Specialist Diploma in Automation and Control (Specialist Diploma in Automation and Control)

National University of Ireland, Galway (DAT2020)
Key Programme Details
Award

Specialist Diploma

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

General Information
Contact

Course Administrator

Email

springboard@nuigalway.ie

Phone

091495845

Address

National University of Ireland, Galway

Role

Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

16/09/2020

Start Date

16/09/2020

End Date

31/05/2021

About this Course

The Specialist Diploma in Automation and Control is offered in response to the obvious requirement for training in this area, to service the regional medical devices cluster and the nationally identified skills need. It is also designed to meet national skills needs in a range of sectors such as automation and supply chain management. Both the curriculum and delivery model were developed in consultation with local industries who continue to have input into both development and delivery.

This one-year, part-time Diploma course is delivered via blended learning and aims to develop knowledge around the issues and opportunities associated with Automation & Control Technology. This course is intended for those who wish to improve their skills in the areas of engineering materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials; manufacturing processes, both traditional and recently developed and electronic manufacturing technologies.

Objectives

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

• Specify tooling requirements
• Understand PLCs, Programme Language, Sensors and Pneumatics
• Apply low-cost automated systems
• Design, build, maintain automated systems - as a part of a project module
• Use the project module to specialise in a chosen topic

Entry Requirements

• Applicants should have reached the age of 21 years on the 1st of January of the calendar year of entry.

• Applicants should hold our own Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a relevant NFQ Level 7 award, of minimum 90 ECTS credits.

• Recognition of Prior Learning may be considered for entry purposes.

• Please see Springboard FAQs for information on candidate eligibility requirements e.g. Residency requirements, English language requirements.

Long Description

The Specialist Diploma in Automation and Control is offered in response to the obvious requirement for training in this area, to service the regional medical devices cluster and the nationally identified skills need. It is also designed to meet national skills needs in a range of sectors such as automation and supply chain management. Both the curriculum and delivery model were developed in consultation with local industries who continue to have input into both development and delivery. This one-year, part-time Diploma course is delivered via blended learning and aims to develop knowledge around the issues and opportunities associated with Automation & Control Technology. This course is intended for those who wish to improve their skills in the areas of engineering materials including metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials; manufacturing processes, both traditional and recently developed and electronic manufacturing technologies.

It will assist those who want to apply correct design principles to engineering components, to develop a knowledge of Jig and Fixture design for Manufacturing Systems, and to develop the ability to produce high quality engineering drawings on a CAD system. On completion of the course participants will have highly marketable, up-to-date and confidence-building knowledge and skills relevant to the areas of Automation and Control. They will have practiced and been assessed on a range of technical and transferable skills which will be beneficial at the personal, enterprise and community levels. The two Automation modules give an overview of how automation has become important for industry, and the key strategies adopted by industry to deploy automation in order to improve competitiveness.

If graduates so wish they can progress to the B.Sc. in Science & Technology Studies (NQF level 8) with credit for their studies, though not funded by Springboard+. In this case they will be exempt from one elective stream in the Degree cycle.

Career Opportunities

The Specialist Diploma in Automation and Control is offered in response to the obvious requirement for training in this area to service the regional Galway medical devices cluster and the nationally identified skills need.

It is also designed to meet national skills needs in a range of sectors such automation and supply chain management.

It will allow those with a basic engineering qualification to specialise in a growing area in the field of manufacturing.

With the move towards Industry 4.0 and a greater drive towards quality and high volume manufacturing, knowledge of automated systems and control is valued in industry.

Timetable Info

The course is part-time and is delivered via blended learning (distance & online, and classes/labs which require attendance on NUI Galway university on-campus). The on-campus tutorials are held one to two times per month on Saturdays.*

* Notice: due to COVID-19 restrictions Semester 1 teaching (September- December 2020) in 2020/21 will take place in a fully online mode. The course content will be delivered through our online learning system Blackboard. The tutors will communicate material through online tutorials, recorded video tutorials, discussion boards and other interactive online learning methods.


Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Course Administrator

Email

springboard@nuigalway.ie

Application Procedures

To apply:

1. Complete the Springboard application form

2. Upload supporting documentation as follows:

The applicant must supply the following supporting documentation to support their application form:
• Identification Passport/Drivers License/Birth Cert
• Proof of Qualifications- Applicant must provide official Transcripts of Qualifications. Eligibility requirements are an NFQ Level 7 or higher qualification of at least 90 ECTS in a related discipline
• Proof of Unemployment/Payment from DEASP (IF APPLICABLE)- please see Springboard FAQs for the most up-to-date details on this
Proof of Returner Status (IF APPLICABLE)- please see Springboard FAQs for the most up-to-date details on this
• Proof of Employment (IF APPLICABLE)- P60 Form
• Short one-page CV detailing professional experience


Please note that following Springboard guidelines, Unemployed applicants are given first preference of places on courses