Certificate in Automation Engineering (Certificate in Automation Engineering)

Waterford Institute of Technology (EAUTO)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Engineering in Introduction Automation Engineering

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Engineering Technology

General Information

Lorraine Quirke




00353 51 834137


School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Waterford Institute of Technology
Main Campus, Cork Road


Springboard Administrator

Important Dates
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About this Course

This course will be delivered over two semesters, beginning in semester 1 with the module Mechatronics 1 introducing the students to PLC hardware and programming and transducer technology. Modules Control Systems and Industrial Automation will be delivered in semester 2 introducing pneumatics, hydraulics, motors, control theory, SCADA and Distributed Control Systems.

Students will be required to attend the WIT main campus once per week for class

• Mechatronics
• Control Systems
• Industrial Automation

Entry Requirements

Applicants will hold a major award at level 6 in a relevant engineering discipline such as:
an Advanced Certificate Craft “ Electrical;
a Higher Certificate in Electrical Engineering;
a Higher Certificate in Electronics;
a Higher Certificate in Manufacturing Engineering
or a cognate award.

Applicants who do not currently meet the academic entry requirements may wish to consider using WIT's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism to support their application. The Springboard RPL form is available at www.wit.ie/schools/education/springboard_ictskills

Long Description

The Certificate in Automation Engineering [15 Credits at Level 7] is born out of an in-depth 3-way engagement between: a large number of manufacturing companies within the region. The South East Regional Skills Forum (SERSF). The WIT School of Engineering. The SERSF has documented a significant shortage in the industrial automation and control engineering skills required to meet the demands of the rapidly changing manufacturing sector in the South East. This area has been identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2018 as one in which there is a pressing skills shortage. As manufacturing industry transitions towards Industry 4.0 (the term used to describe the smart factory era where computers and automation come together via cyber-physical systems to monitor the physical processes of the factory and make de-centralised decisions) there is increased needs for automation and controls systems skills across a broad range of manufacturing staff. This to facilitate day-to-day operations in the emerging modern manufacturing environments but also facilitating employee contribution to lean manufacturing and their preparedness for the ongoing introduction of new technologies in the workplace. Working closely with the employers in the region, the WIT School of Engineering has developed a new BEng (Honours) in Automation Engineering with Data Intelligence degree for CAO entrants. This same co-creation development process also spawned this shorter Certificate in Automation Engineering [15 Credits at Level 7] course to serve the immediate upskilling requirements for existing employees.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the Certificate in Automation Engineering candidates could potentially pursue the proposed Advanced Automation Engineering Certificate at WIT or a BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering.

Timetable Info

TBC by the end of June'21

Delivery Notes

Blended , there will be an element of classroom based learning

Admissions Contact Details




Application Procedures

Apply via: www.springboardcourses.ie

Certificate in Engineering in Introduction Automation Engineering