Space Industry Skillnet – Welcome

The Space Industry Skillnet is an enterprise led training network that organises essential training for Irish companies who are or who want to be involved in the delivery of technology and services to the European Space Agency (ESA) in support of its space programmes (www.esa.int).

The Space Industry Skillnet is a national training network and operates in all technology sectors. The objective of the Space Industry Skillnet is to encourage and enable more Irish companies to consider the space industry as a truly commercial opportunity and to provide them with the skills to succeed.

The Space Industry Skillnet provides low cost access to the following training courses based on the needs of the network member companies.

Some typical courses offered are shown in the list below.
Please find more details on each course by visiting our Training Plan page.

  • Quality Assurance in the space industry
  • Space Reliability Engineering
  • Space Payload Safety
  • Space Qualified Soldering and Electronic Assembly
  • IPC-610E & IPC-7711B/7721B Certified Instructor / Specialist Training
  • Project Management Skills
  • Effective Technical Writing
  • Production Management
  • International Sales
  • Management & Supervisory Skills
  • AS9100 Quality Training
  • Environmental Test – MIL-STD-810F & MIL-STD-461E
  • GPS Applications

Eligibility for Job Seekers

Job-seekers can participate in Skillnets training programmes subject to the eligibility criteria listed at the following link;

http://www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers/eligibility-criteria

Please contact the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan (e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie) for more details on the network activities and how they may help you company to succeed.

Quality Assurance for Space Projects

Date: 2nd, 3rd & 4th September 2014 plus optional 1/2 Day on 5th September

Location: RUAG Space, Zürich, Switzerland

Overview – Quality Assurance for Space Projects

An introductory course in Quality Assurance for managers and engineers new to quality principles and processes and for QA practitioners with no previous space projects experience. The participants will acquire an overall understanding of quality principles and requirements and how to apply them for achieving product conformity, customer satisfaction and increase productivity in space projects.
This course is being provided by leading experts in space QA from the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (www.iaass.org) as part of the IAASS Space Safety Academy.

Course Objectives – Quality Assurance for Space Projects

  • The course is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of:
  • Key role of management in setting quality objectives for the organisation, how to establish policy, organisation and allocate responsibilities.
  • Measuring the quality and promoting improvements.
  • Quality in manufacturing, integration, testing and storage.
  • Quality records, process control, workmanship standards, traceability, inspections, calibration system;How to conduct internal and external quality audits;Managing non-conformities.
  • The importance of alerts systems;
  • Statistical methods in brief.

Who should Attend? –  Quality Assurance for Space Projects

  • Managers and engineers who are new to quality principles and processes for space projects
  • Quality Assurance practicioners with no previous space projects experience

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Internal QMS Auditor for Aerospace (Focussing on AS9100 Rev. C)

Date: 3rd to 5th June 2014

Venue: Dublin

Overview:

This AS 9100 Internal Auditor training course is an ideal preparation if you intend to go on to audit, or design and implement, an aerospace‐focused Quality Management System.

Course Content

This course is provided by SQMC and is aimed developing your capability as an
AS 9100 Internal Auditor. You will benefit from our positive and progressive approach to Internal Auditing training specifically for the Aerospace, Aviation and Defence industries.

  • Day 1, you will be given a grounding in the AS 9100:2009 Standard’s clauses, making sure to explain the changes between Revision B and Revision C for any participants who were already familiar with it.
  • Days 2 and 3 build upon this knowledge and bring the focus onto the actual auditing elements.

Your highly qualified trainer a Chartered Quality Professional with a wealth of experience will share the SQMC Auditors’ time tested tips and techniques on how to get maximum value from your internal audits; and influencing auditees and Management with integrity.

Successful participants will be awarded with an IRCA accredited Internal QMS Auditor certificate, which is an internationally accepted and valued qualification, and demonstrates your competence to pass your AS9100 based continuous assessments.

This course provides AS 9100 Internal Auditor trainees with practical audit scenarios based on dynamic casestudies.

We help you try out auditing protocol and techniques in a safe and comfortable environment.

Objectives:

Key topics covered on our course are:

  • The world‐famous International Standard for designing and assessing Quality procedures – ISO9001 (the latest “2008” version); and the Aerospace and Defencespecific AS 9100 Standard (2009’s “Revision C”).
  • The Requirements of a Quality Management System for suppliers to the Aviation, Aeronautics and Defence markets, using AS 9100 as your yardstick.
  • Also includes a summary of the changes from Revision B to Revision C ‐ making this course an ideal updater for previously trained AS 9100 Auditors.
  • Information on the Aerospace Auditor’s companion Standard, AS 9101D. This Standard defines requirements for the preparation and execution of the audit process. Additionally, it defines the content and composition for the audit reporting of conformity and process effectiveness to the 9100‐series standards, the organization’s quality management system documentation, and customer/regulatory requirements.
  • Getting to grips with Documentation and Interpretation.
  • Understand the principles, methodology, preparation and performance of the Quality Audit, to ISO19,011.
  • The key to selecting the Audit sample, and the subsequent preparation of your questions – get this right and you’ll perform Process Audits with increased confidence.
  • How to prepare the findings and statements for a Corrective Action Report.
  • Master the art of straightforward Audit Reporting.
  • A look at Corrective & Preventive Action, the follow‐up process, and then surveillance.
  • The requirements of the Registration Scheme in the UK operated by the Chartered Quality Institute’s “International Register of Certificated Auditors” (CQI / IRCA).

Who Should Attend the Course

No prior experience of Internal Quality Auditing or AS 9100 is necessary to enrol on this training course, as a thorough introduction to the Standard (and any changes between issues) is provided on Day1. Successful participants gain an internationally‐recognised qualification which they can use if they intend to personally register with the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) in London.

Course Fee

TBD Euro per Person (Ex. VAT) for Space Industry Skillnet Members

TBD Euro per Person (Ex. VAT) for Non-Space Industry Skillnet Members

Please contact the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan (e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie) for group pricing discounts.

This fee includes all course materials & refreshments.

Eligibility for Job Seekers

Job-seekers can participate in Skillnets training programmes subject to the eligibility criteria listed at the following link;

http://www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers/eligibility-criteria

Registration

Please register for attendance at the course by contacting the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan by e-mail:  catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie

Contact & Directions

This course will be held in Dublin. Please contact us if accommodation is required.

Instructor

The training course is provided by SQMC.

SQMC is an IRCA accredited training organisation (licence AO3808)

Course Syllabus

Please e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie for a copy of the course syllabus available on request.

IPC-610E Certified IPC Trainer Course

Date: To Be Announced

Overview

The IPC-A-610E standard is the most widely recognised and accepted standard ever published by the IPC for the PCB assembly industry. After your trainers are certified to this specification, they will be qualified to teach and certify individuals in the IPC-A-610E standard. This training program provides comprehensive accept/defect criteria for all three classes of assembly production.

Course Objectives

Certified IPC Trainer candidates are referred by their employers to complete four days of training in the IPC-A-610E standard. After completion of this course and upon passing the written assessments, Certified IPC Trainers are qualified to train and certify personnel in a modular IPC-A-610E Certified IPC Specialist training program on the IPC standard.

Who Should Attend Certified IPC Training?

Anyone who is responsible for product quality and reliability would benefit from becoming a Certified IPC trainer. Trainers, QA, QC, engineering, supervisors or managers versed in electronic assembly make excellent candidates.

Course Outline

  • IPC training program policies
  • Define the purpose, interpretation and use of IPC-A-610E
  • Recognise proper handling and ESD requirements
  • Identify acceptable mechanical assembly requirements
  • Recognise the requirements for component installation
  • Terminal connections
  • Identify the requirements for soldering assemblies including Lead free assemblies
  • Cleanliness requirements
  • Marking requirements
  • Laminate conditions requirements
  • Component damage
  • High voltage applications
  • Discrete wiring assembly requirements
  • Surface mount assembly requirements
  • Training skills and responsibilities of Certified IPC Trainers

Certified IPC Trainer Benefits

This program provides Certified IPC Trainers and their companies with a valuable internationally industry-recognised credential. After completing the course, candidates will be certified through IPC and authorised to provide high quality, effective training and certification to personnel at your facility to the Certified IPC Specialist level. Each Certified IPC Trainer graduate receives:

What do you take away with you from the course?

  • An instructor manual providing complete directions for Certified IPC Specialist training, testing and certification:
  • PowerPoint slides illustrating every aspect of the IPC-A-610E series document and training information:
  •  The IPC-A-610E, “The Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies”
  •  The Certified IPC Specialist test handbooks
  •  IPC-A-610E Certified IPC Trainer certificate
  •  IPC-T-50 Terms and Definitions

All course participants can avail of post course support, with advice and guidance
available at all times from a Master IPC Trainer

Course Fee

Please contact the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan (e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie) for details of course fees.

A discount is available to organisations who send more than 2 participants.

This fee includes all course materials & refreshments.

Eligibility for Job Seekers

Job-seekers can participate in Skillnets training programmes subject to the eligibility criteria listed at the following link;

http://www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers/eligibility-criteria

Registration

Please register for attendance at the course by contacting the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan by e-mail:  catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie

Contact & Directions

This course will be held in Ballina/Killaloe, Co. Tipperary. Please contact us if
accommodation is required.

Instructors

The training course instructors are Master IPC trainers and are internationally recognised experts and in the field of IPC training.

Course Syllabus

Please e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie for a copy of the course syllabus available on request.

IPC-7711B/7721B Certified IPC Trainer Course

Date: On-Going – Please contact Network Manager for Latest Course Dates

Overview

IPC-7711/7721B is a widely used manual consisting of industry recommended and approved procedures for rework, repair and modification of  electronic assemblies. It includes guidance with regards to procedure selection  for removal and resoldering of SMT and PTH components, ECO wiring, and Pad and  track repair. It covers procedural requirements, tools, materials and methods  for removing and replacing conformal coatings, surface mount and through-hole  components. The standard also includes procedures for repairing and modifying boards and assemblies. In addition, it is now updated with additional support
for lead free, BGAs and flex-print repairs.

Course Objectives

  • The IPC-7711B/7721B Certified IPC Trainer program allows a member of your company to become an expert in this practical Rework and Repair standard through comprehensive training provided by a Master IPC Trainer.
  • All theoretical aspects of the standard are discussed in detail and practical demonstrations are given by an experienced Instructor.
  • Course participants are given an opportunity to learn new practical skills to ensure that rework and repair is done right first time. Training can be provided with Tin/Lead or Lead Free materials at your request.
  • Upon completion of this course, your trainer will be qualified to train, educate & certify members of your organisation in the IPC standard, providing them with the
    necessary skills, knowledge and expertise to improve the productivity, quality
    and profitability of your operations.
  • All course participants can avail of post course support, with advice and guidance
    available at all times from a Master IPC Trainer

Who should Attend? 

  • IPC 7711B/7721B practicioners who are required to train operators to the IPC standard in their company.

Course Fee

Please contact the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan (e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie) for details of course fees.

A discount is available to organisations who send more than 2 participants.

This fee includes all course materials & refreshments.

Eligibility for Job Seekers

Job-seekers can participate in Skillnets training programmes subject to the eligibility criteria listed at the following link;

http://www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers/eligibility-criteria

Registration

Please register for attendance at the course by contacting the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan by e-mail:  catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie

Contact & Directions

This course will be held in Ballina/Killaloe, Co. Tipperary. Please contact us if
accommodation is required.

Instructors

The training course instructors are Master IPC trainers and are internationally recognised experts and in the field of IPC training.

Course Syllabus

Please e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie for a copy of the course syllabus available on request.

ESA Proposal Writing Workshop

Date: 2014 – To Be Announced 

Venue: To Be Announced

Overview – ESA Proposal Writing Workshop

This workshop provides instruction in the fundamentals of how to write a good technical and contractual proposal in repsonse to an ESA Invitation to Tender.  The basic concepts and principles of the ESA proposal writing process are stressed. The participant is introduced to relevant publications that require and guide good proposal
writing.  Contractual requirements as well as Technical aspects are covered. The workshop combines expert instruction and a strong interactive  practical approach and in enough detail to give the participant a working knowledge of proposal writing techniques and how they are accomplished in practice. Practical exercises are used by the participants in groups to develop their knowledge of what are the essential elements of a successful proposal. This workshop establishes a foundation for the participant to approach ESA proposal writing with confidence

Objectives – ESA Proposal Writing Workshop

The workshop is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of:

  • Key role of a well balanced proposal team
  • The importance of knowing the technical, contractual & financial requirements of ESA ITT documents prior to embarking on a proposal
  • The advanced preparation that should be performed
  • What internal reviews are necessary and useful
  • The techniques which enable anyone to write a powerfully convincing and easily read proposal that is compliant with the requirements of the ESA ITT
  • The key points to focus on for a successful review & maximum marks from the ESA Tender Evaluation Board.

Who should Attend? –  ESA Proposal Writing Workshop

The workshop is aimed at anyone who may have to be involved in preparing for, writing, or reviewing a proposal in response to an ITT from ESA  including marketing, bid managers, department managers, engineers, commercial, project control, and cost engineers.

Outline – ESA Proposal Writing Workshop

  • How to do Business with ESA
  • Tender Procedure and Overall Structure of Proposal
  • Technical Proposal
  • Management Proposal
  • Contractual and Financial proposal
  • Review of Case Study Proposals
  • Presentation of TEB Assessment of Case Study Proposals

How You Will Learn It

  • Interactive Verbal instruction using Power Point
  • Case studies
  • Group exercises & problem solving

What You will Take Away

  • The course binder with all presentations
  • A selected set of documents
  • All course documents on USB key where possible
  • Certificate of Course Completion

Course Instructors:

The instructors are experienced technical and contractual staff from ESA.

Structure – ESA Proposal Writing Workshop

The course is organised in two main sessions delivered over two days:

  • Day 1 – A presentation session on ESA Proposal Writing
  • Day 2 – A practical workshop with participant reading & scoring of Case Study proposals and the presentation of the ESA TEB Assessment of the Case Study proposals

You may download a copy of the agenda here: ESA Proposal Writing Workshop Agenda

Course Fee – ESA Proposal Writing Workshop

The fees for the 2 day ESA Proposal Writing Workshop are;

€100 per Participant

This fee includes all course materiial and lunches and course drinks
reception on Tuesday evening in Front Square – TCD.

Eligibility for Job Seekers

Job-seekers can participate in Skillnets training programmes subject to the eligibility criteria listed at the following link;

http://www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers/eligibility-criteria

Registration

Please register for attendance at the course by sending a completed ESA Proposal Writing Workshop Booking Form to the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan by e-mail:  catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie

Contact & Directions

Participants requiring assistance with directions to the Physics Department at Trinity College in Dublin should contact the Network Manager, catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie

Please find detailed directions at www.tcd.ie

Accommodation

There is a wide variety of accomodation in Dublin to suit all levels of taste & expense.

You can find out more about accomodation & places of interest and places to eat at
www.dublin.ie

Effective Production Planning & MRP

Date: To be Announced

Overview

This course introduces the various stages of production planning and the relationship between each stage. Participants will learn the interdependencies of each stage and the importance of considering available capacities. Appropriate strategies for everyday application will be developed including some important inventory control techniques. For example the principles and application of Just-in-Time and Kanban will be examined in detail.

The understanding and use of MRPI as a tool in planning is a core element of the course. The development of MRPI as part of MRPII and ERP will be explained and put into context. Participants will understand the benefits and pitfalls of using MRP and the degree to which it can be used in support of a manual system. Emphasis will be placed on combining theory with practical application therefore a combination of short lectures, individual & group discussions and exercises will be used

The two day course comprises a combination of lectures and workshops.

Objectives

  • Understand the stages of production planning and how they may be managed.
  • Examine the negative implications of poor production planning.
  • Assess the interrelationships between production planning and inventory planning.
  • Explore some basic inventory management concepts and techniques.
  • Understanding and be able to apply effective capacity planning techniques.
  • Understand the MPS and how it ties into MRPI
  • Appreciate the differences between MRPI, MRPII and ERP
  • Practice capacity planning application
  • Understand the concept of just-in-time
  • Understand the concept and application of Kanban
  • Appreciate the importance of employee involvement

Who Should Attend?

Technical Professionals

Course Content

The Strategic Importance of Planning and Inventory Management Principles

  • Objectives of Materials Management
  • Effects on Capital Employed
  • Stockholding Costs
  • Stock Turnover
  • ABC Classification
  • Lead Time Definitions

Medium to Long Term Planning

  • Types of Production Systems
  • Production Planning Objectives
  • Consequences of Poor Planning
  • Planning Horizons
  • Developing the Master Production schedule (MPS)
  • Strategies for Smoothing Demand

Medium to Short Term Planning

  • Materials Requirements Planning (MRPI)
  • Planning Inputs and Outputs
  • Capacity Planning
  • The Importance of Data Accuracy
  • MRPI v MRPII v ERP
  • Shop Floor scheduling and Control
  • The Control Process and Importance of Feedback

Production Planning and Just-in-Time

  • Internal and External Customer/Supplier Relationships
  • Principles of Just-in-Time – Waste Elimination
  • Kanban – Understanding and Application
  • The Importance of Employee Involvement

Course Fee

700 Euro per Person (Ex. VAT) for Space Industry Skillnet Members

Please contact the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan
(e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie).

This fee includes all course materials & refreshments.

Eligibility for Job Seekers

Job-seekers can participate in Skillnets training programmes subject to the eligibility criteria listed at the following link;

http://www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers/eligibility-criteria

Registration

Please register for attendance at the course by contacting the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan by e-mail:  catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie

Contact & Directions

This course will be held in Dublin. Please contact us if accommodation is required.

Instructor

The training course is provided through the Association of Purchasing and Supply

Course Syllabus

Please e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie for a copy of the course syllabus available on request.

ISS Payloads Design and Operations Safety

Date: To Be Announced
Venue: To Be Announced

Overview

An introductory course in Payoad Safety for managers and engineers new to ISS payload safety analysis principles and processes and for safety practitioners with no previous space projects experience. The participants will acquire an overall understanding of ISS payload safety analyis principles and requirements and how to apply them to achieve a successful Payload Safety Review Panel submission and increase productivity in space projects. This course is being provided by leading experts in ISS Payload Safety from the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (www.iaass.org) as part of the IAASS Space Safety Academy

Course Objectives

The course is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of:

  • Key role of management in the payload safety objectives for the organisation, how to establish policy, organisation and allocate responsibilities.
  • Formal payload safety analysis systems and processes including ESA & NASA requirements and standards;
  • Need for a Payload Safety review process and relationship to contractual PA and QA Plans;
  • Payload Safety analysis in hardware developments. Specifications, qualifications, procurement control, support to project reviews, configuration management, verification and formal acceptance;
  • Hazard indentifcation and control;
  • Flight Safety requirement;
  • Ground Safety requirements;
  • Operational Safety requirements;
  • Preparing for and submitting a successful Payload Safety Review Panel presentation.

Who should Attend?

  • Managers and engineers who are new to qPayload Safety analysis and PSRP principles and processes for space projects
  • Safety Assurance practicioners with no previous space projects experience

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Effective Technical Writing

Date: To Be Announced

Overview

The course develops an awareness of and skill in writing about technical subjects, so that written communication is clear and easy to understand.

As the course progresses the training content can be tailored  specifically to focus in on areas that require improvement for the participants. This approach ensures that training achieves a maximum return on investment.

Examples of areas where improvement in the quality of technical publications are of significant benefit are;

  • Technical proposals for Internal & External New Product Development funding
  • Technical submissions for Government R&D funding & Tax Credits
  • Technical reports for internal and external publication
  • Technical submissions for European sources of funding

The two day course comprises a combination of lectures and workshops.

Objectives

• Create a logical, well-argued structure for any piece of communication
• Write clear paragraphs and sentences with greater ease
• Correct and edit difficult sections of text
• Make use of the conventions governing the basic forms in the technical genre
• Produce communicative tables and figures and use layout effectively in a document
• Use punctuation correctly
• Avoid the most common grammatical errors

Who Should Attend?

Technical Professionals

Course Content

Development Strategies

• Forming a Point of View
• Identifying Audiences and Purposes
• The Writing Process
• Team Writing

Skill in Writing

• Creating a Simple Structure
• Using Parallelism
• Writing Paragraphs
• Editing for Emphasis

Forms of Professional Communication

• The Writing Cycle – From Pre-Feasibility to Documentation
• Basic features of a Report
• The Proposal and Terms of Reference
• Design Reports
• Documentation

Production Elements

• Visual Aids
• Proof-Reading
• A Guide to Punctuation and Gramma

Course Fee

325 Euro per Person (Ex. VAT)

Please contact the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan
(e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie).

This fee includes all course materials & refreshments.

Eligibility for Job Seekers

Job-seekers can participate in Skillnets training programmes subject to the eligibility criteria listed at the following link;

http://www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers/eligibility-criteria

Registration

Please register for attendance at the course by contacting the Network Manager, Catherine Lenehan by e-mail:  catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie

Contact & Directions

This course will be held in Dublin. Please contact us if accommodation is required.

Instructor

The training course instructor is Miriam O’Regan with more than 20 years experience in
Technical Writing training and is a recognised expert in the subject.

Course Syllabus

Please e-mail: catherine.lenehan@gltechnology.ie for a copy of the course syllabus available on request.