MI Software Students Visit MoffettAS
Our Level 5 Software students continue to develop links with industry. On Thursday 29th November QQI Level 5 Software Development & Games Design Students visited MoffetAS in Clontibret to gain direct experience of Automation Systems development. Following initial introduction from Sinead McKenna of CMETB Training Services, Sam Moffett invited the Monaghan Institutes to the research, design and development site for the new innovative Moffett warehousing solutions.
Sam provided the students with a full working demonstration of the warehouse automated system, defining the logistics and problem solving required to develop an operational shuttle which can be programmed to perform fully automated tasks 24/7. The fundamentals of project management, software development and electronics was evident for the students to identify in the OEM product. The students then got the opportunity to meet lead programmer Jonas, who outlined the software development kit used as he completed a testing phase of the software development lifecycle. The critical thinking and analytical skills developed through learning coding, programming and software development was displayed as Jonas defined the Mathematical logic and calculation required to underpin the basic movements of a shuttle through an automated system. The combination of network connectivity and algorithms to control and maintain the system while a database server could maintain the logistics logs and enable a graphical user front end for the end customer to interface with the MoffettAS solution. The mixture of engineering disciplines was also demonstrated to the students as the mechanical engineering, pneumatics and structural development of the full warehousing system was displayed by the MoffettAS development team.
All of the modules which the students learn through Monaghan Institute QQI Level 5 and Level 6 Software development was covered in the 2 hour visit to MoffettAS with many of the students feeling overawed at the complexity and engineering detail of the system displayed to them. The feedback in the classroom was ambitious and confident as the students began to associate their classroom-based learning to real world problem solving. They appreciated the opportunity afforded to them from Sam at MoffettAS and also the indication that MoffettAS will aim to employ local Monaghan people wherever possible and the potential of MoffettAS as a new innovative company developing solutions for future industries.
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