Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Points Required 216*
  • Course Code SG333
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary


Our Mechanical Engineering degree provides the learner with the skills, knowledge, and competencies required to begin a career in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. The programme will enable the learner to understand and apply the principles of mathematics, science, physics, and the various mechanical engineering technologies, as well as practising design processes and techniques.

Here at IT Sligo we have a strong tradition of tool and product design that has been incorporated into the course, and which provides our students with fundamental mechanical engineering skills.

This programme is a hands-on practical learning experience, designed to address the needs of industry by supplying skilled technicians who have developed a diverse set of 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. 

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Mechanical Engineering for us is all about the design, manufacture and use of products, machines and processes. Products include everything from car and aircraft parts to domestic appliances and medical devices. Examples of machines and processes include manufacturing, test and packaging machinery as well as heating and cooling systems.

During this course you will study a broad range of technical and complementary subjects and we will reinforce your analytical and practical skills through challenging individual and group projects. Students love the time spent in the well-equipped workshop, where they will learn the basics of operating lathes, and milling machines, how to weld, good practice in measurement, welding, etc. CAD is another subject which students enjoy. Along with these hands on subjects there are the usual mathematics for engineers, thermodynamics, material science, and mechanics. All of these are backed up with tutorials, practical laboratory sessions or other opportunities to practice what you learn in class.

In third year the students work in small groups to bring a project from concept, design and build. Examples of group projects in the past have included design, building and testing of automated pick-and-place assembly machines, wind turbines, hovercraft, go-karts, bale splitters, attachments for tractors, compactors, dune buggies, and special purpose machines such as willow harvester, oyster-shell crusher, grading machine for mussels.

A number of trips are organised, examples being the rescue R118 helicopter in Strandhill, Abbotts and AbbVie manufacturing sites, the Ploughing Championships, where students have won awards for their 3rd year projects. In 2019, a group of second year students spent a week in Esslingen in Germany doing laboratory work such as engine tuning, computational fluid dynamics, materials testing, and also visiting local factories such as Audi, Porsche and Mahle.  

Our course is fully accredited by Engineers Ireland, which makes it recognised worldwide. As well as accreditation, our students have performed extremely well in the annual Innovative Student Awards adjudicated by Engineers Ireland. These awards look at projects by engineers from all disciplines from all third level institutions in Ireland. Our students have won top prize on a number of occasions.

YEAR ONE

Students explore the different areas of engineering through a selection of practical modules, allowing them to decide which area they wish to pursue in second semester. Students study general engineering subjects including Mathematics, Physics, Mechanics, Engineering Technology and Computer-aided Design.

YEAR TWO

Students specialise in mechanical engineering, and study Engineering Materials, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Computer-integrated Manufacturing and Automation Technology, Computer-aided Manufacture, Manufacturing Technology and Computer aided Design (CAD), along with Mathematics, Mechanics and completing a group project.

YEAR THREE

Students enhance their knowledge and skill levels in and perform more detailed analysis and testing. Students also undertake a major design and group build project.

                                       

Entry Requirements

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Career Opportunities

Our engineering graduates are in high demand to meet the skills shortage across the sector both nationally and internationally.

With our strong emphasis on design in our course, graduates get positions as design engineers in automation companies, and other manufacturing companies. Others work in production planning, engineering management, maintenance, quality, calibration, or validation.

A number of graduates work in the medical device manufacturing, others have got positions working in aircraft maintenance. A few graduates have gone on to work as airline pilots. 

The skills learned in IT Sligo has provided many graduates the opportunity to gain employment abroad in Canada, North America, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and the UK.

The BEng in Mechanical Engineering comes with professional accreditation from Engineers Ireland. This is an internationally recognised accreditation which means graduates have worldwide employment opportunities. A professionally accredited programme gives graduates an advantage when it comes to employment.

Further Study

Upon completion of the Level 7 programme, students may progress their studies through the Level 8 add-on programmes in BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering or the BEng (Hons) in Precision Engineering & Design.

BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering add-on

BEng (Hons) in Precision Engineering and Design add-on

Following completion of a Level 8 programme, we offer a wide range of Level 9 and Level 10 postgraduate studies.

Postgraduate studies at IT Sligo

Testimonials

Hear what employers have to say about Engineering graduates from IT Sligo. Plus, see some of the projects our students have worked on.

Did you know?

A large portion of the programme is delivered via practicals, laboratories and workshops. Students also undertake company visits and receive guest lectures from industry speakers. 

In recent years students have won several national competitions with their final year projects, notably with Engineers Ireland and at the National Ploughing Championships.

Students undertake a major design and group build project in third year. Examples of group projects in the past have included design, building and testing of automated pick-and-place assembly machines, wind turbines, hovercraft, go-karts, bale splitters, attachments for tractors, compactors, dune buggies, and special purpose machines such as willow harvester, oyster-shell crusher, grading machine for mussels.

This programme is a hands-on practical learning experience, designed to address the needs of industry by supplying skilled technicians who have developed a diverse set of 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. 

The BEng in Mechanical Engineering comes with professional accreditation from Engineers Ireland. This is an internationally recognised accreditation which means graduates have worldwide employment opportunities. A professionally accredited programme gives graduates an advantage when it comes to employment.

After completion of Year Two, students can exit with a Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. 

Our Level 7 and Level 6 Engineering programmes have a common first semester. This gives students a good understanding of the different aspects of the engineering profession. In semester two, they will choose a field of engineering to specialise in from  Civil Engineering, Electronic and Computer EngineeringMechanical EngineeringMechatronics or Precision Engineering and Design