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Electrical Services Engineering Technician

DT078

Programme Description

This is a three-year part-time programme designed to prepare students for careers as Electrical Services Engineering Technicians. The programme has been designed in close consultation with the Electrical Services Industry. Students will become computer literate and will also develop expertise in the technical areas necessary to use software packages for electrical design. The programme will provide a wide knowledge base, which will enable the student to specialise in different areas of interest. Subjects include the following: AutoCAD, Industrial Electronics & PLC control, Computer Applications, Project Management and Electrical Estimating, Electrical Services Design, Electrical Services Plant, Building services. The final year includes a major project.

Modules

Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Electrical Principles
  • Electrical Services Design,
  • Safety Engineering, Engineering Science
  • Professional Development
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Aided Drawing (AutoCAD)

Year 2

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Renewable Energy Plant
  • Electrical Services Plant
  • Industrial / Building Automation
  • Electrical Services Design
  • Professional Development
  • Building Services
  • Project Management
  • Services Design Project

Year 3

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Sustainable Building Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Plant
  • Electrical Services Plant
  • Industrial / Building Automation (Optional)
  • Electrical Services Design
  • Building Services
  • Project Management
  • Services Design Project
  • Applied Data Networking (Optional)

Further information

As the number of places is limited, candidates may be short-listed on the basis of information supplied on the application form. Late applications may be considered should vacancies remain. Candidates will be notified of the outcome or of any short listing procedures

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have experience working in the Electrical Services Industry. Exemption will be granted from year 1 to students undertaking electrical apprenticeship programmes subject to certain criteria.

Examinations / Assessments

Assessment consists of examinations and continuous assessment. Examinations are normally held in January and May (semester 1 and semester 2 respectively)

Progression

On successful completion of year 1, students may gain access on to year 2 of this programme

Advanced entry is possible on to year 2 on the basis of sufficient prior learning and experience.

Students who successfully complete the DT078 can progress to further studies in the Electrical Services Engineering, with the option of full-time or part-time study (DT010 and DT083 respectively)

Learning Outcome

Programme aims:   The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide a deep seated learning environment for students
  • Produce graduates who will exercise engineering skills in a scientific and reflective way, which will enable them to perform to a high level of expertise in modern industry
  • Enable graduates to be creative and to think critically
  • Enable graduates to develop communication, managerial, personal and interpersonal skills
  • Educate graduates on the environmental impact of energy use
  • Give graduates the knowledge skills and competence to carry out energy efficient building designs and to operate plant and equipment in the most energy efficient way.
  • Enable graduates to integrate renewable energy technologies in buildings
  • Allow linkage and transfer to DIT Electrical, Building Services and other engineering  programmes within the DIT and further afield

Programme Learning Outcomes:           

Having completed the Programme the students will be able to:

  • Work as a member of a design team
  • Design industrial and commercial electrical installations
  • Use BIM software to produce and revise engineering drawings
  • Design and operate automated systems for industrial plant
  • Employ standard estimating and tendering techniques for electrical services applications
  • Examine, compare and operate data transfer systems used for computer control
  • Employ modern application software such as Excel, Amtech, Dialux, or equivalent software, etc.
  • Make professional presentations and write technical reports using Power Point, Word etc.
  • Develop a personal career portfolio
  • Analyse the design and control of modern building environments
  • Explain and use standard project management techniques
  • Prepare safety management reports and carry out risk assessments
  • Configure machine /human interfaces
  • Demonstrate capability in problem solving, analysis, and decision making
  • Provide engineering systems support for manufacturing industries
  • Advise the building design team with regard to comfort, fire safety, green building design and construction.
  • Describe and compare different renewable energy technologies suitable for integration in buildings
  • Design a renewable energy system for a building
  • Evaluate the environmental impact of energy use

Career Opportunities

Electrical Services Technicians enjoy a very varied, interesting and well paid work environment. There are so many aspects in which you can develop an interest and subsequently specialise. These can include: working in an electrical design office, for an electrical contractor, as engineering systems support in the manufacturing sector, perhaps in technical sales support, project management, or in the provision of industrial services. The work invariably involves both office based and site/location activity.

This programme is very well recognised in industry with a high percentage of our graduates securing employment both domestically and internationally. The programme in conjunction with the follow-on BEng Tech Electrical Services Engineering is accredited by Engineers Ireland as BEng Tech (http://www.engineersireland.ie/services/programme-accreditaton/accredited-programmes/), which facilitates world-wide recognition of the qualification, something that is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s society. The programme also has a close relationship with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).