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Certificate in Industrial Automation (Part-time)

Certificate in Industrial Automation (Part-time) - SPRINGBOARD

Discipline: Engineering

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Part time

Entry Requirements: Higher Certificate in Engineering or equivalent Advanced Craft/ Trade Certificate

Credits: 30

Places: 20


If Springboard funded - 300 Euros for employed applicants, vree to unemployed applicants.

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.

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.

NOTE: This course is now closed for applications.

If approved under Springboard+, it will open for applications on in May/ June 2021.

The start date if approved would be September 2021.

Please monitor the and website for updates.

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
  • 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 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.

See program documentation

Essential Information: 


Fees are €300 for employed applicants (10% of full fee).
Fees are 100% funded for unemployed applicants.


Delivery Dates

The Certificate will be delivered as follows:

Industrial Automation 1

Delivered on Tuesdays (4pm to 8pm) from September 2020 to December 2020. The course will commence on Tuesday, 22 September, 2020.

Industrial Automation 2

Delivered on Mondays (4pm to 8pm) from January 2021 to May 2021.

Workplace Project

Completed within employers workplace by agreement before August 2021.


Please Note

Some lectures will be delivered online, which may reduce the above classroom hours.


Application Process

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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?

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Contact Us

Course details

Peter Butler

Graduate Studies and Professional Development
Galway Mayo Instiute of Technology
Dublin Road

Tel: +353 (0)85 805 3691 (Mon-Fri, 9-5)

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