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Automation Engineering / Innealtóireacht Uathoibrithe

*This course is open for Advanced Entry Applications Only*

Note:
For entry to year 1 Level 7 – please go to TU725
For entry to year 1 Level 8 – please go to TU828

  • 4 year Honours Degree Accredited by Engineers Ireland
  • No Honours Maths requirement
  • Opportunities to study abroad and work in engineering sector

Minimum Number of

Subjects

Higher

6

2H5's

Minimum Grade in

Maths

Three subjects including English

O4

O6

Applications from QQI Level 5 and Level 6 welcome.  Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi
Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

Students choosing the Level 8 General Engineering course in Tallaght will have the option in Year 1 to choose Automation Engineering. They are still the same well known and highly commended courses offered in previous years in Tallaght, only this year we combined the first few modules to give students more time to choose their specialisation.

Engineers are in extremely high demand right now in Ireland and globally with exponential growth in job opportunities, especially in the Automation sector. With such rapid advances in technologies in the healthcare and medical devices sector, robotics, pharmaceutical, automotive, food and beverage industries, graduates of these three courses will be at the forefront of new technologies to help improve our quality of life through new innovative designs.

Engineers Ireland have accredited our courses for over 25 years now which means that graduates can travel worldwide and have their qualifications recognised abroad.

The Level 8 course takes 4 years to complete and we ensure that additional tutorials are available for any students who may require additional academic support. The three Engineering disciplines pride themselves on graduating students who are industry-ready after 4 years.

Students experience innovative teaching in modern laboratories and lectures. They can visit engineering companies, travel abroad for a semester or year to our partner Universities in France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, China or seek work placements through our close links with engineering companies and past graduates in industry. Engineering graduates are trained to be creative and inventive, and to solve difficult problems such as the development of new technologies from jet engines to robots to artificial hip implants to hybrid cars and train components.

Automation engineers are closely linked to mechanical and software engineers. They automate solutions to physical activities to create faster and more efficient ways of doing things. They automate systems in airports, ferry ports, rail systems and in almost every manufacturing plant through use of vision systems, robotics, sensor measurement and control. With advances in network communications they can often control manufacturing plants remotely.

* In your final year of all engineering courses, you will carry out a major design project, which will develop your problem-solving, design, project management and communication skills, a key skill that employers require. The final year project is a culmination of your 4 years of study and is a great opportunity for students to work in an area of particular interest.

 

Our past graduate engineers are working in exciting roles in Intel, Aer Lingus, Boeing, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Kerry Foods, Coca Cola, BMW, Siemens, Boston Scientific, Amazon, EY, Jones Engineering, Abbvie, Johnson & Johnson, Google and Microsoft. Many graduates also work in medical device companies, hospitals, design companies, power plants and the energy sector. Our graduates often progress to project management roles and senior management within 7 years of graduating.

Semester 1

Critical Skills Development
This module will focus, in particular, on the development of critical skills such as research skills, learning skills, the skills of academic writing and referencing, critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills/teamwork. 

Electrical Circuits 
The aim of this module is to introduce and apply the laws used in DC circuit analysis and to introduce the student to the basic components of electrical circuits that will provide a solid foundation for further study.

Engineering Graphics & Communications
This module aims to enable the student to communicate engineering information in the form of orthographic drawings.
 
Materials & Processes 1
This module provides the student with fundamental knowledge in materials and manufacturing processes for both metals and plastics. It will provide students with an overview of the relationship between the structure and properties of materials and their influences on manufacturing processes. It will provide the student with the knowledge required to implement both materials and manufacturing process selection through the analysis of design requirements. The student will expand their knowledge of the environmental aspects of manufacturing processes.

Mathematics 1
The first aim of Mathematics 1 is to allow a thorough revision and consolidation of key basic mathematical topics that have been encountered by students prior to entry to higher education. The second aim is to deepen the students understanding of key mathematical ideas regarding engineering functions, iteration and calculus in such a way as to support other engineering modules.

Physical Science
This subject equips the student with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of physical science. It enables the student to apply mathematical formulae and techniques to the analysis of physical problems. This provides essential grounding for other engineering topics.

Semester 2

Automation
The aim of this subject is to develop an understanding and provide practical experience of fluidpower and PLC control systems as used in industrial environments. This subject forms the basis for student project work and further study in third year.

Solid Modelling 1
This module aims to enable the student to communicate component part information in a technical situation. The student will be able to create three dimensional CAD models, interrogate a model history tree and subsequently generate two dimensional drawing layouts with geometric dimensions.

Mechanics 
The aim of this subject is to develop an understanding of mechanical problems and apply mathematical formulae and techniques to their analysis. This subject forms the basis for further study in second and third year.

Measurement Systems
The aim of the subject is to provide the student with the ability to use measurement methods in lab work throughout the course and in professional life.

Materials and Processes 2
This module provides the student with fundamental knowledge in materials and processes for materials. It will provide the student with the knowledge required to implement both materials and manufacturing process selection through the analysis of design requirements. It will provide students with an overview of relationship between structure & properties of materials and manufacturing processes. The student will expand their knowledge of the environmental aspects of manufacturing processes.

Mathematics 2
The aim of Mathematics 2 is to enable the student to master a broad range of standard mathematical techniques in linear algebra, analysis and calculus to a high level of proficiency. This proficiency is required to support engineering subjects and forms the basis for further mathematical study in Year 2.

Semester 3

Mechanics 2
This subject equips the student with a fundamental understanding of mechanical problems. It will provide the student with the analytical and practical skills for solving problems in this field. This forms the basis for further study in their final year.

Electrical Engineering 1
This module will introduce and develop the student’s understanding of the theory of alternating current and voltage. AC and DC machines will be introduced. The effect of circuit components on the relationship between voltage and current will be covered including their effect on both single phase and 3 phase AC power and DC power.

Fluid Mechanics 1
This module will introduce students to the principals of fluid mechanics and will also lay the foundation for fluids mechanics 2. Students will apply these principles to the solution of engineering problems such as pipe sizing and the selection of system components such as valves and pumps.

Solid Modelling 2
Solid Modelling 2 will provide the student with experience of the general engineering design process, and provide a foundation for Design. Students will be equipped with the knowledge to apply solid modelling techniques to assist the design and development of typical engineering components. Students will apply concurrent engineering assembly techniques for working effectively in teams and enable them to contribute to the modification or design of manufacturing systems and products.

Quality & Manufacturing Systems
This subject provides the student with an introduction to Quality and Manufacturing Systems. The student will also gain practical experience in the use of various Quality and Manufacturing Systems techniques.

Mathematics 3
The aim of the module Mathematics 3 is to provide the student with a working knowledge of statistical techniques so as to enable them to select and apply such techniques to the solution of engineering problems.

Semester 4

Group Project & Environmental Technology
The aim of the group project is to prepare students to work in project teams and integrate technical knowledge in design, processes and materials with the soft skills required for effective teamwork. A further aim is the development of creative problem solving skills. The aim of the Environmental Technology section is make students aware of the need for consideration of environmental matters with regard to project work.

Information Technology
The course will provide a foundation for computer programming skills and enable the student to plan, programme for final test and validation and debug code for embedded engineering solutions using a structured approach.

Mechanics 3
This subject equips the student with a fundamental understanding of mechanics of machines. It will provide the student with analytical and practical skills for the solution of problems in this area.

Electrical Systems & Networks
This module demonstrates to the student where the basic principles of electro-magnetism translate into industrial actuators such as DC motors, AC motors and Stepper motors. This module will apply knowledge of the National Rules for Electrical Installations to allow the graduate to work safely with electrical panels. Finally the module aims to equip students with the ability to read and understand drawings of electrical installations and hence communicate with other professional engineers.

Thermodynamics 1
This subject introduces and develops basic thermodynamic principles and focuses on industrial applications.

Mathematics 4
The first aim of Mathematics 4 is to further develop the broad range of standard mathematical techniques in linear algebra, analysis and calculus assimilated in Mathematics 2. The second aim is to enable the student to apply these mathematical techniques to the solution of bounded engineering problems.

Semester 5

Mathematics 5
The first aim of Mathematics 5 is to reinforce the student’s competence in a range of mathematical techniques to support the analytical content of other modules in the course. The second aim is to enable the student to apply these mathematical techniques to the solution of engineering problems, such as the analysis of system behaviour and solution of control problems.

Mechanics 4
This subject equips the student with detailed knowledge of theoretical, numerical and experimental techniques to analyse mechanical stress systems. This in turn will provide the students with the analytical ability and practical skills necessary in the workplace.

Automation Systems
This module equips graduates to work with automated technologies by providing them with knowledge, understanding and practical experience in PLCs, sensors, robotics, pharmaceutical automation and machine vision. Safety strategies in both the design and implementation of automated systems are emphasized. The practical work is designed to develop team working skills.

Design
Design builds on knowledge of the engineering design process, encompassing specification, analysis, creative thought, and selection from alternative designs. Students will be equipped with the knowledge to write basic design specifications for a product or task. Students will undertake analytical calculations to design and/or select machine elements and apply selection methodologies to compare different design proposals. Students will also be tutored in the requirements for safety, ergonomic and environmental issues. They will expand their concurrent engineering knowledge into the areas of design for manufacturing, and assembly etc.

Thermodynamics 2
Thermodynamics 2 will build on the fundamentals introduced in Thermodynamics 1, introduce the student to the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and explain its consequences. This will enable the student to analyse the performance of heat engines and heat pumps. In addition, it will give the student an understanding of heat transfer processes and the analytical skills to evaluate the performance of heat exchangers typically found in process industries such as the food, pharmaceutical and bio-engineering industries.

Project, 3D CAD & Communications 
The aim of this module is for the student to develop a solution to a problem that is presented to them that meets specified objectives. The Project will bring together a wide range of technical skills such as; mechanics, mathematics, materials, manufacturing technology, automation and computer programming. It is also required that students provide a creative, high quality solution and compare their final project against initially stated specifications, aims and objectives. The students are to develop 3D CAD solid models, and 2D engineering drawings to represent their project solutions.

Semester 6

Mathematics 6
The first aim of Mathematics 6 is provide the student with further transform based techniques so as to have completed a broad range of methods for the solution of engineering problems. A second aim of the module is to apply numerical implementations of transforms to sampled signals and data. Finally, the module aims to complete the process of putting in place a firm mathematical foundation for future development of the student.

Mechanics & Materials
The first aim of this subject is to describe and analyse vibrations and their role in mechanical systems. The second aim of the module is to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of engineering materials. It also aims to provide the student with further understanding of the relationship between materials microstructure and associated material properties. The concept of fracture toughness and designing against catastrophic failure using fracture mechanics is introduced. This is achieved through lectures in materials science and engineering.

Management & Professional Development
The primary purpose of this module is to inform the student of the societal and business context in which they practice their engineering profession. This context includes the constraints imposed by the environment, health and safety and the ethical and professional standards expected of an engineer in society. The business and economic context includes an understanding of the role of business, entrepreneurship, business competitiveness and marketing. The subject also provides foundation skills for graduate engineers to manage their work in a modern engineering or manufacturing environment and to calculate the cost implications of engineering decisions.

Instrumentation & Control Systems
The aim of this subject is to enable the student to apply mathematical formulae and techniques to the solution of engineering control problems. In a workplace context the student should be able to analyse and model an engineering problem and apply an appropriate control strategy.

Fluid Mechanics 2
To enable the student to develop the knowledge and analytical skills to solve practical problems in fluid mechanics, through applications to system design and performance studies.

Project
The aim of this module is for the student to develop a solution to a problem that is presented to them that meets specified objectives. The Project will bring together a wide range of technical skills such as; mechanics, mathematics, materials, manufacturing technology, automation and computer programming. It is also required that students provide a creative, high quality solution and compare their final project against initially stated specifications, aims and objectives. The students are to develop 3D CAD solid models, and 2D engineering drawings to represent their project solutions.

Semester 7

Mathematical Methods
This module aims to equip students with the calculus and linear algebra based mathematical methods needed in the analysis of many engineering systems.

Industrial Statistics & Quality
To provide the student with statistical tools for designing experiments, evaluating processes and predicting responses. This module will also provide the student with quality tools for supporting quality functions within a manufacturing organisation.

Embedded Control & Automation 
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge of embedded control and automation systems.

Measurement Interfacing for Control
This module aims to apply the methods of mathematical modelling to the identification of the performance characteristics of number of measurement devices. Different transducers and the mathematical models underlying their behaviour and performance as well as how they are interfaced to a computer based system will be assessed. Data acquisition will be covered through laboratory sessions.

Dynamic System Modelling
The first aim of this module is to provide the students with both the key theoretical concepts of numerical methods and an insight into practical challenges that arise in the use of these methods. The second aim of this module is to provide the student with the techniques to develop mathematical models of the dynamic behaviour of elements in mechanical systems, including translational, rotational, and fluid systems and systems occurring in automation. The module also aims to enable the student to solve such systems using mathematical and numerical methods. Hence the student will be equipped with the advanced knowledge and practical skills required to evaluate and analyse the behaviour of moderately complex systems.

Industrial Automation
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge of industrial automation systems.

Semester 8

Project – Individual 
Students are required to undertake a major project within the area of automation engineering. This involves working independently, under supervision, in order to gain experience of integrating and applying different elements encountered in the various modules of the course to find solutions for engineering problems.

Robot Programming and Vision
This module will equip students with knowledge of robot programming and vision.

Management & Environment 
The aim of this module is to provide the student with the skillset appropriate to deal with managerial, ethical and environmental concerns in their professional career.

Project - Group
Students are required to undertake a group project within the area of automation engineering. This involves working, under supervision, in order to gain experience of integrating and applying different elements encountered in the various modules of the course to find solutions for engineering problems.

Manufacturing Systems and Innovative Technologies 
Manufacturing Systems is critical to the optimal delivery of product and services. This module will cover Lean Operations, Six Sigma, Supply Chain Management and Production Planning, as well as an overview of manufacturing technologies and systems (both current and emerging) used in a range of sectors including: Pharmaceutical & Medical devices; Semiconductor & Nanotechnology; Food, packaging & clothing.

Control 
This module aims to apply the methods of mathematical modelling to the identification of the performance characteristics of number of measurement devices. Different transducers and the mathematical models underlying their behaviour and performance as well as how they are interfaced to a computer based system will be assessed. Data acquisition will be covered through laboratory sessions.

With rapid advances in big data, artificial intelligence and faster mobile communications, employers need  the skills of Automation Engineering graduates who can design systems to think big and react fast.

Many graduates join Graduate Placement courses in industry immediately after graduation, others progress to Masters or PhD research or in some cases use their innovative skills to set up their own engineering companies. The opportunities are endless.

TU Code

TU813

Level

Level 8

Award

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Duration

4 years

Number of Places

80

Location

Tallaght

Fees

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

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