Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Automation and Robotics

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Automation and Robotics

Course Overview

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  • New Course


  • US916

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

*New CAO course for 2023*

Robotic and automation solutions are revolutionising sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and transport. This course is designed to equip learners with the specialist knowledge and wide range of hands-on practical skills at the cutting edge of instrumentation, robotics, process control and industrial automation in order to pursue a career in this dynamic and evolving field.

What will I experience?

During this course you will:

  • Explore the relationships between mechanical, electronic and software engineering as applied to modern ‘smart’ machines commonly used in the manufacturing industry.
  • Work in bright, modern laboratories with the very latest in automation technology and software.
  • Explore robotic systems and automation cells incorporating vision systems.
  • Complete an automation and robotics final year project, such as a robotic automated work cell, or a web-controlled ‘smart’ house.

Engineering education is very practical. Almost 50 % of your time will be spent in state-of-the-art laboratories developing your practical engineering skills, and the other 50% will be spent on engineering theory and its application.

  • You will develop your problem –solving skills and reasoning techniques.
  • You will work on topic-specific problems, both as part pf a team and as an individual, and develop your lifelong learning skills.
  • You will develop your ability to effectively communicate within the engineering community and society at large.
  • You will develop an ethical awareness with regard to the engineering profession and environment.
  • Gain valuable work experience by completing an industry-based project.

What opportunities might it lead to?

A work placement is embedded in the course in year 3.

The student is required to complete a four -month work placement from January to April in the third year of the course. The placement carries 20 credits and must fulfil prescribed criteria to which the employer will agree in advance. Placements may be done in Ireland or abroad. It would be expected that graduates would find employment regionally, nationally or internationally in automation and manufacturing roles.

Your specialised knowledge of automation and robotics can lead to direct employment in the manufacturing industry.

Graduates will find employment in the manufacturing sector generally, across a broad range of industries, such as the medical device, electronics, agricultural and pharmaceutical sectors. Typical jobs include automation engineering, process development, fault-finding, as well as working in multi-disciplinary teams in a modern manufacturing environment.

Course Details

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New Course
Course Award:
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Dept of Mechanical, Polymer Engineering & Design
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects, plus Grade O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

QQI: QQI applicants to this programme must hold the following award: engineering technology (5M2061). They are also required to have the module mathematics (5N1833) or Maths for STEM (5N0556) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate mathematics. They must also possess distinctions in three modules.

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Explore our Robotics and Automation lab through this 360 video walk through. This is where students get practical experience programming robots, working with vision systems and debugging automated production lines.

Course Structure

Year 1

Communications for Manufacturing, Mathematics, Engineering Science, Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Engineering Workshop and Graphics, Communications for Manufacturing, Electronic Technology, Processing of Engineering Materials, Engineering Workshop and Graphics.

Year 2

Mathematics, Sensor Systems, Mechanics, Computer Aided Design, Electronics Technology, Engineering Economics, Control and Power Technology, Introduction to Robotics, Automation Practice.

Year 3

Statistics and Lean Sigma, Mathematics, Robotics Programming and Vision, Control and Mechatronic Systems, Computer Networks, Industrial Placement, Project Evaluation and Management, Manufacturing Systems and Operations Management.

Year 4

Final Year Project, Regulatory Compliance and Validation 4, Computer Aided Engineering Design and Analysis, Electrical Power Systems and Machines, Robotic Vision and Interaction, Enterprise Networks 4, Operations Management and Sustainability, Industrial Control 4, Manufacturing Automation, Connected Devices, Robotic Programming, Motion and Tooling.

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