BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering

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

Course Summary


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.

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.

Entry Requirements

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

H5 in Higher Level Maths 

or

IT Sligo Entrance Maths Exam

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 also equip graduates 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.

Did you know?

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.