NFQ Level: Level 6
School: Engineering Department: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Location: ATU Galway City Campus
Programme duration (in years): Semester - 16 weeks
Mode of Study (Part time or Full time): Part Time
Method of Delivery (On Campus, Online, Blended): Blended
Application route: Applications to admissions – ATU Galway city campus
No of places: 20
Entry Requirements: The learner must be trained and certified, L6 Advanced Craft Certificate, as a plumber or refrigeration engineer, or alternatively have, as a minimum, a Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent in a cognate discipline and have basic electrical and plumbing skills. In addition, all learners must have basic ICT skills.
Start Date: January 2024
Application Deadline: December 2023
Under the government’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), overall greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by 51% by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050. To aid in the realisation of this, the government have developed a roadmap to phase out fossil fuel in home heating. By 2030, the government have targets to retrofit over 400,000 homes to a minimum B2 BER level threshold by installing 600,000 plus heat pumps into existing and new dwellings. The aim of the programme is therefore to support CAP by providing learners with the necessary installation, maintenance and servicing training, which will allow the graduates to be placed on the Irish Register, and thus deemed competent as heat pump installers for both ground to water and air to water technologies. The programme curriculum is aligned to the National Standard Authority of Ireland (NSAI) recently developed and published National Standard Recommendation for the design and Installation of Heat Pumps in homes - S.R. 50-4:2021. The programme itself includes practical and theoretical learning, and all learners will have to demonstrate their competency to size, install, service and maintain the performance of a heat pump based upon the reliability needs of the customer.
Why Study this course?
We are all uniquely aware that climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse are the most serious issues of our time, and transformational action is required immediately. Heat pumps alike electrical vehicle are going to form the baseline standard for heating technologies of the future. For plumbers and refrigeration engineers being capable of competently designing, installing, servicing and maintaining heat pump systems will become an increasingly desirable skill of the future. In addition:
- The curriculum of the programme is aligned to the National Standard Authority of Ireland (NSAI) recently developed and published National Standard Recommendation for the design and Installation of Heat Pumps in homes - S.R. 50-4:2021, and once completed will allow the graduate to register as a competent Heat Pump installer.
- The programme is skills based and is predominately delivered onsite in an Energy Laboratory and dedicated Heat pump Training facility, and not alone delivers installation and commission learning, but also teaches the learner how to inspect, troubleshoot, maintain and service a heat pump system.
- The total number of hours proposed is a more realistic reflection of the amount of time required to deliver an installation, commissioning, servicing and maintenance programme.
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