This course will be delivered over two semesters, beginning in semester 1 with the module Mechatronics 1 introducing the students to PLC hardware and programming and transducer technology.
Modules Control Systems and Industrial Automation will be delivered in semester 2 introducing pneumatics, hydraulics, motors, control theory, SCADA and Distributed Control Systems.
The course is 90% funded by Government for employed people who will pay 10% of the total programme fee - please reference www.setu.ie/springboard .
The course is fully funded for unemployed people and people returning to formal employment - please see http://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility
Fee ( Payable by employed people) €150
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.
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 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 SETU Waterford or a BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering