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PLC (Further Education)

Advanced Certificate

Smart Building Technologies

Bray Institute of Further Education
Bray Institute of Further Education
Course Code
6M5154 ND
Career Zone
NFQ Type
1 Year
Full Time

Course Description

Smart buildings use information technologies to connect a variety of subsystems, which typically operate independently, so that these systems can share information to optimise total building performance. Smart buildings reach beyond the building equipment within their four walls. They are inter-connected, responsive to interactive technologies, and interact with building operators and occupants to empower them with new levels of visibility and actionable information. The course combines theory with practical application in a real work environment. Participants will become proficient and comfortable working with computers & advanced technologies, and competent with regard to the networking and configuration of smart building technologies and maintenance systems. Successful candidates will acquire a unique set of technology skills that will position them as a highly valuable asset, with strong jobs prospects in a new sector of the economy that is experiencing rapid growth that will continue to expand and flourish into the foreseeable future.

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This course prepares you for working in the following Career Sectors:

What will you study?

    Communications 6N1950
    Electrical Principles 6N2049
    Industrial Electrical Systems 6N5377
    Electronics 6N5374
    Mechanical Maintenance Skills 6N5372
    Mechanical Maintenance Skills 6N5372
    Work Experience 6N1946

  • Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.
  • Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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The Student - Career Interests

This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Further Research

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