Introduction to Apprentice Education at GMIT
Discipline: Apprentice Education
Location: Galway - Dublin Road
Programme Duration: Three years
Mode of Study: Full time
Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT
Interested in becoming an Electrical Installation or Motor Engineering Apprentice?
First, secure employment from a bona fide contractor or employer duly recognised by the state training authority as a person or a company capable of providing the ‘on-the-job’ training required for the specific trade. Then register with the state training authority and you will be issued with a registration number and relevant documentation.
What is Electrical Installation?
Electrical Engineering provides us with electrical energy for heat, light, power and for systems with electronic supervision and control. The aim is to generate, distribute and apply electrical energy safely and economically. This includes the design of safe electrical cabling systems for domestic, commercial, business and industrial premises, in line with legal and technical regulations. Electricians construct, test and maintain electrical systems that sustain our modern highly sophisticated living and working environments. Besides the systems themselves, the selection of the most efficient motor systems and other apparatuses to perform special tasks is also involved. The knowledge required for employment as an electrician includes a good grounding in the fundamentals of electrical engineering sciences with their application to electrical installation and generation systems.
What is Motor Engineering?
Motor transport is of vital importance to modern life, whether in the form of cars or heavy vehicles for the transportation of goods. This worldwide industry needs highly qualified people at a technical level. This includes technical repair and diagnosis, parts supply and specialised repair shops. Automobile and heavy vehicle development have undergone dramatic changes in recent times. Technological advances have made vehicles much more complex yet more efficient, environmentally friendly and safer.
Apprenticeship Scheme and the Advanced Certificate Craft involves twenty five trades. The duration of apprenticeship is typically four years and is structured in seven distinct phases as follows:
Phase 1 "On-the-job" training with employer - approximately three to six months.
Phase 2 "Off-the-job" training with the state training authority - twenty to twenty-two weeks depending on the trade.
Phase 3 "On-the-job" training with employer - approximately six to nine months.
Phase 4 "Off-the-job" educational release at an Institute of Technology - ten to eleven weeks.
Phase 5 "On-the-job" training with employer - approximately twelve months.
Phase 6 "Off-the-job" educational release at an Institute of Technology - ten to eleven weeks.
Phase 7 "On-the-job" training with employer - approximately twelve months.
Apprentices attending Phase 4 and Phase 6 block-release courses at GMIT will be scheduled at the Institute by the state training authority.
Apprentices attending Phase 4 and Phase 6 block-release courses at GMIT will be scheduled at the Institute by the state training authority. During attendance at GMIT, Electrical Installation apprentices study Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing, Electrical Engineering Science, Electrical Craft Theory, Planning of Electrical Installation Work, Practical Installation Work, Mathematics, Electronics, Instruments and Computers and Industrial Studies. Motor Engineering apprentices study Motor Vehicle Electronics, Engineering Drawing, Motor Vehicle Science, Motor Vehicle Theory, Workshop Practice, Garage Practice, Mathematics and Computers. When apprentices have successfully passed all seven stages of their training - phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 with their employers - phase 2 with the state training authority and phases 4 and 6 with GMIT - they are then awarded the Advanced Certificate – Craft in their respective trade which allows them to pursue their chosen career worldwide.