Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering

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

Course Summary


This is a modern programme that prepares students for a broad range of career choices, some of which may not yet even exist, in the fields of mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Through a combination of theory, practicals, and workshops, students gain up to date knowledge of engineering principals, and learn how to apply these to solve real world problems. Students will also be asked to consider issues such as ethics and sustainability.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

The BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering programme provides students 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 students 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 students 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.

IT Sligo provides an interactive learning experience, with a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on modules and project work in design and manufacturing. Modules are designed and delivered to ensure students are prepared for industrial innovation, whilst also enhancing their leadership and management skills.

Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including comprehensive material and testing laboratories, industry standards software in CAD/CAM, automation equipment, traditional manufacturing workshops, and 3D printers as well as advanced CNC machines.

YEAR ONE

Students are introduced to the engineering profession by sharing the fundamentals of engineering subjects with our other engineering programmes. The common first year helps develop a multidisciplinary mindset.  Students are counselled during their first year on possible transfers, in line with their abilities and wishes.

YEAR TWO

Students deepen their knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering through lectures, practicals, laboratories and workshops in Mechanics, Dynamics, Hydraulics, Manufacturing Processes, Materials, Automation, and CAD, along with Mathematics and a Design Engineering Project.

YEAR THREE

Students further enhance their knowledge in subjects allied to the mechanical engineering profession, such as Energy systems, Simulation, Computer Aided Engineering, and Lean Six Sigma & Validation.  Students also prepare for their Industrial Placement that is carried out between January and September.

YEAR FOUR

Students engage in advanced subjects that look at the future of the mechanical engineering sector and promote innovation. Students undertake a significant engineering project in order to develop an innovative product or system. Topics such as Finance, and Industry 4.0, prepare the learner for the digitalisation of the engineering sector.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

A H5 in Leaving Cert Mathematics is an entry requirement for this programme. Those who do not have a H5 grade in Mathematics may take the IT Sligo Alternative Maths Exam, which is equivalent to Higher Level Mathematics.

The Alternative Maths Exam takes place on Monday 23rd of August 2021 at 11am. Please see below for more information and available resources.

ALTERNATIVE MATHS EXAM AND ONLINE RESOURCES

IT Sligo offers a free online pre-degree Mathematics Open Course MOOC leading to a special Mathematics exam, equivalent to Leaving Certificate Higher Level. The MOOC provides on-line resources including revision notes and sample papers to support students taking the examination. 

The MOOC, launched in June 2017, is particularly suitable for CAO Leaving Certificate applicants who may not meet the Mathematics entry requirements for this Honours degree programme (minimum of H5 in LC) following the Leaving Certificate examinations or who are not taking higher level Leaving Certificate Mathematics. A pass in this special exam will be deemed equivalent to meeting the Mathematics entry requirement for this programme.

The Mathematics examination takes place on Monday 23rd of August 2021 at 11am at IT Sligo and may also be available as an on-line proctored examination.

Current and prospective applicants can access the Mathematics MOOC as follows:

1. Register your name and email address on the Open Course (MOOC) website here: https://opencourses.itsligo.ie/login/signup.php

2. Once registered on the site enrol on the course here: https://opencourses.itsligo.ie/course/view.php?id=27 (the enrolment key is civil2017).

Career Opportunities

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

Graduates from this programme can work in positions such as Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer, Product Designer and Materials Engineer. Graduates also have the necessary key skills and attributes to progress into managerial or R&D roles.

This programme will also equip graduates with sufficient research skills for progression to postgraduate studies.

Further Study

Students who successfully complete this programme may pursue a postgraduate qualification by either a taught Masters or a Masters/PhD by research.There are a number of postgraduate programmes available at IT Sligo.

Postgraduate studies at IT Sligo

Testimonials

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Did you know?

We also offer this programme at Level 7 - BEng in Mechanical Engineering

Students undertake an Industrial Placement between January and September in third year.

Students will have the opportunity to apply to study for one semester in Germany (Esslingen University of Applied Sciences) via an Erasmus+ exchange programme. 

In the final year of study, students undertake a significant engineering project in order to develop an innovative product or system.

IT Sligo provides an interactive learning experience, with a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on modules and 
project work in design and manufacturing. Modules are designed and delivered to ensure students are prepared for industrial innovation, whilst also enhancing their leadership and management skills.

Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including comprehensive material and testing laboratories, industry standards software in CAD/CAM, automation equipment, traditional manufacturing workshops, and 3D printers as well as advanced CNC machines.

Enjoy a common first year across our Level 8 engineering degrees to give you an understanding of all aspects of engineering and the flexibility to change direction in Year Two if desired. Students can choose from  Civil EngineeringRobotics and Automation, Electronic and Self Driving Technologies or Mechanical Engineering