Move from Electrician to Engineer with an Apprenticeship

This two-year programme was developed in collaboration with the Electrical, Engineering, Automation and Manufacturing Sectors who identified a need for qualified Industrial Electrical Engineers to address the skills gaps.

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.

Career Profile of an Industrial Engineer

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 & 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 & investigation, maintain, repair and regularly assess the needs for the upgrading of industrial electrical systems.

Benefits to your company

The course is a 2 year employer­led apprenticeship with 70%
of the learners 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 2 blocks of 15 weeks in TUS over the 2 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

As part of the national apprenticeship system, there are formal requirements for approval of an employer’s suitability to train apprentices and for registration of apprentices. SOLAS is responsible for delivering on these requirements. Applications for entry to the apprenticeship can only be submitted by an employer who is registered for the Industrial Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship on the SOLAS Apprenticeship Client Services System. Employers can contact TUS directly to initiate the registration process or can contact the apprenticeship training advisor from their local Education & Training Board (ETB) or SOLAS Training Centre.

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:
Department of Electrical and
Electronic Engineering,
Tel: 061 293318/061 293183