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Course Details

Certificate in Industrial Automation

Course code: BN742

Entry Route into the programme:

  • FETAC or equivalent
Duration: 18 Months
NFQ level: 7
Fee: €1,300 per year                        [*Total fee: €2,600]
Schedule:                                           Intake 1:
Monday & Wednesday 4pm – 8pm
Intake 2:                                               Monday & Wednesday 6pm – 10pm
Award title: Certificate in Industrial Automation
Credits for Full Award: 30 @ NFQ Level 7
Awarding Body: ITB Transfer and Progression:
BN742 provides a progression route into BN315 BSc in Process Instrumentation and Automation



Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed a FETAC Level 6 ( National Craft Certificate ) award in a craft such as Electrical, Electrical Instrumentation, Fitting, Plumbing or hold a suitable third level qualification in an electrical or mechanical discipline.

Course Aim

This programme allows students to achieve the Special Purpose award of Certificate in Industrial Automation. It will give students the necessary knowledge, know-how and skills to enhance their employment prospects as a technician in a relevant industry. It will also give students the opportunity to proceed to further studies (i.e. degree level studies). BN742 provides a progression route into BN315 BSc in Process Instrumentation and Automation

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in (among other key industries):

Industries requiring automated manufacturing processes for mass production and quality control (e.g. pharmaceutical industry, food/drinks processing, power generation etc.)


Course Content

At ITB we have a range of fully equipped laboratories and computer rooms. These facilities allow students to successfully design, test and implement automation projects. The labs are equipped with the latest teaching and learning technologies in PLC and HMI configuration and programming, process measurement and calibration, pneumatics and hydraulics.

Course Schedule

Year 1
Semester 1

Process Instrumentation and control 1

Programmable Logic Controllers 1

Semester 2

Process Instrumentation and control 2

Programmable Logic Controllers 2


Year 2
Semester 1

Fluid Power Systems

Programmable Logic Controllers 3


Resources such as lecture notes, past exam papers, tutorials etc. will all be made available online, for access at home or work. The numbers in each 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.


Each 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

Please note that there are a limited number of places on this course. Applications should therefore be made early.


How to Apply?



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What our students say...

Noel Walsh

“I’m an electrician for 15 years. I always wanted to take it one step further and go into the more engineering side of things because I’m more creative than academic. It’s tough, the syllabus is broad but if getting a degree was easy everyone would have one. The lecturers are great, very down to earth,very approachable.”

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