Industry Bursaries Available for Precision Engineering & Design Students


Industry Bursaries Available for Precision Engineering & Design 

IT Sligo have partnered with Ward Automation, Avenue Mould, Ophardt Hygiene Ireland and Prior PLM Medical 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, to help combat the huge skill shortages within this specialist area of mechanical engineering.

What is precision engineering?

Precision engineering 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.

What will students’ study?

Students study several modules that are common to both precision engineering and mechanical engineering.  Specialist precision engineering modules ensure that students become proficient in product and tool design, CNC technologies, robotics, integrated manufacturing, metrology, validation and quality management. Design is a key component of this degree. Final year students design and manufacture award winning prototypes that are often linked with a company.

State of the art facilities

IT Sligo has invested over €1 million in equipment and facilities to support the precision engineering degrees in the past five years. Students have access to comprehensive material and testing laboratories, industry standard software in CAD/CAM, coordinate measuring machine (CMM), robotics and integrated manufacturing unit, CNC lathes, 5-axis and 3-axis CNC milling machines, wire eroder, 3D printers and lots more.


Graduates are employed in a variety of design, manufacturing, project management, CNC programming, metrology, validation and procurement roles in high-performance, advanced manufacturing and precision engineering companies.

Students who successfully complete the Level 7 Degree, may choose to progress to the Level 8 Honours Degree in Precision Engineering and Design at IT Sligo.

How to apply

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. CAO applicants can still select this degree as part of their application by using the Free CAO Change of Mind Facility. This facility will close at 5.15pm on July 1st.

Ward Automation

John Ward –

View Ward Automation Company Profile Presentation

Avenue Mould – a Nolato Company

Sonya Connolly –

View Avenue Mould Company Profile Presentation

Ophardt Hygiene Ireland Ltd

Deirdre Gethins –

View Ophardt Hygiene Company Profile Presentation

Prior PLM Medical

Assumpta Doherty –

View Prior PLM Medical Company Profile Presentation

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