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BEng (Hons) in Industrial Automation and Robotic Systems

Course Code: LC375


Level

08

Duration

4 Years

Department

Electrical & Electronic Engineering


CAO Points

321

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering provides students with skills to lead fault-finding and trouble-shooting of complex electrical and control equipment and to work with colleagues to achieve project success on-time and within the resources available.

 

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish and a minimum of an O4 in Mathematics. 

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Engineering Mathematics 1

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module provides a foundation in mathematical principles: arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, elementary calculus and statistics. The theory is kept to a minimum, with problem-solving used extensively to establish and exemplify the theory. The material will provide engineering applications; the learner will be able to apply standard mathematical techniques to analyse and solve electrical, electronic and related engineering problems.


    Title: Electrical Technology 1

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To introduce the learner to basic electric circuits and electrical devices.


    Title: Industrial Electronics 1

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To introduce the learner to analogue and digital electronic circuits and devices.


    Title: Project 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To provide the learner with an opportunity to develop valuable transferable personal and professional skills. Utilising an active learning strategy, the learners will develop their skills in in a range of areas such as project management, decision-making, problem solving, team working and communications. The student will apply these skills to a series of mini projects.


    Title: Programming 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module introduces the learner to graphical based programming methods to provide hardware and software solutions to technical based problems.


    Title: Mechanical Maintenance Principles

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To provide learners with a basic knowledge of common manufacturing processes, materials and maintenance procedures and develop the practical skills necessary to work safely in a maintenance environment.


    Title: Electrical Workshop 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To introduce learners to basic electrical wiring diagrams and hands-on experience of wiring lighting, sockets, fuse boards, heating control systems and motor control circuits and learn to fault find on these various electrical circuits.


    Title: Engineering Science

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of the module is to introduce students to a broad knowledge of fundamental Principles and Practical applications in Engineering Science neccessary to support other core modules. The module provides a comprehesive grounding in fundamental Engineering that is relevent to multiple Engineering courses in the department


  • Year 2

    Title: Engineering Mathematics 2

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To give the learner broad competencies in applied engineering mathematics. At the end of this module, the learner will be able to apply standard mathematical techniques to model and solve problems in engineering.


    Title: Electrical Technology 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To build on the material covered in Electrical Technology 1, including 3-phase systems, with greater emphasis on applications; this will include transformers, motors and generation.


    Title: Electrical Workshop 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with a further understanding of electrical industrial wiring and the wiring and fault finding of Motor control circuits and electrical motors.


    Title: Industrial Electronics 2 and C Programming

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To aim of this module is to develop the learner’s knowledge of Analog and Digital electronic circuits that are specifically relevant to the Automation industry. This module also introduces the learner to the C programming language.


    Title: Instrumentation and Process Control

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To provide learners with the knowledge of instrumentation and process control which includes the basic concepts, the engineering and the installation of control equipment.


    Title: Pneumatics and PLC's

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To provide learners with a knowledge of pneumatic networks controlled using a PLC. To develop the learners ability to design, build, test and fault find pneumatic and electro-pneumatic circuitry and control pneumatic networks and to be able write, test and fault find PLC programs to control various control sequences.


    Title: Project 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To provide the learner with an opportunity to develop valuable transferable personal and professional skills. Utilising an active learning strategy, the learners will develop their skills in in a range of areas such as project management, decision-making, problem solving, team working and communications. The student will apply these skills to a series of mini team projects.

     

     


    Title: Electrical, Mechanical & Instrumentation Drawing

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the knowledge to understand and design Electrical, Mechanical, Instrumentation and Control drawings.


  • Year 3

    Title: Engineering Mathematics 3

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To provide the learner with the necessary mathematical background to model, analyse and solve problems in electrical engineering.


    Title: Manufacturing Automation

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to give the learner a thorough understanding of the elements of a control system relevant to the wiring, programming, handling, tracking and assembly of discrete products in a modern manufacturing environment.


    Title: IP Networking

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will give the learner an introduction to computer networking; providing the knowledge and skills required to build and configure a small network and examine its principle technologies and standards.


    Title: Applied C Programming

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module is aimed at teaching the learner the C programming language using an applied approach by writing C programs deployed on a microcontroller. The C programs will be used to control external peripherals to the microcontroller, to solve Automation related problems such as DC motor and Stepper motor speed/position control.

     


    Title: Motion Control and Robotics

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To aim of this module is to develop the learners understanding of position and speed control for the various motors used in motion control and robotic systems. The learners will study the construction and operation of the various motor types aswell as the electronic drives used for controlling such motors. The learner will simulate and program a robot using appropriate software. The learner will also investigate faultfinding and throubleshooting strategies.


    Title: Work Placement

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This placement module will provide students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained on their programme while working in a professional engineering environment. It will also afford them the opportunity to gain valuable career experience and develope their understanding of working in such an environment.

     


    Title: Advanced PLCs, HMI & SCADA

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    To provide the learner with a specialised knowledge of advanced automation systems, structured programming approaches and distributed control applications. Also the learner will acquire the skills needed to successfully design, develop and integrate a SCADA solution.

     


  • Year 4

    Title: Statistical Process Control

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To give the learner broad competencies in statistical analysis and to demonstrate the role of statistics and related techniques in Quality systems. At the end of the course, students should be competent in the theoretical background and the application of statistical tools in SPC.


    Title: Cisco Networking

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will give the learner skills related to implementing an IP network; including LAN switching technologies, routing technologies and infrastructure services.


    Title: Data Acquisition

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module provides the learner with knowledge of the hardware and signal conditioning circuity used in Data Acquisition hardware. This module also provides the learner with a basic working knowledge of the LabVIEW language and its use in Data Acquisition.


    Title: Control Engineering 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is for the learner to model and analyse control engineering systems. The emphasis is on analysis and response of systems from a Classical Control perspective.


    Title: Advanced Automation Design

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the knowledge to design and implement control solutions for interfacing with SCADA and Batch solutions. The ability to design and structure PLC programming for using Control Module libraries.


    Title: Robotics and Vision Inspection

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To provide a knowledge of different industrial robot configurations, specifications and models, including kinematic analysis of robot manipulators. To provide a knowledge of the hardware, optics and software components of vision inspection systems. To familiarize learners with industry standard tools and techniques and so underline the growing importance and relevance of automated inspection in industry and its limitations. To give learners the necessary knowledge and skills to specify and/or implement both robotic and industrial inspection systems and see potential application methods for their integration.


    Title: Applied Statistical Analysis

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    At the end of this course students should have the theoretical background and be competent in the application of inferential statistics and statistical methods used in the analysis of data from designed experiments.


    Title: Data Modelling and SQL

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module teaches relational database design and manipulation using data modelling tools and techniques and introduces the learner to the SQL database programming language. Emphasis is placed on being able to define and write complex SQL statements to interact with modern database management systems.


    Title: Computer System Validation

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    An overview of engineering approaches to validating computerized systems within a regulated industrial environment with an emphasis on the full validation lifecycle.


    Title: Manufacturing Quality Systems

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to give the student an understanding of concepts, processes and systems that are contained in a quality focused high-end manufacturing environment.

     


    Title: Control Engineering 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is for the learner to be able to design a stable control system. The emphasis is on analysing the stability of systems in the frequency domain.


    Title: Advanced SCADA and Industrial Networks

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide the learner with the knowledge to design and implement SCADA solutions for advanced automated solutions. The knowledge acquired from the various Industrial Networks configuration will provide information in the overall design of the automated solution.


    Title: Final Year Project

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop a learners independent ability to research a topic, complete a technical project and produce a dissertation in accordance with pre-determined formats and standards.


    The topic selected must be directly relevant to the course of study being undertaken by the learner.

     

     

     

     

     

     


Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within LIT or elsewhere.        


 

What are the career prospects?

Graduates of this programme have work in positions such as:

  • Automation Engineer
  • Automation Controls Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Equipment Engineer

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