Certificate in Smart Factory Technology (January 2021)

Limerick Institute of Technology (SB20SFT)
Key Programme Details
Award

Certificate in Smart Factory Technology, Special Purpose Award (Level 6, 50 Credits)

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

50

Department

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

General Information
Contact

Brigid Della Pace

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Phone

+353 61 293055

Address

Springboard+ Team @ LIT
Flexible Learning Department
Limerick Institute of Technology
Flexible Learning Office (3A.06)
Moylish Park
Limerick
V94 EC5T

Important Dates
Application Deadline

10/01/2021

Start Date

18/01/2021

End Date

31/12/2021

About this Course

The proposed programme has arisen from a skills needs assessment completed by companies associated with the Limerick for Engineering Consortium in November 2018. There is a significant need for the upskilling of existing employees to face the challenges and opportunities provided by increasing Manufacturing Digitilisation and Industrial Automation. The greatest need identified was related to all aspects of Industry 4.0 Sensorisation of Equipment, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Data Analytics, Industrial Automation Systems (PLC/SCADA), Vision Systems and Robotics.

The Smart Factory Technician will have a background and basic competence in industry and knowledge of factories and the manufacturing environment. Through attendance at specialist Labs in LIT on one day and one evening per week, the Smart Factory Technician will be trained in the electronic systems (IoT), industrial control circuits (Pneumatics/PLCs) and automation systems (Robots) necessary for the Factory-of-the-Future and will understand the convergence of data acquisition, data analysis, data display & dashboards relevant to Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in Industry.

Through reflective practice in their work placement or employment, the Smart Factory Technician will develop and implement an Industry 4.0 Solution to demonstrate their technical knowledge and their project management, communication & teamwork skills. Learners on the proposed programme will be supported by their employers in terms of release from work to attend the modules, but also for the on-the-job elements where they will work with an assigned industry mentor in conjunction with an academic mentor, throughout the programme. In turn, the industry mentors will receive certified training from LIT in Coaching & Mentoring Technical Employees.

The Limerick for Engineering Consortium has been central to the development of a new Apprenticeship as a Manufacturing Data Integration Engineer, which is a progression programme from Level 6 to Level 7 (BEng, Ordinary Degree).

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

1. Candidates with a minimum of 3 years industrial experience are invited to submit evidence of prior qualifications and experiential learning to gain entry to the programme.

2. Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) / Special Case Registrations: Prospective participants who do not meet the entry requirements for the programme detailed above, but who may qualify for admission by meeting certain other equivalent criteria, should notify the Flexible Learning Office and request consideration under RPL. Please submit your application online and then email Springboard@lit.ie to request RPL consideration.

3. EXAMS: Please note that the exams for this course will be part continuous assessment and part final sit down exam. Exams take place weekdays, during daytime hours i.e. between the hours of 9am and 6pm. TBC closer to exam time.

4. ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

5. FEES: This programme is 100% Springboard funded for all successful applicants.

Long Description

The proposed programme has arisen from a skills needs assessment completed by companies associated with the
Limerick for Engineering Consortium in November 2018. There is a significant need for the upskilling of existing employees to face the challenges and opportunities provided by increasing Manufacturing Digitilisation and Industrial Automation. The greatest need identified was related to all aspects of Industry 4.0 Sensorisation of Equipment, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Data Analytics, Industrial Automation Systems (PLC/SCADA), Vision Systems and Robotics.

The Smart Factory Technician will have a background and basic competence in industry and knowledge of factories and the manufacturing environment. Through attendance at specialist Labs in LIT on one day and one evening per week, the Smart Factory Technician will be trained in the electronic systems (IoT), industrial control circuits (Pneumatics/PLCs) and automation systems (Robots) necessary for the Factory-of-the-Future and will understand the convergence of data acquisition, data analysis, data display & dashboards relevant to Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in Industry.

Through reflective practice in their work placement or employment, the Smart Factory Technician will develop and implement an Industry 4.0 Solution to demonstrate their technical knowledge and their project management, communication & teamwork skills. Learners on the proposed programme will be supported by their employers in terms of release from work to attend the modules, but also for the on-the-job elements where they will work with an assigned industry mentor in conjunction with an academic mentor, throughout the programme. In turn, the industry mentors will receive certified training from LIT in Coaching & Mentoring Technical Employees.

What will the time commitment be?
Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

The Limerick for Engineering Consortium has been central to the development of a new Apprenticeship as a Manufacturing Data Integration Engineer, which is a progression programme from Level 6 to Level 7 (BEng, Ordinary Degree).

Timetable Info

Semester 1: TBC
This programme will run EVERY Wednesday evening (2 hours) and a FULL day every Saturday (8 hours) for workshop
Commencing Wednesday 20th January 2021 - TBC

Semester 1: ** TBC **
Wednesday Classroom (2 hours) : Maths, Computing & Data Analytics
Saturday Workshops (8 hours) :
1. Industrial Electronic, IoT & Programming
2. Pneumatics, PLCs & Robotics

Semester 2: ** TBC **
1 Full Day Workshop
June 2021 - August 2021 (ONLINE DELIVERY).
1. Industrial Communications & Personal Development
2. Engineering Communications & Collaborative Working

Semester 3: ** TBC **
Commencing September 2021 - December 2021
Wednesday evenings: 2 hours
Saturday Workshops

Delivery Location

Blended Delivery.

This programme is delivered with a mixture of online and classroom delivery. Some of the content will be delivered online with the remaining involving either lectures/practicals/tutorials delivered at the LIT Moylish Campus, Limerick.

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery.

This programme is delivered with a mixture of online and classroom delivery.

Some of the content will be delivered online with the remaining involving either lectures/practicals/tutorials delivered at the LIT Moylish Campus, Limerick.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Brigid Della Pace

Address

Springboard+ Team @ LIT
Flexible Learning Department
Limerick Institute of Technology
Flexible Learning Office (3A.06)
Moylish Park
Limerick
V94 EC5T

Phone

+353 61 293055

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted based on relevant experience and training in accordance with LIT's RPL Policy.

Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie

To complete your application process you must scan to ONE FILE the below supporting documents and upload to your online application.

1. Current CV
2. Proof of existing industry experience / educational qualifications
3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of employment ie. payslip/p60 (amounts can be redacted) / social welfare payment ie. receipt/letter

Please note that places are LIMITED and only COMPLETE applications can be assessed. Please apply online here for your programme and ensure ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS are uploaded to your online application. Any missing documents will lead to a delay in processing.

This programme is 100% funded for all successful applicants.

EMPLOYED APPLICANTS: ONE of the following: A recent payslip / most recent P60 / revenue documentation letter from employer confirming this (amounts may be redacted from financial documents) / letter/email from employer / proof from company website etc.

UNEMPLOYED APPLICANTS: Proof of social welfare: Written confirmation from the Department of Employment Social Protection (DEASP) that you are a Social Welfare recipient at the commencement of the course. Name of payment. Receipt from Post Office may suffice.

RETURNERS: If you are a returner who has been on home or other caring duties for 9 of the last 12 months OR you are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the last 12 months you must supply a notarized affidavit confirming this. Please email Springboard@lit.ie to request this form.

FORMERLY SELF-EMPLOYED: Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient.

EXAMS: Please note that the exams for this course will be part continuous assessment and part final sit down exam. Exams take place weekdays, during daytime hours i.e. between the hours of 9am and 6pm. TBC closer to exam time.

FEES: 100% Springboard funded for all successful applicants.

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