BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)Automation Engineering

Full Time
2020 CAO range:
        278 - 555
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is Automation Engineering?

Modern automation engineering combines elements of electronic engineering, software, robotics, networking and data intelligence which are highly sought-after skills in sectors such as the pharmaceutical, medical and food industries.

As manufacturing industry transitions towards Industry 4.0, the increased need for data intelligence means that the shortage of automation engineers with the required skillset will become greater.

Industry 4.0 is the term used to describe the “smart factory” era where computers and automation come together via cyber-physical systems to monitor the physical processes of the factory and make de-centralised decisions. Such developments demand graduates with a blend of electronics, automation, networking and data intelligence skills.

Course Aims

The BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering course was designed in consultation with many of the principal employers of Electronic and Automation Engineers in the South East region with the aim of producing modern Automation Engineering graduates having the skillset required for current and future positions in this area.

Industrial Placement

In year three, students go on industrial placement for up to six months. This give the students a taste of what professional practice is all about, how the industry operates and how theoretical knowledge is applied in practice. It also reinforces industrial links between WIT and the automation engineering industry in Ireland and abroad.

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to EngineeringEngineering Maths 2
Engineering ComputingEngineering Physics 2
Engineering Maths 1Analogue Electronic Devices
Engineering ProfessionalismDC Circuit Theory
Engineering Physics 1Introduction to Electronic & Electrical Technology
Introduction to Programming
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Instrumentation & MeasurementControl Systems
Electromechanical Devices & InterfaceIndustrial Instrumentation
Engineering Mathematics Object Orientated Programming for Microcontrollers
AC Circuit TechnologyProgrammable Digital Systems
Mechatronics 1Intermediate Engineering Calculus
Advanced Programming for RoboticsIndustrial Automation
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Database FundamentalsIndustrial Studies & Placement
Advanced Engineering Maths
Embedded Systems Scripting
Process Quality & Software Control
Project Management
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Advanced Programming Logic ControllersDigital Control
Analogue ControlAutomated Cloud Services
Industrial NetworksProject Implementation
Project SpecificationRobotics & Vision
Application of the Internet of ThingsDatabase Systems
Pharmaceutical Compliance & LawEnterprise Date Exchange & XML

Leaving Cert: Entry requirements for the BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering:

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O2/H6


Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering:


Students who complete other engineering courses at WIT, or another third level institution, at ordinary degree level or equivalent, may apply to transfer onto this course at the third year stage. Students who complete level 6 higher certificate programmes in engineering may apply for entry into this course at the second year stage.

Graduates for the BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering may find employment in the following areas:

  • Automation Engineering

  • Control Engineering

  • Research & Development

  • Test and Measurement

  • Data Intelligence 

  • Network Management

Follow on Study

Graduates may apply to study postgraduate courses including the MEng in Electronic Engineering, MSc in Innovative Technology Engineering, Master by Research and PhD programmes.

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