Technical Training

Manufacturing Engineering Introduction


This accredited programme consists of one module, Manufacturing Engineering 1 (NFQ Level 6, 10 credits) It will be delivered through a blended learning approach of both online lectures and practical workshops on the Galway university campus. Students will learn advanced milling and tool-making techniques. This introductory module (10 credits) can be combined with other relevant modules to finally achieve a full Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (120 credits). This part-time learning approach will take approximately three years to complete in total.

Content includes

Live and recorded web-based lectures:

Course Overview and assessment criteria
Health & Safety
Introduction to Process Planning (single & multiple operation and processes)
Machine Tools - Drills, Saws, Lathes and Mills, grinding: surface and cylindrical
Metal Cutting - Cutting speeds, feeds, tool geometry and chip formation. The effects of cutting forces in orthogonal and oblique cutting. Calculations
Cutting tool materials - HSS, Carbides, Tungsten carbides, ceramics
Coolants and their application
Metrology - Hand held measuring equipment, go, no go gauges, gauge blocks, thread gauges. Calibration and verification, calibration of standards. BS 45008
Heat Treatment Processes Furnaces, hardening, tempering, normalising
Materials joining - Welding principles
Metal forming processes - Casting, extrusion, rolling, forging, drawing

Basic machining introduction
Manufacturing methods
Heat Treatments
Components will be manufactured in the workshop that will incorporate process planning of the machining sequences involved. Initially these project based exercises may be basic single components progressing to mini-assemblies
Heat Treatment
Process planning - The process planning of these components will involve activities such as selecting correct speeds and feeds, material selection, tooling and metrology (inspection reports), health and safety

Who should attend

Entry requirement (if under 23 years) is a pass in the Leaving Certificate (or EU equivalent) with five grades which must include English or Irish and Mathematics. Applicants over 23 years are not required to have passed the Leaving Certificate (or EU equivalent).


10 Credits at NFQ Level 6

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Manufacturing Engineering Introduction

Training Days

Course start date - Saturday tbc 2015 10 Saturdays, attending every 2nd Saturday, excluding bank holiday weekends

Training Location

Available nationally, based on demand

Course Cost

Member: €600
Non-member: €800
Per person based on 20 participants
* Cost quoted per person

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