BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)Sustainable Energy Engineering

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        288 - 590
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is the BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering

The Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering is a full-time, four year, honours degree course of study that can be chosen within the Engineering Common Entry Route. The Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering programme in WIT investigates energy and its uses in areas such as sustainable low energy building design, low and zero carbon heat and power generation technologies (including renewables), energy management, energy storage and carbon emissions.

Reasons to choose BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering

Become an engineer who designs energy systems, optimizes energy performance, understands alternative energy technologies and environmental impact. With a 100% graduate employment rate, the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering is for individuals who have an interest in energy, who care about the environment and who want to contribute to saving our planet. Currently, there is a shortage of qualified engineers resulting in graduates having more job choice, with many securing employment before they complete their final exams.


The course is dedicated to investigating energy and its uses in areas such as sustainable low energy building design, building energy performance and analysis, energy production, low and zero carbon heat and power generation technologies, and energy policy and legislation. The early stages of the course are designed to introduce the students to the fundamentals of maths, engineering, science and technology that underpin the study of engineering in general and equip them with the knowledge required to undertake a more specific study of engineering in relation to sustainable energy systems.

Work Placement

In year 3, semester 2, the majority of students are placed with some of Ireland's leading engineering companies and energy providers for a period of six months. These paid placements gives the students a taste of what professional practice is all about, how the industry operates and how theoretical knowledge is applied in practice. Opportunities to complete placement abroad are also available with previous students working for companies in England, Scotland, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Students also have the option to choose to do an Energy Related Project instead of work placement. 

Become an Energy Engineer

No two days as an energy engineer are ever the same. Energy engineers work collaboratively with architects, engineers of other disciplines, planners and other construction professionals to complete a variety of projects relating to power generation, energy reduction, carbon abatement and energy storage, and a variety of buildings, with projects including schools, offices, hospitals, data centres, pharmaceutical plants and many more. Creating such buildings that function effectively and finding energy solutions that work makes for a challenging but very rewarding career.

As an energy engineer you may either be office or site-based, but most will spend their time in a range of locations. Typical office tasks will involve producing energy efficient designs and preparing drawings in 2D and 3D, computer modelling and simulation of buildings, and researching new technologies. Outside the office, you will meet with clients and work with architects to review designs, visit construction sites and meet with manufacturers to explore new products. Energy engineers need to be able to work as part of a team, have an analytical mind and enjoy problem-solving. Strong capabilities in IT, building information modelling (BIM) software, computer-aided design (CAD) and drawing are essential.

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to EngineeringBIM 1
Engineering ComputingEngineering Maths 2
Engineering Maths 1Engineering Physics 2
Engineering ProfessionalismManagement for Engineers
Engineering Physics 1Mechanics 1
Land Surveying & Sustainable Energy
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
BIM 2 – Mechanical Services Design 1BIM 3 – Mechanical Services Design 2
Engineering Maths 3Thermodynamics
Heat Transfers in BuildingsElectrical Services Design
Mechanical Building ServicesEngineering Maths 4
Sustainable Heat & Power GenerationMaterials for Sustainable Design
Engineering FinanceIntroduction to Project Management
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Fluid Mechanics Dynamic Thermal Simulation
Computer Programming for Energy EngineersEnergy Design Project 1
Law for EngineersMathematical Modelling & Statistics
Construction Health and SafetyEnergy Systems Engineering Work Placement
2 Electives
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Dissertation 1Dissertation 2
Control of Energy SystemsEnergy Design Project 2
Electrical Power Generation & TransmissionIndustrial HVAC Systems
BIM 4- Building Services Applications Sustainable Energy Recovery & Utilization
2 Electives 2 Electives

Leaving Cert: Entry requirements for the BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O2/H6


Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering:


Students who complete other engineering courses at WIT, or another third level institution, at ordinary degree level or equivalent, may apply to transfer onto this course at the third year stage. Students who complete level 6 higher certificate programmes in engineering may apply for entry into this course at the second year stage.

BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering career opportunities

Currently there is a huge shortage of qualified energy engineers. Almost 100% of BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering graduates have found employment in the energy sector in the last 5 years, many securing employment before they complete their final exams. Energy engineering graduates are highly employable and are actively recruited by a range of companies (see below) working in sectors such as sustainable power generation, low energy building design, building energy systems design, energy management, energy modelling and simulation or with energy agencies or government bodies.


Graduates from the BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career within the energy sector either in Ireland or abroad. Graduates may find employment as:

A Design Energy Engineer

  • Analyse the thermal performance of buildings
  • Design all the internal energy systems inside buildings: heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical power, lighting.
  • Determine the energy requirements of buildings.
  • Build 3-D models of these systems using BIM software
  • Simulate the performance of the building when these systems are installed.
  • Design electrical and thermal power systems for buildings.


An Energy Manager

  • Manage the operation of the energy systems in a large scale facility.
  • Monitor energy consumption patterns in buildings.
  • Undertake energy audits.
  • Investigate energy reduction measures, monitor and log results.


A Specialist Low Energy Design Consultant

  • Advise clients and Architects on low energy design alternatives for buildings.
  • Advise clients on renewable energy technology alternatives.
  • Perform energy audits of buildings and facilities and prepare BER certificates.
  • Use energy design software to analyse the energy performance of alternative designs.


A Site Engineer

  • Work on large scale multi-million euro projects supervising and coordinating the installation of mechanical and electrical energy systems.
  • Commission the energy systems to ensure they operate at maximum efficiency.

and more!


Follow on Study for BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering graduates


Graduates from this programme may continue their studies at masters degree level. There are a number of masters degree programmes available in the School of Engineering in WIT including: 

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