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Certificate in Industrial Automation (Part-time)

Certificate in Industrial Automation (Part-time) - SPRINGBOARD

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Discipline: Engineering

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply through

Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate or equivalent

Credits: 30

Places: 20


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

See for full eligibility criteria.

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.

 Open for applications on Start date September 2021.


Programme Modules

  • Industrial Automation 1  - download module details here (PDF)
  • Industrial Automation 2  - download module details here (PDF)
  • Workbased Project - download module details here (PDF)


Learning Outcomes: 

On successful completion of this programme the learner will/should be able to:

  1. Mathematics Has knowledge of the underlying theory essential to the mathematics used for common engineering problems in the particular sub-field of engineering.
  2. Science Has knowledge of the fundamental principles of science appropriate to the particular sub-field of engineering.
  3. Information Technology Has knowledge and understanding of the role of ICT for engineering. Has sufficient knowledge and understanding of ICT to adopt it to solve common engineering problems.
  4. Design and Development Has knowledge of the essential elements of the design process and design methodologies relevant to common engineering problems in the particular subfield of engineering.
  5. Business Context Has basic knowledge and understanding of management and business in the context of common industrial practice.
  6. Engineering Practice Has knowledge of specific codes of practice in common engineering problems, including the role of design factors. Has knowledge of the codes of practice relating to hazards and operational safety. Understands the need for operational safety by design and good working practices 
  7. Mathematics Understands the advantages and limitations of specific mathematical formulae and techniques used in the solution of common engineering problems. Can demonstrate core mathematical knowledge to solve common engineering problems in the particular sub-field of engineering.
  8. Science Has knowledge of relevant scientific concepts that enable and develop abstract thinking. Understands the relationship between scientific principles and the particular subfield of engineering. Understands the limitations of scientific techniques used in the solution of common engineering problems.
  9. Science Has knowledge of relevant scientific concepts that enable and develop abstract thinking. Understands the relationship between scientific principles and the particular subfield of engineering. Understands the limitations of scientific techniques used in the solution of common engineering problems.
  10. Design and Development Can explain the relationship between core engineering topics and the technical design requirements for common engineering problems. Has basic knowledge of the characteristics of commonly occurring engineering materials and components and the characteristics of design methodologies.
  11. Business Context Understands the role of the engineering technologist in industry and business and the interpersonal skills required. Understands management issues and company structures. Understands the role and relationships in the supply chain of products, processes and engineering projects.
  12. Engineering Practice Understands the operational practice and roles of individuals in the particular sub-field of engineering, including codes of practice, the assessment of hazards, operational safety and environmental issues. 



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.


Essential Information: 

Course Start Date:

September 2021


Delivery Dates

We are currently planning on students being onsite in GMIT, see details on the course page on


Application Process:

Applications must be made through


The Springboard+ Programme is operated by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2021-2027.

What is Industrial Automation?

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Contact Us

School:                        School of engineering

Department:                Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Head of Department   Des O'Reilly


Contact person for the course

Peter Butler
Graduate Studies & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road

085 805 3691 from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday


Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2021-2027

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