Move from electrician to engineer with an apprenticeship

13.03.22 REPRO FREE The TUS Engineering Open Day, returned to the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), Moylish campus this Saturday (March 12, 2022.). Second level students from all over the Mid West met with TUS students, TUS lecturers and regional employers across all engineering disciplines. As well as learning about the variety of engineering courses and careers available in the Mid West, students also had the opportunity to attend the seminar on the Leaving Cert Engineering Special Topic “Principles of Operation and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in smart Manufacturing Techniques”. Attending the TUS Engineering Open Day, at the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), Moylish campus were, Shane Harris, Quinn Co. Clare and Ger O'Farrell, TUS. Picture: Alan Place

In response to identified skills gaps, the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) has collaborated with Ireland’s electrical, engineering, automation and manufacturing sectors to create a two-year programme to train qualified Industrial Electrical Engineers.

The Level 7 Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) Degree has been specifically designed as a progression programme for qualified electricians or technicians with equivalent qualifications who wish to upskill and to acquire advanced knowledge to move into engineering roles in Industry. Applications to register an apprentice can only be submitted by a Registered Employer.

The Industrial Electrical Engineer is required to design, plan, assess risk, troubleshoot, program and commission a wide range of industrial electrical systems safely and in line with all relevant Irish and EU standards. The Industrial Electrical Engineer is required to compile system documentation, present proposals and analysis within the company, work with colleagues to achieve project success on-time and within the resources available, demonstrate systems operation, carry out statistical analysis and investigation, maintain, repair and regularly assess the needs for the upgrading of industrial electrical systems.

Benefits to your company

The course is a two-year employed apprenticeship with 70% of the learner’s time spent on the job. The blend of full time and work-based modules means that your apprentice can remain working in their current role for the duration of the 24-month apprenticeship contract. The apprentice will spend two blocks of 15 weeks in TUS over the two-year timeframe. Your apprentice will be assigned an academic supervisor from TUS and at all stages of the 24-month programme will have the support of the academic staff and services of the University. The work-based projects, which are undertaken during the apprenticeship, are intended to deliver significant value to your company.

Employer registration

For the apprenticeship programme, SOLAS manages the formal requirements for employer approval and apprentice registration. Only registered employers for the Industrial Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship on the SOLAS Apprenticeship Client Services System can apply. Employers can initiate registration by contacting TUS or their local Education & Training Board (ETB) or SOLAS Training Centre’s apprenticeship training advisor.

A mentor

The Employer must also provide a mentor who will advise the apprentice engineer on their professional and educational development. The mentor should have a minimum relevant qualification, such as a Level 7 Engineering or Technology Degree. Alternatively, experienced practitioners with at least five years’ experience of industrial electrical systems would also be considered suitable. Guidance and support for the mentor will be provided by TUS.  

The Apprentice will also be mentored by an Academic Supervisor from TUS for the on-the-job stages.

For further information, contact:

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, TUS Moylish Park, Limerick.

T: +353 (0)61 293318/(0)61 293183