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  • Programme Code:
    SB14
    Provider:
    Department of Flexible Learning
    Duration:
    1 evening per week (5-10pm) with a number of Saturday workshops over 21-40 weeks. Commencing January 2016.
    Campus:
    Cloughjordan
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    Programme Aims:
    3D printing and embedded computing are emerging technologies showing potential to reach new markets and create new jobs. Students who complete this programme should be able to:
    • Demonstrate the viability of utilising 3D printing technology to develop product prototypes
    • Demonstrate the range of low cost embedded systems available on the market
    • Develop skills to allow for prototype models for a range of products to be produced
    This Course is delivered in the WeCreate Workspace and Fab Lab, North Tipperary Green Enterprise Park, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary​​

    What is the programme about?
    The electronics and CAD component of the course will provide skills and knowledge in the areas of automation, development and design. The Fab Lab includes electronic workbenches and test equipment which, along with sensors, actuators and microcontrollers such as Arduino, allow students to develop their projects. The cross-use between these and the 3D printers and scanners will provide opportunities for students to learn design and assembly techniques for integrated projects to showcase to prospective employers.

    The course content on embedded computing supporting automation will provide students with knowledge and skills preparing them for development and support work in any company that uses automated production processes. Skills here transfer well to many industries and the graduates will find job openings in areas from Food production to Pharma. For example, experienced electricians could use this course to upskill themselves in the ICT area of using sensors and actuators in the residential sector.

    Entry Requirement
    Grade OD3 or higher in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate Examination, including Maths and either Irish or English. The Mathematics requirement must be met by pass Ordinary or Higher Level Mathematics. Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements may be admitted to the programme on the grounds of mature years, if they have attained appropriate experience and thresholds deemed equivalent, on the recommendation of the institute.

    Examinations
    Assessment will be through a range of continuous assessments and a significant energy of programme project.
    Special Purpose Award (Level 6, 25 Credits).

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This programme is part supported by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

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