SL Controls-Backed E-Cubers Runs B&R Boot Camp with Mechatronics Students in UL

Mechatronics masters’ students at the University of Limerick (UL) attended a boot camp last week. This wasn’t a boot camp that involved crawling through muck or running endless miles in the pouring rain, though. Instead, it was an Equipment Systems Engineering E-Cubers boot camp that was focused on the latest Smart Manufacturing and automation technologies.

The E-Cubers boot camp was organised by SL Controls Chief Technology Officer, Shane Loughlin, and CONFIRM PhD researcher Damien McCarthy. It was facilitated by B&R, a leading manufacturer of automation equipment.

E-Cubers is an education company founded by SL Controls to promote and encourage people of all ages to consider pursuing a career in Equipment Systems Engineering.

Damien said: “B&R is at the cutting edge of developing Smart Manufacturing equipment and technologies, so it made sense to work with them to create the first-ever E-Cubers boot camp.

“The aim of the boot camp was to start the process of establishing an E-Cubers Community of Practice for the B&R platform. We’ll follow this up in the coming weeks, finalising the Community of Practice early in 2020.”

The two-day boot camp was attended by MEng in Mechatronics students with B&R’s John Green providing vital input.

E-Cubers is planning more boot camps in 2020, working with other vendors and technology providers to create further E-Cubers Communities of Practice.

E-Cubers also plans to continue working with B&R throughout 2020. The goal is to create masterclasses that will introduce key equipment topics to students studying for an MEng in Equipment Systems Engineering.

The MEng in Equipment Systems Engineering is a work-based Masters’ programme currently being developed by E-Cubers and UL.