An electrical services student from Co Mayo was among the first cohort of students on the new Electrical Services and Automation Engineering degree programme in GMIT who hosted an exciting exhibition of their work in the Galway campus.
Alan Naughton from Pontoon showcased his ‘Pick and Place’ pneumatic project which drew lots of interest from the large attendance who were impressed by the students’ innovative work – many of whom worked as electricians during the Celtic Tiger years and are now re-training at GMIT.
Final year projects such as a simulated train level-crossing, a replica of the traffic light system at the Bodkin/Tesco roundabout, a PLC made from scratch, a pick and place pneumatic project, and much more were on show to the public and invited industry guests.
The students directly entered year two of the three-year Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Services and Automation in GMIT in 2011, due to their prior experience as electricians and having completed Phase 6 of the Electrical Trades qualification.
Of the 18 students who started their studies on the Level 7 degree programme two years ago, 17 are still on board and will complete their degree studies this academic year; one student left the programme after accepting a full-time job offer.
Ray Weldon, senior lecturer in the GMIT Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, says the exhibition marked a major milestone for the students.
“The majority of the students had been working as electricians during the Celtic Tiger years. They had not envisaged coming back to study full-time and found it very challenging and rewarding on many fronts.”
“They have worked hard and stuck with it and we’re delighted to see the fruits of their labours. We expect all of them to graduate later this year.”
The Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Services and Automation in GMIT is a three-year, full-time level 7 degree programme which focuses on five areas-Electrical Power, Electrical Services, Electrical Automation, Energy Systems, and Business and Project Management Skills.
Applications must be made directly online to the GMIT Admissions Office.
Pictured above at the exhibition of final year projects by B. Eng in Electrical Services & Automation students in GMIT, L to R: Cormac MacDonnacha, Thermo King Operations Director, Michael Carmody, President of GMIT, student Alan Naughton from Pontoon, Co Mayo (showcasing his ‘pick and place’ pneumatic project), Ray Weldon, senior lecturer in the GMIT Dept of Electronics & Electrical Engineering, and Gerry Moran, Thermo King Manufacturing Manager. Picture: Aengus McMahon