Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elva Bannon from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elva Bannon

Mechatronic Engineer

Smart Futures

Read more

Elva Bannon

I found having education in a number of different areas of engineering to be beneficial to the work I am doing.

There is a whole world of possibilities out there for engineers, and it is difficult to know what subjects are necessary for the industry you will end up in. I was always interested in robotics and environmental issues, but it was not until my Masters that I really knew what I wanted to do.

General entry courses are quite useful, as you get a taste for a few different areas before you have to specialise, a lot of companies offer on the job training, and there is also the possibility of further study.

An engineering qualification teaches you so much more than just the technical subjects, but a way of looking at the world and solving problems in a logical and systematic way.

Engineers are sought after for these skills as much as the technical ones, and it opens up incredible opportunities. Engineering is not an easy route through college, but it is incredibly rewarding.

Close

Administrative?
Administrative
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
All Courses
PLC Progression Routes
PLC Points Calculator
CAO Points Calculator
CAO Video Guide

Dunboyne College of Further Education
Drogheda Institute of Further Education
Inchicore College of Further Education
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Course Details

logo imagelogo image
<
Back to CourseFinder
 0

GY405
Mechanical Engineering

Ed Zone

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 HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

Career Opportunities
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
4 Years
Duration of course
Druation goes here.....
430

2016 Points

430

Change
-20
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

Summary... header image

This degree programme is designed to provide graduates with the skills to face the challenge for newer, better, faster, more reliable, more versatile, longer-lasting and more environmentally friendly Mechanical Engineering products and processes. These skills need also to be complemented by the managerial and personal skills needed to interact with teams on joint projects.  

If you think you have or can develop the skills and knowledge to understand the requirements for designing a moving device or machine for the environment it will be used in as well as understand how it will best be manufactured, then you may make a good mechanical engineer.

Students will undertake a five-month (April to August) off-campus work placement following completion of their third year of study

Course Details header image

From College Website...
Go...
GY405 - Mechanical Engineering
NUI Galway

From Qualifax...
Go...
GY405 - Mechanical Engineering
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
DISCLAIMER: These links are to official sources of information for this course - we accept no responsibility for the information on them.


Entry Requirementsheader image

To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

QQI FET/FETAC Links header image

PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

Search for PLC Courses offering these awards
(Click on the Codes)
Old Code New Code Award Title
CMTXX  5M2145  Motor Technology
  6M5145  ?

Essential Module Requirements:
5 Distinctions and a pass in NUI Galway special engineering maths exam (contact NUI Galway for more details).

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

Career Progression header image

Graduates go on to work in such areas as research, industrial design, project management, environmental protection, energy production, technical sales, process control, manufacturing, aeronautics, and materials and product development. For students interested in pursuing further education, the PhD and MEngSc degrees are obtained through doing research work along with advanced study. Research students specialise in an area of research, working with a high degree of independence.



Related Coursesheader image

The following course suggestions also prepare for work in this Career Sector, and may suit people with similar Career Interests. They are from colleges in the same region, and might also be worth exploring. You can sort the list by Title or College by clicking on the column headings. You can Tag any of these courses from within the individual course pages.

Course Title College
Agricultural and Environmental Management (Mountbellew) Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT 
Agricultural Engineering  
Creative Design IT Sligo 
Creative Design IT Sligo 
Health and Safety Systems NUI Galway 
Energy Systems and Automation Engineering - Cancelled GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Mechatronics IT Sligo 
Mechatronics IT Sligo 
Engineering (Undenominated) NUI Galway 
Energy Engineering GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Energy Systems Engineering NUI Galway 
Energy Engineering GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Precision Engineering and Design IT Sligo 
Mechanical Engineering GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Furniture Design and Manufacture (Letterfrack) GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Furniture and Wood Technology (Letterfrack) GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Mechanical Engineering GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Precision Engineering & Design IT Sligo 
Furniture Design and Manufacture (Letterfrack) GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Furniture and Wood Technology (Letterfrack) GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Mechanical Engineering IT Sligo 
Mechanical Engineering NUI Galway 
Mechanical Engineering IT Sligo 
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering  
Physics & Instrumentation GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Physics and Instrumentation GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT 
Biomedical Engineering NUI Galway