Certificate in Automation Engineering (Certificate in Automation Engineering)

South East Technological University (WD_EAUTO_MA)
Key Programme Details
Award

Minor Award

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

15

Department

Engineering Technology

General Information
Contact

Lorraine Quirke

Email

Lorraine.Quirke@setu.ie

Phone

051 834137

Address

LORRAINE QUIRKE
SPRINGBOARD ADMINISTRATOR
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & LIFELONG LEARNING
SOUTH EAST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
WATERFORD
X91 KOEK

Role

Springboard Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

08/08/2022

Start Date

20/01/2023

End Date

08/12/2023

About this Course

This 15-credit Level 7 programme is designed to help address automation upskilling requirements in areas including PLCs, industrial automation/networks and pneumatics for companies and individuals.

The December 2021 South East Regional Skills Forum (SERSF) Sectorial Skills Summary documented a significant shortage in the industrial automation/control engineering skills required to meet the demands of the rapidly changing manufacturing sector in the South East. Vacancies requiring these skills were frequently mentioned as being difficult to fill in both the Recruitment Agency Survey and Skills for Growth data.

As manufacturing industry continues to transition towards Industry 4.0, there are increased needs for electronics automation/control systems skills across a range of manufacturing and technical staff. This is to facilitate day-to-day operations in emerging manufacturing environments, but also facilitating employee contribution to lean manufacturing and their preparedness for the ongoing introduction of new workplace technologies.

A 3-way structured engagement over in recent years between WIT School of Engineering, several regional manufacturing companies, and SERSF, led to the creation and validation of a BEng (Honours) in Automation Engineering (with Data Intelligence). Companies initially involved included:

Bausch + Lomb, Waterford
Integer, New Ross, Wexford
Sanofi, Waterford
TQS Integration, Lismore, Waterford
Eirgen/Optco, Waterford

This 3-way engagement also strongly indicated the need for an upskilling programme for existing staff in the automation area. A survey was issued to 25 companies through the Southeast Region Skills Forum (SERSF) regarding their most pressing automation skills needs. The survey indicated that the demand for upskilling in automation areas such as PLCs, industrial automation/networks and pneumatics, was strongest for personnel in operations roles, typically at craft certificate level. This feedback informed the development and validation of a 15-credit Minor Award programme, using the same co-creation process used for the Level 8 programme.

The programme is designed and delivered with a large amount of hands-on content in a dedicated purpose automation laboratory with individual student PLC workstations. Class days/times are arranged in blocks, typically on Fridays, and the mode of delivery is especially tailored to suit students with craft certificate qualifications. Students, after covering some theory, then use/program equipment such as PLCs, pneumatics, electric motors/drivers and industrial networks. This blended approach of covering theory and then immediately applying and expanding on it works very well in helping students, particularly craft certificate holders, to learn quickly and effectively.

This programme commenced its third intake recently. Applicant interest is consistently high with close to 50 applications for this intake. Enquiries for the next intake, based on previous student recommendations, have also been received.

The following is a quote from Mr Edmond Connolly, SERSF, when consulted about the proposal to apply for further Springboard funding:

Im very pleased that the Introduction to Automation Level 7 minor award (15 credits) is being proposed again for Springboard funding. Demand has broadened out to SMEs.. demand for upskilling in automation is strongest from personnel in operations roles, typically at craft certificate (Level 6) level. Therefore, the Level 7 minor award is ideal as a means of progression for these employees.

Modules

Semester One
Mechatronics 1
This module has two main components: PLC hardware/programming and sensors. A comprehensive introduction to PLC programming is given, using Siemens PLC equipment via TIA Portal. Some time is spent discussing PLC hardware. After recapping basic digital logic functions, students learn to program PLCs using STL and ladder-logic programming techniques with timers, counters and data registers, with a strong emphasis on providing solutions to typical manufacturing problems. Transducer/sensor technology, as applicable to industrial applications is also covered, incorporating the selection and application of transducers/sensors for industrial measurement and data acquisition requirements.

Semester Two
Control Systems
The module is designed to give students an ability to understand, build and apply pneumatic and PLC sub-systems most common to current high-speed production lines. In addition, the incorporation of rotary, linear, and proximity sensors & transducers for motor shaft positioning is explained. The student will receive a foundation base on open/closed loop, positive/negative feedback, and system stability. 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.

Industrial Automation
The aim of this module is to introduce the student to network topologies, with a firm foundation on bus types, physical layers, and elementary communication protocols. A broad view of Scada topologies, Programmable Logic Control, and Distributed/Decentralised Control Systems, their characteristics, implementations, and common elements are delivered to the student. Robotics, High-Speed production lines and factory automation examples of sequential/continuous logic in conjunction with peripheral communications delivered in this module provide the student with
a turn-key skillset for early entry into Industrial Automation based careers.

Entry Requirements

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.

Long Description

This 15-credit Level 7 programme is designed to help address automation upskilling requirements in areas including PLCs, industrial automation/networks and pneumatics for companies and individuals.

The December 2021 South East Regional Skills Forum (SERSF) Sectorial Skills Summary documented a significant shortage in the industrial automation/control engineering skills required to meet the demands of the rapidly changing manufacturing sector in the South East. Vacancies requiring these skills were frequently mentioned as being difficult to fill in both the Recruitment Agency Survey and Skills for Growth data.

As manufacturing industry continues to transition towards Industry 4.0, there are increased needs for electronics automation/control systems skills across a range of manufacturing and technical staff. This is to facilitate day-to-day operations in emerging manufacturing environments, but also facilitating employee contribution to lean manufacturing and their preparedness for the ongoing introduction of new workplace technologies.

A 3-way structured engagement over in recent years between WIT School of Engineering, several regional manufacturing companies, and SERSF, led to the creation and validation of a BEng (Honours) in Automation Engineering (with Data Intelligence). Companies initially involved included:

Bausch + Lomb, Waterford
Integer, New Ross, Wexford
Sanofi, Waterford
TQS Integration, Lismore, Waterford
Eirgen/Optco, Waterford

This 3-way engagement also strongly indicated the need for an upskilling programme for existing staff in the automation area. A survey was issued to 25 companies through the Southeast Region Skills Forum (SERSF) regarding their most pressing automation skills needs. The survey indicated that the demand for upskilling in automation areas such as PLCs, industrial automation/networks and pneumatics, was strongest for personnel in operations roles, typically at craft certificate level. This feedback informed the development and validation of a 15-credit Minor Award programme, using the same co-creation process used for the Level 8 programme.

The programme is designed and delivered with a large amount of hands-on content in a dedicated purpose automation laboratory with individual student PLC workstations. Class days/times are arranged in blocks, typically on Fridays, and the mode of delivery is especially tailored to suit students with craft certificate qualifications. Students, after covering some theory, then use/program equipment such as PLCs, pneumatics, electric motors/drivers and industrial networks. This blended approach of covering theory and then immediately applying and expanding on it works very well in helping students, particularly craft certificate holders, to learn quickly and effectively.

This programme commenced its third intake recently. Applicant interest is consistently high with close to 50 applications for this intake. Enquiries for the next intake, based on previous student recommendations, have also been received.

The following is a quote from Mr Edmond Connolly, SERSF, when consulted about the proposal to apply for further Springboard funding:

I am very pleased that the Introduction to Automation Level 7 minor award (15 credits) is being proposed again for Springboard funding......demand has broadened out to SMEs demand for upskilling in automation is strongest from personnel in operations roles, typically at craft certificate (Level 6) level. Therefore, the Level 7 minor award is ideal as a means of progression for these employees


Career Opportunities

On completion of the Certificate in Automation Engineering candidates could potentially pursue the proposed Advanced Automation Engineering Certificate at WIT or a BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering.

Timetable Info

Blended delivery: January to May, on-campus each Friday from 11.15 a.m. 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.

Delivery Location

SOUTH EAST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
CORK ROAD
WATERFORD
X91 KOEK

Delivery Notes

Blended delivery: January to May, on-campus each Friday from 11.15 a.m. 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.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorraine Quirke

Address

SPRINGBOARD ADMINISTRATOR
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & LIFELONG LEARNING
SOUTH EAST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
WATERFORD
X91 KOEK

Phone

051 834137

Email

Lorraine.Quirke@setu.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning - SETU Waterford Campus | formerly Waterford Institute of Technology (wit.ie)

Application Procedures

Application Procedures:
Apply via www.springboardcourses.ie . It is important that you support your application with the following required electronic/scanned copies of supporting documents :

1. An up-to-date CV.

2. Scanned copies of all of your official educational qualification, parchments or a transcript of the results showing the results you achieved in each module.

3. Those in receipt of a qualifying Department of Social Protection payment will be required to provide evidence of this payment (Pay slip or letter ).

• Returners: will be required to provide a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner of Oaths confirming their status as a homemaker.

• Employed candidates: are required to provide proof or employment . This can include a recent copy of the following : a pay slip, letter or statement from revenue demonstrating your current employment .

• Self - Employed : a recent letter from your solicitor or accountant confirming your self - employment status.

4. Proof of Identification , a copy of your passport or driving license.

5. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WITs English Language Requirements please see: www.wit.ie/englishrequirements

* To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:
1. be living fulltime in the Republic of Ireland
2. have your own, valid PPS Number
3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
• You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
• You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
• You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
• You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
• You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
• You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
• If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted
• If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection

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