There are many classifications of engineering, the major ones being: Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical. Further subdivisions of these include production, manufacturing, agricultural and aeronautical. Careers span the spectrum of process, manufacturing and service sectors in a multitude of functions such as design, draughting, planning, testing etc.
The School of Engineering has four constituent departments: Building & Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Engineering Trades.
The Building & Civil, Electronic, and Mechanical and Industrial Departments offer full-time third level courses at National Certificate, Diploma and Degree level. National Certificate courses consist of two years full time study, National Diploma courses require an additional year post National Certificate and the Degree is four years full-time. Currently, most of the courses operate on a semester basis i.e. for examination purposes the academic year is divided in two. Progress to Semester II depends on the performance in the preceeding Semester. All Engineering certificate and diploma holders (this includes Electronics) are eligible for admission to Engineering Technician grade of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.
International student exchange has become an increasingly significant activity. The school has established links with colleges in other EC countries by means of ERASMUS programmes. Many opportunities exist for students to participate in grant aided study in other European institutions. Students of this College have gone to countries such as France, Greece, UK and Germany. Additionally, this College has hosted visiting students from several EC Countries.
The Department of Engineering and Building Trades caters for approximately five hundred apprentices every year, either on block, split-block or day-release basis. Apprenticeship training courses cover the Engineering Trades of Electrical and Motor Engineering and Building Trades courses cover Carpentry and Joinery.
The School of Engineering is gradually converting all certificate, diploma and degree courses to a semester basis. As a result, subjects within courses are liable to change title and content.
Applicants interested in following an apprenticeship programme should contact the local FÁS office or training centre. Most of the NCEA-accredited courses are also available under the ACCS scheme (see "Application Procedures").
Graduates with industrial experience may register for the School’s M.Sc. in Advanced Engineering Techniques.