What is... Electronics & Communications Engineering?
Communications technology is one of the most sophisticated and rapidly changing application areas of electronics. It now pervades the daily lives of every person, through mass communication networks, as well as person-to-person communications based on fixed and wireless networks. A good example is the Internet which has undergone explosive growth in the last few years. Communications also now involves a wide range of information, not just data, but also voice, multi-media and video.
What are my... Career Opportunities?
Graduates of this programme can pursue a highly satisfying, well-paid career path in areas of employment such as working as an engineer for example, as part of a design team or developing sophisticated test systems. After gaining some experience there are also management opportunities. This programme will find employment for our graduates in a wide range of industries such as electronics, communications, pharmaceuticals, and other related areas.
What other options do I have after completion?
The DIT ‘Ladder System’ allows students who reach the appropriate level in final examinations progress to honours degree programmes (See DT081 & DT021).
Students who successfully complete year two of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year will be eligible for a Higher Certificate award.
Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?
The programme prepares students for challenging careers in Electronic and Communications Engineering in areas such as design support, development and production. The programme has a particular focus on Communications Engineering, particularly in the latter years.
Graduates of the programme who achieve a high average mark in the final examinations are eligible for transfer into the honours degree four year programmes in Computer & Communications Engineering (DT081) and Electrical/Electronic Engineering (DT021).
- Engineering Science
- Digital Age Technology
- Communication Systems
- Electric Circuits & Devices
- Electronic Systems & Practice
- Communication Skills
- Software Systems
- Computer Systems
- Software Design
- Digital Communications Engineering
- Digital Electronics & VLSI
- Signals & Systems
- Microcomputer Systems
- Software Design
- Communications Systems
- DSP Applications, Business.
Students also undertake an engineering project in the third year, which gives them a valuable insight into the solution of real-world engineering problems.
Students are required to choose one optional module in third year. The typical modules available are Microelectronic Materials and Devices, Wireless Systems, Digital System Integration, Microprocessors and Embedded Systems.
All of the technical subjects in the three years of the programme include a range of applied laboratory activities designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the students.
School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
T: 01 402 4576 (Dr Andreas Schwarzbacher)
T: 01 402 4575/4665 (School Administrator)
What our Students say!
- I always had an interest in “how things work” which is why I choose this programme. There is a nice mix of applied work and lectures and the laboratory work is all relevant to real life examples such as “How a computer stores data on a USB key”. My final year project is developing a digital CAD package with another student.
- Engineering covers such a wide area that I have a lot of choices available to me this year when I finish. Some of my choices would be to pursue further study and study for my honours degree and specialise in another area or work in industry for a while.
- I started this programme not knowing anyone in DIT, but that only lasted a short time as I have made some really great friends. In my three years in DIT I have become involved in societies, volunteering events and sports clubs. College life is nothing like secondary school, I love it!