Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Systems

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Credits 180*
  • Course Code Not applicable - dir
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3 years

Course Summary


Mechatronics is the combination of mechanics, electronics, robotics and computing that is used in modern engineering industries. It involves the study of automation from an engineering perspective and serves the purpose of controlling advanced hybrid systems in business and industry.

In this work-based version of our campus course, you will learn how to analyse, design, and control the type of machines and processes that are used, for example, in biomedical, automotive manufacture and high-speed automation. As a Mechatronic Systems graduate you will be equally at home in the mechanical or electronic domain and will be a specialist in interfacing computer-controlled systems.

This "work-based" version of our highly popular campus programme will also give you a huge amount of work experience and exposure to real-world problems making you a highly valued employee to any manufacturing employer.

Key Course Information

This programme is a full-time, level 7, work-based course in Mechatronic Systems Engineering where students will be placed in the workplace for three years working for three days per week and studying online for 2 days.

Applicants are required to be offered a three year traineeship position with a suitable employer to be accepted on to this course.

If you are interested we will help you find a placement with a suitable employer.

Just fill out the online form here and we will be in touch with you to discuss it:  bit.ly/mechWBLform  

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2020

Entry Requirements

The key entry requirement for this course is that the student must be offered a traineeship position with a suitable employer.  If you are interested in joining this programme, IT Sligo will assist you in finding an employer or working with an employer you have already identified.  It is recommended that you contact us before applying, by entering your details on this short "expression of interest" form:  bit.ly/mechWBLform  

This course is designed for students who have recently completed their secondary school education but also accepts mature learners.  A minimum of six grade O6/H7 including Mathematics and  English or Irish in the Leaving Certificate.  It should be noted that an employer may make a conditional offer based on a higher level of performance in the Leaving Certificate.  Our discussions with employers indicate that this will be in the range 280-300 points.   Employers may also require you to achieve an O4 or better in mathematics.

Holders of other secondary school qualifications (in addition to filling out the above form) should contact admissions@itsligo.ie.  Mature students who are 23 years of age or over who do not have the required qualifications may be accepted through an interview process and should contact  admissions@itsligo.ie . 

Career Opportunities

The integrated skills developed in this mechatronics course can be applied to a variety of jobs, enabling students to have a very promising career in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, electronics, food processing and manufacturing sectors. Graduates from this degree programme will have the interdisciplinary approach necessary to integrate electronics, control, software and mechanical engineering. 

Further Study

IT Sligo has a range of other programmes both on-campus and online at level 8 (honours degree) in Mechatronics , Polymer Processing and Quality Management that are available to graduates of this programme.  Graduates will also be automatically eligible for entry to the final year many honours' degree programmes within Ireland.  Honours degree graduates will then be able to proceed to Masters Degrees, many of which are available online including our own exciting Masters in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (driverless cars). 

Did you know?

Did you know...

..that Work-Based Learning will make you more employable?

..that online learning means that you don't have to leave your job to take classes from IT Sligo?

..that work-based learners learn faster than campus learners?

..that IT Sligo is Ireland's leading provider of accredited online higher education with more registered online students than any other institutions in the country? 

..that our experience in teaching online since 2002 is now being used to facilitate students who want to get a degree but cannot or do not wish to attend the campus?

..that we use a computerised adaptive system to teach mathematics to our first years meaning that the system adapts to your pace so you are never behind?

Programme Fees

The registration fee for this course is €3,000**.  This programme is not covered by the SUSI grant scheme.  However, many employers have indicated their willingness to support students with fees.  IT Sligo will review applications for financial support to partially fund registration fees for students who would normally be entitled to SUSI grants.