BEng in Polymer Processing (Online)

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Credits 60
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Addon
  • Duration 2

Course Summary


BEng in Polymer Processing (Level 7)

Programme Code: SG_EPOLY_J07

About Polymer Processing

Use of polymers for a variety of engineering, medical-device, pharmaceutical, and general consumer applications continues to grow. The Polymer Processing Degree programme focuses on the materials, processes, and tooling used in relation to polymers. Candidates completing the B Eng in Polymer Processing meet the requirements of the internationally-recognised Six Sigma Green Belt Award. Candidates can attain this award in addition to their degree by passing an external Green Belt exam.

About this Programme

This programme was jointly developed by ATU Sligo (former IT Sligo), Athlone Institute of Technology, and First Polymer Training SkillNet.

In this programme the participants learn the characteristics of various polymers, the common polymer processes (including injection moulding, blow moulding, and extrusion as well as plastic part design), and factors in the design of tooling for these processes. The course also presents modules that are relevant to automated production (such as Control Systems) and management modules relating to Six Sigma methodology.

BEng in Polymer Processing goes further in plastics, from manufacturing to design. the programme attends to continued engineering training thorough modules Mathematics 3 and Control Systems 301 & 302, design software through module Polymer Tooling Design, quality control though modules Six Sigma 1 & 2, and polymer science through modules Polymer Processing, Medical Device Manufacturing, and Plastic Part Design. Furthermore, the course might contribute to a Green Belt Award in Six Sigma (pending further external examination of the candidate). At last, the module Polymer Project allows the student an individual project execution in the scope of either applied quality control within industry, or academic research methodology application. A well-rounded professional is expected at the end of this course. 

In this programme the participants learn the characteristics of various polymers, the common polymer processes (including injection moulding, blow moulding, and extrusion as well as plastic part design), and factors in the design of tooling for these processes. The course also presents modules that are relevant to automated production (such as Control Systems) and management modules relating to Six Sigma methodology. 

 

Key Course Information

The Mathematics Module (Level 7) is offered on Year 2 of the programme. For candidates who do not have the required Level 6 Mathematics, a course in Mathematics is available in year 1. The Level 6 Mathematics examinations take place annually (in May or August).

Study hours: Whether you are studying part-time online, blended or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.
   
Live Lectures:
Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. For the BEng in Polymer Processing, students are expected to attend 2 to 4 one hour online lectures each week. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle. 
 

Application Closing Date : 1st October 2021

Entry Requirements

Higher Certificate NFQ Level 6 (Previously called National Cert) in a relevant discipline or Advanced Craft Certificate or equivalent. Candidates holding other qualifications and/or with relevant experience will also be considered through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.  Graduates who have not obtained this minimum may incorporate other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience and apply for assessment via the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions/ credit for some parts of the programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work or career. Further information is available at www.myexperience.ie which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at admissions@itsligo.ie

Career Opportunities

Typically, graduates will be employed in polymer processing in the engineering, medical device, or pharmaceutical sectors. Successful graduates from this programme may apply for the BEng (Hons) in Mechatronics (Online) - Institute of Technology Sligo (itsligo.ie) or theBSc (Hons) in Quality Management and Technology (Online) - Institute of Technology Sligo (itsligo.ie), which are offered online by ATU Sligo (former IT Sligo), or for related programmes from other providers.  The course was designed in partnership with First Polymer Training and the Technological University of Shannon (former Athlone IT), aiming to attend the needs of the Irish industry. Irish Business and Employers Confederation, through its section Polymer Technology Ireland, serves as the bridge between our academic expertise and the particular demands from the Irish industry. At the end of the course, the graduate is apt to pursue an entry and mid-level positions in the polymer, automotive, medical devices and pharmaceutical industry, in a manufacturing, quality or research & development capacity.  

Candidates completing the BEng in Polymer Processing meet the requirements of the internationally recognised Six Sigma Green Belt Award. Candidates can attain this award in addition to their degree by passing an external Green Belt exam.

Further Study

Successful graduates from this programme may apply for the  BEng (Hons) in Mechatronics (Online) - Institute of Technology Sligo (itsligo.ie)or thBSc (Hons) in Quality Management and Technology (Online) - Institute of Technology Sligo (itsligo.ie), which are offered online by ATU Sligo (former IT Sligo), or for related programmes from other providers.

Did you know?

Market: There is currently a shortage of polymer technicians in the industry and this shortage has been highlighted in both the Forfas/Expert Group on Future Skills Needs report on the Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 (http://www.skillsireland.ie/media/270213-future_skills_requirements_of_manufacturing-publication.pdf) and the Action Plan for Jobs 2013. 

Support: The course is design for those committed to achieve an engineering degree. You will have all sorts of support at your disposal: academic writing, maths, engineering, and special learning are just some of the support centres ready to help. 

Skills: The successful completion of this programme will allow entrants to gain the necessary technical skills to help secure employment in the plastics manufacturing, medical device industries as a technician/apprentice technician in polymer processing. The course aims to form advanced professionals with critical thinking and problem solving skills. Special focus will be given to quality control & management, polymer science & rheology, Injection and Extrusion moulding. 

Six Sigma: Candidates completing the BEng in Polymer Processing (NFQ7) meet the requirements of the internationally-recognised Six Sigma Green Belt Award. Candidates can attain this award in addition to their degree by passing an external Green Belt exam. 

Programme Fees

Fees

 

Total Programme Fees:

€6,800

Fees per annum:

€3,400

 

 

 

 

Students can avail of a 30% reduction on fees via your employer - Contact Catherine Collins at First Polymer Training Skillnet

Email: c.collins@firstpolymer.com
Tel: 090 647 1223