Department of Department of Engineering Technology (Craft Apprenticeships)

Welcome to the Department of Department of Engineering Technology (Craft Apprenticeships)

The Department of Engineering Technology is specifically dedicated to trades-based apprenticeships. ATU Sligo has a long history of apprenticeship programmes in Ireland since its formation in 1970. It has developed a strong reputation among industries providing apprenticeships, including manufacturing engineering, toolmaking, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and joinery.

We run three trade apprenticeships in the Engineering Faculty and one consortium-led apprenticeship. In partnership with Solas and Employers, our role is to provide apprentices with skills-based training in a Classroom, Workshop and Lab environment for phase 4 and phase 6 elements of the craft apprenticeships – this requires the apprentice to become a full-time student of the ATU for up to 11 weeks inclusive. Upon completing assessments, they will return to their employer and move forward to the next phase of their apprenticeship.

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Meet the Head of Department

Padraig McGarry
Padraig McGarry

Padraig McGarry is a Head of the Department for Engineering Technology at ATU Sligo, where he has been a school member since 2021. Padraig holds a master’s degree from Dublin City University. Having initially trained in the aircraft industry, Padraig worked in the private sector for several years as an automation engineer, project engineer and manufacturing engineering manager before transitioning to the ATU. Padraig was closely involved in developing some newly developed consortium-led apprenticeships and represented the industry on several steering committees to redesign apprenticeship syllabus.

Padraig has over 20 years of industry experience, much of which was spent in the glass, nutrition, medical device, and diagnostics industries. He has particular knowledge and experience in project management, mainly in areas such as large multinational capital process improvement and expansion projects.

Contact us

Padraig McGarry
Head of Department of Engineering Technology
+ 353 (0)71 93 05483

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