SPA in Robotics and Automation (Robotics and Automation)

Athlone Institute of Technology (Engineering Mechanical - January 2022)
Key Programme Details

Special Purpose Award in Robotics and Automation

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Blended


Part Time


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Mechanical, Polymer and Design

General Information

Alan Mannion



090 6468000


Department of Polymer, Mechanical and Design,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Co. Westmeath.


Faculty Staff - Lecturer

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About this Course

Key Features:
• Level 6 Programme (40 ECTS)
• Online/Blended flexible mode of delivery
• Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning

This programme is aimed at industrial maintenance personnel who are working or unemployed who want to up skill in this rapidly changing technology.

Robotics & Industrial Automation are utilised heavily in many diverse sectors such as the Medical Device, Packaging, Aerospace, Food and Automotive industries. This Robotics & Industrial Automation programme will give a range of technical knowledge and skills to underpin the advanced industrial automation currently in use in the Irish Manufacturing Sector.

Fundamental engineering, mechatronics and programming skills will be developed over the duration of the programme, in addition to the skills necessary to support maintenance and troubleshooting of robotic and industrial automation.

Entry Requirements

An Electrical or Mechanical National Craft Certificate (Electrician or Fitter).
RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) in Industrial Engineering will also be considered.

Long Description

Students will undertake some modules through an online learning approach. Course delivery and assessment of students will be achieved through a combination of delivery formats including online "webinar" style lectures/tutorials, as well as online labs. Continuous support will be offered to the students through the Institute's virtual learning environment, Moodle, where students will have access to lecture and tutorial content and to additional resources that will aid them with their learning. As all lectures are recorded, the student does not have to attend the live lecture.

In consultation with industry, course provision has been altered to allow a more flexible approach of delivery of the programme which will allow for greater participation, particularly for those who are employed.

The student will also have to carry out an Industrial Project either through his own employment or through a partner company. Industrial support through guest lectures, use of equipment and also in demonstrating examples of best practice is a key component of the program.

Programme Content
• Electrics and Pneumatics
• Control and Instrumentation
• Introduction to PLCs
• Industrial Robotics
• Integrated Automation
• Automated System Fault Finding
• Project

Timetable Info

One year: 6 hours per week online plus practicals/labs on campus in AIT.

Timetable to be confirmed.

Delivery Location

Online and AIT.

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery - this course will be delivered mostly online with some face to face classroom based workshops.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Dolores Kelly


Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Co. Westmeath.


090 6468000


Application Procedures

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- Please ensure that your email address and mobile phone number are correct when making your application.
- Please ensure that your employment status is also accurate, as this detail on your application must match the funding eligibility documentation you will submit when your application is
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After you make your application you will be contacted by email to submit documentation to verify your eligibility for Springboard+ funding.