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Mechanical Engineering (BEng) (Level 7)

  • Course Code

    CR 071

  • Field of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:


  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

3 Years (6 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Mathematics, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Design and Communication Graphics, and Chemistry.


Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Eng



Open Days
26th October 2017 
National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy County Cork

17th November 2017
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
18th November 2017
CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork

For more information about the Open Days, please click here

Annual Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering Exhibition
26th April 2018
CIT Bishopstown Campus, Bishopstown, Cork
For Exhibition information, please click here.

For information on Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here.

What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical Engineers play a crucial role in a wide range of industries, among them air, rail, sea and road. They are involved in high precision processes such as the design and manufacture of prosthetic devices and robotic mechanisms.

The physical scale of their work ranges from nanoscale motors and pumps through to high speed trains, wind turbines, and rocket/vehicles for space exploration. Mechanical Engineering enables students to learn how to systematically design essential machine elements and using three dimensional computer aided design modelling software, to display and test these models.

About the Course

CR071 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

This course has a strong emphasis on the practical side of mechanical engineering, exposing the student to many “hands on” modules in workshops and laboratories. Modules on the course are grouped into streams that run over the three years: Workshop Practice, Mechatronics, Mechanical Design and Computer Aided Engineering, Mechanics, Thermofluids, Materials, Management, Projects, Mathematics and Elective Options.

Graduates are prepared to progress to further study or to take up challenging and varied careers in industry.

Recent Projects have taken place in the following areas:
• Engine Development and Design
• Sports Equipment & Training Aids
• 3D Modelling
• Automation Systems
• Sustainable Engineering

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the one year add-on

A limited number of candidates may also be considered for entry to Year 3 (which necessitates two further years of study) 

Question Time

What level of design is involved with Mechanical Engineering?
Design is a central theme of the programme and students use the latest 3D modeling software to develop and communicate their ideas.

Has the course professional accreditation?
This course in Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland for Associate Engineer eligibility.

Is there much practical work on the course?
Students get hands-on practice in mechanical workshop, welding, computer-aided design, mechatronics, and also have the option of selecting elective modules in automotive engineering. The course is designed to give an overall balance between practical activities and theory.

Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering.

Are there any events I should attend to learn more about Mechanical Engineering?
CIT Bishopstown Campus hosts the Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering Annual Exhibition which will take place at the CIT Bishopstown Campus on Thursday, 26th April 2018. 

Please click here for information about International and National Student Engineering and Innovation Awards achieved by our students over the years. 

Graduate Profile

Graham Canty
Mechanical Engineer

Graham graduated with a Level 7 Mechanical Engineering Degree and progressed to an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He now works for Bord Gáis as a Mechanical Engineer.

Graham managed to merge a very successful academic career with an inspired sporting career. He played Sigerson Football with CIT, U21 and Senior Championship with Cork and captained Ireland on a tour of Australia in the International Rules. He also captained Cork to a Senior All-Ireland Football Championship.


Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following links:

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering CR071

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a discipline of Engineering that applies the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools.

Employment opportunities are in the high-tech manufacturing industries at technician engineer level dealing with design, production, manufacturing, quality, estimating, planning and the operation and maintenance of high-tech automated manufacturing equipment. Other opportunities are in technical and sales support with contracting, consulting engineers, and servicing companies.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Design Technician/Engineer
  • Plant Inspector/Quality Manager
  • Manufacturing Technician/Engineer
  • Technical Sales Engineer

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)



EU Applicants must apply via the CAO - please click on the link above.

Non-EU Applicants - please click here for how to apply.

CAO 1st Round:


CAO Cut off:

Not Specified

CAO Average:

Mr Bernard O'Callaghan
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