Automation Engineering / Innealtóireacht Uathoibrithe

2019 CAO Points - 270

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Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish




Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at 

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

Automation engineering involves the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems. At its core is the combination of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering with computer technology, namely, mechatronics.

This multi-disciplinary programme will equip you for a diverse range of modern technological roles. You’ll 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, and programming of robotics to the management of the resulting systems. 

The programme combines academic classwork and hands-on work in our labs and workshops. It covers the integration of mechanical, manufacturing, electrical and electronics systems with software engineering and computer technology; design and construction of electromechanical systems operating under programmed control; the functionality, operation and integration of a variety of electro-mechanical hybrid devices, equipment and systems; safe use of tools, machines and materials, and software based engineering tools and applications.

Work Placement

You will benefit from work placement in Semester 2 of Year 2. 

Study Abroad Opportunities
We have Erasmus agreements with many third-level institutes across Europe whereby one- or two-semester exchanges can be facilitated.

Professional Accreditation

On graduation, you’ll qualify for associateship membership (AMIEI) of Engineers Ireland.

Further Study
If you reach the appropriate level in final examinations and meet certain subject prerequisites, you may progress to a Level 8 honours degree. You’ll typically enter at Year 3 of the four‑year programme.

  • Employment in high-tech sectors as Automation Technologist
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologist
  • Industrial Automation Technologist
  • Machine Design Technologist
  • Machine Service Technologist
  • Process Plant Technologist
  • CAD Technician/Designer
  • Quality Control/Improvement Engineer
  • QA Technologist
  • Research and Development
  • Fault Diagnosis and Testing
  • Computer Modelling and Simulation
  • Design Technologist
  • Service Technologist
  • Process Technologist
  • Manufacturing Process Technician
  • Graduate Manufacturing Technician
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
  • QA Technologist
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Technologist
  • Machine Build Technologist
  • Production Manager
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Customer Services
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Systems 1&2
  • Electrical Systems
  • Automation Technology
  • Communications Studies
  • CAD & IT
  • Electronic Systems
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Mechatronics
  • Automation Systems
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Communications Studies
  • 3D CAD & IT
  • Team Project
  • Work Experience in a High Tech Manufacturing Environment
  • 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.

I would highly recommend anyone interested in engineering to do Automation Engineering. The first year 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/ACI (Automated Components Ireland). This was a great opportunity to get my hands dirty and apply the knowledge gained in college – a 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.

TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Engineering


3 years

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City Centre: Bolton Street


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Assistant Head of School - Robert Simpson