PLC Based Automation Systems
Field of Study
Applied Physics and Instrumentation,Physics
Type of Course:
Special Purpose Award
Type of Qualification:
Special Purpose Award
Type of Study:
Application Closing Date:
6th February 2022
one academic year and comprises four modules, two per semester.
Target learners on this programme will include those who wish to reactivate their career to upskill and reskill from closely-related disciplines as well as upskilling those already in employment in related industrial sectors with complementary qualifications. Each candidate will be assessed individually on their own merits.
The programme is aimed at individuals who have basic PLC programming and SCADA experience and are looking to upskill in these areas.
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 2021-2022 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: €1,700 (€425 per 5 credit module)
Ireland's economic output value is led by the Food, Chemical, Pharmaceutical and IT/Computing industries and each of these sectors underpinned by a globally recognised expertise in advance manufacturing. Key to maintaining quality and regulatory standards, in addition to maintaining manufacturing competitive advantage, is design, build, commission, and maintenance of industrial PLC-based automation processes and systems.
This one year part-time Special Purpose Award is designed to address the ongoing skills shortage in the area of industrial PLC-based automation processes and systems. Graduates will be equipped for the various roles currently available primarily in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device sector.
The programme is aimed at individuals who have basic PLC programming and SCADA experience and are looking to upskill in these areas. A strong emphasis is placed on enabling learners to further develop all their key skill sets required to support career opportunities. Utilising Siemens PLC hardware and software (TIA and PLCSIM Advanced) the learner will experience first-hand practical applications whilst enhancing the theory in order to expand their understanding of industrial PLC-based automation systems.
The course will be offered over one academic year and comprises four modules, two per semester.
- Industrial Communications & Networks: Communications protocols such as Modbus, Ethernet, Profibus
- PLC SCADA Systems: HMIs, Subnet, trending, data historians
- PLC Kinematic Control Systems: Motion-based manufacturing systems
- Control Systems Integration: PID Control, Deployment of PLC/SCADA to Practical Applications, Principles of Distributed Control Systems.
Special Purpose Award, Certificate in PLC based Automation Systems (20 ECTS, Level 7, on the National Framework of Qualification)
Springboard+ application procedure
You must register with Springboard https://springboardcourses.ie/ and apply for the Certificate in PLC based Automation Systems.
Once your application on the Springboard website has been accepted, MTU Admissions office in Cork will be in contact with you to complete your registration.
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Non Springboard+ applications
Online application is open for course commencing 24 January 2022.
Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €425 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.