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Certificate in Industrial Automation (Part-time)

Certificate in Industrial Automation (Part-time)

Open for Applications

Discipline: Engineering

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: There is no entry requirement to undertake the Certificate. You must complete Industrial Automation 1 before continuing to Industrial Automation 2. You must complete Industrial Automation 2 before continuing to Workbased Project.

Places: 20


Total fee for the full 30 Credit Certificate is €2,310. For more information see Essential Information

Why Study?

  • Industrial Automation refers to the use of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in a range of industrial and manufacturing applications.
  • You will meet all the industry leading PLCs and will learn to install, maintain and programme the PLCs in real-life applications.
  • This is a very practical course designed to give you the skills you need to get a job in this broad and buoyant area.

Programme Modules

Year 1 - Industrial Automation 1 Code ENGI06004 (10 Credits, Level 6)

Year 2 - Industrial Automation 2 Code ENGI07011 (10 Credits, Level 7) AND Workbased Project Code ELEC07032/ PLAC07008 (10 Credits, Level 7)


Industrial Automation 1

  • Industrial safety: House rules, safe practice, safety precautions, workshop safety, accidents reports, first aid, electric shock treatment. 
  • Wiring Systems: Basic wiring, accessories, circuits, cable slection, testing equi[pment, trunking/conduit installation, earthing and testing. 
  • Hard Wired Control Systems: International symbols, Wiring and schematic control circuits, relay logic, interlocking, starting methods, motor control, fault finding, dianostics. 
  • Programmable Controller Hardware: Architecture, Central Proccessor Unit, Memory, Input/output modules, Programming Units, Modular Systems. 
  • Programming Of PLC Systems: Ladder language, List language, System flow chart, Standard PLC functions and Features e.g. timers, counters, special function relays, Fault finding. 
  • System Operation and Programming Techniques: PLC systems, Modes of operation, Program scanning, Connection of peripheraals, Monitoring/Diagnostics. 

Industrial Automation 2 

  • Programmable logic Control/Human machine Interfacing/ including various programming languages e.g. Ladder/Instruction List/Sequential flow chart. 
  • Control system principles 
  • Safety in automated systems. Health and Safety Directives. 
  • PLC hardware/selection and configuration of; power supply modules, CPU, digital input/output modules..
  • Principle of operation of transducers/sensors and actuators, Plant control circuitry/Hybrid design. Data acquisition. Simulation control will also achieved using Automation suite/LabView. 
  • Pneumatics/Compressors/Valve actuators 
  • Case studies/Control Building Blocks. 
  • Fault finding and Diagnostics. 
  • Laboratory Exercises:- These will include: 
  • Introductory Applications e.g Timers, retentive Timers, Counters, Cascading Counters. 
  • Programming Techniques e.g. MCR, JUMP and Force Control. 
  • Sequencers. Interlocking both 'Hard Wired and Using Monitoring Contacts. Sequential Function Chart (SFC), Function Block Diagram (FBD). 
  • Practical Projects e.g. Safety Relays, Control Relays, Power Switching, Explosive Atmospheres, Spray Painting, Saw Bench Cutting, Faulty Batch Detector, Car Park project including Pneumatic Control System.

Workbased Project

The period of Work Placement will form an integral part of the course and will consist of a specified minimum period in a workplace as listed in the Work Placement Guidelines document.  Work placement will be managed by a committee consisting of the head of department; programme co-ordinator and the academic supervisor. Each work placement will be supervised by an academic supervisor and an industry supervisor.  You will be invited to find a suitable placement and obtain ratification from the academic supervisor. Assistance will be given to you if you have difficulties in securing an appropriate placement. Placement will normally be obtained with industry relevant to the core qualification of the programme. 

When a suitable training place has been obtained, the academic supervisor will agree:

  • An industry supervisor within the placement company to whom you will be responsible.
  • A training programme which takes into account the aims of industrial placement as stated above. 
  • During the placement period you will be visited on at least one occasion by the academic supervisor. During this visit, assessment will be made of your progress within the agreed programme and any necessary alterations, modifications or adjustments will be made after consultation with you and industry supervisor

Essential Information: 


Fees are payable in one instalment in each separate year.

  • Year 1:  Industrial Automation 1 : €750, payable in September 2020.
  • Year 2 : Industrial Automation 2 : €750, payable in September 2021 AND Workbased Project/Project Management: €750 , payable in September 2021

Delivery Dates

The Certificate will be delivered as follows:

  • Industrial Automation 1: Delivered on Tuesdays from 4pm to 8pm, from September 2020 to May 2021, starting Tuesday, 15th September, 2020.
  • Industrial Automation 2: Delivered on Mondays from 4pm to 8pm, from September 2020 to May 2021.
  • Workplace Project: Completed within employers workplace by agreement


Closing Date for Applications

30th August, 2020.


Application Process

You must download, complete fully and return by email (not by post) the Application Form which is in the form of a MS-Word file. Incomplete files/ postal applications will be returned.


Payment Options:

Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Transfer, Bank Draft or Postal Order (made payable to GMIT). Payment in cash not possible. A 50% reduction in (Tuition & Student Contribution) fee applies to people in receipt of payments from the Department of Social Protection.


Student Cards
Students who enrol for this Certificate will qualify for a GMIT Student ID Card. However if you are undertaking only individual modules within the Certificate you will not qualify for a GMIT Student ID Card.

What is Industrial Automation?

Contact Us

Course details

Des O'Reilly
Head of Department
Dublin Road

Tel: +353 (0)91 742203
E-mail: Des O'Reilly



Mary Russell
Graduate and Professional Development
Dublin Road

Tel: +353 (0)91 742145

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