Programme Code: SG_EPOLY_E06
About Polymer Technology
There is currently a shortage of polymer technicians tin 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 and the Action Plan for Jobs 2013.
About this Programme
This one-year-long part-time programme offers a level 6 Certificate in Polymer Technology (Special Purpose Award) and is jointly delivered (primarily online) by First Polymer Training Skillnet and ATU Sligo. The Certificate in Polymer Technologies aims to ease the student into engineering education. Modules focus on computational design, mathematics, electronics & automation, and of course polymers. It might seem like a lot to embrace in only one year, but these skills will set the foundations for any engineering course the student decides to progress to in the future.
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 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 level position in the polymer, automotive, medical devices and pharmaceutical industry, specifically in a manufacturing capacity.
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Applicants should hold an NFQ Level 5 or equivalent. Graduates who have not obtained this minimum may incorporate other equivalent qualifications and relevant work experience and apply for assessment via the 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.atu.ie/recognition-of-prior-learning which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
Students who successfully complete the Level 6 in Polymer Processing can progress on to the Level 7 in Polymer Processing (Online) at ATU Sligo
Did you know?
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.
This course is designed for those returning to college, so the pace of delivery is thought out to ease you back into education. Students will receive various forms of support such as: academic writing, maths, engineering, and special learning are just some of the support centres ready to help. 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.
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Students can avail of a 30% reduction on fees via your employer - Contact Catherine Collins at First Polymer Training Skillnet
Tel: 090 647 1223
To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage.
If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.
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If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage.