Electrical Engineering (BEng Honours) (Level 8)

  • Course Code

    MT 845

  • Field of Study

    Electrical Engineering,Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BEng (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

4 Year (8 Semesters)

Course Summary

The course addresses the key areas of electrical energy systems; control systems; automation engineering; and the control of electrical machines and drives, together, with the relevant mathematics and industrial engineering and management. The programme produces graduates who possess a thorough knowledge of scientific principles, technical and personal skills that allow them to continue their professional development in their careers. The general fields of study are Renewable Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Plant Automation, Motor Control, Power Systems Planning, and Industrial Management and Services. The syllabus is designed to prepare graduates for work in electrical power and automation systems. The high academic standard of the course is complemented by a strong emphasis on applications and project work. State-of-the-art lab equipment and software prepares graduates for the work environment. Class work is supplemented by field trips to major employers within the greater locality.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

 

Leaving Certificate examination 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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Work Placement

Students undertake a relevant work placement of no less than 7 weeks between April and September of third year. The placement will provide students with structured opportunities to participate in the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained during the programme as well as develop key graduate competencies.

Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subjects are Engineering and Physics.

Department(s)

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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

 

Recorded November 2021

 

 

What is Electrical ENGINEERING?

Providing electrical power in a modern economy is about generation, distribution and usage in a safe, economic and sustainable way. Fossil fuel energy now combines with solar, wind and tidal energy to create “embedded” generation which needs a “smart grid” to automatically switch users and suppliers in and out while maintaining the quality of the supply. MTU Cork’s Electrical Engineering course is designed to equip engineers for this environment.

 

About the Course

MT 845 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork

 

The general fields of study are Renewable Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Plant Automation, Motor Control, Power Systems Planning, and Industrial Management and Services. The syllabus is designed to prepare graduates for work in electrical power and automation systems. The high academic standard of the course is complemented by a strong emphasis on applications and project work. State-of-the-art lab equipment and software prepares graduates for the work environment. Class work is supplemented by field trips to major employers within the great locality.

 

The aim of electrical engineering is to generate, distribute and apply electrical energy safely and economically and in a sustainable way for future generations to come. This includes the design of renewable generation distribution systems and combined heat and power systems for domestic, commercial, medical, leisure and industrial premises.

 

This syllabus is designed to prepare graduates for work in electrical power and automation systems within industry. The high academic standard of the course is complemented by a strong emphasis on applications and project work. The course concentrates on electrical energy systems including renewable energy systems, control systems engineering and mathematics and computing. There are also subjects on advanced plant automation, electrical machines and drives, and industrial engineering and management.

 

A project is also undertaken and its principle objective is to develop the student’s ability to apply pertinent knowledge and skills to the solution of specific technical problems in the industrial environment using novel and innovative ideas and to document and present this information.

 

There are free choice modules and in semester 8, the student can pick two modules from a suite of 7 modules. Course activity consists of formal lectures, practical work and projects. There is continuous assessment of practical work in addition to examinations.

 

Accreditation

The BEng (Honours) in Electrical Engineering is currently not accredited, however an application for accreditation by Engineers Ireland at the Bachelor (Honours) Level 8 educational standard will be made in 2022. Further learning is required to meet the educational standard for Chartered Engineer.

 

Further Studies

For details, see http://e-eng.cit.ie

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at MTU.

  • MEng (by Research)
  • PhD

 

Honours degree graduates may undertake relevant master or PhD degrees at MTU in the areas of:

  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Electrical Control Systems
  • Embedded Generation (CHP and renewables)
  • Electrical System Planning

 

Question Time

What level of Mathematics is required?
Grade 06/H7 in the Leaving Certificate exam is the minimum requirement, however, a higher grade is recommended. Mathematics is used in all engineering disciplines and provides the tools for complex problems to be understood and solved. Prospective students should be comfortable with mathematics.

 

Can I become an electrician?
No. An electrician is a well-established trade which has its own development programme and its own target job market. Third level programmes are designed to equip graduates to work at design/development level and then to liaise with skilled trades for implementation.

 

What is the difference between electronic engineering and electrical engineering?
Electronic engineering is small scale, low voltage, component level, microchips and programming.

 

Electrical engineering is high power, mains electricity, generation, power lines, transformers, motor/generators and automation.

 

What elements of renewable energy are covered in the course?
Modules dealing with all current renewable areas are dealt with on a mandatory basis because of their relevance. There is also an opportunity to explore these areas further through elective modules. The challenge of delivering large scale renewable electrical power via the distribution grid is a major topic of study.

 

Graduate Profile


Martin Desmond
Managing Director

"At CIT, I was given the opportunity to learn across such a wide knowledge base of electrical engineering that an equally wide range of opportunities arose from degree. The Sustainable Energy modules gave me the insight I needed to set up my Solar PV specialist company PV Generation Ltd. The project management, business focussed land entrepreneurial learning gave me the skills to develop this young company successfully.

 

CIT develops degrees which prepare you for all possibilities in your field of interest, with today and tomorrows' world in mind; all you have to do is show up and work hard to succeed."

MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

 

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

 

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering


Graduates are highly employable and can find work in many areas, including energy generation and distribution, building and industrial electrical services, consultancy and contract management as well as automation in modern, sustainable processes.

 

The significant increase in the emission of greenhouse gases from energy generation and consumption, resulting in global warming is now the biggest challenge facing humanity. Electrical engineers will contribute to addressing this challenge in the coming decades with a higher percentage of energy consumed being electrical energy generated from renewable resources. Changes including widespread use of electrical transport and heating using sustainable heat pumps will require major infrastructure investment to generate, distribute and sustainably consume this renewable electrical energy. The demand and opportunities for electrical engineers is now unprecedented.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Energy Generation/Transmission
  • Building Supply/Installation/Services/Maintenance
  • Consultancy/Contract Management
  • Process/Automation Industry

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:

Entry 2021: 329

CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

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