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BEng in Industrial Automation and Robotic Systems

Course Code: LC277


Level

07

Duration

3 Years

Department

Electrical & Electronic Engineering


CAO Points

232

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

The Bachelor of Engineering (Ordinary) in Industrial Automation & Robotics provides students with skills to work with highly automated and robotic manufacturing systems and to work safely and competently with electrical/electronic control systems and electro-mechanical systems.

 

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 4 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including English/Irish plus a minimum of O5 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.


Level 6 Craft Certificate (Trade) such as Fitting or Toolmaking, or National/Higher Certificate

Candidates who hold a Senior Trade Certificate and/or National Craft Certificate or holders of a National/Higher Certificate (Level 6) in Engineering or Technology may be considered for admission to Year 2 of this programme subject to a satisfactory interview.

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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.

     


Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible to progress to the Level 8 B.Eng in Industrial Automation & Robotic Systems.           

What are the career prospects?

Positions that graduates have worked in include:

  • Automation Engineer
  • Equipment Maintenance Technician
  • PLC and SCADA Programmer
  • Manufacturing/Industrial Maintenance Technician