Industry Sponsored Bursaries Scheme Expanded in 2022 for Applicants to Precision Engineering & Design at IT Sligo


Following on from the successful launch last year of Industry-sponsored bursaries for students on the full-time Precision Engineering and Design course, IT Sligo are delighted to announce that six regional employers confirmed their support for the 2022 programme. The industry partners are Abbott Nutrition, Avenue Mould Solutions, Moll Industries Ireland Ltd., Ophardt Hygiene Ireland Ltd., Prior PLM Medical and Ward Automation, with each committing up to €1,500 for students who join IT Sligo on the degree course in September 2022.

Precision Engineering involves the design and manufacture of complex products, machines, tools and instruments, whose parts must be precisely correct in shape and size, have exceptionally tight tolerances and be produced repeatedly to exact specifications.

“Our goal is to increase the number of students in Precision Engineering, to keep up with growing demand from industry for graduates with skills in this area” Xavier Velay, Head of Department, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

IT Sligo has invested over €1m in equipment and facilities to support 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.

Students study several modules that are common to both precision engineering and mechanical engineering, offering future employment in a variety of design, manufacturing, CNC programming, validation, project management and procurement roles. Employers in the medical device, advanced manufacturing and precision engineering industries continue to seek high calibre graduates and this link with industry, directly from third level education is beneficial to both students and employers in the long term.

Students who are interested in the bursaries need to contact the companies directly for further information. Companies will award the bursary to students upon successful completion of first-year exams in Precision Engineering & Design at IT Sligo. IT Sligo will be designated as Atlantic Technological University (ATU) on 1st April 2022.

To find out more about Precision Engineering and Design at IT Sligo please go to CAO deadline for applications is February 1st @ 5pm.


Abbott Nutrition
Andrea Gregg

Avenue Mould Solutions
Sonya Connolly

Moll Industries Ireland Ltd.
Michael Masterson

Ophardt Hygiene Ireland Ltd.
Deirdre Gethins

Prior PLM Medical
Assumpta Doherty

Ward Automation
Shauna Ward