Certificate in Industrial Instrumentation and Automation (January 2020)

Institute of Technology, Tralee (TBC)
Key Programme Details


NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

General Information

Mary Stritch




+353 (0)66 7191701


Lifelong Learning Department
Room R101
Business/IT Building
IT Tralee North Campus
Co Kerry


Lifelong Learning Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

This course is designed for persons who have previously worked in the technical national craft area or for those who want to pursue a career in mechanical and electronic (mechatronics) engineering and need to develop their knowledge and skills. The course combines the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits to design, develop, test and manufacture electrical and computer-controlled mechanical systems.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a national craft qualification or equivalent qualification in a related area. The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies.

Long Description

The modules to be completed as part of this programme will include:

Mathematics for Engineers;
Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Automation Technology;
Programming, Communications and Interfacing;

Why Choose This Course

What our students say

"Hi, my name is Mike Hayes. I am currently in full-time employment as a site supervisor with Chemifloc Ltd. I have always had a keen interest in engineering. My decision to return to education was made possible with the support of IT Tralee and Springboard. I found the blended delivery of the Certificate in Industrial Instrumentation and Automation a perfect fit for my needs. The lecturers were very friendly and knowledgeable and always available to answer questions and help in any way they could. I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to pursue a career in Instrumentation and Automation or like me continue my education on a part-time basis and progress to an engineering degree."

"I am currently in full time nemployment working with Medtronic. I’ve been working in the Medical Device field for the past 22 years. I decided to go back to college with the help of IT Tralee and Springboard+. I found the delivery of the course was perfect for me and my role within Medtronic. I would recommend this course to anyone who is working in this field of Automation and Instrumentation. I will also be returning to get my degree and IT Tralee will be my preference of college due to its lectures and college itself."

Career Opportunities

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 particutarly 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.

Industrial automation and instrumentation 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.

Timetable Info

This programme will be delivered online part-time from January 2020 to August 2020. Students will be required to attend a number of workshops at IT Tralee for the duration of the programme.

Online classes: - Provisional Schedule
Monday 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday 6pm - 9pm
Two Workshop Days (Friday) at IT Tralee, South Campus February/March 9am - 5pm (Workshop dates to be advised in January).

Students will be required to undertake a 12 week work placement, however students who are already in employment or have previously worked in a relevant industry can gain the credits for the work placement module through recognised prior learning.

All students will be required to attend for registration/orientation. For courses starting in January this will take place on Friday, 10th 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.

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Mary Stritch


Lifelong Learning Department
Room R101
Business/IT Building
IT Tralee North Campus
Co Kerry


+353 (0)66 7191701



Application Procedures

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 Thursday 2nd 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.