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Certificate in Industrial Automation PART TIME

Opening for Applications in January 2018

Discipline: Engineering

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: None

Places: 20

Fee: 

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CAO Round 1 Points: Not Applicable

Why Study?

Industrial Automation refers to the use of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in a range of industrial and manufacturing applications.

Students 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 the student the skills they need to get a job in this broad and buoyant area.

It is delivered one evening a week (4-8pm) over two years of study with a project being undertaken in the third year. 

Programme Modules

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

Indicative Syllabus

  • 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.
  • Laboratory Exercises:- These will include:
  • Install the cables, accessories and protective devices required for 'direct-on-line' starting of single and three phase motors.
  • Install the control circuits required for stop/start, emergency stop, hand-off/automatic and sequential applications.
  • Install the circuits required for 'power on', 'motor run' and 'overload trip' indication.
  • Develop and interpret schematic diagrams if the listed motive power, control and indicator circuits.
  • Diagnose and fault find a variety of control circuits.
  • Perform and record the results of mechanical and electrical tests on motors and fix, align and couple motors to loads.

Learning Outcomes

  • Select and install the panel wiring cables, accessories and protective devices required for 'direct on line', 'forward/reverse' 'star/delta and sequence starting of motors.
  • Install a safety relay circuit incorporating an emergency stop.
  • Develop and interpret schematic diagrams of the listed motor power and control circuits.
  • Install a soft start controller on a three phase motor and identify suitable applications.
  • Install a thermistor relay on a direct-on-line motor control circuit.
  • Fault find on various motor control exercises utilising schematic drawings, test instruments and manufacturers' technical data.
  • Describe the operation and layout of various PLC systems
  • Select input/output modules for a given application
  • Read and interpret basic ladder diagrams/statement lists on a programmable console.
  • Assemble and wire a PLC system using a number of inputs and outputs. Install programmes and test for function.
  • Back up a PLC program on hard disk or diskette/usb drive.

 

Year 2 - Industrial Automation 2 . Code ENGI07011. (10 Credits, Level 7)

Indicative Syllabus

  • 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Configure PLC hardware including I/O devices Analogue and Digital .
  • Write program blocks for Programmable Controllers using  a variety of programming languages.
  • Explain the operation and utilisation of various sensors and actuators for automated systems for the purpose of data acquisition.
  • Develop and test control solutions for automated systems, both electronic and pneumatic.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and be able to implement s

 

Year 3 - Workbased Project. Code ELEC07032/ PLAC07008. (10 Credits, Level 7)

Indicative Syllabus 

  • Students do a project either individually or in small teams.
  • The project is in electrical or electronic engineering; an example could involve PLC, HMI, PID control.
  • Project Design, implementation, test, documentation
  • Project Research techniques:-using search engines, reading technical specifications.
  • Design Strategy:- design for test, top down, bottom up, Troubleshooting. Coding Techniques - code reviews.
  • Project Management: planning, budgeting, critical path, life cycle
  • Presentation skills - targeting audience, visual aids, preparation of content, delivery, answering questions.
  • Technical writing.
  • Peer review process.
  • Industrial and Organisational Structures and Practices:-
  • Quality systems (ISO, FDA)
  • Professional Obligations and Responsibilities:- Health and Safety, Legal Issues, Environmental Impact.
  • Project poster design.
  • Project budget.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Design, implement and test the technical aspects of the hardware and software elements and their interfaces.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations/reviews to peer groups on the specification, planning, implementation and test of a project.
  • Document a project to a professional standard, including as appropriate the requirements, hardware description, schematic, test report, stock-list, bill of materials, power budget, software description, flowcharts, and operating instructions.
  • Plan a project from specification stage to completion.
  • Work as a self sustaining engineering technician or as a member of a team.
  • Understand structures and practices in industry and organisations, and be aware of their professional obligations and responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes: 

Industrial Automation 1

  • Select and install the panel wiring cables, accessories and protective devices required for 'direct on line', 'forward/reverse' 'star/delta and sequence starting of motors.
  • Install a safety relay circuit incorporating an emergency stop.
  • Develop and interpret schematic diagrams of the listed motor power and control circuits.
  • Install a soft start controller on a three phase motor and identify suitable applications.
  • Install a thermistor relay on a direct-on-line motor control circuit.
  • Fault find on various motor control exercises utilising schematic drawings, test instruments and manufacturers' technical data.
  • Describe the operation and layout of various PLC systems
  • Select input/output modules for a given application
  • Read and interpret basic ladder diagrams/statement lists on a programmable console.
  • Assemble and wire a PLC system using a number of inputs and outputs. Install programmes and test for function.
  • Back up a PLC program on hard disk or diskette/usb drive.

Industrial Automation 2 

  • Configure PLC hardware including I/O devices Analogue and Digital .
  • Write program blocks for Programmable Controllers using  a variety of programming languages.
  • Explain the operation and utilisation of various sensors and actuators for automated systems for the purpose of data acquisition.
  • Develop and test control solutions for automated systems, both electronic and pneumatic.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and be able to implement safety measures in the design of automated systems.

Workbased Project

  • Apply the transferable skills you have learnt so far.
  • Gain experience of technical industry and thereby increase their employability upon graduation.
  • Gain practical experience relevant to at least one area of their programme
  • Put theory into practice.
  • Enhance your interpersonal skills and communications by working as part of a team.

Syllabus: 

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.  The student will be invited to find a suitable placement and obtain ratification from the academic supervisor. Assistance will be given to students who 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 the student will be responsible.
  • A training programme which takes into account the aims of industrial placement as stated above. 
  • During the placement period the student will be visited on at least one occasion by the academic supervisor. During this visit, assessment will be made of the student's progress within the agreed programme and any necessary alterations, modifications or adjustments will be made after consultation with the student and industry supervisor

Essential Information: 

Fees

Total fee (Tuition Fee plus Student Contribution) for the full 30 Credit Certificate is €2,310.  Fees are payable in one instalment in each separate year.

Year 1:  Industrial Automation 1 (10 Credits, Level 6)             €750, payable in September 2018.

Year 2 : Industrial Automation 2 (10 Credits, Level 7)            €750, payable in September 2019.

Year 3  Workbased Project/Project Management (10 Credits, Level 7)       €750, payable in September 2020.

Payment by Credit Card, Debit Card, 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. Fees are fully refundable up to the day each module starts, thereafter there are no refunds.

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.

Delivery Dates

The Certificate will be delivered as follows:

  • Industrial Automation 1: Delivered on Tuesdays from 4pm to 8pm, from September 2018 to May 2019, commencing Tuesday, 18th September, 2018.
  • Industrial Automation 2: Delivered on Mondays from 4pm to 8pm, from September 2019 to May 2020.
  • Workplace Project: Completed within employers workplace by agreement, from September 2020 to May 2021.

Location
The course is delivered in the GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Road, Galway. The room will be advised on the Notice Board in Reception.

Entry Requirement
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 contunuing to Workbased Project.

Closing Date for Applications
30th August, 2018. Places will be awarded on the basis of first-come first served for fuly completed applications. If all places are taken on the course the status of the course will change from “Open for Applications” to “Course Full”.

Application Process
To be advised in January 2018

Contact Us

Contact: 

Course details

Des O'Reilly

Head of Department 

Tel: 091-742 203

E-mail: des.oreilly@gmit.ie

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