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OEM APPRENTICESHIP

A new and exciting way to study engineering while earning a salary.

ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING APPRENTICESHIP

The OEM Apprenticeship was launched in 2019 to address the demand for original equipment engineers in the machine manufacturing industry. It was developed by a consortium of industry leaders chaired by Martin McVicar of Combilift. You are employed by Combilift as an apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship programme. You earn a salary while working in Combilift and studying a range of engineering related subjects. The skills that you will develop are highly valued by the manufacturing industry. The OEM apprenticeship is a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Original Equipment Manufacturing award. It focuses on the development of a range of skills such as engineering drawing electrical and electronic technology, OEM practices, mechatronics, analytical & problem solving and industrial robotics.

It is a three-year Level 6 apprenticeship with a focus on the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are a group of Irish companies, mostly in the Engineering Sector, that provides innovative and practical solutions to a broad range of customer’s needs. Many are market leaders in their field including Dairymaster, McHale Engineering, and Combilift. Their products are for use in the agricultural, transportation, materials handling, quarry, construction equipment, food processing, recycling handling, and allied industries.

DURATION OF THE APPRENTICEHSIP

This is a three year Level 6 apprenticeship

YEAR ONE

YEAR ONE

16 weeks of off-the-job training
at Cavan Monaghan ETB or
Limerick Clare ETB

+

Rest of the year on-the-job,
applying these skills in the
work place.

YEAR TWO

YEAR TWO

16 weeks of off-the-job training
at Cavan Monaghan ETB or
Limerick Clare ETB

+

Rest of the year on-the-job,
applying these skills in the
work place.

YEAR THREE

YEAR THREE

14 weeks of off-the-job training
at Cavan Monaghan ETB or
Limerick Clare ETB

+

Rest of the year on-the-job,
applying these skills in the
work place.

The modules delivered on this apprenticeship are:

  • Testing and Measurement of Electronic Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Technology
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Mechatronics
  • Applied Engineering
  • OEM Operations
  • Analytics and Problem Solving
  • Industrial Robotics and PLC’s
  • Capstone Work-based Project
  • OEM Practices
  • Health and Safety
  • Communications
  • Team Leadership

Any apprentice who successfully completes the 3-year course will receive an advanced Certificate in Original Equipment Manufacturing at NFQ Level 6, awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements;

 

Leaving Certificate (pre-2017) with grade D3 or higher in five subjects which must include Mathematics. Post 2017 applicants must have achieved five O6 in the Leaving Certificate which must include Mathematics.

OR

A full award placed at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (EQF 4) which includes proficiency in Mathematics similar to O6 in Leaving Certificate.

OR

Must have successfully completed an approved pre-apprenticeship training course in an engineering discipline and demonstrate proficiency in Mathematics similar to O6 in Leaving Certificate.

OR

In the case where an applicant is 23 years or over (or employed in the OEM sector for 3 years) and does not meet the educational requirements specified above, they may apply through the Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process.
All applicants must pass the Ishihara Colour Vision test (24 Plate addition) prior to registering on the programme.

The programme is delivered in English. In the event that an applicant has English as a second language, a CEFR Level C1 of proficiency in the English language is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide official evidence demonstrating English language competence at C1 level.

Benefits of the OEM Apprenticeship

Earn while you learn

During the apprenticeship you would be employed by Combilift, earning a salary and learning a range of engineering skills which are highly valued by the manufacturing industry while living in the local community.

Earn while you learn

Learn from others

Apprenticeships are a great way to get your foot in the door of many different industries and should definitely be a consideration for people who feel as though third level education is not for them.

Learn from others on the Apprenticeship

Hands on experience

Apprenticeships provide you with the benefit of a varied learning environment,  rather than sitting in a classroom all day, an apprenticeship gives you the immediate opportunity to apply your knowledge and use your skills in daily practice.

Hands on experience

Opportunity for progression

On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to progress into supervisory and management roles with the OEM companies including Combilift.

Exciting career prospects / Opportunity for progression

What our Apprentices have to say

Apprentice

Alana Kernan

Apprentice

Armins Martinenko

Frequently Asked Questions

The OEM apprenticeship is a new and exciting way to study engineering while earning a salary. It was developed in 2019 to address the demand for engineers available in the machine manufacturing industry, by a consortium of industry leaders of which Combilift is a member. It is level 6 Advanced Certificate in Original Equipment Manufacturing with a focus on the engineering and manufacturing where you would learn a range of skills such as engineering drawing electrical and electronic technology OEM practices, mechatronics , analytical & problem solving and Industrial robotics.
There are no fees for this course.
During the apprenticeship you would be employed by Combilift, earning a salary and learning a range of engineering skills which are highly valued by the manufacturing industry while living in the local community.

No registration, college or exam fees.

The OEM Apprenticeship is a 3-year programme.
Any apprentice who successfully completes the 3-year course will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Original Equipment Manufacturing.
To apply for the OEM apprenticeship, download & fill out the OEM application form.

Click to Download OEM Apprenticeship Application Form

To find out more about this apprenticeship, email [email protected]

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