Certificate in Industrial Manufacturing and Maintenance Skills

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Course Overview

This QQI-accredited certificate is a one-year part-time programme providing key knowledge, skills and competencies in the area of Industrial Manufacturing and Maintenance-related subjects.

The modern manufacturing technician is required to be competent in a broad range of cross-functional technical skills (Electrical/HVAC/Refrigeration) and soft skills (Communication). There is a significant demand in industry for such multi-skilled technicians. 


These technicians are working in highly regulated industries including, but not limited to, pharmaceutical, life sciences, MedTech, and food and drink manufacturing and should therefore be familiar with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Quality Regulations.


This programme is delivered in partnership with ESS.


Why study Industrial Manufacturing and Maintenance Skills at Griffith College?

The QQI Level 6 Certificate in Industrial Manufacturing and Maintenance Skills is available on a part-time basis and aims to enable the modern technician to be industry-ready and relevant.

  • Learners are introduced to a broad range of technical and soft skills to support their working in industry or enhance employment opportunities.
  • Graduates will be able to work both autonomously and cross-functionally across departments within the industry.
  • The practical nature of the coursework lends to preparation for work in industry.
  • Part-time learning allows students already working in the area extra time to hone skills.
  • This programme may also facilitate learners’ applications for progression to third-level programmes in engineering programmes within third-level colleges.

Course Highlights

  • Graduates will be equipped with a hybrid of technical and soft skills.
  • There is a core message of safety throughout the programme.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with colleagues in the workplace.
  • An emphasis that quality is everyone’s responsibility.
  • Real benefits to employers in improving efficiency, effectiveness and productivity of systems while applying ethical, safe, and sustainable improvements.

Intake Dates

  • Limerick - Part-Time - September 2024

Course Details

This course comprises four modules.

Course Modules

The Industrial Electrical Safety and Systems module is designed around industrial manufacturing and maintenance personnel, to support an understanding of working with industrial electrical systems. This module will allow the learner to work on industrial equipment, to help them diagnose and repair electrical faults in maintenance and production equipment in a safe and knowledgeable manner.

Learners will be introduced to a clear understanding of the fundamental electrical principles, laws, and concepts relevant to industrial electrical systems as the module design of a mix of theoretical and practical elements.

The module aims to provide students with an introduction to and understanding of the principles of quality management in the manufacturing environment.  It equips learners with a fundamental grounding in the regulatory requirement for GMP, validation and calibration.

This module is designed to emphasise the role utilities and facilities play in maintaining a safe and fully operational GMP environment.

The HVAC and Refrigeration Principles module is designed around industrial manufacturing and maintenance personnel, to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill, and competence to maintain the efficient operation of refrigeration and HVAC plant and systems.

This module delivers the key foundational elements of HVAC and Refrigeration Principles and Systems, it covers topics that inform learner about air handling units, and vapour compression cycles.

This module aims to introduce learners to the necessary communication process, tools and techniques used within industry. It equips learners with skills in verbal and non-verbal communication, questioning, active listening, creating, and delivering effective presentations and technical written communication.

The learner will develop detailed knowledge of the responsibilities surrounding effective communication in the context of formal or informal horizontal and vertical organisational communication linkages.

The module explores how to present an external image that is both positive and professional and employ various methods to manage time, stress, and conflict.

How to Apply

This Certificate in Industrial Manufacturing and Maintenance Skills programme is aimed at technicians and operators (in highly-regulated industries including, but not limited to, pharmaceutical, life sciences, medtech, and food and drink manufacturing industries), who are seeking employment, or are in employment and are looking to advance and/or improve performance within their current role. Ideally, learners will have some prior technical or mechanical experience or knowledge and/or exposure to a manufacturing environment. 

Entry Requirements

English Language

The English language entry requirements for the programme are CEF B2+ or equivalent. Candidates with English language levels below CEF B2+ must first reach this minimum standard before enrolling on the academic programme.

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age:

Entry requirements are a minimum of grade O6 / H7 in the Leaving Certificate, or equivalent, in 5 subjects. The subjects must include mathematics and English, Irish or another language.

Applicants above 23 years of age (Mature students):

Mature learners, i.e. applicants over the age of 23, may apply on the basis of work experience and/or life experience by demonstrating that they have reached the standards of knowledge, skills and competence.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR3,900

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.


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