Instrument Engineering (BSc Honours Degree)
Field of Study
Applied Physics and Instrumentation
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Full-time course duration:
4 Years (8 semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
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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.
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A mandatory eight week work placement in industry takes place in year 3.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are Physics, Mathematics, Technology, Chemistry, and Engineering.
Instrument Engineering is the specialisation that is centred on the principles of operation and applications of the diverse range of measurement and control instrumentation used to automate machinery and processes throughout industry.
Graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at CIT at Masters (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.
What is Instrument Engineering?
Instrument Engineering is the multi-disciplinary specialisation centred on the principles of operation and applications of the diverse instrumentation used to measure, control and automate processes and systems throughout industry and society. Within process industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food, beverages and water, instrument engineering contributes significantly to quality, safety, productivity and efficiency.
About the Course
Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus
This multi-disciplinary course provides a comprehensive foundation of physical science, mathematics, electronics, measurement technology and information technology on which a range of specialist instrument engineering modules are developed. There is a continual emphasis throughout the course on the design standards and best practice relevant to instrument engineering.
There is a mandatory 8 week work placement in Year 3. During the placement, students will gain direct experience in the practice of instrument engineering within an industry, organisation or research group. It may be possible for the placement to be in an international location.
In the final year of the course there is a major project in the area of instrument engineering. Graduates will be able to design, develop and implement measurement and control systems. Graduates will also be able to manage, evaluate and critically analyse complex instrumentation and process control installations. The course is presented through a mix of formal lectures and practical sessions.
This Honours Degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised Degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience. The Institute of Physics provides routes for suitably qualified and experienced Members to become Chartered Physicists and Chartered Engineers. Further details can be found on the Institute of Physics website.
Graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree by research at CIT at Master’s (MSc) or Doctoral (PhD) levels.
Is this a Science course or an Engineering Course?
This is a multi-disciplinary course with a mix of science and engineering modules. This broad base provides graduates with a skill-set that provides a wide range of employment opportunities and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing technologies.
What level of Mathematics is recommended?
Higher Level Mathematics is not required, but as with all physical science and engineering courses numeracy is essential and you need to be comfortable with Mathematics.
What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
Motivation, initiative, dependability, commitment, analytical ability.
What should my interests be?
How things work, problem-solving and meeting technical challenges.
Where am I likely to work?
There are excellent employment opportunities locally, nationally and internationally for graduates. These opportunities are in pharmachem, biotech and other process industries. Employment is either directly with these companies or in the systems integrators and engineering consultancies that support these companies.
This degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics. Graduates of recognised degrees qualify for Associate Membership upon graduation and may apply for full Membership after appropriate work experience.
Graduates typically work as Instrument Engineers, Automation Engineers or Control Engineers within chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, oil/gas, food, beverage and water treatment companies that use instrumentation to improve productivity, safety, reliability, quality, etc. Significant employment opportunities exist for graduates in the many companies that design, manufacture and supply instrumentation to the above industries as well as with the engineering consultancies and systems integrators who provide such industries with turn-key solutions to their manufacturing challenges.
Potential Areas of Employment
• Instrument Engineering
• Automation Engineering
• Control Engineering
• System Integration
• Engineering Consultancy
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