Introduction to PLCs, Control & SCADA

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Applied Physics and Instrumentation

  • Type of Course:

    Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Purpose Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time,Online or On Campus

  • Application Closing Date:

    2nd October 2022

Admission Requirements:

Target learners on this programme will include those who wish to reactivate their career to upskill and reskill or cross-skill from non-related disciplines as well as upskilling those already in employment in related industrial sectors.


While there will not be a specific qualification requirement, there is an expectation that candidates will have obtained a minimum of junior cert level (NFQ-QQI level 3) and experience in related industrial sectors would be beneficial for the student. Applicants will be assessed individually on a case by case basis.


Physical Sciences

All part-time programmes at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.


Students should note that fees quoted relate to the academic year 2022-2023 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.


Students will be notified of their fees by e-mail to their MTU e-mail account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures. For more information on fees, please visit fees/students


Course fee - €325 per 5 ECTS credit module


This part time special purpose award (SPA) of 20 ECTS credits is designed to meet the industry skills shortage in the area of PLC based automation. The SPA is designed to provide the fundamental skills required by a learner and thus provides an opportunity for

  • companies to sponsor their employees whilst they upskill. or
  • allow people who are currently unemployed due to the current Covid-19 pandemic to reactivate their career to upskill, reskill and cross-skill from non-related disciplines

Duration & Delivery

1 Academic Year over 2 Semesters
Part time blended learning i.e. online theory and on campus practical work.


Semester 1 (Sept - Dec)  Semester 2 (Jan - May)

Mon PHYS6052 Intro PLC Digital Automation
Tues PHYS6053 Intro PLC Analog Automation

Mon PHYS6055 Intro PLC SCADA 
Fri PHYS6054 Intro PLC Kinematic Systems
(4-10pm, every 2nd wk)


On successful completion of this course graduates will be eligible to continue their studies on 

  1. the Level 6 120 ECTS credit Higher Certificate in Science in Industrial Measurement & Control 
  2. The Level 7 20 ECTS credit Special Purpose Award Certificate in PLC Based Automation Systems.


Certificate in Introduction to PLC Based Automation (level 6, 20 ECTS credits on the National Framework of Qualifications

  • Online application is open for course commencing 12th September 2022.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €250 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.

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Conor O'Farrell

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