The PEM Technology Gateway is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the 
ERDF Northern & Western Regional Programme 2021-2027


Industry-focused research and development of, manufacturing and materials technologies and innovation.


Industry-focused research and development of, manufacturing and materials technologies and innovation.

The Precision Engineering and Manufacturing (PEM) Centre was set up in ATU Sligo in 2013.

The aim of the centre is twofold:

The PEM Centre delivers these aims through the PEM Technology Gateway and the PEM Research Centre.

The PEM Technology Gateway

The PEM Technology Gateway funded by Enterprise Ireland has built on the Atlantic Technological University Sligo’s research strengths in engineering, material science, laser processing, micro-machining, polymer processing, rapid prototyping, general manufacturing process control and statistical process analysis.

We provide engineering/technical solutions and process improvements across the full product lifecycle, with specialisation in product design and development.

PEM Research Centre

The PEM RC structure provides our Principal Investigators, who have all individually demonstrated notable research achievements through engagement with industry, a platform to consolidate their experience, expertise, and resources.

The PEM RD&I themes are complementary and provide opportunities for convergence towards a unique single industry R&D support offering in precision engineering, manufacturing, and materials science. In addition, they complement and leverage of several SFI and Enterprise Ireland funded research centres that we have formed strategic collaborations with. 

The RD&I themes are:

  • Precision engineering & design
  • Advanced process monitoring and control
  • Manufacturing process modelling and simulation
  • Materials synthesis characterisation and development

Our History

Sligo Regional Technical College (RTC) was established in 1970. Over time it evolved to become IT Sligo and it’s growth was characterised by dynamic innovation. In the early days, it’s population base was the least populous of any Institute yet it grew to rank highly in student numbers since the 1980’s. In the 70’s the College enrolled the first PhD student in the entire RTC system in a partnership with the school of Science and Trinity College Dublin. It developed the first Environmental Science programme in the State and there are many other “firsts” that the College introduced over the years.


The School of Engineering was equally dynamic and innovative in its development. The School focused on identifying industrial needs and creating specialised programmes aimed at target employment opportunities. The Mechanical and Electronic Department developed innovative programmes aimed at increasing productivity and technological competence in Irish Industry. The School also developed the first Quality Management Diploma and Tool Design Diploma which were historical milestones that enabled the education of many of today’s Quality, Moulding and Tooling industry leaders.

Over the years, the Institute has responded to the needs of industry, initially through the set up of a registered company, the Consultancy, Research , Enterprise and Development Centre (CREDCO) which fostered links between Industry and the RTC. Under the CREDCO umbrella, the Toolmaking Industry Research and Advisory Centre (TIRAC) started in 1992, servicing needs in the automotive, mouldmaking and communications sector as well as partnering with Rover, Renault, French Telecom, British Telecom and Siemens on significant projects.

IT Sligo has a long history of excellence in Precision Engineering and Manufacturing. When Sligo RTC opened in 1970 it was designated as the National Training Centre (NTC) for tool making in Ireland. The designation was fitting, as Co Sligo is regarded as the birth place of tool making in Ireland, borne of the technical excellence of many of the local companies in the industry.



Today, in IT Sligo we have a great sense of pride in our heritage of being engineering educational leaders, we started with a strong linkage to industry and have continued to develop these ties regionally and nationally through our educational programmes and through the Precision Engineering and Manufacturing (PEM) Centre which helps to solve industry problems through delivering industry projects.


Discover our funding opportunities and processes that are helping to drive innovation and efficiency across industries.


The PEM Centre has helped a multitude of organisations to empower their product development. You can read all about the work we've done so far.