Certificate in Industrial Instrumentation and Automation (January 2021)

Institute of Technology, Tralee (TBC)
Key Programme Details

Minor Award

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

General Information

Mary Stritch




353 (66) 7191701


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


Adult Education Co-ordinator

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;
Work Placement.

Why Choose This Course

“After nearly three decades out of the education system, it was a bit daunting to return to education, but with Springboard+ courses I was able to find a course in a field I could progress in my profession. There are loads of courses in many higher-level institutions to suit. I chose a course in IT Tralee that was delivered online with a few on-site days spread over the academic year. As I work evenings the fact that the classes were recorded, so I could access them at any time I wished, was a great resource. I also found the lecturers to be very helpful and accessible if I had any queries. The teaching platforms are very user friendly and IT Tralee also offers extra resources including access to the online library and free use of Microsoft Office to its students. I would highly recommend this college and Springboard+."

Darren Daly
Certificate in Instrumentation and Automation

"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."

Mike Hayes
Certificate in Instrumentation and Automation

Career Opportunities

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.

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 in a blended format part-time from January 2021 to August 2021. The majority of content will be delivered online, however, students will be required to attend a number of workshops on-campus over the duration of the programme.

Online classes: - Provisional Schedule
Monday 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday 6pm - 9pm
Two Workshop Days (Friday full days) at IT Tralee, South Campus (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.

Delivery Location

Online and IT Tralee South Campus for scheduled workshops.

Delivery Notes

Please note all students may be required to attend in person on campus to sit end of semester examinations.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Mary Stritch


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


353 (66) 7191701



RPL Information

The Institute's policy in relation to non-standard applicants also applies.

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 Friday, 27th November 2020.

Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the criteria under the Springboard+ initiative.


Overview of Springboard+ Funded Programmes at IT Tralee