Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering





Head of Department : M. Reen

Departmental Staff

Courses:

National Certificate in Industrial Engineering - 2yrs
National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering - 2yrs
National Diploma in Production Engineering - 1yr








NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

GA012 IND

Aims
To give the student an understanding and appreciation of the needs of management while ensuring that the modern forms of technology used for production of goods and services are used as effectively and as efficiently as possible. Emphasis is placed on communication skills and the importance of interpersonal relationships, with the recognition that all changes in work practices need the co-operation of the workers involved. Industrial Engineering Engineers and Technicians are involved with organisation companies to ensure that human, financial and technical considerations are all included in development plans, and that improvements are made in a realistic and balanced way.

Students who have studied subjects such as Physics, Business Organisation, Accountancy, Engineering Drawing and Workshop Practice will find their knowledge advantageous on the course.


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
The industrial engineering technician operates in manufacturing industry and is involved with: the investigation of work methods and practices, the layout of and the relationship between machines and other equipment and the study of ways in which materials are obtained and processed through a manufacturing system.

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, Materials, Engineering Science 1, Instrumentation, Engineering Drawing 1, Work Study 1, Management Systems.

SEMESTER II Mathematics 2, Manufacturing Technology 1, Workshop Practice 1, Engineering Science 2, Electronics and Computer Applications, Work Study 2, Language and Communications.

Year 2
SEMESTER III Statistics and Quality Control, Materials 2, Engineering Drawing 2, Industrial Engineering Finance, Work Study 3, Project, Language 2.

SEMESTER IV Mathematics 4, Manufacturing Technology 2, Production Workshop, Industrial Services, Work Study 4, Production Management, Industrial Psychology.


Recognition by Professional Bodies
Graduates may apply to the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (IEI) for admission to Engineering Technician grade.

Opportunities for Further Study
Students who achieve Merit or Distinction can transfer to the Diploma in Production Engineering in this College, or to appropriate Diploma courses in other colleges. Opportunities exist for suitably qualified students to proceed to degree courses in this and other colleges. The Department also participates as an inner-circle member of the European Credit Transfer Scheme. This allows students to study in other European third level institutions with mutual recognition of awards.

Further Information
Michael Reen or Jim Pilling.


NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

GA013 MECH

Aims
To develop skills and knowledge to work in the manufacturing environment using such technology as: machine tools, instrumentation and control equipment, computer equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, measuring devices and materials testing machines. Manufacturing activity involves the interaction of materials and machines resulting in the production of consumer and capital goods, and its efficiency depends on the effective performance of power sources and heating systems, on the accuracy of both metallic and non-metallic parts in terms of shape, finish etc. Students are given an understanding of the importance of all these factors in the industrial environment.

Applicants for this course should be interested in how machines and mechanical equipment work, their efficient and effective performance and should be comfortable with Mathematics and Analytical subjects generally. Those who have already studied subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Workshop Practice and Engineering Drawing will have a very good foundation for the course.


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.

Outlets
Mechanical Engineering Technicians are employed in manufacturing industry in a variety of assignments such as: development and implementation of preventative maintenance systems, production of working drawings, testing of machine tools, testing of materials and assisting in the construction of prototype equipment etc.

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 performance in each previous semester.

Year 1
SEMESTER I Mathematics 1, Manufacturing Technology 1, Workshop Practice, Electrical Engineering Science, Mechanics, Instrumentation, Management Systems.

SEMESTER II Mathematics 2, Manufacturing Technology 2, Engineering Science, Electronics and Computer Applications, Instrumentation and Control, Engineering Drawing 1, Language and Communications.

Year 2
SEMESTER III Mathematics 3, Production Workshop, Mechanics of Solids, Control Systems, Energy Utilisation 1, Manufacturing Technology 3, Language 2.

SEMESTER IV Mathematics 4, Mechanics of Machines, Energy Utilisation 2, Engineering Drawing 2, Engineering Management, Maintenance and Safety, Project.


Recognition by Professional Bodies
Graduates may apply to the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (IEI) for admission to Engineering Technician grade.

Opportunities for Further Study
Students who achieve Merit or Distinction can transfer to the Diploma in Engineering (Production) in this College or to appropriate Diploma courses in other colleges. Suitably qualified graduates may also proceed to degree courses in this and other colleges.

In addition, the Department participates in the European Credit Transfer Scheme which allows suitably qualified students to study in other European third level institutions with mutual recognition of awards.


Further Information
Michael Reen or Spiro Kaldanis.


NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PRODUCTION ENGINEERING

EDPE3

Aims
To produce technicians for manufacturing industry who are capable of working at an advanced level. Graduates can contribute to a large number of engineering activities within manufacturing industry: typical of these are applications of computer hardware and software within manufacturing; statistical process control activities interacting in a quantitative manner with the production process.

Entry Requirements
National Certificate in Mechanical or Industrial 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, nature of work experience and availability of places.

Course Duration
One year full-time.

Career Outlets
Graduates are employed in manufacturing industry in a variety of activities such as Process and Product Design, Quality Control, Management and Software Applications.

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.

For this Diploma also, bridging studies are included in order to facilitate students from either a mechanical or an industrial engineering background to complete the course.

SEMESTER V Mathematics and Computing, Production Technology, Mechanical Engineering Science, Electronics and Microsystems, Materials and Materials Testing, Production Management, Work Study, Production Project 1.

SEMESTER VI Production Automation, Control Systems, Engineering Design Process, Maintenance and Safety, Quality Assurance, Computer Aided Production Management, Production Project 2, Industrial Psychology.


Recognition by Professional Bodies Graduates are eligible to apply to the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (IEI) for admission to Technician Engineer grade.

Opportunities for Further Study
Students obtaining Merit or Distinction may be considered for transfer into year three of the Bachelor of Technology (Manufacturing Technology) programme, or other appropriate degree programmes in other colleges. Pass graduates will be required to have at least one year’s relevant work experience.

The Department also participates in the European Credit Transfer Scheme which allows suitable students to study in third level institutions throughout Europe with mutual recognition of awards.


Further Information
Michael Reen or Evelyn Uí hEachterin.