This is a broad area focusing on the design and development of products and processes. Mechanical engineering has a strong product and equipment design element, while manufacturing engineering analyses the processes and systems required to produce goods.
This is a four year honours degree, which prepares students for employment in a very broad range of engineering situations.
This course has recently been modified to include the following specialised streams:
Green Technology and Alternative Energy Systems
Robotics & Automation
Systems Integration and Industry 4.0.
These streams may also be reflected in the Placement module in Year 3 and in the two-semester long Final Year Project. This will allow the students to accumulate a possible 60 credits in their chosen stream in the final two years of this programme.
Please note that not all streams may run in any given year.
Industrial placement takes place in semester 6, which can be up to six months duration (March - September). These placements have been very successful at providing for the students a perspective on the broad variety of material that they have covered in the course.
Students have been previously placed in Bausch & Lomb (Waterford), Honeywell (Waterford), Intel (Leixlip), Janssen Pharmaceutical (Cork), Lipton's (Cork), Servier (Wicklow), Schering-Plough (Wicklow), and Stryker (Cork).
Industrial visits are an integral part of the course, providing the students with examples of authentic applications of course material. Other events, such as visiting lecturers or Engineering Society trips, occur on a regular basis.
Course outline is subject to change.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Engineering Maths 1||Introductory Engineering Calculus|
|Materials 1||Manufacturing Technology 1|
|Mechanical Systems||Engineering Mechanics|
|Engineering Drawing||Computer Aided Draughting|
|Engineering Professionalism||Manufacturing Systems|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Electrical Engineering||Computer-Aided Design|
|Engineering Maths 2||Thermodynamics|
|Engineering Design||Manufacturing Technology 2|
|Applied Mechanics||Production Systems|
|Introduction to Programming||Intermediate Engineering Calculus|
|Materials 2||Electronic Engineering|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Quality Management||Industrial Studies & Placement|
|Automation and Control|
|Mechanics of Materials|
|Dynamics & Vibrations|
|Enterprise Resource Management|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Heat and Mass Transfer||Advanced Materials & Process Selection|
|Facility Simulation & Reliability||Applied Fluid Mechanics|
|Operations Strategy||Manufacturing Facilities|
|Project 1||Project 2|
|Elective 1||Elective 3|
|Elective 2||Elective 4|
In year four, students choose from one of six streams.
Mechanical / Manufacturing
Green Technology & AES
Robotics & Automation
Systems Integration & Industry 4.0
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
H5 or better in a Laboratory Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry and Agricultural Science) or Technical (Engineering, Technology, Technical Drawing, Design & Communications Graphics) subject compensates for not making the required grade in Mathematics (O3/H7).
Graduates of the course may find work in the following areas:
Process Design and Improvement
Enterprise Resource Management
Product Design & Development
Past graduates are employed in a variety of companies including Bausch & Lomb, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Mercury Engineering, Radley Engineering and abroad.