Higher Certificate in Engineering Civil Engineering (Direct Entry)

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering (Direct Entry)

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

Civil engineering encapsulates broad engineering fields focused on a range in infrastructural elements which include water, energy, railroads and buildings, to mention just a few.

Attending this higher certificate course will help to develop a grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of civil engineering.

It will give you a thorough knowledge of the materials, processes, technologies and standards required to design and build civil engineering structures of the highest quality. As a graduate, you will not only be industry-focused but you will have acquired the ability, versatility and know-how to help shape its development.

The Higher Certificate in Civil Engineering was developed to meet the needs of the modern day civil engineering industry. The programme is designed to help create a technical resource for the next generation of civil engineering companies operating both in Ireland and abroad, as well as meet the evolving requirements of a rapidly changing industry. This programme is designed to meet the requirements of individuals looking to develop valued technical skills and knowledge.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Have the opportunity to visit state-of-the-art civil engineering works and manufacturing facilities.
  • Work in computer labs using the latest 3D engineering modelling software
  • Test the properties of engineering material and their behaviour using our suite of engineering laboratories and testing equipment.
  • Use modern GPS surveying equipment and related software applications

What opportunities might it lead to?

Gradates of this programme have successfully pursued careers with contractors, consultants, materials suppliers and local authorities both nationally and internationally. As a civil engineering technician, you can expect to work in a technical capacity as a manager, surveyor, draughts-person or a laboratory technician involved in testing materials and supporting companies in the civil trade. Some of the areas pursued by our recent graduates include:

  • Construction management
  • Quantity surveying
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Water and wastewater treatment and assessment
  • Precast concrete production
  • Structural steel fabrication
  • Insurance assessment
  • Topographical and building surveying

Additional Information

The course is designed to make graduated fully aware of the practical and theoretical dimensions of civil engineering so they can enter the workplace prepared, but also carry the ability to develop professionally if they wish to progress their career. The course will transfer to the graduates:

  • The mathematical techniques essential for this course of study
  • The competence to interpret and apply technical guidance documents and
  • related codes
  • The ability to use computer based drawing systems - AutoCAD, Revit
  • The confidence to communicate technical information.
  • An understanding of scientific methods used in an engineering context
  • The practical application of surveying principles and techniques

Direct Entry: Interested parties should email slyons@ait.ie to request an application form. Applications close 27 September.

Assessment Information

We place a lot of emphasis on student support and so we aim to provide a learning environment that is both stimulating and academically challenging, whilst also supporting your learning. You will encounter a range of teaching methods from lectures, practical’s, ICT sessions and laboratory exercises. The course is taught by experienced, Civil/Structural/Environmental Engineers, Geologists and Quantity Surveyors with a track record of success in many sectors of the civil engineering industry.

We appreciate that different students have different learning styles and so we provide a range of assessment approaches to suit everybody. Here ae some of the ways we assess your work:

  • Mini-projects
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Examinations
  • Multiple-choice tests
  • Quizzes
  • Portfolio work

Course Details

Course Duration:
2 Year
Registration Closing Date:

Applications close 27 September. Application forms should be returned to admissions@ait.ie.

Download Application Form

Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Engineering
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Civil Engineering & Trades
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Leaving Cert: Minimum grade O6/H7 in 5 subjects in the Leaving Cert.  Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English or Irish) 

QQI: Any QQI Level 5 award is acceptable, however applicants are required to have one specified maths module (5N1833) or Maths for IT (5N18396) or Maths for STEM (5N0556) or alternatively have Leaving Cert Maths.

Mature: Mature applicants are not required to meet minimum entry requirements but must demonstrate ability to pursue and benefit from the course.  Knowledge and skills gained through experiential learning will be taken into account with regard to the course for which they have applied.  Such applicants are required to provide a CV and may be required to attend for interview at TUS as part of the selection process.

Course Structure

Year 1

The first year will introduce you to the fundamentals of civil engineering, providing you with a firm grounding on its underlying principles.

Core units in this year include:

  • Mathematics
  • Construction Technology and CAD
  • Engineering Science and Materials
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Engineering Surveying
  • Learning to Learn and Computer Applications

Year 2

In year two your understanding of civil engineering gained in taken a step further. Focus is again placed on core competencies with each module content reflecting the increase in knowledge depth.

Core units in this year include:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics & Technology
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Project & CAD
  • Surveying
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Construction Management
  • Engineering Materials

Careers & Opportunities

Further Study

If you do choose the level 6, you can graduate after two years’ study and can enter the workplace at that stage with a recognised qualification. Alternatively, if you choose to continue your studies, you can progress all the way to the BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering.

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Civil Engineering (Add on)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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