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  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 6
    Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    2 Years. Also available part-time over a longer period (ACCS)
    Limerick (Moylish)

    What is the programme about?
    With projected shortages in Electrical Skilled Technicians, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), in conjunction with Industry, has developed a Higher Certificate in Electrical Installation Practice which encompasses the practice and theory from the Electrical Installation. The programme provides additional analytical skills and industrial electrical competences targeted at careers in the growing Industrial, Electrical and Energy sectors.

    Programme Aims:
    The aim of this programme is produce graduates with a detailed knowledge of industrial electrical systems and the skills needed to specify, install, test and validate their operation.

    1. To develop the practical aptitude of the learners and to introduce them to key relevant technologies and knowledge necessary for employment in the industrial electrical sector.
    2. To deliver deep technical knowledge in the core discipline – electrical engineering and to provide the theoretical and mathematical basis for these systems demonstrated through practical application in electrical workshops and labs.
    3. To instil knowledge of industrial electrical systems and their development and maintenance in the manufacturing, energy and high tech sectors.
    4. To promote learning as part of a collaborative group and with a focus on lab based practical learning to engender the development of confidence and the appreciation of the individual’s potential to learn and to progress both personally and in career terms.

    Top 3 Reasons
    1. Back to education opportunity opening up new employment sectors, route for school leavers to qualify in Electrical Installation Practice.
    2. At least 50% of this programme is practical, giving you the hands-on experience, not just theory.
    3. Progression in LIT for one more year to obtain a Degree in Industrial Electrical Engineering (LC271).

    Class Contact Hours
    Up to 24 hours per week. Candidates with existing qualifications may apply for exemptions (Recognition of prior learning - RPL) from some modules.

    Did You Know?
    Top Reason to Enrol – Projected Shortage of Skilled Electrical Engineers

    1. In the 2013 Study by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit - Engineering occupations overall had the highest employment growth rate over the period 2007-2012 (+6.5% on average annually) and employment growth was the strongest for electrical/electronic engineers (+13.2% on average annually). The report shows that between 2007 and 2012, approximately 7,000 additional Engineering jobs were created of which almost 60% of the job creation was for electrical/electronic engineers.
    2. The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (2013) said that the most difficult professional vacancies to fill in Ireland included Electrical Engineers.
    3. The FORFAS Vacancy Overview Report (Feb. 2013) recognises that there is a Skills Shortage for Electrical Engineers and for Electrical Engineering Technicians.
    4. There are currently 45 vacancies advertised for Electrical Engineering on the Recruitment website www.IrishJobs.ie (16/01/2014). The salaries range from €30k – 90k.
    5. According to Niall Toland, Senior Manager, Hays Recruitment,(May 2013) - “There is a growing skills shortage in the west of Ireland in the medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors for mechanical and electrical engineers. The salaries for these positions range from €35k-€50k”.
    6. The EFSG Report on the Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 states that there are concerns about the supply of Electrical Engineers and Electrical Technicians capable of working on machinery that combines mechanical, electrical, electronic and IT/software technologies.
    The LIT Higher Certificate in Electrical Installation Practice and the LIT Degree in Industrial Electrical Engineering aim to address this skills shortage and to produce graduates that are ready to work in Electrical roles in the Industrial, Electrical and Energy sectors.


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