Which engineering course will you engineer your career with?

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Are you trying to figure out how to list engineering courses in order of preference? See if any of our undergraduate engineering courses are for you

Here’s a selection of some of our engineering courses that you can choose on the CAO as prospective first year student

Level 8

  • BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering
  • BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying programme
  • BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering

Level 6/7

  • BEng in Civil Engineering 
  • BEng in Electrical Engineering
  • Higher Certificate in Engineering in Building Services Engineering
  • Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • Higher Certificate in Engineering in Electronic Engineering

Read about these courses in alphabetical order. Please see the course page for full details of each course. Read about our BIM and architecture courses on our School of Engineering courses page.

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Building Services Engineering

It could be said that Building Services engineers bring buildings to life. Building services engineers are responsible for the design, installation, operation and monitoring of the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, electrical and public health systems required for the safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly operation of modern buildings. You can work as part of a design team, on site during the construction process, involved in regular maintenance to plant and equipment. Lots of jobs at the moment and even during the recession, where retrofits are requires to existing buildings. The course involves a mix of practical (fabricating pipework projects and heating systems), laboratory experiments, onsite visits, lectures and tutorials.

BEng in Civil Engineering 

If you decide to join our team in Civil Engineering you will work with creative people who come up with lots of ideas and put them to use around the world.

Roles for the civil engineers are varied; many work as site engineers and are responsible for managing projects such as schools, roads, residential and commercial buildings as well as water treatment plants and pipe networks that bring clean water to our homes. Other graduates work as design technicians and computer aided designers, creating virtual drawings and models of buildings using computer software. Some graduates can transfer to a level 8 Civil Engineering programme in WIT, which will allow them to become Chartered Engineers. Graduates can also transfer to Construction Management or Quantity Surveying courses internally at WIT.

The course is a balanced mixture of both theory and practical aspects. Site visits reinforce this, and they also encourage the social aspect of the course.

The job prospects for graduates are excellent with everyone gaining employment.

BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering

The Construction Management & Engineering programme is suited to people who have a real interest in working on building projects and learning through a hands-on, practical approach.  A Construction Manager is involved in delivering all aspects of building and civil engineering projects, such as houses and apartments; road, rail and bridges; schools and universities; shopping centres; office and commercial buildings; sports stadia and concert venues; skyscrapers; hospitals; oil rigs...the options are limitless!

As the name of the course implies, graduates can work in either a management or engineering role in construction!  Our graduates typically work for large building companies or consultants who advise clients on their building projects.  The construction industry provides great opportunities for career progression, with graduates working in a diverse range of jobs in both large and small companies, in Ireland and across the globe.  The work can be challenging, the rewards are great and the opportunity to be involved in building the world around you is fantastic.

The Construction Management & Engineering course at WIT was the first course of its kind in Ireland and has been in existence for over 30 years!  It gives students a great balance between the theoretical aspects of management & engineering and how they are applied in the real world. A big part of the programme involves the 7 month Industrial Placement in year 3, where students get to work on some of the most interesting construction projects in Ireland and overseas.  At present, some of our students are working in New York City, working on big construction projects; others are working in New Ross, on the new bypass, which includes the largest bridge of its type in the world...so from New Ross to New York, we cover all locations and that's the real beauty of construction...there are opportunities to work everywhere.

BEng in Electrical Engineering

 Electrical engineering is the study and application of electrical systems for use in different environments such as home, various industrial settings etc. It deals with all aspects of electricity – generation , distribution and services. If you want to work in the construction of electrical projects like wind farms or help maintain the electrical supply in a hi-tech factory then electrical engineering is for you. There are many opportunities locally and nationally in this area.

Here at WIT we have a course with lots of practical content including modules on electrical installation and practice, robotics and automation. 

Graduates of this course have gone on to work in the ESB, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi , Suir Imtech and MSD Ltd.

Difference between electronic engineering and electrical engineering

Electronic Engineering is one of the field/branch of Electrical Engineering. However, Electronics deals with low voltage (typically < 50V) and looks at the basics of electrical machines, integrated circuits and communication systems. - It also uses the scientific knowledge of electrons (behaviour, effects etc), to develop devices, systems, or equipment that uses electricity as it power source.

Electrical on the other hand, deals with high voltage (>50V), contains basic electronic courses but looks more at power systems.

Electronic engineering

If a student has a liking for understanding how things work, for example, a computer or electronic circuit and likes to build things, then a career in Electronics would be applicable. Electronics deals with analog transmission, basic electronics, solid state devices, microprocessors, digital and analog communication, analog integrated circuits, satellite communication, microwave engineering, antennae and wave progression. It also deals with the manufacturing of electronic devices, circuits, and communications equipment.

Because the degree course is an honours BEng it offers a varied mix of both theory and practical work.  Increasingly, lecturers are using practical based learning and problem solving methods with modern technology as teaching tools to ensure students are exposed to a wide variety of electronic solutions.

The course has an 8 month work placement element in year 3 where students are placed in external companies.

The degree is accredited by Engineers Ireland and is therefore is a recognised BEng(H) degree all over the world allowing students the opportunities to travel and work for many companies while expanding their knowledge.

Job examples include: electronic component manufacturers, telecommunications companies and corporations, electrical power utility companies, research and education, civil service and government, and radio and television service providers.

The course also tends to have a mix of national and international students which creates a diverse student group who can learn from and work with each other.  Currently, the course has international students from universities in America, China and Brazil.

Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

The course is for anyone interested in how stuff works, people who would like to make a career out of designing, building or fixing mechanical devices. You should not however think of mechanical devices as being limited to cars and engines etc. It is far broader, encompassing everything from basic devices such as food blenders to complex devices such as artificial heart valves and jet engines.

The vast majority of graduates from the Higher Certificate continue with their education to degree level. However of the small number that leave after 2nd year, most start work as engineering technicians setting up and fixing machines in local manufacturing companies.

The career prospects are wide and varied.  They range from CAD operators working under the supervision of a senior engineer to manufacturing technician support, troubleshooting, fixing and setting up production machines. Some students also work in technical sales (for example in agricultural machinery sales) and technical support.

This year the course has been entirely redesigned, the main focus of the changes has been to make the course more interesting and enjoyable for the students. One way this has been achieved is through a greater use of technology (more CAD, CNC, Engineering software etc.). Another has been the adoption of new teaching methods. For example the redesigned workshop module, in the new module students not only make devices and machines, but also break them (in a scientific way!). This allows students to gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the materials and their designs.

The course has a big practical element, with a large amount of time spent in the workshops and science labs. However the theory is not left at the door of the workshops. Students are encouraged to put the theory into practice in the workshops. For example students will study the theory of gas and liquid through pipes in engineering science, then in the workshop they will be required to design and build a carburettor for an engine. They can then see how well the engine will run if they have put the theory into good practice.

BEng (Hons) in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

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.

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.

BSc (Honours) in Quantity Surveying programme

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BEng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering

Have you an interest in energy, do you care about the environment and want to contribute to saving our planet? 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.

As part of this programme you will 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. You will learn how to design, control and manage energy efficient systems in buildings such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and electrical power circuits. You will also learn how to create 3D computer models of these systems and simulate their energy performance.  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 you will learn how to design new buildings and upgrade existing buildings to achieve these standards. for the last four years WIT has had 100% employment from this programme. The industry is really booming at the moment parents don’t realise how buoyant this sector is.

Find a full listing of undergraduate engineering courses at the School of Engineering page.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Engineering in  Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Quantity Surveying
Bachelor of Engineering in  Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Manufacturing Engineering
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Manufacturing Engineering
Higher Certificate in Engineering in  Electronic Engineering
Higher Certificate in Engineering in  Manufacturing Engineering
Higher Certificate in Engineering in  Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in  Manufacturing Engineering
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Construction Management & Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in  Engineering (Common Entry)
Bachelor of Engineering in  Electronic Engineering
Master of Engineering in  Electronic Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in  Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in  Electronic Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in  Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in  Manufacturing Engineering

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