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Higher Cert in Engineering in Civil Engineering

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering

DurationModeLevelApplication toLatest Points
2 yearsFull Time6CAO


Civil engineering is the broadest of the engineering fields. It focuses on the infrastructure of the world which include water works, sewers, power plants, railroads, roads, bridges, tunnels, industrial plant buildings, and skyscrapers, to mention just a few.

This higher certificate course aims to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of civil engineering. It will give you a thorough knowledge of the materials involved, and the standards required, in attaining structures of high quality in terms of design specification and Construction.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate

Grade D3 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish),

or minium Irish Foundation level B3 (No points awarded for Foundation level Irish).


Any FETAC level 5 qualification is acceptable. Applicants to this programme are required, however, to have the module Mathematics for Engineering (C20174) or 5N1833 included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics.



Year 1

Mathematics, Construction Technology & CAD, Engineering Science & Materials, Engineering Survey, Structural Mechanics, Communications and Computer Applications.

Year 2

Mathematics, Engineering Materials, Surveying, Soil Mechanics & Technology, Structural Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Project and CAD, Construction Management.


When you graduate from this Higher Certificate programme you are eligible to apply to join the Bachelor of Engineering in Civil engineering (Level 7) or related Level 7 programmes at other third-level institutions.


Professional Recognition

As a graduate of the Higher Certificate in Civil Engineering, you are eligible to apply to Engineers Ireland to use the registered professional title of Engineering Technician.


Career Opportunities

Civil engineering technicians generally find employment with contractors, consultants, road materials suppliers and local authorities. Specifically, you can expect to work in a technical capacity as a surveyor, draughtsperson or laboratory technician involved in testing materials and supporting companies in the civil/construction trade.



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