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Sustainable Energy Engineering (BEng Honours) (Level 8)

  • Course Code

    CR 510

  • Field of Study

    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,Mechanical Engineering,Environmental

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BEng (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

4 Years (8 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 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.

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.

 

Please see our Energy Engineering webpages for more information www.cit.ie/energyeng

Work Placement

There is a mandatory work placement module for a minimum of 10 weeks at the end of the third year. The student will be placed in an energy related industry, consultancy, government agency (SEAI), or research group. The placement will be assessed by means of presentations, reports and research project development. Companies have included; ESB, Bord Gáis, GSK, Boston Scientific, Dairygold, Jones Engineering, PM, Openhydro, Tyndall, EMC, Enercon, Novartis, EPS, and GE Healthcare. There are opportunities for students to spend this period abroad on a European exchange.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

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

Course summary

The course is delivered through a variety of methods including, laboratory practicals, individual and group project assignments, site visits, guest speakers, interactive workshops and lectures.

Further studies

Honours Degree holders who achieve the specified level of academic performance are eligible to apply for a postgraduate course of study, both at CIT and at other third level colleges in Ireland and abroad.

Department(s)

Process, Energy and Transport Engineering

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - 2017/2018

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 Sustainable Energy Engineering?

Sustainable Energy Engineering involves the understanding and application of the engineering and technological principles of energy conversion and use. The first two years of the course introduce and develop the fundamental components of engineering, and modules in electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering are included along with specialist energy and sustainability modules. The third and fourth years extend the specialist nature of the course, with more emphasis on systems control, programming, group product design projects and modelling, along with specific energy and management topics. All groups also enter the CIT prize for Innovation Competition.

Sustainability requires that the proposed energy solutions are truly viable into the future and that the impact on resources, the environment and society as a whole are minimised. The need to “de-carbonise” our energy supply is fundamental to achieving this goal and decreasing dependence on imported energy.

About the Course

CR510 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

Attention is given to component scale and systems design along with efficient management, control and measurement of energy supply systems. The first two years of the course introduce and develop the fundamental components of an engineering discipline. The third and fourth years extend the specialist nature of the course.

The course material is available from recommended texts, internet resources, and downloads of lecture notes and computer presentations. Some modules incorporate a significant amount of video presentation and analysis of current topics from the scientific and popular media.

Modules are delivered by staff from many different disciplines, allowing the student to gain understanding of the roles of a range of engineering disciplines involved in the energy and sustainability field. Sites visits are organised which have included: wind farms, hydroelectric power stations, and solar installations. Visiting speakers provide industry input to the programme and have included GSK, Phillips 66, OpenHydro, Arups, Kingspan, Stryker, and Abbotts. Most of these companies now employ graduates from the programme.

A major individual research project is undertaken by each student in the final year. In most cases, this project has been brought back from the work placement and has real industry relevance. The results of the project are presented to the public and industry at the annual CIT Engineering Exhibition in April.

Some of the Final Year projects will be based on the CIT ZERO2020 Building Project (www.zero2020energy.com) which aims to have net zero energy use once fully retrofitted with a new low energy façade and 25kW of solar photovoltaics linked to a 2kW wind turbine.

Other Final Year projects will be based on the €1 million NSBET microgrid project (National Sustainable Building Energy Testbed) (http://nimbus.cit.ie/tec) a collaboration between CIT and UTRC which provides a micro heat and power grid to the Nimbus Research Building, and allows research on smart grids, supply and demand side energy management technologies, and new product research and development. Nimbus is located at the CIT Bishopstown Campus.

CIT launched a new Research Strand in Energy, and a new Energy Research Coordinator has been appointed to coordinate research across the Institute.

The assessment methods will include examinations, short tests, written assignments, oral presentations, individual and group project work, team building and problem solving, exhibition presentations to peer groups and the general public, and work placement performance. The student will be assigned a lecturer to act as an academic advisor and mentor, to assist the student in module selection, and work placement, as well as to assist in academic endeavours.

The numbers of students in each class group is generally small, allowing the students to have easy access to the lecturing staff. Good support mechanisms for students are provided, e.g. extra free tuition in core subjects (e.g. mathematics and physics).

Accreditation

This programme is accredited at undergraduate level by the Energy Institute which enables graduates to progress towards Chartered Engineer.

Question Time

How proficient in mathematics should I be?
Mathematics is used in all engineering disciplines and provides the tools for complex problems to be understood and solved. You would need to be comfortable with mathematics and we recommend a minimum Grade 03. 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.

Is there a shortage of graduates in the Sustainable Energy field?
Yes. Globally there is shortage of Engineers who specialise in Energy Engineering.

What kind of Energy Systems is available at CIT?

  • 2.4kW Wind Turbine
  • Wind Monitoring Masts
  • Solar Thermal Collectors
  • Artificial Sky Unit
  • EV Charging Point
  • Zero Energy Building Retrofit
  • 4 Wheel Rolling Road and Engine Test Bed
  • CIT/UTRC Low Energy Building Test Bed

If I am not doing any of the recommended subjects in the Leaving Certificate, can I still apply for this course?
Yes, the core fundamentals are delivered in Year 1 and we assume that students have not taken these subjects.

Is there work placement in Ireland or abroad during the course?
There is a mandatory work placement module for a minimum of 10 weeks at the end of the third year. The student will be placed in an energy related industry, consultancy, government agency (SEAI), or research group. The placement will be assessed by means of presentations, reports and research project development. There are opportunities for students to spend this period abroad on a European exchange.

Graduate Profile

Éanna Farrell
Technical Sales Engineer

In September 2012, Éanna travelled extensively on the Graduate Development Programme of Kingspan Environmental. He worked as a Design Engineer on solar systems for universities in the USA, rainwater harvesting systems for UK Hospitals, and ASHP systems for Australian Hotels.

“As a Technical Sales Engineer, I now work with engineering consultancies, architects, and contractors to provide solutions from the Environmental technology range.

My years in CIT were brilliant, and I'm delighted that my BEng (Honours) degree gave rise to a job that I absolutely love.”

 


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

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering CR510


Graduates over the past 5 years have been employed as process engineers, design engineers and energy analysts. All major industry now requires that its energy use be minimised, and so energy graduates are working in all sectors of industry, including, biopharmaceutical, biomedical devices, energy supply utilities, and manufacturers of energy systems.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Energy Management
  • Energy Systems Design
  • Energy Project Management
  • R&D Energy Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineering Consultant

Please see www.cit.ie/energyeng for more information


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

CAO 1st Round:

317

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Chris Gibbons
chris.gibbons@cit.ie
021 4335428