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Certificate in Smart Factory Technology
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Flexible & Professional
The Smart Factory Technician will have a background and basic competence in industry and knowledge of factories and the manufacturing environment. Through attendance at specialist labs in LIT on one day and one evening per week, the Smart Factory Technician will be trained in the electronic systems (IoT), industrial control circuits (Pneumatics/PLCs) and automation systems (Robots) necessary for the Factory-of-the-Future and will understand the convergence of data acquisition, data analysis, data display & dashboards relevant to Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in industry. Through reflective practice in their work placement or employment, the Smart Factory Technician will develop and implement an Industry 4.0 Solution to demonstrate their technical knowledge and their project management, communication & teamwork skills.
Learners on the proposed programme will need to be supported by their employers in terms of release from work to attend the modules, but also for the on-the-job elements where they will work with an assigned industry mentor in conjunction with an academic mentor, throughout the programme.
What are the entry requirements?
Candidates with a minimum of 3 years industrial experience are invited to submit evidence of prior qualifications and experiential learning to gain entry to the programme. In line with LIT's policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the standard of the evidence submitted must exceed the equivalent of 60 ETCS credits at level 6 and may involve independent skills assessment and/or interview. Competence in English at the level of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0 is a pre-requisite. The target learner is expected to have knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint to a level comparable to the Base modules in ECDL or equivalent.
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.
What modules will I study?
Industrial Electronics, IoT and Programming: Design, construction and programming of embedded systems for Internet-of-Things applications.
Pneumatics, PLCs & Robotics: Design, construction, programming & troubleshooting of industrial control systems Maths, Computing & Data Analytics: Revision of Maths and development of Data Analytic Applications.
Industrial Communications & Personal Development: Reflective practice, personal development, written & spoken communications.
Engineering Communications & Collaborative Working: Communication & Presentation skills, teamwork and project management.
Work Based Project: Design, planning and implementation of an industry-based solution.
This programme is delivered with a mixture of online and classroom delivery. Some of the content will be delivered online with the remaining involving either lectures/practicals/tutorials delivered at the LIT Moylish Campus, Limerick.
What will the time commitment be?
Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.
Please note that the exams for this course will be part continuous assessment and part final sit down exam. Exams take place weekdays, during daytime hours i.e. between the hours of 9am and 6pm. TBC closer to exam time.
10th January 2021
For queries relating to the course
Contact: Department of Flexible Learning
TBC for 2021.
This programme was approved for 100% Springboard+ 2020 funding in 2020.
Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020