Certificate in Process and Chemical Engineering (Certificate in Process and Chemical Engineering)

University College Cork (CPCE)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate (Special Purpose Award)

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

Department

ACE

General Information
Contact

Lorna Moloney

Email

Ace.Springboard@ucc.ie

Phone

0876931100

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
University College Cork,
The Laurels,
Western Road,
Cork.

Role

Senior Skills Programme Coordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

19/08/2022

Start Date

12/09/2022

End Date

31/05/2023

About this Course

Throughout the process industries (Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Food, Biopharmaceutical, etc.) there are many cases where personnel with a strong technical/scientific background are in contact with Process and Chemical Engineers and/or whose job develops in such a way that they require a greater understanding of Process and Chemical Engineering principles and applications. This Certificate programme can provide these people with the opportunity to develop these skills further in earning a formal qualification in the area.

The objective of this programme is to provide participants with an understanding of the basic principles which underpin Process and Chemical Engineering and how they are applied in the process industries. Modules are specifically tailored to reflect current industry operations and practise, ensuring that graduates have relevant skills that are in demand the process industries.

Students on the programme will be exposed to the fundamentals of process engineering, heat, mass and momentum transfer and their application to a number of unit operations and process technologies, through interactive lectures comprising of real world chemical engineering examples. Students will also be exposed to other elements of Process Engineering, such as environmental engineering, reactor design, engineering chemistry, plant design, safety and project management, and will be required to complete a real-world credit-bearing project which will incorporate elements from each of these modules.

The course is highly interactive and applied in content. Aproximately 50% of all teaching is provided by industry based lecturing staff including chemical engineers from Pfizer, BioMarin, DPS-Group and PM-Group. Students will be exposed to real world case studies across all modules, giving the students an excellent appreciation of how to apply their comprehensive theoretical learning across a diverse and complex range of process scenarios. This approach allows for rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace which we feel is more appropriate now than an accredited work placement given the changing demographics of the Springboard+ cohorts and the urgent hiring needs of employers in this area.

A key strength in the programme is its proven track record of attracting a diverse group of students ranging from students with level 6,7,8 & 9 degrees in sciences and other engineering diciplines, to skilled trade persons, to individuals working in industry for whom formal education finished at level 5. Over the last several years, we have also had students who have been unemployed or returners and who have upskilled via this course to move into the process industries where there is a high demand for those specialising in chemical and process engineering. From the 20/21 Springboard+ cohort, 95% of graduates are now in employment or self-employment, with 30% of graduates having secured promotion.

The demand for the skills developed in this course is evidenced by the inclusion of chemical process engineering skills in the government’s Critical Skills Occupation List (October 2021). Given the high proliferation of biopharmachem companies in the South West region, we feel that this course can meet the needs of regional employers as already identified at the South West Regional Skills Forum audits (2019-2021).

Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted to the programme, candidates will be required to have a Level 6 qualification or equivalent and it is expected that they will have relevant experience through working in the process and related industries.

There are 35 places on the programme per annum. Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, entry will be on a competitive basis. Applicants will be selected for the programme on the basis of the following criteria (in order of importance): Qualifications of applicants and their relevance; Experience of applicants and its relevance; ‘Reasons for entering programme’ as indicated by applicants on course application form.

English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Long Description

Throughout the process industries (Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Food, Biopharmaceutical, etc.) there are many cases where personnel with a strong technical/scientific background are in contact with Process and Chemical Engineers and/or whose job develops in such a way that they require a greater understanding of Process and Chemical Engineering principles and applications. This Certificate programme can provide these people with the opportunity to develop these skills further in earning a formal qualification in the area.

The objective of this programme is to provide participants with an understanding of the basic principles which underpin Process and Chemical Engineering and how they are applied in the process industries. Modules are specifically tailored to reflect current industry operations and practise, ensuring that graduates have relevant skills that are in demand the process industries.

Students on the programme will be exposed to the fundamentals of process engineering, heat, mass and momentum transfer and their application to a number of unit operations and process technologies, through interactive lectures comprising of real world chemical engineering examples. Students will also be exposed to other elements of Process Engineering, such as environmental engineering, reactor design, engineering chemistry, plant design, safety and project management, and will be required to complete a real-world credit-bearing project which will incorporate elements from each of these modules.

The course is highly interactive and applied in content. Aproximately 50% of all teaching is provided by industry based lecturing staff including chemical engineers from Pfizer, BioMarin, DPS-Group and PM-Group. Students will be exposed to real world case studies across all modules, giving the students an excellent appreciation of how to apply their comprehensive theoretical learning across a diverse and complex range of process scenarios. This approach allows for rapid transference of learning from the classroom to the workplace which we feel is more appropriate now than an accredited work placement given the changing demographics of the Springboard+ cohorts and the urgent hiring needs of employers in this area.

A key strength in the programme is its proven track record of attracting a diverse group of students ranging from students with level 6,7,8 & 9 degrees in sciences and other engineering diciplines, to skilled trade persons, to individuals working in industry for whom formal education finished at level 5. Over the last several years, we have also had students who have been unemployed or returners and who have upskilled via this course to move into the process industries where there is a high demand for those specialising in chemical and process engineering. From the 20/21 Springboard+ cohort, 95% of graduates are now in employment or self-employment, with 30% of graduates having secured promotion.

The demand for the skills developed in this course is evidenced by the inclusion of chemical process engineering skills in the government’s Critical Skills Occupation List (October 2021). Given the high proliferation of biopharmachem companies in the South West region, we feel that this course can meet the needs of regional employers as already identified at the South West Regional Skills Forum audits (2019-2021).

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Lorna Moloney

Address

Adult Continuing Education (ACE),
The Laurels,
University College Cork
Cork

Phone

087-6931100

Email

Ace.springboard@ucc.ie

Application Procedures

CV - Please upload an up-to-date CV.
Academic transcripts (results) or parchment (if results are included) - Please upload evidence of your previous educational qualifications in 1 file. If you do not have your UCC transcript(s) on hand, there is no need to order one, we can view your results on our internal system.

Personal / Motivational Statement - Please upload a document. In 500 words or less, please state: 1) Why you wish to study this programme at University College Cork and 2) How you meet the programme entry requirements.

Transcripts showing educational evidence for course.





Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? - If applying via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – (meaning you do not meet the minimum entry requirements of an NFQ Level Degree but wish to apply based on experience) please provide a work, personal or academic reference to support your application.