Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering with Energy


Course Overview

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Why take this course?

This Mechanical Engineering course is designed to blend the core theoretical and practical skills of Mechanical Engineering with the knowledge and expertise for sustainable energy engineering. Energy engineering plays a vital role in the generation, distribution and storage of energy to underpin society. The challenge of ever advancing technological change in areas such as electric vehicles and data centres coupled with diminishing fossil fuel sources and a need to transition to renewable energy continues to drive industry demand for skilled graduates in this area. The course combines a fundamental mechanical engineering platform with expertise in energy use and storage, infrastructure development, sustainability, performance and modelling to prepare graduates to enable society and industry to power the future.

What will I experience?

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.

  • You will develop your problem –solving skills and reasoning techniques.
  • You will work on topic-specific problems, both as part pf a team and as an individual, and develop your lifelong learning skills.
  • You will develop your ability to effectively communicate within the engineering community and society at large.
  • You will develop an ethical awareness with regard to the engineering profession and environment.
  • You will learn about the environmental loading of a given process/plant and be committed to its reduction, either in terms of the product, the materials or the process.
  • Upon completion of the course you will have developed an ability to critically appraise mechanical engineering systems, to identify area of potential improvement, to bring about corrective action and where applicable, to suggest and implement an alternative solution.
  • Gain valuable work experience by completing an industry-based project.

What opportunities might it lead to?

A work placement is embedded in the course in year 3. The student is required to complete a four -month work placement from January to April. The placement carries 20 credits and must fulfil prescribed criteria to which the employer will agree in advance. Placements may be done in Ireland or abroad. It would be expected that graduates would find employment regionally, nationally or internationally in mechanical and manufacturing roles.

As a graduate from this degree, you would be in a position to apply for a variety of careers, including energy management, utilities engineering/management, renewable energy technologist, production technologist, plant maintenance, quality assurance and production planning, or as a CAD designer. You will also have attained the necessary skills and abilities to start your own business within the mechanical engineering and renewable energies domain.

Course Details

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Course Award:
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Dept of Mechanical, Polymer Engineering & Design
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects, plus Grade O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

QQI: QQI applicants to this programme must hold the following award: engineering technology (5M2061). They are also required to have the module mathematics (5N1833) or Maths for STEM (5N0556) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate mathematics. They must also possess distinctions in three modules.

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Course Structure

Year 1

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

Year 2

Mathematics, Sensor Systems, Mechanics, Engineering Practice and CAD, Materials, Renewable Energy Thermodynamic, Control and Power Technology, Power Generation Project (Design, Build and Test) Renewable Energy Technologies, Engineering Economics.

Year 3

Statistics and Lean Sigma, Mathematics, Mechanical Systems Design, Combined Heat and Power, Control and Power Technology, Battery Technology, Industrial Placement, Project Evaluation and Management, Sustainable Energy, Materials and the Environment.

Year 4

Final Year Project, Regulatory Compliance and Validation, Computer Aided Engineering Design and Analysis, Electrical Power System and Machine, System Dynamics and Vibrations, HVAC and Utilities, Operation Management and Sustainability, Applied Thermofluids, Manufacturing Automation, Advanced Engineering Materials.

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