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Net Zero Engineering Fundamentals

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Full program description

Gain the knowledge and skills required to help organisations to transition to a net-zero emissions future.

This microcredential will give you the engineering knowledge and communication skills needed to understand and navigate the complexities of transitioning an organisation to a sustainable, net-zero carbon emissions future.

You’ll gain a deep understanding of the engineering principles and strategies required to achieve net-zero emissions, and learn the best-practice negotiation techniques and consultancy approaches to help accomplish that goal. Your learning will comprise combination of theoretical concepts, case studies and interactive discussions.

Who is this credential for?


This credential is particularly suitable for professionals working in the energy and resources industry and government, including:

  • Political Leaders
  • Corporate Heads and Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Local Government Administrators
  • Engineering Professionals
  • Contract, Program and Project Administrators
  • Project Managers.


What you will learn


By completing this credential you will learn to:

  • Apply principles of net-zero engineering to real-world sustainability objectives
  • Examine risk and opportunities related to net-zero engineering.
  • Use effective negotiation techniques to engage stakeholders and drive net-zero initiatives.
  • Evaluate the economic implications and potentials of transitioning to a net-zero economy.
  • Develop tailored solutions and roadmaps for successful net-zero implementations in business contexts.
  • Design strategies for aligning community impact goals with sustainable business practices.


Key Topics

Your learning journey includes access to 9 online modules covering 3 key topics:

Topic 1 – Energy Fundamentals

A comprehensive grasp of fundamental energy concepts is crucial for facilitating a seamless transition to a net-zero environment. This imperative extends to leaders overseeing entities ranging from corporate departments to entire nations. In the initial three modules of this course, participants will learn about the pivotal role of energy in shaping the contemporary world and its ultimate consequences. Subsequently, the course will demystify key thermodynamic principles, including the laws of thermodynamics in a non-technical manner. The final segment will cover the significance of alternative energies and energy carriers in navigating the transition towards a net-zero paradigm.

Topic 2 – Energy Transition

The next three modules will underscore the notion that the journey to achieving a net-zero state cannot unfold as a spontaneous event; rather, it hinges on our capacity to secure alternative energies and essential materials. The transition will require substantial alterations in the infrastructure supporting energy generation, distribution, and consumption - a scale of transformation unparalleled in human history. Consequently, a profound comprehension of practical strategies for phasing out fossil fuels is necessary. Furthermore, the energy transition will require a swift and substantial supply of various materials, including lithium and critical metals.

Topic 3 – Net Zero World

It is improbable that the world will ever have the production capacity or access to sufficient energy to meet our continually escalating needs. Consequently, the realization of a net-zero world necessitates the adoption of practices focused on enhancing energy efficiencies across diverse sectors, coupled with a wholehearted embrace of recycling in the most practical manner possible. Lastly, leaders must thoroughly comprehend the evolving landscape of energy generation, supply, and access. This understanding is paramount for ensuring energy security at both the individual entity level and on a collective scale. The concepts of recycling, sector specific responses, and energy security will form the final three modules of this course.



To successfully complete this credential, you need to complete the following assessments:

  • Reflective Essay - 20%
  • Case Study Analysis Report - 40%
  • Consultancy Proposal & Presentation - 40%


Meet your facilitators
Professor Vishnu Pareek
Professor Vishnu Pareek

WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering

Dr. Vishnu Pareek, currently the Dean of Engineering at Curtin University, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role. As the John Curtin Distinguished Professor since 2020, he has established himself as a respected academic leader. With a tenure that includes serving as Professor and Head of the Western Australian School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, as well as other key positions within the university from 2002 onwards, Dr. Pareek has played an integral part in shaping Net Zero Engineering at Curtin University.

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Project Coordinator and Contributor

Associate Professor Eric Lilford
Associate Professor Eric Lilford

Dr Eric Lilford (Assoc. Prof., FAusIMM) is an engineer (BSc and MSc) and a minerals and energy economist (PhD). He heads the Minerals and Energy Economics discipline and its Masters programme at Curtin University. Beyond his seven years in academia incorporating numerous research publications, he has extensive international experience in senior management roles in the mining and energy industries, including as MD and CEO of listed and non-listed companies. His +30 years resources industry experience includes mining production, investment banking, business development as well as academia across the resources, energy and advanced technology sectors. He is on the panel of experts for the IMF, provides training programmes to governments and industry practitioners alike in the minerals and energy economics sectors and continues to strategically guide resources companies as a non-executive or consultant on or for a number of Boards.

Academic Contributors

The following academic team have contributed their extensive industry and discipline expertise towards the design and development of this unit. We would like to formally acknowledge and thank the following staff members.

Dr Richard Alorro
Dr Richard Alorro

Dr Richard Alorro is a Senior Lecturer of Metallurgical Engineering at the Kalgoorlie Campus of the Western Australian School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering. He teaches Pyrometallurgy and Process Engineering units both in undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His research areas include leaching and separation technologies, urban mining and resources reprocessing, processing of technology metals (rare earth elements and rare metals), waste treatment and environmental remediation.

Dr Sakshi Anderson
Dr Sakshi Anderson

Dr Anderson has significant experience in academia and the global hard-rock mining industry, having worked in hard-rock mining on four continents. Dr Anderson is currently a Senior Lecturer in Mineral and Energy Economics at the Western Australia School of Mines. As a mineral and resource economist, Dr, Anderson investigates the fundamental economic drivers of a global mining industry characterised by dynamic uncertainty, regional imbalances, and a rapidly changing landscape, especially as it relates to the transition energy transition and a low-carbon future.

Dr Arash Arami-Niya
Dr Arash Arami-Niya

Dr Arash Arami-Niya is a lecturer in the WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering. He was awarded his PhD in 2017 at the School of Chemical Engineering, the University of Queensland. Then he joined Professor Eric May (Future Energy Exports CRC CEO) team at the Department of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Western Australia as a postdoctoral research fellow. Following three years working at UWA, he was appointed to a full-time Lecturer position (Teaching and Research) in March 2020 at Curtin University. Arash's research expertise is in the area of Gas Processing including adsorption, gas separation, and thermophysics.

Associate Professor Waqar Asad
Associate Professor Waqar Asad

Associate Professor Waqar Asad is a research and teaching academic with over 26 years of experience in Australia, North America, and Asia. He joined Curtin Kalgoorlie campus in 2012 and has served in various leadership roles. Dr Asad values industry engagement and he is leading projects sponsored by industry as well as state and federal government programs. His research focuses on the development and implementation of mathematical models for deterministic and stochastic optimization of complex mineral supply/value chains. Specifically, he has contributions in stochastic models for pit design, cut-off grade policy, production scale, and production scheduling for open-pit mining operations. In addition, he has contributed models that address sustainability through responsible handling of active wastes and energy savings.

Dr George Barakos
Dr George Barakos

Dr Barakos has significant experience not only in the academia but also in the mining industry, having worked as a consulting engineer in mining operations in Greece for several years. To keep pace with the evolution in the mining industry and its transition to the digital era, his recent research interest is also focusing on the automation and digitalisation of mining operations, as well as the digitilisation of the technical, economic and environmental evaluation of mining projects; how to introduce the IoT in mining operations, digitilisation of the mining project evaluation process and commodity market analyses using big data.

Associate Professor Tejas Bhatelia
Associate Professor Tejas Bhatelia

Associate Professor Tejas Bhatelia is chemical engineer with research experience in modelling and simulations of multiphase processes. His research focuses on providing scientific basis for optimisation of novel technologies applied to producing synthetic fuel via gas to liquid processing. Tejas had two years of postdoctoral experience working in Texas A&M university in Qatar. Before joining Texas A&M University at Qatar, he worked as a research associate at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. His PhD work focused on investigating novel reactors for multiphase processes using Computational Fluid Dynamics. His areas of interest include chemical reaction engineering, kinetic modelling, CFD modelling, catalysis and reactor engineering applied to GTL technologies and process safety.

Dr Ping Chang
Dr Ping Chang

Dr. Ping Chang is a Lecturer in Mining Engineering at the WA School of Mines, Curtin University in Australia. He specializes in developing and optimizing technologies for mining-induced particle control, including the characterization and mitigation of various types of dust such as coal dust, diesel particulate matter, open-pit haul road dust, and mine tailing dust. In addition, Dr. Chang's research interests also include mine ventilation, computational fluid dynamics, mine electrification, and mine health and safety.

Associate Professor Laurence Dyer
Associate Professor Laurence Dyer

Associate Professor Laurence Dyer leads the Metallurgical Engineering program from Curtin University’s historic Kalgoorlie campus in the heart of Western Australia’s Goldfields. Having spent more than 15 years in education and industry-based research in the field he has a passion for developing solutions that both improve business and sustainability outcomes. Laurence and his team’s primary drive is to continue to produce high quality graduates to service the industry and his research is currently focussed on development of new metal extraction processes, water treatment and the treatment of low grade material and industrial waste streams.

Dr Jonah Gamutan
Dr Jonah Gamutan

Jonah holds her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgy from Tohoku University, Japan. Currently, she serves as a Lecturer of Metallurgical Engineering at the WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering of Curtin University's Kalgoorlie Campus. Her research focuses on developing fundamental and sustainable solutions for the future of metals and minerals industry. This includes exploring green ironmaking methods using lime and hydrogen, investigating the thermodynamics of clean steelmaking technologies, designing surface modification techniques to enhance anti-oxidation properties in refractory metals, and recovering valuable metals from secondary resources like steelmaking slag and electric arc furnace dust.

Associate Professor Masood Mostofi
Associate Professor Masood Mostofi

Associate Professor Masood Mostofi, a dedicated academic at WA School of Mines at Curtin University, brings practical insights and expertise to the field of drilling engineering. With a commitment to academic excellence, he imparts valuable knowledge through courses such as Drilling Engineering Fundamentals and Advanced Drilling Engineering. Additionally, as an accomplished researcher, Associate Professor Mostofi explores critical areas, including bit/rock interaction of diamond bits, drilling optimization, cutting transportation and depth discrimination, drilling fluid dynamics, and borehole stability. As an Associate Professor, Mostofi significantly contributes to the academic environment, bridging the gap between theory and practical applications in drilling engineering.

Dr Yun Yu
Dr Yun Yu

Dr Yun Yu is currently a Senior Lecturer and the Postgraduate Coordinator in the Discipline of Chemical Engineering at Curtin University, Australia. He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University in 2010, and won the prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in 2012. In 2016, he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Curtin University. His research interests mainly focus on advanced bioenergy and biofuels production from thermochemical conversion of biomass and organic waste. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers in the field of energy and fuels, with >4500 citations and an H-index of 40 (Google Scholar). He is the Associate Editor of Energy & Fuels (IF: 5.3, ACS) and the Editorial Board Member of Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis (IF: 6.0, Elsevier), Processes (IF: 3.5, MDPI), Frontiers in Energy Research (IF: 3.4, Frontier) and Advances in Polymer Technology (IF: 3.1, Wiley).

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Once you successfully complete and pass the final assessment, you'll earn a digital badge that is instantly shareable to your social networks (including LinkedIn) which showcases your new skills and knowledge mastery.

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✝This credential/program involves 300 hours of online resources, readings, activities and assessments. However to pass and earn 50 credit points, you may need to commit further time.

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Start: 26 February 2024
End: 14 June 2024*

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Duration: 300 hours
Length: 12 weeks

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Delivery Mode: Online^

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Price: $2,237 Commonwealth Supported §

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