Department of Building and Civil Engineering





Head of Department : VACANT

Departmental Staff

Courses:

National Certificate in Civil Engineering - 2yrs
National Certificate in Construction Studies - 2yrs
National Diploma in Construction Studies (Building Management) - 1yr
National Diploma in Property Management - 3yrs








NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING

GA009 CIV

Aims
To provide students with the education, training, practical knowledge and technological background to qualify as technicians in the Civil and Municipal Engineering sectors. This enables them to assist in the design and detailing of reinforced concrete, steel and timber structures, survey land and set out works, assist in testing materials, soil surveys, water analysis and effluent control, take off civil engineering quantities and assist in estimating and preparing tenders, designing concrete mixes, testing and setting up quality control procedures.

Entry Requirements
MINIMUM entry requirement is: Pass (Grade D3 or better) in five Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish. In practice, entry levels are significantly above the minimum and points are calculated from the SIX best subjects.

Course Duration
Two years full-time. Also available under ACCS.

Career Outlets
Graduates find employment mainly with State and Semi-State Bodies, Local Authorities, Consulting Engineering Practices and Contractors. The civil engineering technician is of particular assistance to small contractors who would not normally require the full-time services of a professional engineer.

Course Content
The course operates on a semester basis i.e. for examination purposes the academic year is divided in two. Progress to each semester is dependent on each previous semester performance.

Year 1
SEMESTER I Mathematics 1, Structural Mechanics 1, Surveying 1, Construction Science and Materials, Construction Technology 1, Engineering Drawing 1.

SEMESTER II Mathematics 2, Structural Mechanics 2, Construction Science and Computing, Surveying 2, Construction Technology 2, Engineering Drawing 2, Civil Engineering Contracts 1, Project.

Year 2
SEMESTER III Mathematics and Computing 1, Surveying 3, Materials Technology 1, Civil Engineering Contracts 2, Civil Engineering Construction 1, Structural Design 1, Project and Communications 1.

SEMESTER IV Mathematics and Computing 2, Surveying 4, Materials Technology 2, Civil Engineering Contracts 3, Civil Engineering Construction 2, Structural Design 2, Project and Communications 2.


Recognition by Professional Bodies
Graduates are entitled to register with the Institute of Engineers of Ireland as technician members (TECH IEI) and may also register as student members to enter for the professional examinations of the Institute.

Opportunities for Further Study
Graduates with at least a Merit level qualification or one year's suitable post National Certificate experience are eligible to transfer to appropriate National Diploma courses. Exchange programmes with other European Community Colleges are now in operation as a result of mutual recognition of awards.

Further Information
Malachy Gallagher.


NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN CONSTRUCTION STUDIES

GA010 CONST

Aims
To provide students with practical, technical and administrative training to enable them to communicate with craft, technical and managerial staff and to carry out technical and managerial functions in the construction industry. The emphasis on the course is practical, familiarising the student with planning, organisational and control techniques used in the industry.

Entry Requirements
MINIMUM entry requirement is: Pass (Grade D3 or better) in five Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish. In practice, entry levels are significantly above the minimum and points are calculated from the SIX best subjects.

Course Duration
Two years full-time. Also available under ACCS.

Career Outlets
Graduates obtain employment as technicians with Building Contractors, Architectural Practices, Quantity Surveyors, Local Authorities and Semi-State Bodies.

Course Content
The course operates on a semester basis i.e. for examination purposes the academic year is divided in two. Progress to each semester is dependent on each previous semester performance.

Year 1
SEMESTER I Mathematics 1, Structural Mechanics 1, Construction Science and Materials, Construction Technology 1, Surveying 1, Architectural Drawing 1.

SEMESTER II Mathematics 2, Structural Mechanics 2, Contracts and Procedures 1, Construction Technology 2, Construction Science and Computing, Surveying 2, Architectural Drawing 2.

Year 2
SEMESTER III Construction Services, Surveying 3, Construction Technology 3, Quantities and Estimating 1, Structural Design 1, Site Management and Communications 1, Project Studies and CAD 1.

SEMESTER IV Construction Technology 4, Surveying 4, Quantities and Estimating 2, Construction Services 2, Structural Design 2, Site Management and Communications 2, Project Studies and CAD 2.


Recognition by Professional Bodies
National Certificate holders are exempt from examination for associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Opportunities for Further Study
Graduates with at least a Merit level qualification or one year's relevant post National Certificate experience are eligible for transfer to appropriate National Diploma courses in Galway RTC and other colleges.

Further Information
Jimmy O’Halloran.


NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN CONSTRUCTION STUDIES [Building Management]

EDCS3

Aims
To provide students with the technological, financial and managerial training and education to enable them to direct the total construction process and take middle and top management positions in the construction industry.

Entry Requirements
National Certificate in Construction Studies or National Certificate in Civil Engineering with Merit or Distinction or equivalent qualification. Applicants holding a National Certificate with at least one year's post Certificate experience will be considered for admission, having regard to academic performance, the nature of work experience and to availability of places.

Course Duration
One year full-time. Also available under ACCS.

Career Outlets
Graduates are qualified to take up employment in the construction industry and would initially assist the contracts manager in the technical and administrative work involved in contracting from pre-tender to completion. With experience they would progress to higher management positions.

Course Content
The course operates on a semester basis i.e. for examination purposes the academic year is divided in two. Progress to Semester VI is dependent on performance in Semester V.

SEMESTER V Construction Technology 1, Financial Management and Economics 1, Building Law, Applied Management Techniques 1, Contract Administration 1, Interim and Final Accounts 1.

SEMESTER VI Construction Technology 2, Industrial Relations, Contract Administration 2, Interim and Final Accounts 2, Applied Management Techniques 2, Financial Management and Economics 2, Project.


Recognition by Professional Bodies
Graduates are exempt from Part I Membership examinations of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Opportunities for Further Study
Graduates may proceed to degree level studies in Construction Economics or Quantity Surveying at other colleges.

Further Information
Colm McLoughlin.


NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

GW016 PROPMGMT

Aims
To provide the education and training necessary to enable the graduates to practice as Auctioneers, Estate Agents, Valuers, Property Managers and Assessors within the private and public sectors of the property business. The course, offered jointly by the Department of Business Studies and the Department of Building and Civil Engineering, provides a detailed study of the valuation and agency of property and chattels set within the context of the appropriate legal, economic, financial, managerial and environmental framework.

Entry Requirements
MINIMUM entry requirement is: Pass (Grade D3 or better) in five Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish. In practice, entry levels are significantly above the minimum and points are calculated from the SIX best subjects.

Course Duration
Three years full-time study. Also available under ACCS.

Career Outlets
Employment opportunities are with professional Auctioneers, Valuers and Estate Agents or in Corporate Portfolio Property Management Departments.

Course Content

Year 1
Valuation I, Economics, Law I, Building Studies I, Land use and Development, Quantitative Techniques and Data Processing.

Year 2
Valuation II/Taxation, Law II, Building Studies II, Marketing and Management, Property Management, Business German.

Year 3
Valuation III, Financial Management/M.I.S., Property Marketing, Property Management, Law III, Business German II, plus Integrated Project.


Recognition by Professional Bodies
Graduates will be considered for full membership of The Irish Auctioneers and Valuers Institute (I.A.V.I.).

Opportunities for further study
Graduates may progress to Degree level in Ireland and the EU Further personal development is possible professionally and academically to higher levels.

Further information
Brian Doyle.