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Automation Engineering / Innealtóireacht Uathoibrithe

DT003

What is... Automation Engineering?

Automation Engineering involves the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems for applications across a wide range of technological sectors. Modern engineering systems employ a broad spectrum of technologies, which when integrated provide for improved efficiency, quality and reliability. The combination of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Computer Technology, namely, Mechatronics, is core to this endeavour. This integrated approach is becoming increasingly important in modern technological environments. This programme is delivered from a multi-disiplinary perspective, thus equipping graduates for a diverse range of modern technological roles.

What are my... Career opportunities?

Excellent! The qualification is appropriate to those wishing to take up employment in high tech. sectors as high calibre technologists. Typical industries include Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Electronics Manufacturing. Many graduates are now finding employment with high technology companies across Europe and beyond.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who reach the appropriate level in final examinations and meet certain subject prerequisites may progress to Level 8 Honours Degree programmes (typically enter at Year 3 of the 4 year programmes at DIT or elsewhere). Those who graduate with this Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree (B.Eng.Tech) degree qualify for the Associateship membership (AMIEI) of EI.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

Students will develop a range of skills in the design and implementation of automation solutions; from 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD, Solid-Modelling), sensor and instrumentation selection, programming of robotics to the management of the resulting systems. The study programme is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to perform as a technologist in a range of industries.

The programme appropriately combines academic class-work and practical “hands-on” work in DIT laboratories and workshops. Work placement in a suitable industrial environment is undertaken in Semester 2 of Year 2.

On completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Apply a body of knowledge and a range of skills to the integration of Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical and Electronics systems with Software Engineering and Computer Technology at a level appropriate to modern automation and manufacturing systems.
  • Demonstrate a level of competency in design and construction of electromechanical systems operating under programmed control.
  • Explain and assess the functionality, operation and integration of a variety of electro-mechanical hybrid devices, equipment and systems.
  • Use tools, machines and materials in a safe manner, identify hazards and evaluate risks.
  • Use a range of software based engineering tools and applications (Solid-Modelling software), as well as word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software.
  • Locate, evaluate and utilize relevant information from technical manuals, drawings databases and other sources.
  • Demonstrate relevant transferable and interpersonal skills, such as, communications, teamwork, project management and self-management skills.
  • Distinguish between and be able to implement the management functions and the supervisory roles within manufacturing organisations.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Automation Technology
  • Communications Studies
  • CAD & IT
  • Electronic Systems
  • Manufacturing Systems

Year Two

  • Mathematics
  • Mechatronics
  • Automation Systems
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Communications Studies
  • 3D CAD & IT
  • Team Project

Work Experience in a High Tech Manufacturing Environment

Year Three

  • Mathematics
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Mechatronics
  • Systems Integration
  • CAD and Information Technology
  • Project
  • Industrial Automation
  • Business and Management

Project - The final stage of the programme includes a major practical project which runs throughout the academic year.

Are there study abroad options?

Yes. There are Erasmus agreements with many third level institutes across Europe where 1 and 2 semester student exchanges can be facilitated.

Further Information

School of Manufacturing & Design Engineering

T: 01 402 3659 (School Administrator)

T: 01 402 3823 (Robert Simpson)

E: robert.simpson@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/mechanicalanddesignengineering/

What our Students say!

Pedro DaSilva:

Graduated 2011 and is currently studying towards an Honours Degree in Manufacturing & Design Engineering: “I chose Automation Engineering as I have always been interested in automation technology and robotics. This brought me into a different environment, a building with active and busy people, laboratories and workshops were components and systems move automatically. Staff are very helpful and approachable and the programme includes interesting classes in science, technology, PLC programming and Computer Aided Design. My work placement in 2nd year brought me to the Bioengineering Department in Trinity College Dublin. Being part of a work environment was great and my work included testing experimental projects, assembling of electrical systems, working in clean room environment, and brainstorming design sessions. My final year project involved the design and manufacture of a system for the packaging of medical devices. This programme opens up employment opportunities across a wide range of industries and I am looking forward to embarking on this journey”.

David White:

“I would highly recommend anyone interested in engineering to do Automation Engineering. The first year of the programme gives you a general overview of the different sciences and technologies for study in Automation and Robotics. The Maths and science classes are delivered to small groups of students so the lecturers can give additional help as you need it. I did my work placement with PAK Automation/ A.C.I. (Automated Components Ireland), this was a great opportunity to get my hands dirty and apply the knowledge gained in college, wonderful experience. The automation equipment in the laboratories is industry-standard which puts us at a major advantage when we go out into the workplace and I am excited by my employment prospects both in Ireland and abroad”.