Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Smart Manufacturing Technology (January 2022)

Limerick Institute of Technology (HCI21-SMT-L9-60)
Key Programme Details
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Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Smart Manufacturing Technology

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom, Blended

Mode

Full Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

General Information
Contact

Nicola Kelly

Email

Springboard@lit.ie

Phone

+353 61 293094

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in LIT request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Important Dates
Application Deadline

31/10/2021

Start Date

17/01/2022

End Date

19/12/2022

About this Course

This programme will open in October 2021 for online registrations. Please read all of below and register interest by emailing Springboard@lit.ie. You will receive an email alert when this programme officially opens for online applications

The Postgraduate Diploma in Smart Manufacturing Technology is a practice-based higher-education programme linked to industry needs to produce an industry-ready professionals to address the challenges and opportunities arising from increased digitalisation of Manufacturing and the adoption of Industry 4.0.

The programme is aimed at existing technical or scientific graduates or those migrating from associated disciplines. The majority of the credits and learning outcomes will be work-based, supported by a training programme of masterclasses, delivered through bootcamps, workshops, on-line tutorials, knowledge platforms, guest lecturers and site-visits. The Learner will spend less than 20% of their annual working time in attendance in LIT. The programme aims to develop Smart Manufacturing Champions to operate within manufacturing enterprises, who can focus on the integration of systems, analysis of key data and the demonstration of opportunities and added value for the business.

The masterclass modules will cover essential elements of Smart Manufacturing Technology and its application in practice.

Modules
Database Design & Data Visualisation
Cyber-Physical Systems & IoT
Manufacturing Automation & Robotics
Data Analytics & Machine Learning
Integrated Database Systems
Digitalisation of Production

The goal is to provide an expert level appraisal of relevant technologies, tools and techniques in a range of relevant disciplines so that the learner can assess current trends and can engage with specialist professionals on an equal footing. The technical modules are supported by, and integrated with, transversal modules on: Project Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Research & Development Methods and an Industry-based Portfolio.

Through the support of the Limerick for Engineering Consortium and the LIT Digital Innovation Hub, the programme learners will have the opportunity to undertake a placement with a leading manufacturing company, liaise with a Manufacturing SME on their digitalisation strategy and/or collaborate with the ACORN Research Centre in LIT.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

(a) The principal entry requirement for the Postgraduate programme is a Level 8 honours degree, at minimum second class honours (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent), in a relevant discipline.

(b) Applicants from other Level 8 degree disciplines who have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate manufacturing environment (with a demonstrable knowledge of mathematics and computing) may also apply.

(c) A deep knowledge of manufacturing environments and the potential benefits and challenges facing manufacturing from digitalisation would be beneficial.

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 all your supporting documents to Springboard@lit.ie

3. 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. We do not require proof of IELTS however, each applicant must ensure that their English is to above standard and they will be able to participate without any language barrier.

4. EXAMS: TBC

5. FEES: The overall fee for this programme is €6750. Applicants in employment will qualify for 90% Springboard+ funding and the 10% fee to be paid will be €675. Please note that this 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full before you commence your programme of study. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment will qualify for 100% funding.

This course will be Springboard funded for 21-22 academic year only. Applicants must complete this programme within this academic year. It is not possible to defer your place to the following academic year as we cannot guarantee that this course will run or be funded again. We would also advise you to review Former Springboard+ Participant guidelines

Click here for all Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.***IMPORTANT NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process this may affect your fees and Springboard funding. It is your responsibility to inform us by email to Springboard@lit.ie and to provide proof of new status***

Long Description

This programme will open in October 2021 for online registrations. Please read all of below and register interest by emailing Springboard@lit.ie. You will receive an email alert when this programme officially opens for online applications

The Postgraduate Diploma in Smart Manufacturing Technology is a practice-based higher-education programme linked to industry needs to produce an industry-ready professionals to address the challenges and opportunities arising from increased digitalisation of Manufacturing and the adoption of Industry 4.0.

The programme is aimed at existing technical or scientific graduates or those migrating from associated disciplines. The majority of the credits and learning outcomes will be work-based, supported by a training programme of masterclasses, delivered through bootcamps, workshops, on-line tutorials, knowledge platforms, guest lecturers and site-visits. The Learner will spend less than 20% of their annual working time in attendance in LIT. The programme aims to develop Smart Manufacturing Champions to operate within manufacturing enterprises, who can focus on the integration of systems, analysis of key data and the demonstration of opportunities and added value for the business.

The masterclass modules will cover essential elements of Smart Manufacturing Technology and its application in practice.

Modules
Database Design & Data Visualisation
Cyber-Physical Systems & IoT
Manufacturing Automation & Robotics
Data Analytics & Machine Learning
Integrated Database Systems
Digitalisation of Production

The goal is to provide an expert level appraisal of relevant technologies, tools and techniques in a range of relevant disciplines so that the learner can assess current trends and can engage with specialist professionals on an equal footing. The technical modules are supported by, and integrated with, transversal modules on: Project Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Research & Development Methods and an Industry-based Portfolio.

Through the support of the Limerick for Engineering Consortium and the LIT Digital Innovation Hub, the programme learners will have the opportunity to undertake a placement with a leading manufacturing company, liaise with a Manufacturing SME on their digitalisation strategy and/or collaborate with the ACORN Research Centre in LIT.

Timetable Info

Timetable TBC
Please note this programme is not due to commence until January 2022
Mix of part-time, evening lectures & online content (via Moodle)
Timetable TBC closer to time

Delivery Location

Timetable TBC
Please note this programme is not due to commence until January 2022
Mix of part-time, evening lectures & online content (via Moodle)
Timetable TBC closer to time

Delivery Notes

Timetable TBC
Please note this programme is not due to commence until January 2022
Mix of part-time, evening lectures & online content (via Moodle)
Timetable TBC closer to time

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Nicola Kelly

Address

*** The Department of Flexible Learning & Springboard+ Team in LIT request that all supporting documents be uploaded to your online application. Thank you.***

Phone

+353 61 293094

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. Once you submit your application you will receive an automated acknowledgement email with a unique reference application number. Please quote this reference number when contacting Springboard LIT.

To complete your application process you must upload the following supporting documents to your online application:

1. Current CV *must be up to date
2. Proof of existing level 8 educational qualification or equivalent
3. Proof of nationality ie. passport
4. Proof of employment/social welfare/returner status dated within the last month (see below)


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. The onus is on each applicant to ensure ALL documents are uploaded. LIT will not pursue applicants for missing documents.

This programme is 90% funded for those in employment. Students who fall into this category must pay a fee of €675 to secure their place on the programme. This 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid before commencement date.

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. Dated within the last month.

RECENT GRADUATES: Recent graduates with at least level 8 qualification in a relevant subject (2020) are eligible to apply and will be required to pay 10% of the tuition fee. Evidence of date and qualification received will be required as proof of eligibility.

UNEMPLOYED: Those in receipt of an eligible payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) must be in receipt of this payment for 9 of the previous 12 months. Applicants must inform their local DEASP Office that they are undertaking an HCI Pillar 1 graduate conversion course. Proof must be dated within the last month.

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.

FEES: The overall fee for this programme is €6750. Applicants in employment will qualify for 90% Springboard+ funding and the 10% fee to be paid will be €675. Please note that this 10% fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full before you commence your programme of study. Applicants on a qualifying DEASP payment will qualify for 100% funding.

Click here for all Flexible Learning Policies & Procedures

Successful Springboard applicants will be required to complete registration via the Springboard portal throughout the academic year to secure funding for their place.***IMPORTANT NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process this may affect your fees and Springboard funding. It is your responsibility to inform us by email to Springboard@lit.ie and to provide proof of new status***