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Waterford Institute of Technology

Waterford , Munster ,Ireland

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Automation Engineering

What is Automation Engineering?
Modern automation engineering combines elements of electronic engineering, software, robotics, networking and data intelligence which are highly sought-after skills in sectors such as the pharmaceutical, medical and food industries.

As manufacturing industry transitions towards Industry 4.0, the increased need for data intelligence means that the shortage of automation engineers with the required skillset will become greater.

Industry 4.0 is the term used to describe the “smart factory” era where computers and automation come together via cyber-physical systems to monitor the physical processes of the factory and make de-centralised decisions. Such developments demand graduates with a blend of electronics, automation, networking and data intelligence skills.

Course Aims
The BEng (Hons) in Automation Engineering course was designed in consultation with many of the principal employers of Electronic and Automation Engineers in the South East region with the aim of producing modern Automation Engineering graduates having the skillset required for current and future positions in this area.

Industrial Placement
In year three, students go on industrial placement for up to six months. This give the students a taste of what professional practice is all about, how the industry operates and how theoretical knowledge is applied in practice. It also reinforces industrial links between WIT and the automation engineering industry in Ireland and abroad.

Campus Information

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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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  • Students and graduates, helping you explore your options, develop your employability skills and make successful job applications
  • Academic Staff, supporting you to equip your students with the skills they need to enhance their employability and succeed in their future careers
  • Employers interested in securing the recruitment of well educated, career orientated, informed graduates

The Careers Development Centre supports the Institute in providing opportunities for students and graduates to develop the skills and attributes required to manage their careers throughout their working lives.

PSW Opportunity

2 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • You should be at least 17 years of age in January of the year of entry.
  • You must have a Secondary/High School Diploma, with good grades in English and Mathematics and at least 4 other subjects, on average + 60%.
  • Some courses have special entry requirements, which you should check under the course details.

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