Bachelor of Engineering Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Course Overview

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    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Mechanical Engineering is a practice that involves taking our scientific knowledge and our understanding of the natural world and using it to invent, design and build things that addresses issues and achieves practical solutions to problems all around us.

It is about inventing, designing, developing, manufacturing and maintaining products, equipment and machinery of all kinds. Mechanical engineers use their knowledge of materials, mechanisms, power, energy and manufacturing technology to produce specifications for their designs and bring these designs to reality.

The Faculty of Engineering & Informatics at TUS Athlone has a long tradition of delivering mechanical engineering courses that meet the ever-changing needs of modern industry. Our close relationship with industry ensures that our programmes have a practical and applied focus that will give you hands-on experience of the most relevant areas to today’s enterprises.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering programme provides students with a detailed understanding of the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering. Students develop their skills and knowledge working alongside experienced lecturers. The programme of study utilises our strong industrial links, whereby our students get to experience the industry that they will be working in through industrial visits and teaching and learning grounded in contemporary industrial best practices.

What will I experience?

Whilst studying on this programme student will:

  • At TUS Midlands, Engineering education is very practical. Almost 50 % of your time will be spent in state-of-the-art laboratories developing your practical engineering skills, and the other 50% will be spent on engineering theory and its application.
  • Visit some of our industrial partners to experience the role of a mechanical engineer.
  • Have access to advanced laboratory equipment and teaching aids and lean to operate high-end technical engineering equipment in these laboratories.
  • Improve your teamwork and communications skills by working as part of small teams on problem-solving and projects.
  • You will develop your problem –solving skills and reasoning techniques.
  • Learn to communicate effectively with your peers and society at large on topics relevant to the domain of study.

What opportunities might it lead to?

When you graduate with an ordinary level mechanical engineering degree, you may expect to find employment in product and process design, manufacturing, medical device engineering, facilities engineering, maintenance engineering and energy systems.

Additional Information

Assessment Information

We provide students with a set of transferable skills with a strong focus on practical experiments, problem solving and case study work. We place a lot of emphasis on student support and 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 that include but are not limited to:

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Projects and case studies
  • Group work
  • Guest lectures
  • Examinations
  • Portfolio work
  • Integrated assessments

Course Details

Course Duration:
3 Year
CAO Course Code:
Cut Off CAO Points:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Engineering
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Mechanical, Polymer Engineering & Design
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.

Course Structure

Year 1

Communications for Manufacturing, Mathematics, Engineering Science, Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Engineering Workshop and Graphics, Electronics Technology, Processing of Engineering Materials

Year 2

Mathematics, Sensor Systems, Mechanics, Engineering Practice and CAD, Energy Systems and Thermofluids, Control and Power Technology, Processes and Operations Management, Process Technology and Design

Year 3

Statistics and Lean Sigma, Mathematics, Mechanical Systems Design, Control and Automation, Heat Transfer, Energy Systems and Thermofluids, Industrial Placement, Project Evaluation and Management,

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design, manufacture and operation of the mechanical systems and processes that are all around us. Upon completion of this programme graduates can expect to find employment at the technician level in high-tech manufacturing industries, mechanical industries, building services and design. Engineering graduates at this level will work in design, manufacturing and production, quality control, automation, planning logistics and supply, technical sales support with contracting and technical service industries. The course equips students with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical expertise demanded by leading global employers to work in this constantly evolving field.

Work Placement

In year three of the programme, students undertake a four-month work placement from January to April. The placement carries 25 credits and must fulfil prescribed criteria to which the employer will agree in advance. Placements may be done in Ireland or abroad.

Further Study

​As a graduate of this programme you will be eligible to progress to our Level 8 Bachelor of Engineering (honours) in Mechanical Engineering also offered at the Midlands Campus of TUS or a similar programme at other universities.

BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Facility Gallery

Engineering students in Atrium
Students in corridor of Engineering Building TUS Midlands
Main Stairs in Engineering Building - Students passing
Materials Testing and Analysis
Student working in the Atrium of Engineering Building TUS Midlands
Materials Processing - Extrusion TUS Midlands
Electric Car Project - Motor Installation TUS Midlands
Electric Car Comversion Project Controls TUS Midlands
3D Printing TUS Midlands
Materials Testing TUS Midlands
Electric Skateboard Project TUS Midlands
HVAC Experiments - TUS Midlands
Wind Tunnel Experiments - TUS Midlands