JULY/AUGUST 2019 TRAINING
up for the course, partly due to the prevailing
political and fi nancial climate, but we are running
one group on the full qualifi cation programme
who are impressed with the course content,
delivery methods, and equipment, and are leaving
some good and valuable feedback.
QWhat plans do you have for
AThere are plans to run more
of these courses in the future,
hopefully as a rolling programme.
However, the programme currently
runs in the best, most logical sequence
to build the learning and skillsets moduleon
module, as delegates progress through
the qualifi cation. It would prove diffi cult to
administer and track individuals over a
protracted period and they would not
get the greatest benefi t from doing the
programme out of sequence.
The modules have been created to fi t
a week-long block and we are currently
working on versions of each outcome to
provide additional ‘stand-alone’ training
units for those that require them. We are
currently developing a simplifi ed version of
the robot processes and function module for
production line operators, and a higher-level
specialised version of the PLC module for
maintainers for one of our larger customers.
These courses, once complete and tested, could
be made available to other interested parties.
The complete EAL Level 3 qualifi cation programme
costs £7,200+VAT (for Make UK members), though
it is possible to complete individual units on an ad
hoc basis. Anyone interested in learning more, or
wanting to arrange a visit to the site, can make
contact directly with Mark Farrant by emailing
The course outline
The course consists of nine units with an optional 10th unit to achieve the full EAL Level
3 Certifi cate in Robotics and Automation. They specifi cally target the broader range
of skills that a typical maintenance engineer would require to provide a thorough
and comprehensive range of support to an employer with an automated robotics
production facility. Despite their numbering, the weekly modules are listed in what is
said to be the ideal sequence for the programme (with an example of timings available
ROB3-04 Robot Processes and Functions & ROB3-07 Robot Programming:
These combined units enable learners to understand how to use and operate a robot,
and understand industrial robot processes and functions. Learners will need to show
they can safely operate, manipulate and program an industrial robot.
ROB3-01 Programmable Logic Controllers: This unit enables learners to consolidate
and extend their knowledge and understanding of robotic programmable logic
control. They will be able to understand PLC systems and associated communication
methodology to edit and create PL programmes in Ladder Logic format.
ROB3-03 Fault Finding and Diagnosis for Automation and Robotics and ROB03-
05 Automated Control Systems: These units enable learners to understand industrial
control systems and the procedures involved with diagnosing faults on industrial
automation and robots. They will demonstrate an understanding of the elements of
control systems, the application of control theory and carry out fault-fi nding techniques
on an automated industrial system.
ROB3-02A Mechanical Maintenance of Automation and ROB3-02C
Maintenance Support Activities for Automation: These units enable
learners to understand the procedures involved with the safe mechanical
maintenance and the procedures involved with maintenance support activities
on industrial automation systems. They will also be able to carry out safe
mechanical maintenance activities and develop a simple PPM schedule for
given criteria on an industrial automated system. The learner will understand
and carry out safe mechanical maintenance on industrial automation systems.
This unit will enable
This unit aims to help
create a program to correctly perform a specifi c task.
ROB3-08 Introduction to Simulation Engineering: This unit enables learners to
understand and appreciate simulation engineering in relation to automated systems and
robotics. They will need to model a production process using typical industrial simulation
ROB3-09 Process Optimisation and ROB3-10 Innovation in Automation (optional
unit): Course delegates will understand process optimisation in relation to industrial
robotics systems and understand the considerations that infl uence the decision whether
to automate or not. They will need to be able to apply optimisation techniques to
industrial robotic systems and justify and infl uence decisions to automate a process.
ROB3-02B Electrical Maintenance of Automation:
learners to understand the procedures involved with the safe electrical
maintenance on industrial automated systems. They will need to carry out safe
ROB3-06 Machine Software Design Principles:
understand software design to create a program to correctly perform a specifi c
function. The learner will be able to understand software design methodologies and