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DK740
Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Systems

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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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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
3 Years
Duration of course
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170

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170

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This course provides the technical knowledge and techniques for combining microelectronics technology with computer software in order to produce effective working products. There is a large amount of practical work in modern well equipped workshops and laboratories.


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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess at least 1 distinction or 2 Merits

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Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess at least 1 distinction or 2 Merits

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

Points Calculator for QQI Awards
Details of the QQI scoring system and a points calculator can be found HERE
Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess at least 1 distinction or 2 Merits

Note: Information for 2017 Entry

Points Calculator for QQI Awards
Details of the QQI scoring system and a points calculator can be found HERE

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There are over 60,000 people involved in the Electronic/Electrical area in Ireland, in designing, testing, manufacturing, selling, installing and maintaining equipment. Practically every major electronic and IT company in the world has a presence in Ireland including Apple, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Analog Devices, Xilinx, etc. You may work for one of these major companies.

Alternatively you may find yourself in Eircom, the ESB or BT. You may become an installation/maintenance Engineer in a biotech, chemical or other manufacturing facility or even in the Army, Garda Siochana, Local Authority or government department



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