Equipment Systems Engineering

A major challenge for Ireland transitioning to Industry 4.0 is the incredible complexity of delivering the skills necessary to design, develop, manage, and maintain these systems. Unlike the traditional specialised engineering roles, Equipment Systems Engineering (ESE) requires a broad range of knowledge across many engineering sectors, including programming, Information Technology Skills and Information Skills. As technology advances rapidly, the need for skilled professionals who can design and maintain complex equipment systems has never been greater.

Our Professional Diploma in Equipment Systems Engineering (ESE) will enable those in key positions within their organisations and specialising in a particular area to gain a broader knowledge of the emerging technologies and equipment changing the marketplace in our manufacturing and other sectors. This programme has been developed to enable companies to be better informed about these new technologies as they create their own Industry 4.0 strategies. These skills will allow Ireland to maintain its lead position in high-tech manufacturing and become a significant player in the emerging global manufacturing support services market. It also has applications in broader areas such as farming, construction, infrastructure development, mining, and more.

UL@Work programmes are co-designed with industry to ensure skills transfers are industry-responsive for current and future needs. Our programmes are developed for working professionals and are designed to be flexible and accessible. You can take it online and from anywhere worldwide.

As technology advances rapidly, the need for skilled professionals who can design and maintain complex equipment systems has never been greater. Our equipment systems engineering course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this exciting field.

Focusing on industry applications, our programme covers all aspects of equipment systems engineering, from design and development to installation and maintenance. You'll learn from experienced industry professionals who have worked with some of the world's leading companies, gaining valuable insights into the latest technologies and best practices.

Whether you're just starting your career or looking to take your skills to the next level, our programme is the perfect way to achieve your goals. With flexible online learning options and personalised support from our expert academic team, you'll have everything you need to succeed.

Subjects taught

Semester 1

Disruptive Innovation Sprints
This module provides a framework to comprehensively and efficiently evaluate disruptive and sustaining innovation solutions impacting the Industry 4.0 decision-making process. Such sprints will equip you with relevant material for selecting the most appropriate technology for your SWOT. These are delivered by community of practice sessions with i4.0 Topics delivered via a flipped classroom with a live Q&A with an expert practitioner in the topic.

Automated System Design
The content will provide a broad overview of automation and mechatronics processes appropriate for management. The module examines automated and mechatronic systems at a macro level, identifying key standards associated with manufacturing processes. An introduction to Industry 4.0 and Smart manufacturing is provided in addition to an overview of industrial robots, cobots, and mobile robots (mobots).

Semester 2

Technology Trajectory Strategy
Continuing the community of practice mode, this module will provide a framework to comprehensively and efficiently evaluate both technology platforms and systems solutions that will be used to build a company's Industry 4.0 equipment systems. You will review three key elements of the platform, the device (robot, vision, etc.), the controller (logic, motion, safety, etc.), and the operating system (Linux, Microsoft, pi, etc.)

System Integration
This module will introduce you to analogue and digital sensors used within a production environment for equipment systems used in manufacturing. You will also be given an overview of Boolean logic, and equipment actuators. You will also be introduced to Industry 4.0 best practices guidelines for the Equipment Procurement Process, including design, integration, validation, operations, and maintenance.

Both Semesters

Future Focused Professional Portfolio 1 & 2
In the first module, you will be led through a series of talks about the future of technology, the future of markets, and the future of society as a whole. You'll work collaboratively to identify key trends impacting your role and organisation. You'll also build a professional network and use it to reach out to key thought leaders in this area.

The second module will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate independent and self-determined learning through the creation of your own individual portfolio. Your portfolio includes various activities that will show how you've improved your reflective practice, how well you've used discipline-specific knowledge in different situations, and how you've led a discussion about the future of your field

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a primary honours degree in an Engineering/Technical discipline or equivalent and have at least 3 years of relevant industry experience.

Alternative Entry Route:

In accordance with the University's policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning, candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be considered

Application dates

What to Include with your Application

Qualification transcripts and certificates

A copy of your birth certificate or passport

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice. If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
AND English language competency certificate

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2024

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  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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