IT Sligo followup Master’s degree

Do you wish to complete the Master’s degree in data center engineering after completing the It Sligo data center engineering course ?

Complete your Master’s qualification in just one year of studies instead of two.


*module order is subject to change until sept.

Title Credits

All modules are online courses (in English or French).
* For those modules, there are laboratories at the HELHa College in Belgium (one week/year)


Quality process

The module covers the development of fundamental quality systems that provide for continuous improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in a process. Based on the Lean principles, process management and Six Sigma, the learners will understand the tools and techniques to improve the efficiency of their processes.

They will seek to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimising variability in business processes.

Through practical examples and exercices, they will becomes proficient in the use of basic problem solving techniques used to monitor and control process. At the end, they will be able to use a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organisation who are experts in these methods. The module is also designed to meet the requirements of the Six Sigma Yellow Belt Award.

Skills

  • Become a key stakeholder in implementing Six Sigma and Lean projects in an organisation,
  • Describe improvement projects,
  • Identify possible improvement actions, use several tools such as FMEA, Quality Function Deployment (QFD), etc.

Objectives

Students of this course will develop a broad understanding of Lean and/or Six Sigma principles. They will be able to discuss the basics of Six Sigma and why organisation use it, to define and describe Lean basics concepts and tools and to implement Lean and/or Six Sigma initiatives.

Content

  1. Overview of Six Sigma and organisational Goals : Description of Six Sigma Organisational Goals ; explain Lean principles organisation, explain design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
  2. The Define phase : Project identification, voice of customer (VOC),Project Management basics, management and planning tools, business Results for projects, team dynamics and performance
  3. The Measure phase : Process analysis and documentation, inroduction to probability and statistics, collecting and summarising data, measurement system analysis
  4. The Improve phase : Design of experiment, root cause analysis
  5. The control phase : Introduction to Statistical Process Control, control Plan

Methodology

  • Students will receive theoretical bases and will work on practical cases. They will be submitted to quizzes and assignment submissions during each steps.

Teacher

Karl Colin
Master in Chemical Engineering
Master in Applied Economics

Mathematics

The math course aims at giving the students the tools they need to follow other courses and improve their analytical skills. The content is focused on analyzing functions, understanding basic principles about differential equations, and having an overview of some statistical notions.
The methodology is to have an almost self contained website, with videos, syllabus and training exercises with some online live sessions to introduce some of the difficult points and have opportunities to answer students questions.

Skills

  • Computing and/or estimating a result, based on the content of the course.
  • Giving the meaning of this result and having the ability to argue if it is relevant or not.
  • Acquiring high rigor and precision using appropriate notations demonstrating a logical approach.

Objectives

To acquire mathematical tools for other courses and work on the basic concepts necessary to the understanding of various applications

Content

  1. Prerequisites
  2. Algebra and geometry, complex numbers
  3. Functions and curve sketching (derivatives, integrals…)
  4. Differential equations and Laplace Transform
  5. Two variables functions
  6. Statistics

Methodology

  • Live sessions / Q&R sessions
  • Interactive content: videos, applets, cross-references
  • Tests and training with dynamic feedback
  • Final exam

Teachers

Emilie Bertrand
Physicist, PhD
Jean-Baptiste Coulaud
Mathematical Engineer, PhD
Cristobald de Kerchove
Mathematical Engineer, PhD

Security and maintenance

The module covers the maintenance as well as the risk assessment for everything contained in a data center and the means to protect them: protection against fire and floods, protection against electrical hazards
In addition, this module will show the different types of data centers that exists as well as the security protocols that relate to them.

Skills

  • Know and understand the different kinds of risks in a data center.
  • Being able to differentiate data centers (Tiers and Classes).
  • Know and understand the different access protocols and security procedures.

Objectives

The safety course is about obtaining general knowledge of the various fields covered by the prevention of occupational accidents and fires. It also covers the different kind of data centers with access control, physical electrical protection, security protocols and procedures.

Content

  1. Maintenance: introduction, TPM & RCM
  2. Types of maintenance: Corrective, Preventive & Predictive maintenance
  3. Predictive maintenance: Vibration monitoring, Thermography & Process Parameters
  4. Failure Analysis: BOM, FME(C)A & Task List
  5. Data Center Tiers & Classes
  6. Fire Protection: Fire Types and Classes, Smoke and Heat Detection, Aspiration Detection and Sensing, Sprinkler Systems, Gas Suppression Systems, Fire Prevention Technology
  7. Flooding protection
  8. Physical electrical protection
  9. Data Center Safety
  10. Physical Infrastructure Security
  11. Access Control
  12. Security Protocols & Procedures

Methodology

  • Lectures: Theory with illustrations and application exercises.

Teachers

Mairesse Andrew
Master industrial engineer and prevention adviser

Electrical Distribution

Analysis of the Low Voltage electrical distribution quality. Skills development in UPS, LV generators and servers wiring. Study of the High Voltage networks basics and operating on HV cells in complete safety.

Skills

  • To be able to assess to quality of a power grid;
  • To predict UPS maintenance;
  • To wire servers and to safely handle HV cells.

Objectives

This module aims to make electricians able to improve the quality and the reliability of a LV electrical networks, and to safely operate on HV cells.

Content

  1. Reminders about Electrical concepts : Electrical production abstract, power plant alternator, AC electricity, single and three phases systems, power grid, transformers, loads, TT-TN-IT networks, schemes, symbols, safety and functional purposes, choice of earthing system.
  2. Power quality problem : Power grid quality issues, causes and consequences, troubleshooting and solutions.
  3. Harmonic management, UPS, LV Generator Sources of harmonics and harmonic content, consequences, harmonic mitigation, switch mode power supply, LV generator and industrial applications.
  4. High Voltage: Symbols, earthing systems, supplier-customer equipment, RM6/SM6 cells and technology, loops and antennas, schemes, maintenance procedures.
  5. Servers wiring : Norms and principles.
  6. + 1 day of laboratories: Power factor and harmonics measurement & Operation on transformers and HV cells.

Methodology

  • Lectures : theory based on power quality, harmonic management, ups, LV generator, servers wiring and HV basics.
  • Exercises : online exercises linked with the theory and based on zero fail over time facilities.
  • Labs* : Power factor and harmonic analysis, HV cells operations
    *take place at the HELHa college in Belgium

Teachers

Xavier Donnet
Electrical engineer
Loick Myster
Electromechanical engineer

Advanced control

This module aims to continue the control principles started with ITSLIGO from a troubleshooting standpoint.

Skills

  • Improving the knowledge and being able to analyse and resolve a realistic issue.
  • Being able to troubleshoot an integrated PLC system (instrumentation, control, HMI, SFC, communication) and being able to commission a device

Objectives

The goal is to have the students solve problems or issues at a Master’s degree level.

Content

  1. CONTROL : introduction to system identification, open and closed loop systems, controllers (P, PI and PID)
  2. SFC : introduction to sequential logic.
  3. COMMUNICATION : General theory around network and fieldbuses.

Methodology

  • Lectures : Illustrated online theory and videos
  • Formative exercices : Online exercises linked with the theory
  • Labs* : Practical project mixing Sensors, Control, SFC, HMI, and communication
    *take place at the HELHa college in Belgium

Teachers

Julien Vachaudez
Electrical Engineer
Maxim Dumortier
Electromechanical Engineer

Energy efficiency and renewable or sustainable energy

The objectives are to measure the energy consumption, the energy cost and the energy efficiency of a data center and to understand and analyze renewable energy types to reduce a data center’s environmental impact.

Skills

    • Know the key measurements to quantify the energy efficiency of equipment and processes
    • Understand how to calculate the PUE in accordance with the European code of conduct and standards
    • Become familiar with the tools and methodology for the DCIM with a focus on energy
    • Have an overview of the current trends in terms of energy recovery methods and how to introduce sustainable energy in data center

 

Objectives

Understand and analyze renewable energy types in order to reduce the data center environmental impact.

Content

  1. Energy Audit : Introduction to the continuous improvement process. Measurements (meters and sensors) and analysis to assess the energy efficiency.
  2. Power Usage Effectiveness : Definition, calculation guidelines in the context of the European Standards and interpretation.
  3. Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) : Scada system for the follow-up and the control of key parameters. Use of dashboard to monitor the performance indicators.
  4. Energy recovery and sustainable energy : Waste heat recovery, focus on power generation from photovoltaic solar panels.

Methodology

  • Lectures : Principles illustrated with practical examples

Teacher

Delphine Lupant
Mechanical engineer, PhD
Frédéric Musin
Electrical engineer, PhD

FAQ

Q1. It was suggested that those with a degree from the current Data Center course would progress into year two of the Data center training. Is that right?

We have created a specific IT Sligo follow-up master’s degree program. It’s a one-year master’s degree including modules from year 1 and year 2 of the Data center Training.

Q2. Is the mathematics module a requirement?

There is a mathematics module in the program. It’s a Master level and it’s important to have basic mathematical skills for other modules.

Q3. If there is a module in mathematics, can one be exempted by having just completed mathematic as part of the Data center Training?

Each chapter of the module in mathematics finishes with a test. Passing all the tests, even without following the course, would enable one to validate the maths module.

Q4. What is the number of lectures per week? What about their duration?

There are two lectures per week, which are maximum 2 hours long.

Q5. Continuous or exam-based assessment?

Continuous and online monitored exam-based assessments. Some modules will require proctored exams during the week lab.

Q6. Is there a thesis and what is expected of it?

We expect a scientific project. There are different possibilities for completing it: a project linked with your current position in a data center or a project proposed by our institution in collaboration with a company.

Q7. Are there reports to be completed for modules?

There can be, depending on the module. There are reports for the Quality and Scientific Project modules. Each teacher gives the expected length or content of the report.
For other modules, online test or oral tests (on the phone) are organized at the end of the module.

Q8. Is there a project as part of the course?

We expect a scientific project. There are two different possibilities: a project linked with your current position in a data center or a project proposed by our institution in collaboration with a company.

Q9. Does the project involve hardware building or software developement?

The scientific project involves building neither hardware or software. Sometimes, the use of specific software is required.

Q10. Is it a literary project? >

A scientific project should include a literary part.

Q11. Is this program the equivalent of a level 9 Irish Masters?

Yes, it is a level 7 (master’s degree) in the European Qualification Framework.

Q12. What is the total cost?

College fees are 3,500 euros per year. iMasons offers the possibility of getting a 3,500 $(USD) refund.

Q13. Can one opt for individual modules?

If one wants the Master’s certificate, one has to complete all the modules, but it’s possible to spread this one-year master’s over two years for a lighter program.

Q14. Can payment be made in several instalments?

If one chooses the lighter program, college fees are 1,750 euros per year. However, in this case, the help of iMASONS could be more difficult to obtain.

Q15. What is the closing date for applications?

The closing date is September 15th. However, the maximum number of students which can enroll can be reached earlier.