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Mechanical Engineering

Course Code(s):  5M2061
QQI Award Code:  5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2061
QQI Award Code 5M2061 Engineering Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The course aims to educate and train students in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on the technical requirements of industry in Ireland. The course is a preparation for direct employment in an engineering industry and for entry into third level education.

Students studying Mechanical Engineering have access to technical workshops, fitted with a variety of specialist equipment, including lathe, milling machine, cnc, mig, tig and arc welding . Students have the opportunity to learn exact skills in addition to observing the highest standards of work place safety.

What will you Study?

Engineering Workshop Processes 5N1608
Engineering Theory
Materials Science 5N1637
Mathematics
CAD(2D)
Communications 5N0690
Engineering Drawing
Word Processing 5N1358
Work Experience 5N1356
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CENGT 5M2061

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Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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