Specialist Diploma in Automation and Control (Specialist Diploma in Automation and Control)

National University of Ireland, Galway (DAT2022)
Key Programme Details
Award

Level 8 Minor Award

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

General Information
Contact

Roisin McCormack

Email

sciencetech@nuigalway.ie

Phone

493909

Address

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
National University of Ireland
Galway

Important Dates
Application Deadline

19/08/2022

Start Date

10/09/2022

End Date

31/08/2023

About this Course

The Specialist Diploma in Automation and Control is offered in response to the deficit of training in this area, to address the national skills need and to push the drive towards Industry 4.0 in many sectors. Many surveys including the National Skills Bulletin 2021 have noted Automation Engineering Professionals as one of the ‘difficult to fill’ job roles and stated that ‘Employment growth was very strong for this occupation’. Available at: https://www.solas.ie/f/70398/x/fcee571661/solas_nsb_report.pdf
The Diploma in Automation and Control is a part-time course which aims to develop knowledge around the issues and opportunities associated with Automation & Control Technology. It is delivered from September to May by blended learning including online resources and activities and resources; live online Saturday workshops (approximately 10 hours per module) and self-directed learning elements.

There is huge demand for training in this area. Technology is moving towards automation solutions and the education and training system needs to embrace this.
• The MedTech sector has identified the upskilling of engineers regarding Automation and Artificial Intelligence as a key solution to address identified skills gaps
• Manufacturing Engineers are required in Biopharma, Medtech, Food/Beverages and Machinery/Equipment sectors. There is a specific demand is for Automation Engineers who understand the production process
• The national demand for engineer professionals has grown by 7.2% per annum over the last five years (this includes mechanical, automation, chemical, electrical, design and quality control engineers), compared to 3.1% per annum growth rate for national employment
• The National Skills Bulletin has highlighted a national shortage of professional engineers with experience in Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Food/Beverage manufacturing. These include Engineers in electrical, chemical, automation, validation, mechanical, production design, process and quality control roles.

Objectives

Irish employers are competing internationally for a number of niche engineering roles (primarily process and equipment engineers but also automation, project and mechanical engineers) on completion of Diploma graduates will have demonstrated:
• An holistic understanding of the issues and opportunities associated with the introduction of robotics and automated control
• An appreciation of the key strategies adopted by industry to deploy automation in order to improve competitiveness
• Technical skills in the areas of engineering materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials
• Specialist knowledge of manufacturing processes, both traditional and recently developed and electronic manufacturing technologies competence in applying correct design principles to engineering components, knowledge of Jig and Fixture design for Manufacturing Systems, and to develop the ability to produce high quality engineering drawings on a CAD system.
• On completion of the course participants will have practiced and been assessed on a range of technical and transferable skills which will be beneficial at the personal, enterprise and community levels.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold our own Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a relevant level 7 award with a minimum of 90 ECTS. Recognition of Prior Learning may be considered for entry purposes.

Long Description

The Specialist Diploma in Automation and Control is offered in response to the deficit of training in this area, to address the national skills need and to push the drive towards Industry 4.0 in many sectors. Many surveys including the National Skills Bulletin 2021 have noted Automation Engineering Professionals as one of the ‘difficult to fill’ job roles and stated that ‘Employment growth was very strong for this occupation’. Available at: https://www.solas.ie/f/70398/x/fcee571661/solas_nsb_report.pdf
The Diploma in Automation and Control is a part-time course which aims to develop knowledge around the issues and opportunities associated with Automation & Control Technology. It is delivered from September to May by blended learning including online resources and activities and resources; live online Saturday workshops (approximately 10 hours per module) and self-directed learning elements.

There is huge demand for training in this area. Technology is moving towards automation solutions and the education and training system needs to embrace this.
• The MedTech sector has identified the upskilling of engineers regarding Automation and Artificial Intelligence as a key solution to address identified skills gaps
• Manufacturing Engineers are required in Biopharma, Medtech, Food/Beverages and Machinery/Equipment sectors. There is a specific demand is for Automation Engineers who understand the production process
• The national demand for engineer professionals has grown by 7.2% per annum over the last five years (this includes mechanical, automation, chemical, electrical, design and quality control engineers), compared to 3.1% per annum growth rate for national employment
• The National Skills Bulletin has highlighted a national shortage of professional engineers with experience in Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Food/Beverage manufacturing. These include Engineers in electrical, chemical, automation, validation, mechanical, production design, process and quality control roles.
Irish employers are competing internationally for a number of niche engineering roles (primarily process and equipment engineers but also automation, project and mechanical engineers) on completion of Diploma graduates will have demonstrated:
• An holistic understanding of the issues and opportunities associated with the introduction of robotics and automated control
• An appreciation of the key strategies adopted by industry to deploy automation in order to improve competitiveness
• Technical skills in the areas of engineering materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials
• Specialist knowledge of manufacturing processes, both traditional and recently developed and electronic manufacturing technologies competence in applying correct design principles to engineering components, knowledge of Jig and Fixture design for Manufacturing Systems, and to develop the ability to produce high quality engineering drawings on a CAD system.
• On completion of the course participants will have practiced and been assessed on a range of technical and transferable skills which will be beneficial at the personal, enterprise and community levels.

The qualification is a minor award at Degree level, NFQ L8. Graduates can automatically progress to the associated B.Sc. in Science & Technology Studies with credit, in which case they will be exempt from Modules:
Machine Design: Introduces students to the theory behind simple and compound machines, reliability of a system, gearing and gear ratio theory, spring decision and design criteria. Machine Design also introduces the students to some 3D printing for assembly.
• Automation 1: Introduction to automation and automated systems, such as sensors, motors, pneumatics, programmable Logic Controller programming and robotics are discussed. Material handling and storage are also considered.
• Automation 2: Introduction to material transport systems, outlines use of storage systems, presents an overview of automated manufacturing, examines automated assembly systems, investigates the use of flexible manufacturing systems.
• Manufacturing Technology: Introduction to engineering materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials, manufacturing processes, both traditional and recently developed and electronic manufacturing technologies.
• Automation project: 10 ECTS Participants will work on a project in their workplace to add value to the organisation

Timetable Info

The course is delivered using an online learning approach with Saturday workshops (approximately 10 hours per module),with self-directed learning elements.

Delivery Location

Online

Delivery Notes

The course is delivered using an online learning approach with Saturday workshops (approximately 10 hours per module),with self-directed learning elements.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Roisin McCormack

Address

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
National University of Ireland
Galway

Phone

493909

Email

sciencetech@nuigalway.ie