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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.

Current micro-credentials

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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Upcoming micro-credentials

Developing and Sustaining Diverse and Inclusive Workplaces

Industry Partner: Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen

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

Introduction to Technical Drawings

Industry Partner: Romar Engineering

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

Create Technical Drawings

Industry Partner: Romar Engineering

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)

Basic Programming and Use of Collaborative Robots

Industry Partner: Omron Industrial Automation Australia

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 collaborative robot using flow chart-based programming language
  • Identify where to apply and implement the collaborative robot and linking it in with these other systems and devices
  • Understand the safety protocols around collaborative robots and the safety equipment that needs to be used

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

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. 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

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:

Practical Foundations of Biology

Industry Partner: Vitex Pharmaceuticals

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 proteinomics
  • Apply knowledge of cellular biology to the manufacture of solidose medications
  • Explain how systems used in manufacturing processes could impact cells, with particular focus on eliminating or mitigating the impact of contaminants

Practical Foundations of Microbiology

Industry Partner: Vitex Pharmaceuticals

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

Practical Foundations of Organic Chemistry

Industry Partner: Vitex Pharmaceuticals

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
  • Use enzymes, catalysis and other lab procedures to isolate organic compounds for safe use in pharmaceutical manufacturing

Practical Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

Industry Partner: Vitex Pharmaceuticals

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 apply a variety of experimentation techniques to test minerals and finished products for safety and quality

Under development*

Introduction to CNC G-code Programming (PowerMILL)

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 (PowerMILL)

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 Manual Composite Layup Techniques

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 Programming a Welding Robot

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

* Micro-credentials under development subject to change.