The Engineering Skillnet announces the launch of a new, certified Major Level 6 Award in conjunction with Techno-training. The inaugural programme requires learners to attend a Grange Castle training centre. It creates a flexible pathway to cross-skill manufacturing and maintenance staff for 'Industry 4.0'.

This learning experience facilitates a deep understanding of technology through targeted hands-on learning activities. Learners will embed a repeatable and effective universal troubleshooting strategy and apply logical thinking skills to fault find efficiently across a broad range of automated equipment - including electrical power and control equipment, pneumatic and vacuum technology, sensors and vision systems, programmable control and robotics.

Exemptions apply for prior learning of maintenance technology where previously undertaken with the Engineering Skillnet. Class sizes are limited to ten.

All modules are QQI single-certified and dates are flexible. The full Award can be completed in a concentrated time period or over a year or two, as preferred. Learners can also enrol for single semesters or the full Award and semesters 1 and 2 can be undertaken in any order.

Each short and sharp module is a blend of theory and applied learning, The programme is designed to be as flexible as is modularised with self-directed learning also supported by a Learning Management System before, during and after. 
Dates for the inaugural Semester 1 are below:

Semester 1 – at a discounted price of €1,320 per learner (due to ESF+ funding)

Module 1: Electrical Safety, Circuitry and Troubleshooting (previously 'Industrial Electrical Systems'

Dates: April 16th, 17th, 23th, 24th, 31st, May 1st

This module will provide learners with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by industrial maintenance technicians to safely diagnose and repair faults in electrically controlled production equipment, and to communicate effectively with colleagues regarding electrical issues.                      

  Module 2: Machine Safety and Control of Hazardous Energy
Dates: June 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th

The purpose of this module is to prepare learners for working with or on production equipment, to be aware of hazardous energies, identify and evaluate associated risks, understand the requirement for guarding, isolating and interlocking devices used to control the hazardous energies and apply that knowledge when carrying out maintenance activities.

Semester 1 will run again in Q3 based on level of demand. Learners can also enter into the Award by starting with Semester 2 (dates below are flexible):

Semester 2 -€2,190 per learner

Comprises Module 3 running September 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th 25th – Process Improvement and Collaboration

and Module 4 running in November 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th - Digital, Analog and Vision Sensors

Semester 3 - €2,190 per learner

Comprises Module 5: January – Pneumatic and Vacuum Systems

Module 6 and/or 7 and/or-8: March-May (includes electives)

Learners will select two from the three electives as follows:

Programmable Logic Controllers, Electrical Troubleshooting of Machine Systems or Robot Programming and Troubleshooting.

Module 9: End of June

Hand-up of a Capstone work-integrated project.

A full brochure is available on request.

 The Engineering Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The inaugural offering of this Award is supported by the ESF+ (European Social Fund).


Start Date April 16, 2024
Duration 6 days per module
Delegate Price €1,318 (+VAT)