Blended delivery: January to May, on -campus each Friday from 11.15 to 2.15 p.m. . September to December one full day per week on-campus each Friday from 9.15 a.m. to 5.15 p.m
The Mechatronics 1 module will introduce the students to PLC hardware and programming and transducer technology.
The Control Systems and Industrial Automation modules will introduce pneumatics, hydraulics, motors, control theory, SCADA and Distributed Control Systems.
The course is born out of an in-depth 3-way engagement between a large number of manufacturing companies within the region; the South East Regional Skills Forum (SERSF) and the WIT School of Engineering. The SERSF has documented a significant shortage in the industrial automation and control engineering skills required to meet the demands of the rapidly changing manufacturing sector in the South East.
This area has been identified in the national Skills Bulletin 2018 as one in which there is a pressing skills shortage. As manufacturing industry transitions towards Industry 4.0 (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) there is increased needs for automation and controls systems skills across a broad range of manufacturing staff. This to facilitate day-to-day operations in the emerging modern manufacturing environments but also facilitating employee contribution to lean manufacturing and their preparedness for the ongoing introduction of new technologies in the workplace.
The course is comprised of the following 3 x 5-credit modules:
PLC programming including: timers, counters, data registers and STL programming techniques, with a strong emphasis on providing solutions to typical manufacturing problems. Transducer technology, incorporating the selection and application of transducers for industrial measurement and data acquisition requirements
The module is designed to give students an ability to understand, build and Pneumatic and PLC circuits which are widely used in industry. In addition sensors, transducers and motors are explained. In control systems the focus is on understanding the most widely used control strategies to provide the student with a working knowledge of these areas.
The aim of this module is to introduce the student to network topologies, bus types and communication protocols. Scada topologies, PLC, electrical distribution, robotic and factory automation examples are developed by the student in addition to developing examples of Distributed Control Systems topologies, robotic and factory automation.
Applicants for the Level 7 Minor Award who have completed a minimum NQF Level 6 programme in automation engineering, or in a cognate area of study will be eligible for entry to the programme. Cognate discipline areas of study include electronic engineering and electrical engineering.
Applicants for the Level 7 Minor Award who have completed a minimum NQF Level 7 programme in mechanical engineering and/or manufacturing engineering will be eligible for entry to the programme.
Applicants who have a senior trades apprenticeship qualification in mechanical automation, electrical, electrical instrumentation, electronic security systems, instrumentation, industrial electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering and manufacturing technology with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience will be eligible for entry to the programme.
Entry to the minor awards programme may also be allowed via the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case-by-case basis. This RPL process includes the matching of the candidate’s prior learning (education and experiential) with the equivalent Level 7 programme outcomes. Bridging studies may be offered where an applicant requires up skilling. Eligible applicants must at least meet the minimum English language requirements for the Institute as detailed in WIT’s Quality Manual.
Applicants who do not currently meet the academic entry requirements may wish to consider using WIT's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism. The Springboard RPL form is available at https://www.wit.ie/images/uploads/Education_School_PDF/WIT_RP6_Springboard_RPL_Form.docx
Please complete the form electronically and submit by email along with all supporting documentation such as education and training certificates etc.
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. http://www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements
Employed people will pay a fee of €150.00 for the course with the Government paying the remaining 90% of the course fee on your behalf. The fee will be payable only at the final stage of the application process when you have been offered a place. The course is fully funded for Jobseekers - please see more information at www.springboardcourses.ie/eligibility
Advanced Automation Engineering Certificate at WIT or a BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering