Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Data Integration Engineering Level 7 (Apprenticeship)

Manufacturing Apprenticeship

Course Level:

  • Level 7

Department:

  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Duration:

  • 2 Year blend of Full Time and Work Based Learning
  • Two 15 week blocks in LIT

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an alternative to full-time third-level courses.  Apprenticeships are paid employment allowing the apprentice to “earn while you learn” and an excellent opportunity to get a recognised qualification while at the same time gaining on-the-job experience relevant to your chosen career.

Careers profile 

The Manufacturing Date Integration Engineer is required to design, plan, assess risk, troubleshoot, commission a wide range of Manufacturing Systems with Integrated ICT, Data Visualisation and Intelligent Systems safely and in line with regulated production environments.  The MDIE Engineer is required to compile system documentation, present proposals and analysis within the company, work with colleagues to achieve project success on-time and within resources available, demonstrate systems operation, carry out statistical analysis& investigation, and assess opportunities for the digital transformation of manufacturing.

Who should apply for the Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Data Integration Engineering?

This two-year programme was developed in collaboration with Medtech, ICT, Engineering, Automation and Manufacturing Sectors who identified a need for qualified Manufacturing Data Integration Engineers to address the skills gap in these sectors.  The Level 7 Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) Degree has been specifically designed as a progression programme for existing industry staff who hold a level 6 qualification or equivalent on the NFQ Framework who wish to upskill and acquire advanced knowledge to move into engineering roles in industry or as a path to transition from other industries into the Manufacturing and Automation Sector.

Candidates for the programme must be employed on an Apprenticeship contract of employment.  Applications to register and apprentice can only be submitted by a registered employer.

Benefits to your company

The course is a 2 year employer-led apprenticeship with 70% of the learners time spent on the job. The blend of full time and work based modules means that your apprentice can remain working in their current role for the duration of the 24-month apprenticeship
contract. The apprentice will spend 2 blocks of 15 weeks in LIT over the 2 year timeframe.  Your apprentice will be assigned an academic supervisor from LIT and at all stages of the 24 month programme will have the support of the academic staff and services of the Institute.  The work based projects which are undertaken during the apprenticeship are intended to deliver significant value to your company.

Employer Registration

As part of the national apprenticeship system, there are formal requirements for approval of an employer’s suitability to train apprentices and for registration of apprentices. SOLAS is responsible for delivering on these requirements. Applications for entry to the apprenticeship can only be submitted by an employer who is registered for the Industrial Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship on the SOLAS Apprenticeship Client Services System. Employers can contact LIT directly to initiate the registration process or can contact the apprenticeship training advisor from their local Education & Training Board (ETB) or (FAS) Training Centre.

Employer Approval

In conjunction with their ETB Training Advisor, the Employer must complete the ‘Employer Suitability to Train Apprentices Form’ (TSS-8i-F1/V3) and have it approved by the Employer’s Authorised Signatory. The form declares that the Employer agrees to comply with the Apprenticeship Rules and Regulations and abide by the Code of Practice, copies of which are available from SOLAS or from the local training centre. Key commitments include providing access for the apprentice to the range of work specified in the on-thejob elements of the apprenticeship programme and to releasing the apprentice to complete all the necessary off-the-job elements.  The Employer must provide details of the Apprenticeship Co-ordinator or Manager (Verifier) who will have responsibility for the programme in the Company.

Choosing a Mentor

The Employer must also provide details of a Mentor who will advise the Apprentice Engineer on their professional and educational development. The Mentor should have a minimum relevant qualification, such as a Level 7 Engineering or Technology Degree.  Alternatively, experienced practitioners with at least five years’ experience of industrial electrical systems would also be considered suitable. Guidance and support for the mentor will be provided by LIT.  The Apprentice will also be mentored by an Academic Supervisor from LIT for the on-the job stages.

Timeline

Induction

Mentor Training

Stage 1 – On the Job, September (21 weeks*)

  • Work Based Learning Portfolio
    Industrial Communication and Personal Development

Stage 2 – Institute Block, January (15 weeks*)

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Control Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
  • Operational Process Improvement & Decision Support
  • Data  Driven Programming
  • Professional Development and Reflective Practice

Stage 3 – On the Job, May (18 weeks*)

  • Work Based Learning Project

Stage 4 – Institute Block, September (15 weeks*)

  • Data Analysis
  • Data Driven Software Architecture
  • Industry Based Project
  • Applied Process Improvement in Manufacturing
  • Industry SCADA Applications

Electives:

  • Advanced PLC Systems
  • Robotics Vision Systems and Motion Control
  • Advanced HMI & SCADA Systems

Stage 5 – On the Job, January (35 weeks*)

  • Project Management
  • Industrial Project
  • Work Based Learning Portfolio

Stage 5 involves a significant time on-the-job (35 weeks) implementing the knowledge and skills gained. This stage will include a substantial work based project, supported by a module in project management along with both academic and industrial mentoring.

* indicative timing