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Course Details

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering

Course code: BN903 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • FETAC graduates
Duration: 3 years
NFQ level: 6
Fee: €2,500 per year
Schedule: Tuesday 6pm - 10pm and Thursday 2pm - 10pm
Award title: Higher Certificate in Engineering
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6
Awarding Body: ITB  

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a pass in five subjects (ordinary level) in the Leaving Certificate, to include Mathematics and English or Irish, or an equivalent qualification. The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC level 5 or 6 awards is any full award. This award must include Mathematics (C20139) or Mathematics for Computing (C20175) or Mathematics for Engineering (C20174). Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on January 1st in the year of entry) applying for the first level of programmes are exempt from this requirement.

Accreditation

Engineers Ireland has accredited this programme enabling graduates to apply for associate member grade and gain the professional title of 'Associate Engineer' (AEng MIEI)

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Aims

Mechatronics is the integration of precision mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science and electronics in:

  • Product design process, for creation of more functional and adaptable products.
  • Process control and automation.
  • Quality control/Management.
  • System efficiency enhancement, including ergonomics.

Employment opportunities exist in (among other key industries):

  • Industries requiring automated manufacturing processes for mass production and quality control (e.g. pharmaceutical industry, vehicle manufacture and assembly, food processing etc.)
  • Design and development of intelligent machines (e.g. robots) and autonomous vehicles for application in hostile environments e.g. fire fighting, bomb disposal etc.
  • Medical devices industry incorporating sensors, control and machine vision.

This programme allows students to achieve the award of Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronics. This is a widely recognised and accredited multidisciplinary engineering qualification. It will give students the necessary knowledge, know-how and skills to find employment as a technician in a relevant industry. It will also give students the opportunity to proceed to further studies in Mechatronics (i.e. degree level studies).

Course Content

Subjects covered in the programme include aspects of Electronics, Mechanics, Automation, Production, Software Engineering and Mathematics, with a strong emphasis on practical skills. The theoretical and practical skills developed during the programme are brought together in the final semester, where a significant aspect of the programme is the undertaking of a project, where students design and construct a mechatronics device. A detailed breakdown of the modules is provided below in the course schedule.

At ITB we have a range of fully equipped laboratories and computer rooms. These facilities allow students to successfully design, test and build engineering projects. The labs are equipped with the latest software packages in Computer Aided Design, Instrumentation and Control, Simulation and Programming.

Cost and Fees

We envisage that there will be a total of 8 modules delivered each year. Course fee includes all the learning and support sessions, including necessary learning material. Each student will be provided a toolkit that contains all the necessary tools to complete the practical elements of the course. Access and support will be provided to email and online learning resources. Any necessary software will be provided to complete additional coursework at home. Students registered on the programme may apply for exemptions from certain subjects based on evidence of previous learning.

Course Delivery

It is envisaged that students pursuing this Higher Certificate programme will complete it within three years. As it will be offered in ACCS mode students may take modules of the programme at a pace more suited to them. Delivery of the modules will be as flexible as possible, for example laboratory times may be available on different days at different times during the week. Lectures normally take place between 2 and 10pm on a Thursday afternoon with practical sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday night (6 – 10pm). Occasionally during the programme students may be expected to be available for accelerated delivery of certain practical modules.

Note :

Please note there is a summer time commitment for this programme during Semester 3 and students will need to attend classes for a week in August. See course delivery schedule :

Semester 1: September - December.

Semester 2: January - May.

Semester 3: May -  Beginning of August.

The exact delivery times and duration of these modules will be agreed in good time.

 

Support

Resources such as lecture notes, past exam papers, tutorial etc. will all be made available online, for access at home or work. The numbers in each tutorial and laboratory session is limited to maximise your learning experience. Through discussion groups, forums as well as email and phone support, there is a wide range of support available to you from both your lecturers and your class colleagues.

Computer facilities are available to you in ITB at all times once registered as a student. Computer application training is given during the first semester. Online material is available to students who have internet access. In addition to web resources, the library stocks many of the texts referred to in class.

Assessment

There is a wide range of assessment procedures employed in this programme.
Assessment will range from laboratory assignments to online tests. Many of the
modules will be continuously assessed throughout the semester, and the final
module mark arrived at by a combination of final exam and continuous assessment.
In some cases modules are assessed by ongoing continuous assessment only.

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Algebra & Geometry
  • Professional Development for Engineers
  • Computer Aided Design
  Semester 2     
  • Engineering Science
  • Circuit Theory
  • Workshop Practice 1
Semester 3
  • Mechanics 1
  • Fundamentals of Calculus
Year 2
Semester 1
  • Linear Algebra & Calculus
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Workshop Practice 2
  Semester 2     
  • Statistics & Probability
  • Digital Electronics
  • Electrical Science
Semester 3
  • Interfacing and Data Acquisition
  • Introduction to Electronic Communications
Year 3
Semester 1      
  • Fluid Power Systems
  • Programming 1
  • Microcontrollers
Semester 2      
  • CAD/CAM
  • Electronic Computer Aided Design
  • Instrumentation
Semester 3      
  • Manufacturing and Maintenance
  • Mini Project

How to Apply ?

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For further details please contact the marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail: info@itb.ie.



What our students say...

Jason Rafferty

"Mechatronics is a mixture of different kinds of engineering together. I work for Intel, so in order to progress in my job I had to go back to college."

Jason Rafferty,
Engineering Student

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