Part-time, Evening, Blended, On-line Programmes

Smart Factory Technology (Special Purpose Award, Level 6)


The Smart Factory Technician will have a background and basic competence in industry and knowledge of factories and the manufacturing environment. Through attendance at specialist labs in LIT on one day and one evening per week, the Smart Factory Technician will be trained in the electronic systems (IoT), industrial control circuits (Pneumatics/PLCs) and automation systems (Robots) necessary for the Factory-of-the-Future and will understand the convergence of data acquisition, data analysis, data display & dashboards relevant to Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in industry. Through reflective practice in their work placement or employment, the Smart Factory Technician will develop and implement an Industry 4.0 Solution to demonstrate their technical knowledge and their project management, communication & teamwork skills.

Learners on the proposed programme will need to be supported by their employers in terms of release from work to attend the modules, but also for the on-the-job elements where they will work with an assigned industry mentor in conjunction with an academic mentor, throughout the programme.



  • Industrial Electronics, IoT and Programming: Design, construction and programming of embedded systems for Internet-of-Things applications.
  • Pneumatics, PLCs & Robotics: Design, construction, programming & troubleshooting of industrial control systems Maths, Computing & Data Analytics: Revision of Maths and development of Data Analytic Applications.
  • Industrial Communications & Personal Development: Reflective practice, personal development, written & spoken communications.
  • Engineering Communications & Collaborative Working: Communication & Presentation skills, teamwork and project management.
  • Work Based Project: Design, planning and implementation of an industry-based solution.

Entry Requirement

Candidates with a minimum of 3 years industrial experience are invited to submit evidence of prior qualifications and experiential learning to gain entry to the programme. In line with LIT’s policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the standard of the evidence submitted must exceed the equivalent of 60 ETCS credits at level 6 and may involve independent skills assessment and/or interview. Competence in English at the level of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0 is a pre-requisite. The target learner is expected to have knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint to a level comparable to the Base modules in ECDL or equivalent.

Programme Delivery Mode

This programme is delivered with a mixture of online and classroom delivery. Some of the content will be delivered online with the remaining involving either lectures/practicals/tutorials delivered at the LIT Moylish Campus, Limerick.



Certificate in Smart Factory Technology, Special Purpose Award, Level 6, 50 Credits.


How to Apply

Applicants must apply for these programmes on the Springboard website, using the following link:

Certificate in Smart Factory Technology

The application process will be open in early November 2019.

“Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.”

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