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Are you the type of person who likes being hands on, making decisions, organising people and making things work better? Do you like the idea of being in charge of something from start to finish? Do you enjoy designing creative innovative solutions to problems, working in teams and individually? Then this programme might suit you.
Why study Technology Management at UL?
It opens up opportunities for you to work in numerous roles in a wide range of industries. Technology Management has been designed and developed in consultation with a panel of leading industrial experts to ensure that you will have the skills needed by industry.
You will experience a broad range of subjects that will give you a good insight into the workings of modern industry. Due to the mix of business & engineering subjects, graduates have a strong track record of securing employment. All subjects on the course are taught as if you have never experienced that subject before, and are taught through lectures, tutorials and/or practical hands-on sessions.
What you will study
In this 4 year degree programme you will study subjects which cover the principles and practice of Technology Management. The programme can be divided into a number of subject streams – so you will experience all aspects of an industrial environment over the course. All subjects are taught on the assumption that you have never before studied them.
Business Stream: Subjects include Employee Relations, Human Resource Management, Financial Accounting and Economics. Theobjective is to provide you with an understanding of the costs associated with designing and making a product and the laws around treating employees in the workplace.
Technology Management Stream: Subjects include Innovation Management, Technology Management, Project planning & Automation. In this stream you will learn about new product development, idea generation, managing projects and how products are put together.
Quality Management Stream: Subjects include Quality Management, Measurement Systems, Logistics systems, Service systems. You will learn how to measure quality and how to produce a quality process or product. You will examine factors such as logistics and services and see how they can impact on the quality and cost of the finished item.
During the Spring Semester of Year 3 and the subsequent summer, a period of Cooperative Education provides experience of the practice and application of Technology Management in a working environment. Such relevant industrial experience has proven very beneficial to students seeking employment after completing their studies.
Years 3 and 4 offer one module per semester where you choose an area you would like to focus on. You can choose from a list of elective options to broaden your education. These options include;
- Environmental Management
- Information management
- Organisational Psychology
- Analysis for Business
By the End of this Course
You will have completed a course specifically designed to meet the needs of industry. You will have experienced a wide range of subjects and developed a selection of skills to gain employment in many diverse industries. You will have finished a course which is unique in its mix of business and engineering subjects, and one which has a track record of producing quality graduates.
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2||Summer|
|Technological Mathematics 1||Decision Support Tools|
|Management Principles||Technological Mathematics 2|
|Introduction to Technology Management||Introduction to Quality Management|
|Manufacturing Technology||Manufacturing Technology 2|
|Year 2||Semester 3||Semester 4||Summer|
|Financial Accounting||Accounting for Financial Decision Making|
|Drawing and CAD||Technological Mathematics 4|
|Principles of Human Resource Management||Employee Relations: Theory and Practice|
|Operations Modelling||Plant Automation|
|Year 3||Semester 5||Semester 6||Summer|
|Supply Chain Design||Cooperative Education||Cooperative Education|
|Lean Thinking and Lean Tools|
|Simulation Modelling and Analysis|
|Design for Environmental Sustainability|
|Year 4||Semester 7||Semester 8||Summer|
|Plan within Supply Chains||Deliver & Return within Supply Chains|
|Innovation and Technology Management||Project Planning and Control|
|Measurement and Quality Systems||Production and Service Systems|
|Elective 2||Elective 3|
|Final Year Project 1||Final Year Project 2|
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
In addition, applicants must hold an O3/ H7 grade in Mathematics and an O4/H7 grade in any one of the following: Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Design and Communication Graphics/Technical Drawing, Technology, Construction Studies, Agricultural Science, Biology.
We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
Our graduates have found employment in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, agri-business, electronics and other areas.
Previous graduates have been appointed to roles such as Manager, Engineer, Analyst, Supervisor in areas such as:
- New Product Development
- Supply Chain Management
- Management Engineering
- Quality Management
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Product Design
- Service Management
- Production Management
- Project Management
- Purchasing Supervision
- Logistics Management
Related postgraduate courses at UL include;
- MSc in Advanced Materials
- MEng in Mechatronics
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A Day in the Life of ……… a Production Support Manager
Tippo International are manufacturers of kitchen cabinet and wardrobe doors, kitchen and wardrobe carcasses, along with Sliderobes and high-quality laminate worktops.
I work alongside a team of production managers in areas such as Quality Control, Logistics, Production, and Maintenance. On a daily basis, we strive to deliver key performance indicator of orders “on time in full” to customers at 98%. I am responsible for measuring key metrics such as yield, scrap rate and customer complaints with a plan to progress to Cost of Quality and Supplier Defect Rate.
I attend daily production meetings, reporting any issues/problems from the production floor. My role includes working together with machine operators trying to reduce production waste and increase efficiency. I am involved in monitoring critical machines using techniques that I learned in the Quality Control module as part of my UL degree in Technology Management.
Every day is different and brings its own challenges. I enjoy working with various departments and learning as much as I can each day. I have found that my UL Cooperative Education period in the 3rd year is what has helped me most when making the change to full-time employment. Becoming independent and having responsibilities that impacted others has taught me many lessons about the working world.
Niall is currently employed as a Production Support Manager at Tippo International
This Technology Management course provides a good mix of both practical and project work in each module, giving you a platform to develop many varied skills in both engineering and business. It is a very hands-on course, which really interested me and one of the reasons I chose this course. The first year provides an introduction to the basics, with core modules including economics, manufacturing technology, and mathematics. Over the years, I enjoyed learning about Quality Management, Operations Modelling, Supply Chain design and Plant Automation. The course is very practical and relevant to the workplace, and so provides great scope for future careers in many industries.
For my co-op placement, I worked as a Manufacturing Engineer for Stryker Corporation. Stryker is a multi-national company, with four plants located in Ireland, three in Cork and one in Limerick. They are one of the world’s leading medical device manufacturers and winner of Fortune’s Most Admired Company in the medical devices industry. My role was in the Acetabular unit which produces replacement hips. On a day-to-day basis, my work was very varied; purchasing tools, repairing and adjusting machines, creating and updating procedures and processes, and generating Dynamic Control Plans. I was also involved in various cost-reduction projects. Apart from the many practical skills I learned, Co-op also gave me a great opportunity to develop skills involving global communications. I also developed a great awareness of quality in the medical devices industry and in manufacturing operations in general.
When I was selecting a course for University I wasn’t certain of what I wanted to study. The mix of business and engineering subjects offered in Technology Management appealed to me. I felt that this course would give me a wide range of skills and knowledge, and would prepare me well for any job in industry.
During my time on the course, I really enjoyed the variety of topics covered and felt it gave me a great flavour of what to expect when I went to work in industry. The Co-op work experience gave me the chance to put into practice what I was learning in the lectures and showed me how important the link is between business studies and engineering subjects.
On a daily basis, my role involves production planning, human resources, ensuring targets are met on each shift, quality review of all products produced and dealing with any production issues that arise. I work closely with both the engineering and quality department to improve the process both in terms of quality and efficiency. Skills I learned in my degree such as understanding business accounts, human relations, the design of experiments, fault finding and presentation skills have all helped me get where I am today.
Tom is currently employed as a Production Manager with Arrabawn Co-op in Co. Tipperary.