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Mechanical Engineering (BEng honours degree)

  • Course Code

    CR 108

  • Field of Study

    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering,Mechanical Engineering

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BEng (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Full-time 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. Mathematics must be at least Grade H4. The requirement for H4 Mathematics may also be satisfied by H4 in Applied Mathematics plus H6 in Mathematics.

NB: Please note the H4 grade in Mathematics can also be used to satisfy one of the H5 entry requirements.

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.

 

Scholarships

The CIT-Janssen 4 year scholarship is worth €2,250 per year. Janssen is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical organisations and is part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, the largest diversified healthcare group in the world.

The CIT-Abbott Vascular is worth approximately €3,000 per year. Abbott Vascular is one of the world's leading vascular care businesses, part of the Abbott Global Health Care. The scholarship is awarded to a registered student based on their performance in Year 1, for the following 3 years of the course.

Both Janssen and Abbott-Vascular's support for each scholarship is a major endorsement of the relevance of the course to the Mechanical Engineering industry.

Work Placement

Formal work placement (minimum of ten weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3. Students have the option of work placement in industry in Ireland or abroad or in a research laboratory in Ireland or with one of our partner institutions abroad (France, Germany, Italy, UK, etc.).

Leaving Cert Subjects:

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

Department(s)

Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Eng

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering involves the design, manufacture and operation of products that have motion or have internal moving parts. This ranges from the design and manufacture of high performance engines, machines with atomic level precision to aircraft, wind turbines, major power plants and process equipment to the maintenance of industrial, chemical, pharmaceutical and food processing plants.

About the Course

Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus

Design and project work is a major feature of the course. The Innovative Project Development modules in Year 3 enable students, working in teams, to bring a concept from the idea stage through to a finished prototype, considering the technical performance and commercial potential of their designs. There is a mixture of continuous assessment and a series of semesterised exams. In the final year each student undertakes an individual project involving research, design, prototype development and experimental verification to meet a real need.

Typical engineering applications covered in the course include:

  • Engine design & testing, fuel combustion, automobile design, vehicle dynamics, power transmission, material selection & component design, power plant design, jet propulsion, refrigeration, entropy & chaos, power hydraulics, electrical machines, electronics, automation.
  • Plastics, ceramics, advanced composite materials, conceptual design, product design, design for environment, vibration analysis, robotics, gyroscopes, whirling of shafts, pressure vessel design, heat exchangers, radiation, modelling of thermal processes, turbomachinery, quality management, computer modelling of three dimensional solids, lift & drag on ships and aircraft, power electronics, sensors & actuators, telemetry, signal conditioning stability of control systems.
  • Tribology, project management, machining of exotic materials, laser cutting, ultrasonic welding, non-destructive testing, non-linear control systems, chemical process, plant control, artificial intelligence, expert systems, business & financial management, acoustics, space dynamics, fracture mechanics, advanced topics in mechanics of materials, subsonic & supersonic flow, aerodynamics, flow visualisation & modelling, the built environment, sustainable and renewable energy systems, environmental impact assessment of energy sources.

Accreditation

This BEng (Honours) course in Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland for Chartered Engineer eligibility. This qualification meets the education standard for Chartered Engineer for graduates on or before 31/12/2012. For graduates after 1/1/2013 further learning is required to meet the education standard for Chartered Engineer. Engineers Ireland represents all engineering disciplines in Ireland and is a member of Federation Europeene d’Associations Nationales d’Ingenieurs (FEANI) through which Irish engineers are recognised in Europe. Engineers Ireland is a signatory to the Washington Accord through which Irish engineers are recognised in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and UK.

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at CIT.
> MEng in Mechanical Engineering (Taught)
> MEng (by Research)
> PhD

Frequently Asked Questions

What level of design is involved with Mechanical Engineering?
Design is the main focus of the programme and utilises all the modern computer-aided design tools for 3D solid modelling, stress analysis, system simulation etc. The Innovative Product Development modules in Year 3 enable students, working in teams, to bring a concept from the idea stage through to a finished prototype, considering the technical performance and commercial potential of their designs.

Can I progress to further studies?
Yes, many graduates have progressed to Masters (Taught) and to PhD research either in CIT or in other institutions in Ireland and across the world.

Are there opportunities to travel?
Undergraduates have the opportunity to travel as part of the Work Placement module in Year 3. Graduates from the programme are employed across the world. Though many graduates are based in Ireland their work involves travel to and communication with people and companies across the globe.

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, 27th April 2017.  International and National Student Engineering and Innovation Awards achieved by our students over the years. currentnews?id=657

Can you give me details about the two scholarships available for CR108?
The CIT-Janssen 4 year scholarship is worth €2,250 per year. Janssen is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical organisations and is part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, the largest diversified healthcare group in the world.

The CIT-Abbott Vascular is worth approximately €3,000 per year. Abbott Vascular is one of the world's leading vascular care businesses, part of the Abbott Global Health Care. The scholarship is awarded to a registered student based on their performance in Year 1, for the following 3 years of the course.

Both Janssen and Abbott-Vascular's support for each scholarship is a major endorsement of the relevance of the course to the Mechanical Engineering industry.

Graduate Profile

Connor Barry
Mechanical Engineer

Connor graduated with an Honours Mechanical Engineering Degree and was recruited by Abbott Ireland onto their Professional Development Programme (PDP). This programme identifies the highest performing graduates with leadership potential and provides participants an opportunity to apply their skills in different areas and divisions throughout Abbott during four rotations over a two year period.

 

Connor is presently based in Columbus (Ohio). In April 2012, Connor received the award of Graduate Employee of the Year at the GradIreland Awards.

 

 

 

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

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering CR108
 


Mechanical Engineering is a broad-based discipline offering career opportunities in design, manufacturing, technical support in a wide range of industries including oil/gas, power generation, plant construction, medical devices, aerospace and automotive. Many mechanical engineers also progress into general management roles where their analytical skills are greatly valued.

Potential Areas of Employment

• Mechanical Design
• Medical Devices
• Manufacturing and Precision Engineering
• Process industries including chemical and biopharmaceutical
• Aerospace
• Project Engineering
• Offshore Oil and Gas
• Biomedical device design and manufacture

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

CAO 1st Round:

415

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

Dr Lorraine Howard
lorraine.howard@cit.ie
021 433 5423

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