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Mechanical Engineering / Innealtóireacht Mheicniúil

DT006

What is... Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering education and training involves learning how to creatively apply a strong scientific, mathematical and practical basis to the design of safe, reliable, environmentally sound and cost effective systems and equipment. Teamwork, communication skills and knowledge of how to apply and use modern computer simulations and control systems are important skills to all Mechanical Engineers. Mechanical Engineers perform the basic research needed to advance knowledge in the engineering sciences and Mechanical Engineering focuses on the skills needed to be an effective problem solver.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Mechanical Engineering technologists are involved in the design, prototyping, manufacture and installation of all types of plant and equipment ranging from small individual components to complete factories or process plants. Graduates have excellent prospects of employment with manufacturing, research, consulting and processing organisations along with state and semi-state agencies.

Mechanical Engineers design products and systems essential to everyday modern life from home appliances, motor vehicles, to satellites, wheelchairs, airplanes, robots, energy equipment, fuel cells, industrial equipment and environmental control systems.

What other options do I have after completion?

Many students combine the broad technical knowledge gained in their undergraduate studies with further study in Mechanical Engineering. Students can advance to the Third year of the Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering (DT022) on completion of DT006.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

Students are exposed to a wide range of laboratory and practical mechanical engineering tasks that complement the theoretical modules. The Mechanical Engineering Programme maintains its traditional flexibility, allowing its graduates a wide choice of opportunity in all industries. It stresses the fundamentals while embracing the changes in advanced technology. It also provides the core transferable skills which prepare graduates for career changes when desirable.

During Year 1 of the programme, students undertake a wide range of practical skills including welding, metal fabrication, machining, technical drawing, computing and experimental work. These practical lifelong learning skills are developed further in year 3 of the programme when students undertake an individual project, combining research, design, mechanical development, testing, analysis, presentation and report writing skills.

The Mechanical Engineering Department places great emphasis on independent learning and learners develop their skills in this area through project work, independent assignments and team work activities. Students are encouraged to visit Industries as part of their studies and report on their findings to their peers and lecturers.

This three-year full-time programme prepares learners for the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical Engineering) degree award. At the start of the third year, learners are offered a choice; Process Plant Technology or Manufacturing Technology.

Those who have successfully completed the programme satisfy the academic requirements for Associate Membership grade of Engineers Ireland.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Mathematics
  • Energy and Technology
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechanics & Materials
  • Workshop Processes
  • Professional Development
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Computer Systems and Applications

Year Two

  • Mathematics
  • Applied Energy Systems
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Design CAD & Materials
  • Electrical Technology & Electronics
  • Control Systems & Instrumentation
  • Engineering Management Studies
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Engineering Computing

Year Three

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics & Materials
  • Electrical Technology & Electronics
  • Control Systems & Instrumentation
  • Engineering Management Studies
  • CAD 3D
  • Main Project (Design, Make and Test with Thesis

Optional Modules: Select 3

  • Process Systems Analysis or Manufacturing Methods
  • Energy System Designs or Product Design
  • Unit Operations or Manufacturing Management

Are there study abroad options?

As part of the programme, students can avail of the ERASMUS scheme whereby they can study abroad for a semester or full year and gain credits that are relevant to their qualification.

Further Information

School of Mechanical & Design Engineering

T: 01 402 3605 (Head of Department)

T: 01 402 3932 (Ms. Susan Doyle)

E: Susan.Doyle@dit.ie 

W: www.dit.ie/mechanicalanddesignengineering/

What our Students say!

  • I chose to study the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree in Mechanical Engineering as I have always had an interest in Engineering and Maths. With this qualification I can enter work in the engineering sector as a technologist or technician involved primarily in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of mechanical systems. Afterwards, I can pursue an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering through the ladder system in DIT to further my qualifications and I feel confident for the future.