in Industry 4.0 trends, such as digitalisation, IT and OT convergence, has become a major obstacle preventing companies from adopting industrial automation within their organisations.

Additionally, there are existing professions, outside automation engineering, that are becoming relevant to industrial automation in light of Industry 4.0 trends. This micro-credential is targeted towards electricians, and provides awareness of:

  • Components of an industrial automation environment including common control system configurations; and
  • Considerations for installation and maintenance of industrial automation components.

Introduction to Modern Industrial Automation – Operators

Micro-credential overview:  Significant economic pressures, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have emphasised the need for a globally competitive local manufacturing sector and a resilient supply chain. Lack of awareness in Industry 4.0 trends, such as digitalisation, IT and OT convergence, has become a major obstacle preventing companies from adopting industrial automation within their organisations.

Additionally, there are existing professions, outside automation engineering, that are becoming relevant to industrial automation in light of Industry 4.0 trends. This micro-credential will provide operators with:

  • Familiarity with modern industrial automation equipment, including the ability to identify and understand the purpose of key components (HMI, emergency shutdown buttons, etc).

Supply Chain Pick/Pack Operations

Micro-credential overview:  Warehouse operations involve a series of requirements at different levels of skill. Entry-level packers can prepare pallets for distribution and unpack transport equipment after goods have been received. Once experienced, employees can progress to picking items, where they collect goods from across the warehouse for further distribution. Becoming a Supply Chain Pick/Pack Operator requires a developed skill set beyond a packer, and need to understand warehouse layout, where goods are stored, the principles of stock storage and rotation, and how the Warehouse Management System (WMS) works. An awareness of Chain of Responsibility (CoR), traffic management plans, conducting hazardous manual tasks and other site specific standard operating procedures are critical for Supply Chain Pick/Pack Operators who have accountability for safety of themselves and others in the workplace.

This micro-credential will upskill warehouse workers from packers into Supply Chain Pick/Pack Operators through achievement of the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand Chain of Responsibility and apply this knowledge to ensure heavy vehicle safety;
  • Operate unlicensed mobile handling equipment (MHE) including pallet jacks, pallet runners and man up order pickers;
  • Understand a warehouse management system (WMS) and the principles of stock storage and rotation;
  • Use radio frequency identification (RF) scanning systems, voice-to-pick systems and pick slips in a warehouse environment to manage the selection and movement of goods;
  • Understand and apply safe practices for hazardous manual tasks;
  • Pick complete warehouse orders accurately, competently, and safely, with minimal to no supervision; and
  • Interpret and apply site-specific standard operating procedures relative to supply chain pick/pack operator positions.

Introduction to PLC Programming

Micro-credential overview:  A programmable logic controller (PLC) is an industrial computer used to automate different electro-mechanical processes in manufacturing, production plants and other automation environments. PLCs vary in size and form and can be customised to fit different types of industrial applications, such as monitoring and recording data, stopping and starting processes, indicating when malfunctions occur and even communicating data to other platforms. PLCs are widely used in a variety of industries because they are fast, easy to operate and are considered easy to program once a programming language is understood. Upon completion of this micro-credential, learners will be able to:

  • Know the functions and application of programmable logical controllers (PLCs);
  • Assess when pre-built PLC functionality can be used for an on-the-job application; and
  • Write basic code for a range of PLC brands that will enable new functionality and automation to be programmed.

* Micro-credentials under development subject to change.