Graduates of WIT's Sustainable Energy Engineering will learn how to design new buildings to meet 2020 NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) standards
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has added five courses to the CAO’s ‘available places’ places for 2017 entry.
One programme from WIT’s School of Engineering has been added to the list, the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering.
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.
By 2020 all buildings in Ireland must be designed and built to meet new NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) standards. As part of this programme students will learn how to design new buildings and upgrade existing buildings to achieve these standards.
The Available Places scheme is open to people who have not already applied to the CAO, as well as existing applicants.
Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WIT says while there are many reasons people may apply for a course through available places, preparation is key before applying for a course through the scheme.
“At www.wit.ie/how we have a How to research your CAO options resource for CAO applicants as well as College choices – the parents’ manual. We recommend people use the worksheets there to figure out if one of the available places courses is for them and it’s something they will enjoy studying for the next three to four years.”
As part of the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering students cover topics relating to power generation from a range of renewable energy technologies including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass as well as traditional power generation using fossil fuels.
Colm Tynan, Programme Leader, BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering says that prospective students should answer the following questions: Have you an interest in energy, do you care about the environment and want to contribute to saving our planet?
“If you do then maybe you should consider a rewarding career as an energy engineer. Energy engineering graduates are highly employable and are actively recruited by a range of companies 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.”
“Students will learn how to design, control and manage energy efficient systems in buildings such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and electrical power circuits. They will also learn how to create 3D computer models of these systems and simulate their energy performance.”
There are many reasons prospective students turn to the CAO’s available places list each year, adds Dr O’Byrne. “For some it is because they did better than they hoped and hadn’t that course on their list. Others may be disappointed with their offer and look for something they are better suited to. With the worsening accommodation crisis it may be that some families decide that Waterford is a more affordable option, or gives a student the freedom to commute a reasonable distance.”
Prospective students can find out more at http://www.wit.ie/availableplaces.