Creative new engineering degree to tackle the Automation Skills Gap

Opinion: Industry and academia need to work together to close the skills gap. This is a great example of looking at the skills that will be required in the future and providing students with programs to acquire those needed skills.

9 June 2021 |

As industry transitions towards Industry 4.0, and there is an increased need for modern automation engineering that incorporates data intelligence, Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Department of Engineering Technology has developed a new degree to offset a skills shortage.

WIT is the first institute of technology to launch a level 8 degree in automation engineering. The Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Automation Engineering is available on the CAO for 2021 entry, and has been available as one of five options for students on the institute’s common entry engineering degree since September 2020.

The nationwide skills demand for automation and control engineers was also emphasised in the Forfas report: Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020. According to LinkedIn, presently, in Ireland alone, there are over 2,000 vacancies in the automation engineering sector. Read the whole article here: WIT tackles automation skills shortage with new engineering degree -

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