BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required *
  • Course Code SG344
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4 years

Course Summary


Next Intake September 2021

The BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering programme provides the learner with the skills, knowledge, and competencies required to begin a career in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. It addresses the major skills shortage in the manufacturing sector both nationally and internationally. The programme will enable the learner to understand the principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, material sciences, electronics, automation, information technology and computer aided engineering. The programme will also allow the learner to gain knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of the design process and methodologies relevant to complex engineering. Topics such as Finance and Industry 4.0 will allow the learner to explore the various paths offered to engineers, and to be ready for the digitalisation of the engineering sector. The educational objectives of the BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering programme are that learners will develop:

  • A detailed knowledge and understanding of the mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences and technologies underpinning mechanical engineering;
  • The ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve engineering problems;
  • The ability to design a system, component or process to meet specified needs;
  • The ability to design and conduct experiments and to conduct guided research, or advanced technical activity;
  • An understanding of the need for high ethical standards in the practice of engineering, including the responsibilities of the engineering profession towards people and the environment;
  • The ability to work effectively as an individual, in teams and in multidisciplinary settings, together with the capacity to undertake lifelong learning;
  • The ability to communicate effectively on specialised engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

The minimum entry requirements are a grade O6/H7 or better in four ordinary Level Leaving Certificate subjects, and a grade H5 or better in two Higher Level leaving Certificate subjects, one of which must be Mathematics. The six subjects presented must include English or Irish. For students who do not have an H5 grade in Higher Level Mathematics IT Sligo has a special Mathematics Examination, which is equivalent to Higher Level Mathematics. 

Career Opportunities

The core skills in this mechanical engineering programme will better enable students to take up the growing employment opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally.

A graduate from this programme would be eligible to apply for positions such as Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer, Product Designer and Materials Engineer.  The graduate would also have the necessary key skills and attributes to progress into managerial or R&D roles.

This programme will equip the candidate with sufficient research skills for progression to postgraduate studies.

Further Study

Students who successfully complete this programme may pursue a post-graduate qualification by either a taught Masters or a Masters/PhD by research.