Certificate in Industrial Automation (Certificate in Industrial Automation)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (CertIndAutomation)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Industrial Automation

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



School of Engineering

General Information

Peter Butler




0858053691 Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00


Graduate & Professional Developemnt
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology | Galway Campus | Dublin Rd. | Galway | Ireland

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About this Course

Industrial Automation refers to the use of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in a range of industrial and manufacturing applications. Students will meet all the industry leading PLCs and will learn to install, maintain and programme the PLCs in real-life applications. This is a very practical course designed to give participants very practical skills.

The Certificate is made up of three modules:
Industrial Automation 1 (10 credits)
Industrial Automation 2 (10 credits)
Work based project (10 credits)

Full course details including programme documentation can be found at www.gmit.ie/engineering/certificate-industrial-automation-part-time

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent

Long Description

Course syllabus:

Industrial Automation 1 (10 Credits)
Industrial safety: House rules, safe practice, safety precautions, workshop safety, accidents reports, first aid, electric shock treatment.
Wiring Systems: Basic wiring, accessories, circuits, cable selection, testing equipment, trunking/conduit installation, earthing and testing.
Hard Wired Control Systems: International symbols, Wiring and schematic control circuits, relay logic, interlocking, starting methods, motor control, fault finding, diagnostics.
Programmable Controller Hardware: Architecture, Central Processor Unit, Memory, Input/output modules, Programming Units, Modular Systems.
Programming Of PLC Systems: Ladder language, List language, System flow chart, Standard PLC functions and Features e.g. timers, counters, special function relays, Fault finding.
System Operation and Programming Techniques: PLC systems, Modes of operation, Program scanning, Connection of peripherals, Monitoring/Diagnostics.

Industrial Automation 2 (10 credits)
Programmable logic Control/Human machine Interfacing/ including various programming languages e.g. Ladder/Instruction List/Sequential flow chart.
Control system principles
Safety in automated systems. Health and Safety Directives.
PLC hardware/selection and configuration of; power supply modules, CPU, digital input/output modules..
Principle of operation of transducers/sensors and actuators, Plant control circuitry/Hybrid design. Data acquisition. Simulation control will also achieved using Automation suite/LabView.
Pneumatics/Compressors/Valve actuators
Case studies/Control Building Blocks.
Fault finding and Diagnostics.
Laboratory Exercises:- These will include:
Introductory Applications e.g Timers, retentive Timers, Counters, Cascading Counters.
Programming Techniques e.g. MCR, JUMP and Force Control.
Sequencers. Interlocking both 'Hard Wired and Using Monitoring Contacts. Sequential Function Chart (SFC), Function Block Diagram (FBD).
Practical Projects e.g. Safety Relays, Control Relays, Power Switching, Explosive Atmospheres, Spray Painting, Saw Bench Cutting, Faulty Batch Detector, Car Park project including Pneumatic Control System.

Work based Project (10 credits)
The period of Work Placement will form an integral part of the course and will consist of a specified minimum period in a workplace as listed in the Work Placement Guidelines document. Work placement will be managed by a committee consisting of the head of department; programme co-ordinator and the academic supervisor. Each work placement will be supervised by an academic supervisor and an industry supervisor. You will be invited to find a suitable placement and obtain ratification from the academic supervisor. Assistance will be given to you if you have difficulties in securing an appropriate placement. Placement will normally be obtained with industry relevant to the core qualification of the programme.
When a suitable training place has been obtained, the academic supervisor will agree:
An industry supervisor within the placement company to whom you will be responsible.
A training programme which takes into account the aims of industrial placement as stated above.
During the placement period you will be visited on at least one occasion by the academic supervisor. During this visit, assessment will be made of your progress within the agreed programme and any necessary alterations, modifications or adjustments will be made after consultation with you and industry supervisor

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Peter Butler


Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology | Galway Campus | Dublin Rd. | Galway | Ireland


0858053691 Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00



Application Procedures

NOTE: The course is now closed for applications. GMIT has applied for it to be funded again in 2021.. If the application is successful the course will reopen for application on www.springboardcourses.ie in May/ June.