Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Points Required 309*
  • Course Code SG336
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

Precision engineering is a specialist branch of mechanical engineering which involves the design and manufacture of complex products, machines, tools and instruments, whose parts must be precisely correct in size and shape, have exceptionally tight tolerances and be produced repeatedly to exact specifications. These include machines and fixtures produced for the medical devices and aerospace industries. Precision engineering is often defined as having an accuracy of1x106 - that’s one millionth of a metre, or 1 micron. 

The precision engineering programmes at IT Sligo have been designed to meet 21st century manufacturing requirements and to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills now needed in modern manufacturing companies.


This degree enables students to understand and apply the principles of mathematics, science, physics, and the various precision engineering technologies, as well as practising design processes and techniques.

Students acquire the specialist knowledge and skills needed to design and manufacture modern, high-tech engineering products, and to design and build the specialist equipment needed for their manufacture. Skill shortages have been identified in precision engineering and increased job opportunities have been predicted for engineers with these 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. 

This Precision Engineering degree focuses on:

  • Precision Design – product, mould, tool and machine design
  • Computer Aided Manufacture – CNC (Computer Numerical Control) programming & machining
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies – automation, polymer processing, materials
  • Metrology – Precision measurement and CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine)
  • Manufacturing Requirements – validation, quality management, lean manufacturing and project management

Design is a key activity on this programme and graduates will acquire the skills needed for the design of precision products, such as medical devices, the design of precision tooling, such as plastic injection moulds and the design of automation equipment, such as assembly machinery.

Students also learn how to program and use computer numerical control (CNC) machines used to make precision components and precision measurement equipment such as coordinate measuring machines (CMM).

Advanced manufacturing techniques, automation, computer integrated manufacturing technologies and the use of polymer processing technolgies used for plastic moulding are also addressed.


During the first semester, students are introduced to the engineering profession by sharing the same modules as our other engineering programmes. The common first semester helps develop a multidisciplinary mindset.


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.


Specialist precision engineering modules ensure that students become proficient in Product and Tool Design, CNC Technologies, Robotics, Integrated Manufacturing, Metrology, Validation and Quality Management. Students complete a major final-year project.

Entry Requirements

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Career Opportunities

Our graduates are in very high demand to meet the skills shortages in the precision industry, both nationally and internationally. 

Graduates will be employed in design, manufacturing, project management, CNC programming, metrology, validation and procurement roles in high-performance, advanced manufacturing and precision engineering companies.

Further Study

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

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

BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering add-on

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

Postgraduate studies at IT Sligo


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?

Precision Engineering Industry Bursaries for CAO Applicants 

IT Sligo have partnered with Ward Automation, Avenue Mould, Prior PLM Medical and Ophardt Hygiene Ireland to offer financial bursaries of up to €1500 to CAO applicants choosing to study SG336 Precision Engineering and Design at the soon to be Technological University. This is to help combat the huge skill shortages within this specialist area of mechanical engineering.

Interested students can contact companies directly for more information. Companies will award the bursary to students on successful completion of first year exams in SG336 Precision Engineering & Design at IT Sligo.

Ward Automation

John Ward -

Avenue Mould – a Nolato Company

Sonya Connolly -

Ophardt Hygiene Ireland Ltd

Deirdre Gethins -

Prior PLM Medical

Assumpta Doherty -


Skill shortages have been identified in precision engineering, particularly for designers of precision products, tools and machines, with increased job opportunities for graduates possessing these skills. IT Sligo has consulted widely with industry to develop this programme.

This course concentrates on the design of precision plastic and metal products, mould and die design, together with all of the related manufacturing, polymer processing, metrology and validation technologies.

Final year students design and manufacture a working prototype that is often linked with a company. The final year projects are regularly submitted to national competitions and student projects have won several awards including the Engineers Ireland Award.

Students complete a major final-year project.

Student projects are presented at The Sligo Engineering & Technology Expo. The Expo is attended by a range of companies including Fortune 500 industry leaders. This allows students to network with potential employers. View the 2021 Expo Catalogue

Our Engineering programmes are hands-on, with a big emphasis on developing practical skills. This means our students graduate with the skills employers want.

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. 

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 This means that no matter which programme you come to us on, you have the flexibility to change speciality after the first semester if you wish.