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LC288
Mechanical Engineering

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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This programme focuses on the practical aspects of Mechanical Engineering, such as Computer Aided Design, Engineering Processes and Maintenance, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Plant Engineering, Instruments and Control, etc. Mechanical Engineers apply sophisticated computer based tools and equipment such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), robotics and computer controlled manufacturing systems to aid the quality and speed of machinery production.

This programme is taught with a practical, hands-on approach, giving students the skills needed for the employment market. We welcome applications from holders of apprenticeships in the mechanical trades, and from persons with manufacturing backgrounds, that wish to upgrade their skills and qualifications.

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On successful completion of the programme, job opportunities for graduates include: Product Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Engineer, Design Engineer, Building Operations Supervisor. LIT Engineering graduates work for Vistakon, Boston Scientific, Irish Rail, ESB, etc.


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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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On successful completion of the programme, job opportunities for graduates include: Product Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities Engineer, Design Engineer, Building Operations Supervisor. LIT Engineering graduates work for Vistakon, Boston Scientific, Irish Rail, ESB, etc.



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