Bachelor of Engineering Mechanical Common Year
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Why take this course?
This programme provides a common entry year 1 to the following Level 7 programmes:
• BEng in Mechanical Engineering
• BEng in Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy
• BEng in Mechatronics
It has been developed to give students sufficient time and experience to come to an informed choice as to which specific mechanical engineering programme they wish to follow.
This broad experience of some of the major areas in mechanical, renewable and mechatronics will better enable the students to carry on to Year 2, knowing they have an interest and aptitude for a particular field.
The Common Engineering Honours Entry Scheme is a one year programme for students interested in engineering as a career, but who may be unsure of which discipline to follow. While in first year, the student will be exposed to a learning environment that will allow the student to make informed choices about the next stage of their learning. The options available, are dependent on the aptitudes, interests and career opportunities in the different fields. The first year student can talk to lecturers and other students to determine the best approach for him or her in their career. This gathering of information is very useful for students who know they want to do engineering but are not fully decided on what stream is best suited to them. Opportunities in engineering are varied and can entail careers in design, manufacturing, research and development in diverse sectors such as automotive, healthcare, IT or medical devices. Engineering graduates are working in Intel, Medtronic and Boston Scientific to name but a few.
What will I experience?
This is a common first year for the students, which will mean that the core engineering subjects will be taught with a large group of first years. This gives the student additional means to determine their best fit, as they will be able to talk to students in different courses with a shared syllabi. Some students who have a passion for robotics may feel that mechatronics is the course for them, while others may be feel that a mechanical engineering qualification will provide a strong foundation for an interesting and successful career, with others having a passion for renewable energy.
What opportunities might it lead to?
Graduates of all three programmes will gain a core common set of skills in mechanical engineering while each will be differentiated by distinct streams that target specific discipline areas.
Graduates of the BEng in Mechanical Engineering may be employed as technicians within, for example the medical devices, pharmaceutical, ICT, automotive sectors or precision engineering sectors.
Mechatronics graduates receive a more specific training in electronics automation and mechanical engineering that qualifies them to work as technicians in advanced manufacturing environments, configuring and maintaining production lines or automated mechanical processes. They work across sectors that have high levels of automation.
The graduates of Mechanical & Renewable energy will be employable as mechanical engineers as well as have a specific training in renewable energy technologies, giving them the possibility to work on energy efficiency projects for enterprises or with companies developing renewable energy systems.
Graduates of the programmes that lead on from this common entry are eligible to apply to Engineers Ireland to use the registered professional title of Associate Engineer.
- Course Duration:
- 1 Year
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- Course Award:
- Bachelor of Engineering
- Course NFQ Level:
- Level 7
- Dept of Mechanical/Polymer Engineering
- Minimum Entry Requirements:
Grade 06 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).
QQI: Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable. Applicants to this programme are required, however, to have one specified mathematics module included in their award either module mathematics (5N1833) or Maths for IT (5N18396) or Maths for STEM (5N0556) or alternatively have Leaving Certificate mathematics.