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Mechanical Engineering / Innealtóireacht Mheicniúil

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What is... Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest, most broad-ranging and versatile engineering disciplines, covering all industry and many research sectors including: Power Generation, Aerospace, Engine Design, Pharmaceutical Processing, Biomedical Device Design, Renewable Energy Design, Transportation, and many more.

Mechanical Engineering is all about using science, mathematics and technology to find better ways of making mechanical and electro-mechanical things work. This may be designing electric vehicles to reduce pollution, designing enabling devices for people with a disability or improving the design of a wind turbine to catch the wind more efficiently, and doing all this in a sustainable, ethical and professional manner.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

New graduates may expect many career opportunities in mechanical, manufacturing and process engineering industries and some research areas, both within Ireland and worldwide. Local, national and multi-national companies find graduates of this programme get up to speed rapidly and many of these graduates progress to the highest levels of engineering and management because of their practical engineering abilities, sound technical and scientific knowledge and high quality communication skills. Employers are also attracted by the Chartered Engineer connection with this programme.

Chartered Engineer status: This programme is accredited by Engineers Ireland and graduates can become members of Engineers Ireland. Following further studies and work experience, graduates may apply for Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.)

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The classroom and practical activities of this high quality Mechanical Engineering programme provide useful skills, knowledge and competencies which can be applied in many fields of industry and research. These activities include an excellent foundation in engineering science and mathematics, advanced design theory and practice, high quality project work and practical workshop/laboratory hands-on skills, but to name a few. All of these activities are supported by dedicated, experienced and supportive DIT staff.

Graduates of the programme will be able to:

  • Identify and define a mechanical engineering challenge, formulate and analyse effective and sustainable solutions, and subsequently implement the most appropriate solution.
  • Design mechanical and mechanical related systems, components and processes to meet specific operating requirements.
  • Utilise knowledge of fundamental science, mathematics, engineering science and technology, in tandem with a thorough knowledge of the mechanical engineering sciences to derive, develop and apply solutions to mechanical engineering and related challenges.
  • Communicate effectively within the engineering community, professional environment and society in general.
  • Identify and act upon their ethical responsibility, as members of the engineering profession, in all aspects of their professional practice.
  • Conduct advanced mechanical engineering research, involving the analysis and interpretation of research data, for the attainment of useful empirical and scientific engineering knowledge.
  • Sustain learning and educating within the mechanical engineering and related professional areas.
  • Practice as a professional mechanical engineer on an individual basis, within team-based frameworks and as a contributor to multidisciplinary settings.
  • The Mechanical Engineering Department at DIT has over 55 years of experience in delivering high quality programmes and continues to revise and expand its programmes by the introduction of advanced and modern technological content.

Module Listing

Year Two

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mechanics
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Economics & Management
  • Engineering Computing
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Drawing & Design
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Statistics

Year Three

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Computer Modelling
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Engineering Design
  • Professional Development
  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Mechanics of Machines
  • Control Engineering
  • Materials Properties & Processes

Year Four

  • Capstone Project (year long)
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Computer Modelling
  • Engineering Management
  • Control Engineering
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Machines
  • Energy Systems
  • Mechanics of Materials

What other options do I have after completion?

Graduates may choose a Master’s or Doctoral Degree in a Mechanical Engineering area at DIT or elsewhere. Due to the high-calibre of this qualification, third-level institutes in Ireland and abroad are readily interested in postgraduate applications from these graduates.

Many graduates choose to redirect their career towards consultancy, project-management, engineering education or entrepreneurship after some years of industry experience.

Are there study abroad options?

Students engaged in this programme have travelled to the U.S. and within Europe to study as part of this programme.

Further Information

School of Mechanical & Design Engineering

T: 01 402 3894 (Dr Patrick Wlliamoz)

T: 01 402 3932 (Ms. Susan Doyle)

E: patrick.wulliamoz@dit.ie

E: Susan.doyle@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/mechanicalanddesignengineering/

What our Students say!

  • The Honours Mechanical Engineering Degree at DIT provided me with a wide array of theoretical knowledge, hands on experience and the necessary support whenever I needed it. In particular, I believe the degree’s strong emphasis on the more practical, industry-oriented aspects of engineering was instrumental in me finding a position in my chosen profession during this difficult economic period. I would strongly recommend that anyone looking to pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering consider studying at DIT.
  • The programme has equipped me with many useful skills. I found that my communications skills and my ability to work under my own initiative as well as part of a team have developed significantly as a result of completing this programme. The practical approach undertaken in this programme has enabled me to understand key aspects of mechanical engineering in a novel and engaging manner. The staff were particularly supportive throughout the duration of the programme. It has been an enjoyable, worthwhile degree that I would highly recommend.
  • It was through the mentoring that I received on a one-to-one basis at Bolton Street that paved the way for my current position in the oil and gas industry. I simply could not have gotten as far without all in the Mechanical Engineering Department and the support provided.