New courses to close the digital skills gap in Irish industry


Two new digital fabrication courses, developed in consultation with industry, will begin in September at ATU.

Two new courses seek to meet the skills needs of Irish manufacturing companies as they move from manual to automated processes. They were launched by Cobotics Skillnet and Atlantic Technological University (ATU).

Cobotics Skillnet is a business support network for businesses in the robotics and automation technology sector in Ireland. It is part of the government agency Skillnet Ireland, which helps businesses across the country to upskill their employees.

The first of two new programs from ATU and Cobotics Skillnet is an advanced degree focused on engineering in automation and digital manufacturing.

This course is aimed at employees who wish to upskill or acquire transferable skills in the fields of automation, robotics and digital manufacturing. The one-year program aims to provide students with knowledge of robotic automation, advanced manufacturing, and vision systems.

According to Dermot O’Neill, director of Cobotics Skillnet, the degree “is a unique program in this country” as it will give people the opportunity to transition into the advanced manufacturing and robotics sector.

“This responds to the immediate need to develop in-house talent, as reported by 16 Irish manufacturing companies who were involved in the design and development of the programs,” O’Neill added.

The second program is a Bachelor of Engineering in Automation, Robotics and Digital Manufacturing. It is intended for employees who wish to continue their progress in this area of ​​advanced manufacturing.

The two new programs will begin in September.

Tracey Donnery, director of policy and communications at Skillnet Ireland, said the new accredited courses “will help businesses deploy their automation strategies, enabling them to stay competitive on the global stage”.

Skillnet Ireland has also recently collaborated with TU Dublin on a new manufacturing course for the pharmaceutical sector. It teaches participants the basics of powder manipulation using a custom VR platform.

For more information on the two new Digital Fabrication courses, visit ATU’s website.

ATU was created earlier this year with the merger of IT Sligo, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and Letterkenny IT.

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