Department of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Mary StritchEmail Phone
+353 (0)66 7191701
Lifelong Learning Department
IT Tralee North Campus
Adult Education Co-ordinator
Mechatronics is a combination of mechanical, electronic and software engineering. The purpose of this field is the study of industrial instrumentation and automation from an engineering and technology perspective with the aim of developing a strong knowledge of controlling advanced hybrid mechatronics systems.
Graduates with a good grounding and understanding in this field can look to a bright and rewarding career. In an era where it is necessary for manufacturing industries to be located in less expensive environments, the advanced technical communication techniques and skilled workforce created with this level 7 programme would allow such manufacturing industry to be controlled in Ireland, keeping the high skilled jobs in Ireland despite the migration of unskilled jobs to other countries.
Applicants must hold a NFQ level 6 or level 7 engineering qualification or equivalent. The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies.
The modules to be completed as part of this programme will include:
Electrical Power Systems;
Production Technology/Operations Management.
What our students say
"Having been out of full-time education for nearly 30 years following a busy career in developing a business, IT Tralee gave me the opportunity of getting back into education in a way that fit with my schedule. Through the online learning platform, I was able to follow the field of mechatronics which is relevant to my business sector. If you miss the live event, the online platform lets you review lectures in your own time. Continuous assessment encourages learning at a manageable pace. For anyone who is thinking of going back to further their education IT Tralee offers the perfect avenue."
“I am employed full-time as a Supplier Development Engineer for KOSTAL Ireland GMBH. Key to my decision to return to education was the availability of online classes at IT Tralee.As I spend a lot of time travelling to different suppliers around the world I found the online classes to be very convenient. If I missed a class I was able to watch a recording of the lecture and all lectures are stored on the Blackboard platform so it was very easy to revise for exams. For anyone who is thinking of going back tofurther their education IT Tralee offers the perfect avenue."
Irish manufacturing employment is growing at the highest rate since 1998, according to a recent report by Investec Ireland (February 2015). The fields of manufacturing and general engineering have been identified as growth sectors for employment. The high technology manufacturing sector is particularly singled out as being critical to economic growth. The government has emphasised the importance of developing a smart economy. A smart economy will enhance our capacity to maximise regional, national and/or international business opportunities. Within Ireland, the Institute of Technology (IOT) sector traditionally has had excellent links with industry. This relationship provides a means of developing innovative collaborations, to assist both industry and the broader economy to keep pace with evolving global requirements.
Mechatronics has a crucial role to play in Ireland's capacity to develop and adapt to evolving global manufacturing requirements, which is of central importance in the smart economy. Third level Institutions in Ireland need to develop effective science, engineering and technology courses as well as research activities capable of developing and adapting to, world class technologies. A greater number of technological entrepreneurial graduates will put Ireland in a stronger place to create more global Irish companies. It is the creativity of technologists and engineers and their ability to invent new products and services that will drive Ireland's future growth.
This programme will be delivered online part-time from January 2020 to August 2020.
Online classes: - Provisional Schedule
Monday 7pm - 9pm
Tuesday 7pm - 9pm
Thursday 7pm - 9pm
Students will be required to attend approximately 6 workshop days at IT Tralee over the duration of the programme, these workshops are normally scheduled on Thursdays/Fridays & Saturdays 3 workshop days in semester 1 (February/March) and 3 workshop days in semester 2. (Workshop dates to be advised in January)
All students will be required to attend for registration/orientation. For courses starting in January this will take place on Friday, 17th January 2020.
For courses starting in January, classes will commence the week beginning Monday, 20th January 2020.
Please note all students may be required to attend in person on campus to sit end of semester examinations.
Online & IT Tralee South Campus for scheduled workshops.
Lifelong Learning Department
IT Tralee North Campus
+353 (0)66 7191701Email
Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie
All applicants must submit copies of previous relevant qualifications obtained OTHERWISE applications will not be considered.
Closing date for application to this programme is Monday 13th January 2020. Places will be filled by appropriately qualified applicants on a first come, first served basis, therefore early application is advised.
Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the criteria under the Springboard+ initiative. However, for employed applicants the HEA will pay 90% of the programme fee, the remaining 10% (€280.50) will be collected before registration.