What is the 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 plant. 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 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.
The BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering is a four year undergraduate course with first year entry open to school leavers or others who meet the required entry standards. Students who pursue 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. The first two years 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 in years three and four.
In year 3, semester 2, 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 previously students working for companies in England, Scotland, Germany and Saudi Arabia.
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.
BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering
The first two years of the course are designed to introduce the students to the fundamentals of maths, engineering, science and technology that underpin the study of energy engineering. Students also learn how to use AutoCAD and BIM software.
In years 3 and 4 a more specific study of engineering in relation to power generation, building energy systems design, energy management, simulation and low energy building design is undertaken.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Fundamentals Engineering Maths||Introductory Calculus|
|Sustainable Energy & Engineering Science 1||Intro to Energy & the Environment|
|Intro to Graphics||Building Services CAD 1|
|Construction Technology||Sustainable Energy & Engineering Science 2|
|Intro to Building Services||Mechanical Systems|
|Learning Skills/Communications||Fabrication Technology|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Mathematical Methods||Advanced Calculus|
|Fluids||Building Services Design Software|
|Building Energy Design Tools||Building Performance & Energy|
|Mechanical Plant Technology||Thermodynamics|
|Heat Transfer in Buildings||Electrical Plant Technology|
|Materials for Sustainable Design||Energy Design Project|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Statistics for Scientists||Research Methods|
|Intro to Construction Law||BER Dwellings|
|Energy Policy & Legislation||Dynamic Thermal Simulation|
|Lighting & Daylighting Design||Industrial Placement / Energy Surveying|
|Sustainable Heat and Power Generation|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Project & Corporate Management||Dissertation|
|BER Comm & Services Simulation||Energy Management of Buildings|
|Control of Energy Systems||Feasibility Project|
|Passive building design strategies||Sustainable Energy Recovery & Utilisation|
|Elective Module||Advanced Heat Transfer & Thermal Imaging|
Leaving Certificate 2017:
Minimum entry requirements
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O5/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 Maths (O3/H5)
If you compensate, you must achieve the minimum of either O6/H7 in Maths.
Advanced and Equivalent Entry:
- Advanced Entry - Years 2, 3 or 4
- Non-EU Applicants
- QQI FET/FETAC Entry
- QQI FET Progression Entry Route
- Mature Entry Route
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 specialist in power generation, energy storage and energy recovery
An energy systems/building services systems design consultant
A specialist low energy building design professional
An energy manager/ facilities manager for a large company
A building energy assessor
A expert in BIM and building energy simulation
A site engineering responsible for the installation of all energy systems for a project.
BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering Follow on Study
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 sustainable energy engineering, innovative technologies and construction management.
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