Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical & Polymer Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical & Polymer Engineering

Course Overview

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    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

The honours degree in mechanical and polymer engineering is offered in response to the demand for highly skilled graduates with training in mechanical engineering fundamentals, with an emphasis on specific technologies and methodologies associated with polymer engineering. Polymer engineering is a core skillset that many employers in the medical device/healthcare sector look for in graduates. The polymer/medical devices sector in Ireland is thriving and is recognised as one of the fastest developing in the world. In excess of 250 companies are currently developing and manufacturing a diverse range of medical devices and diagnostic products. The sector employs a highly skilled workforce – over 45% of employees in the medical device sector are qualified to graduate or postgraduate level.

What will I experience?

On this course you will;

Apply core polymer engineering principles to the design and development of polymer products and medical device components.

Have the opportunity to undertake an six month placement, commencing January of Year 3. The placement will facilitate you in gaining an insight into industrial practices in your area of specialisation (for example product design, regulatory affairs, polymer processing).

Undertake a final year project, designed to enhance your research and analytical abilities. The project will be organised in co-operation with industry and may in certain circumstances follow on from work initially carried out as part of your work placement.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The polymer/medical technologies sector will become increasingly reliant over the next decade on the availability of specially trained and skilled personnel who understand the synthesis, properties and processing of polymer materials. Career opportunities for graduates in the sector’s 250 companies are exceptionally strong, given that 18 of the world’s top 25 medical device companies are located in Ireland, alongside a thriving indigenous base. Graduates can expect to find employment as Mechanical Engineers, Project Development Engineers, Manufacturing/Process Engineers, Senior Development Technologists and Quality Assurance Managers.

Rebecca Leavy, a Mechanical and Polymer Engineering (US913) student at TUS Athlone Campus, talks about her placement experience and her favourite modules within the course.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Year
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Course Award:
Bachelor of Engineering
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Mechanical, Polymer Engineering & Design
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects, plus Grade 06 at ordinary level in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. 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

Mathematics, Engineering Science, Mechanics, Materials and Processing, Engineering Workshop, Drawing and CAD, Communications and Computer Applications.

Year 2

Mathematics, Instrumentation, Mechanics, Energy Systems and Thermofluids, Polymer Properties, 3D Modelling & CAD, Control & Power Technology, Processes and Operations Management, Polymer Technology & Mould Design.

Year 3

Statistical Process Evaluation and Control, Mathematics, Control & Automation, Mechanical Systems Design, Quality and Project Management, Polymer Properties and Applications, Design of Experiments, Industrial Experience (Mechanical /Polymer Engineering).

Year 4

Final Year Project, Computer Aided Engineering Design & Analysis, Industrial Control, Electrical Power Systems and Machines, Advanced Polymer Systems, Lean and Six Sigma, Heat Transfer, Advanced Engineering Materials, Operations Management, Product Design, Polymer Engineering.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

This new degree programme is designed to equip graduates with skill sets that are relevant and essential to emerging industrial technologies. Graduates can expect to find employment as Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing/ Process Engineers, Project Development Engineers, Quality Assurance Managers.

Work Placement

The student is required to complete a six-month placement from January to June in the third year of the programme. The placement carries 30 credits and most fulfil prescribed criteria, to which the employer will agree in advance. Placements may be done in Ireland or abroad. Placements are readily available across the medical devices, pharmaceutical and broader advanced manufacturing sectors. Companies include: Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Harmac, Trend, Bausch and Lomb.

Further Study

Students who successfully complete this programme will be equipped to progress to a taught Level 9 programme or to commence postgraduate research at TUS or another institute.

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