Certificate In Manufacturing & Design Engineering.

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Certificate In Manufacturing & Design Engineering.

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This is a QQI Level 6 award and will begin in January 2022. Book of Modules available on request.



1 day in class, half day online per week*

*subject to change


Blended learning (classroom and online lectures) with some practical workshopsdelivered on-site at industry locations.

Edmond Connolly Manager of the South East Regional Skills Forum says:

‘Manufacturing and engineering companies throughout the south east have identified the need for a good part time course for staff working in fabrication. They were seeking to train staff in CNC programming and manufacture, CAD software and materials and finishes. In conjunction with ‘Engineering the South East’ network, companies contributed to the design of this course with IT Carlow which will commence in Jan 2022. Candidates will attend training in Carlow/Wexford for one day per week over a fifteen week period. This is ideal for staff that need to progress in their job but don’t have existing engineering qualifications.’

Programme Cost:

The cost of this programme is €1800.

With funding from Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet each participant will pay a heavily discounted fee of €995.


The aim of this programme is to provide graduates with core skills and competency in mechanical 3D design, quality control, materials and finishing techniques, CNC machine programming and Additive Manufacturing (AM). The graduates will also develop report writing and presentation skills as part of their applied work-based project, which will incorporate the application of their learning to their role within the company.

What will students study? 

Students will learn the necessary skills to create 3D CAD models of a design, draft dimensioned drawings and evaluate both design and drawings for reductive manufacturing. The relevant document control and processes required from ISO9001:2015, Six Sigma and Lean quality systems are also incorporated into these activities. The fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for both metals and polymers are introduced. This will include the assessment of 3D models for AM, generation of G-code and an analysis of the range of methods and techniques.

Students will also develop the skills and knowledge required to program machines such as a mill, lathe, brake press, and laser cutting machine by Computer Numerical Control (CNC). CNC code management and revision history control according to the QMS is included in this section of the course.

An overview of typical engineering materials and their finishes in the context of material applications will be studied. Material mechanical properties, failure, and corrosion protection will be examined and discussed. Techniques such as shot blasting, surface grinding, and wear- and corrosion- resistant technologies are investigated.

Finally, the work-based module will consolidate and integrate the learner’s knowledge, skills and competences across the range of subject areas. This module will provide learners with guidance and support to develop a work-based project where the technical aspects of the programme will be applied to the development of a technical solution/findings in a work-based environment.


Typical participants on this programme are employees that have either manual or CNC machining experience. The programme will provide key skills in 3D design, CNC programming and quality control that will advance the operator from typical ‘work setting’ operator to ‘programming’ operator. For those seeking entry to the manufacturing sector, this programme provides the foundational requirements for these core manufacturing operations.

Special Features:

This programme is delivered through hands-on training for a range of manufacturing processes. This programme has been designed for students with all levels of industry experience and candidates can apply for entry via the Institutes process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

The programme will provide the engineering knowledge behind each of manufacturing processes, allowing for greater operator input into the manufacturing workflow. This programme supports experienced operators with core mechanical engineering skills and provides a pathway for future education and academic advancement.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?

Graduates from this programme will have demonstrated the competence to complete a 30 credit programme at level 6. With this award they can apply for entry onto other flexible minor awards in engineering, for example, 3D CAD and Design or suitable Level 6 awards provided by the IoTs and Educational Training Boards.

The programme has been designed with consideration of existing programmes allowing graduates to apply to participate in programmes such as year 1 of BEng in Mechanical Engineering and BEng in Aircraft Systems, where exemptions can be granted for the modules completed.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

This programme has been specifically designed to upskill employees that have no academic qualifications. It is designed to be an inclusive programme that will utilise recognition of prior learning to expand entry and widen participation.

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Organiser Carlow Kilkenny Training Skillnet

Organiser of Certificate In Manufacturing & Design Engineering.

The Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet was established in January 1999 by a number of Senior Managers in organisations in the Carlow Kilkenny area. Initial discussions showed that the organisations shared common training problems, namely,

  • Access to information on courses / training, and new technologies available for training purposes
  • Sourcing training programmes
  • Finding courses that were relevant to the specific needs of each organisation
  • The location of available courses

By working together, these organisations have developed new, low cost, customised, and locally based solutions for their management and staff.

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