Certificate in Innovative Materials for Industry 4.0

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Organisation profile

IT Carlow provides higher educational full-time courses, along with research and enterprise development opportunities, through its centres in Carlow and Wexford. The institute also provides part-time courses in Carlow, Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin.

Training aim

Delivered as a partnership between Institute of Technology Carlow and Dublin City University, this exciting new programme aims to:

- Connect the current technical skills of students with a primary degree in engineering or cognate physical science

- Provide the learner with the opportunity to develop a career or engage with further studies in materials and advanced manufacturing.

- Stimulate engagement with autonomous and independent learning.

- Develop a critical and problem-solving approach to materials as they are used in both common and advanced engineering applications.

- Encourage participation in a variety of teaching, learning and assessment strategies, which will drive the educational adventure through applied experiences.

Learning objectives

After completing this course learners should be able to:

1. Innovate in materials in the context of Smart Manufacturing.  

2. Formulate product design solutions using material selection protocols, post-processing techniques, data collection, and process mapping. 

3. Synthesise techniques related to solid modeling Computer-Aided Design and Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing Processes.

4. Relate Materials Innovation, and Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing Processes using appropriate software and/or virtual and/or hands-on technologies.

5. Adopt appropriate technological, professional, legal and ethical practices in a range of real-world contexts and effectively choose the appropriate responses from a range of possibilities.

6. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to solve complex problems and deal with business and non-technical aspects of engineering.   

7. Cultivate a programme of self-directed continuing professional development and the ability to consult, work with and learn from experts in various fields to keep abreast of advances in Applied Materials, in fields such as Finite Element Modelling, Advanced Manufacturing, Design, Innovation, and Materials Resourcing and Sustainability.      

8. Evince professional and ethical attitudes, effective communication skills, display awareness of the needs and challenges of a diverse workplace, become engaged in their broader professional.

Course outline

This exciting new Level 9, 30 credit programme includes 4 modules which can be applied for individually as standalone micro-credentials and include:

- Advanced Manufacturing for Industry 4.0 (5 Credits) - Delivered by DCU

- Materials Selection in Sustainable Engineering Design (5 credits) - Delivered by IT Carlow

- Post Processing for Smart Industry (5 credits) - Delivered by IT Carlow

- Data Analysis for Advanced Manufacturing (5 credits) – Delivered by DCU

- Work Based Project (10 Credits).

Trainer's profile

Dr David Culliton (BEng., PhD, MIEI, PMP, BA Ed.) is a lecturer in Materials and Engineering in the School of Engineering, Institute of Technology Carlow. He is also a Principal Investigator in engCORE, which is a multidisciplinary research cluster in the Institute of Technology Carlow, and is currently working on the IT Carlow/DCU HCI Pillar 3 agile training development project. Dr Culliton is deeply committed to the development of advanced materials education in the South East region and has been highly successful in that respect in HCI Pillar 1 & 3 awards in 2020, and in procuring substantial funding to purchase a range of state-of-the-art equipment through the Enterprise Ireland Capital Call. Dr Culliton earned his engineering degree at the University of Limerick and subsequently developed a strong and diverse skillset in the IT (Consultant, Project & IT Manager) and Construction (Quality Manager) industries. He worked with international and foreign entities, including Microsoft, Compaq, Cogitatum Lda., and SIAC, before returning to academia to complete his PhD in TUD, formerly DIT. Dr Culliton has an active research interest in the areas of Smart & Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing, Electrochemistry, and Surface Engineering/Degradation Phenomena, and their application in the development of Smart and Renewable Energy (wind, marine) devices. Dr Culliton is an active participant in European funding calls (H2020, Horizon Europe), he was a Vice Manager in the MP1407 COST Action, and was a member of the CIRCULÉIRE 2020 initiative. Dr Culliton is also active in Europe at an organisational level, as a member of the pan-European EAST (European Academy of Surface Technology), which represents an International Platform for Science and Technology and an Interface between Research and Application in all Areas of Surface Technology.

Dr Inam Ul Ahad (BEng., MSc., PhD) is an Assistant Professor in Advanced Manufacturing in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Dublin City University. Dr Ahad is a Principal Investigator in the Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre, Dublin City University and is currently working on the IT Carlow/DCU HCI Pillar 3 agile training development project. Dr Ahad earned his M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Dr Ahad completed Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme and received his PhD degree in Electronics jointly from Dublin City University, Ireland and Military University of Technology, Poland. Dr Ahad has worked in world leading companies in biomedical engineering, including Gambro, Siemens and Philips Medical Systems. Dr Ahad's main area of research is focused around development of sensors for industrial applications, new materials and in-situ process monitoring techniques for additive manufacturing, enhancement of corrosion resistance using laser based techniques, technology transfer and prototype development. Dr Ahad has participated in seven European Consortia including (EXTATIC, Laserlab Europe, COST Action MP1203, COST Action MP 1401, CEZAMAT, and ACTTiVAte) related to multidisciplinary fields. These projects are related to applications of EUV and Soft x-ray (SXR) in science and technology and assessment of technologies to identify new cross border value chains across four industry sectors (healthcare, agri-food, ICT and aerospace). Dr Ahad is leading two Erasmus+ ICM programmes in DCU.

Dr Muhannad Ahmed Obeidi (BEng., MEng., PhD) is lecturer and research in in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Dublin City University. Dr Obeidi is a Principal Investigator in I-FORM and the Advanced Processing Technology Research Centre, both also at Dublin City University. Dr Obeidi obtained his degree in mechanical engineering from Baghdad University, and completed both his Master’s degree and PhD at DCU in 2014 and 2018, respectively. He is currently working with I-FORM and is currently working on the IT Carlow/DCU HCI Pillar 3 agile training development project He was previously employed by the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission to work on the assembly, installation and maintenance of high precision CNC machines, and as a research assistant at the Advanced Processing Technology Centre (APT) in DCU. In addition to investigations into laser surface hardening by glazing and nitriding for the increase of wear resistance, Dr Obeidi also contributed in the establishing of the new Additive Manufacturing (AM) activity lab in DCU starting from the purchase of the Aconity3D metal printer to the accomplishment of the H&S, commissioning, training, and other operation requirements. Dr Obeidi’s research to date has focused in two technical/scientific areas (1) The optimisation of the (AM) input processing parameters with reference to the output measures based on multiple types of metal powders, and (2) The laser processing and surface modification of metals. He was the main operator and in charge of the training of new staff and researchers for the use of the lab equipment. During his work, Dr Obeidi gain respectful experience in the use of the different characterisation and inspection instrument in DCU and other institutions across the country.

Course duration

This course will run over one year. Classes are delivered using a hybrid approach involving a combination of pre-course reading, pre-recorded classes, live and onsite classes. 

Assessment & certification

Modules are 100% Continual Assessment, comprising mainly project work and Case Studies.

A Level 9 Certificate in Innovative Materials for Industry 4.0 will be conferred on graduates who complete the full programme. 

Microcredential Awards are presented to those who select and complete each individual modules.

Who should attend

This fully online course is designed for:

• People working in a manufacturing environment (eg machinists, designers, plant managers, basically all technical and non-technical staff with a vested interest in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing)

• Design and manufacturing engineers seeking to learn about traditional and advanced materials in a manufacturing environment

• Technical and/or non-manufacturing staff looking to apply their craft to the growing field of smart manufacturing

• Consultants, who want to add value around the latest technology transformations in manufacturing.