Precision engineering is involved with the design, manufacturing and measurement of highly specified parts for the medical, aerospace, automotive, oil and gas exploration and related industry. This degree has been designed with industry to respond efficiently and effectively to the needs of the Precision Engineering industry. Students learn how to work effectively with both manual and CNC machines to produce parts from an initial design to a final product.
Parts are designed using CAD systems to develop solutions to engineering problems and when completed the accuracy will measure specialised measurement equipment such as co-ordinate measuring machines (CMM). Students will work as individuals and in groups on a variety of industrial standard engineering projects. This degree is an active learning programme with the application of theory in workshop/labs with hands-on experience on state-of-the-art CNC machines, CAM software and metrology equipment.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Programme graduates will work as precision engineers in world class manufacturing and production environments and will be highly skilled in areas of CNC machining, CAD/CAM, metrology and material selection methods.
Graduates will typically be employed in one of the following roles: Precision engineer in a world class machining environment; Applications engineer utilising CAD/CAM to maximise utilisation of machines tools; Design Engineer and Development of Complex components; Manufacturing engineer; Production engineer; CNC machinist and programmer; Materials engineer; Process control engineer; Equipment test engineer/technician; Engineer in the medical device, human implant, and Life Sciences Industries.