Manufacturing Automation (Apprenticeship)


This module introduces pneumatic and electro-pneumatic technologies used to control machines.

The student will study valves, actuators and all aspects of air production, conditioning and distribution. Electro-pneumatic circuits will be designed, including multi-actuator sequences. The student will specify and size components based on system requirements.

The student will analyse basic pneumatic/hydraulic manufacturing applications and develop automated solutions using Programmable Logic Control (PLC) technology. PLC ladder logic programmes will be designed, developed and tested in accordance with industrial safety standards.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Outline the working principles of electro-pneumatic components

  2. Describe the components of pneumatic and hydraulics actuation.

  3. Simulate basic and multi-actuator pneumatic and electro-pneumatic circuits.

  4. Specify, size and select suitable pneumatic components for industrial applications

  5. Construct ladder logic programmes using Boolean Logic, IOs, timers, counters, sequencing

  6. Design and test PLC programs

  7. Identify and implement safety measures in the design of automated systems

% Coursework 60%
% Final Exam 40%