Motor Technology

Course Duration

This is a one year, full time course running from September to May.

 

Award

Successful completion of this course will result in a QQI Motor Technology Level 5 Certificate, 5M2145.

 

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied. For mature students (over 23) these requirements need not apply and applications will be considered based on a proven interest in the motor trade. Places are limited and entry is subject to interview.

 

Modules

Modules include the following:

  • Motor Vehicle Theory 5N2144
  • Auto Electricity 5 N2137
  • Motor Vehicle Practice 5N2143
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
  • Electronics 5N1606
  • Safety & Health at Work 5N1794
  • Mathematics 5N1833 (Optional)

 

Additional Activities

  • Restoration Projects
  • NCT centre Galway
  • GRETB Training Centre for Apprenticeships, Mervue Galway.
  • Go Karting Galway
  • Malones Farm Machinery Factory, Ballyglass Co Mayo
  • FTMTA Farm Machinery Show, Punchestown

 

Course Progression

Upon successful completion of this course, learners may be eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities.  Examples include:

  • Automobile Technology Level 6 Limerick IT
  • Road Transport Technology & Management Level 7 Limerick IT
  • Agricultural Mechanisation Level 6 Pallaskenry – Limerick IT
  • Mechatronics Level 7 Sligo IT
  • Automotive Management and Technology Level 7 DIT Bolton St Dublin

 

Career Opportunities

  • Apprentice Motor Mechanic
  • Apprentice Truck Mechanic
  • Apprentice Agricultural Mechanic
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Parts advisor
  • Reception staff
  • Sales staff
  • Warranty administrator

 

Student Testimonial

Michael

My studies in Motor Technology in WCFE have helped develop and expand my knowledge of auto mechanics, with both theory and practical classes giving me the confidence to work in this environment.

 

Fees

Applicants are asked to pay €50 on submission of their Application Form. Once you have applied you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. QQI examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card. Books and essential class materials may also be required. A €200 Government levy will apply on acceptance of a place on PLC course, but medical card holders and those in receipt of a maintenance grant will be exempt. A €50 Student Services fee also applies.

 

DETAILED COURSE OUTLINE

 

Motor Vehicle Theory 5N2144

Studying this module content will enable and assist the learner to:

  • Become familiar with the main components and systems of a motor vehicle.
  • Use a wide variety of tools correctly and maintain them.
  • Dismantle and reassemble a wide variety of components on a motor vehicle.
  • Appreciate the need to maintain a motor vehicle properly
  • Develop safe working practices when working on a motor vehicle and become aware of modern developments in the motor vehicle.
  • Become aware of modern developments in the motor vehicle.

Assessment Criteria: Practical Skills Demonstration 60%, Examination 40%

 

Auto Electricity 5N2137

This module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge to :

  • Understand the operation of a wide variety of electrical components on a motor vehicle.
  • Acquire manual dexterity in the use of electronic test equipment such as a multimeter, battery testers and diagnostic scan tools.
  • Develop a logical process for fault finding during diagnostics
  • Assist the learner to interpret circuit diagrams, identify symbols and construct low voltage electrical circuits
  • Develop safe working practices when working on the electrical system of a motor vehicle

Assessment Criteria: Practical Skills Demonstration 60%, Examination 40%

 

Motor Vehicle Practice 5N2143

Studying this module content will enable and assist the learner to:

  • Carry out a wide range of maintenance tasks on a motor vehicle
  • Appreciate when certain repairs require the intervention of a mechanic
  • Become familiar with the functions of various components of a motor vehicle
  • Develop manual dexterity in the use of tools and equipment
  • Take care of tools and equipment competently
  • Develop safe working practices and become aware of common hazards in the workplace and suggest initiatives aimed at reducing those associated risks.
  • Design a system for recording visual inspection data during maintenance

Assessment Criteria: Practical Skills Demonstration 100%

 

Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608

This module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge to :

  • Become competent working with various engineering equipment such as Lathe, Pillar drill, CNC lathe, Arc welder, Mig Welder etc.
  • Develop manual dexterity with hand tools and marking out equipment
  • Gain an understanding of key terminology, symbols and units of measurement in the engineering environment
  • Fabricate components out of various materials including aluminium, brass, copper, mild steel and types of plastic
  • Develop good work practices and appreciate the need for health and safety requirements in the workplace

Assessment Criteria: Project 50%, Skills Demonstration 50%

 

Electronics 5N1606

This module aims to equip the learner with the knowledge to:

  • Identify a wide range of electronic components and their symbols
  • Build a range of electronic circuits from design to completion
  • Develop a logical process for fault finding during diagnostics
  • Use appropriate test equipment
  • Develop the skills develop safe working practices
  • Perform a variety of calculations for circuits and components

Assessment Criteria: Project 40% Skills Demonstration 30%, Examination 30%

 

Safety & Health at Work

This module is designed to provide the learner with the skills and knowledge to promote and maintain safety and health in the working environment.  Emphasis will be placed on safety within a Hairdressing Salon.

 

Communications 5N0690

Students studying Communications Level 5 will be able to do with the following:

  • Analysis of a range of current issues in communications and information technology.
  • Summarise in practical terms the elements of legislation that must be observed in a personal and/or work context, to include health, safety and welfare at work and communications-related legislation.
  • Use appropriate non-verbal and visual communication in personal- and work-related settings, to include one-to-one, in a group/team, and in formal and informal interaction.
  • Demonstrate verbal skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making a case and presenting a point of view in group discussion, formal meetings, interviews.
  • Demonstrate listening skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making eye contact, receiving and interpreting information, control of personal response.
  • Research a relevant vocational topic, to include use of primary and secondary sources, acknowledgement of sources, use of enquiry techniques and methods to establish validity and reliability

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 50%, Skills Demonstration – 50%

 

Work Experience 5N1356

Students studying Work Experience Level 5 will do the following:

  • Examine work organisations and personal career opportunities in a particular vocational area, to include consideration of work-related issues and needs.
  • Summarise the basic rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in a particular work, organisational or institutional context, to include health, safety and welfare at work, equality legislation, union representation and regulations relating to pay.
  • Present relevant work experience material, to include a Curriculum Vitae or personal statement, letter of application, evidence of job-finding skills, skills checklist, statement of learning goals, contractual arrangements.
  • Participate effectively in a work experience placement for a minimum of 60 hours to gain experience/insight into their chosen vocational area.

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 60%, Skills Demonstration – 40%

 

Mathematics Level 5 (Optional)
For those wishing to pursue further studies at third level, this module is essential.

Students of this module will study the topics below. They will be assessed on these topics via a written examination and assignments.

  • Modelling using Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Functions & Graphs
  • Linear Programming
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus
  • Complex numbers
  • De Moivre’s theorem
  • Trigonometry

Assessment Criteria: Assignment 1: 30%, Assignment 2: 30%, Examination 40%

 

 

Westport College of Further Education reserves the right to limit the number of places available, make changes in any course or to withdraw the course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between Westport College of Further Education and the student, or a third party.