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Transport Operations & Technology / Oibríochtaí & Teicnealaíocht Iompair

DT028

What is... Transport Operations & Technology?

Transport is a service industry involving the efficient movement of people and goods. It is of vital importance to the national economy. This honours degree programme, leading to a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Transport Technology, is interdisciplinary and embraces the fundamental principles and applications of technology, business and the management in order to provide a solid foundation for the management and operation of transport systems.

The main objective of the course is to produce a graduate capable of solving problems and making informed decisions in a modern technologically sophisticated transport industry. There is work placement in year 3 (whole of semester 2) which enables the student to gain real world experience in the transport industry and built relationships with potential employers.  A graduate will require: A detailed knowledge of the transport industry; A thorough understanding of the technology of transport; The skills and knowledge required to manage people and other resources; Communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills. 

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Career prospects are excellent. The transport sector is one of the key sectors in Ireland and abroad. It is a growing industry and offers a vast range of career opportunities. There are many career opportunities for graduates in all branches of transport, in both the private and public sectors. On completion of the course, graduates will be suitably qualified for a career in the transport industry where they will be able to apply and use the knowledge and skills gained on the course.

Typical positions following completion of the programme include: Transport Fleet Coordinator, Transport Planner, Freight Forwarding, Transport Maintenance Coordinator, Transport Scheduler and others. This is an internationally recognized programme so graduates have the opportunity to work abroad throughout the world.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have the opportunity to pursue further study and progress to a level 9 programme in DIT or elsewhere in Higher Education. 

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

On successful completion of the programme the graduate will:

• Possess a knowledge and understanding of concepts and principles specific to the study of transport systems as they relate to road, rail, air and marine transport

• Have knowledge and understanding of the technical aspects of transport vehicles , with due regard to their efficient operation and maintenance

• Have a knowledge and understanding of business and management concepts, and principles, as they apply to the operation of transport systems

• Have a knowledge and understanding of the practical operation and management of transport systems

Module Listing

Year 1

Semester 1:

  • Introduction to Transport
  • Road Vehicle Technology (Intro)
  • Mathematics & Science for Technology
  • Legal Studies
  • Communications
  • Information Technology

Semester 2:

  • Road Transport Operations
  • Airport Operations
  • Marine Operations & Technology
  • Vehicle Electrical Systems
  • Mathematics & Science for Technology
  • Transport Economics
  • Management (Introduction)

Year 2

Semester 1:

  • Railway Operations     
  • Engine Technology      
  • Transport Economics  
  • Management – Accounting     
  • Legal Studies   
  • Information Technology 

Semester 2:

  • Road Transport Operations (Legislation)
  • Materials Handling
  • Road Vehicle Technology
  • Management – Accounting
  • Railway Technology
  • Communications
  • Quantitative Methods

Year 3

Semester 1:   

  • Transport of Dangerous Goods           
  • Airline Operations
  • Aircraft Technology
  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Road Vehicle Technology

Semester 2: 

  • Work Placement         

Year 4

Semester 1:

  • Road Transport Operations (Fleet Management)
  • Management (Financial Management)         
  • Transport Marketing  
  • Engine Technology (Fuels & Combustion)
  • Aircraft Technology
  • Dissertation

Semester 2:

  • Road Transport Operations
  • Management (Strategic Management)
  • Transport Maintenance & Workshop Management
  • Vehicle & Engine Performance Testing
  • Dissertation

Are there study abroad options?

Yes, graduates can progress onto other study abroad and this honours degree programme is recognised internationally. 

Further Information

School of Transport Engineering and Environmental Planning

Roisin Murray

(Head of Transport / Asst. Head, School of Transport Engineering and Environment Planning)

T: 01 402 4068

E: roisin.murray@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/schooloftransportengineeringenvironmentandplanning/

What our Students say!

“The four years spent studying DT028 Transport Technology and Operations have been the most exciting, sometimes challenging but very well worth it. The students have an opportunity to gain insights into the transport industry from academic and professional perspectives, where the lecturers share their experiences from the road, sea, rail and aviation industries.

The work placement stage in the third year allowed us to step into the professional world and gain experience in the chosen industry. Many dedicated students have returned to the companies after the graduation and are currently working there. The course will prepare anyone willing to work in the transport industry to the best professional standard, allowing students to effectively engage in the transport operations at the early days of their professional careers.

The course has presented me with an opportunity to get involved in the area I have been always interested in, and I am currently working in an International Department coordinating road freight movements from and to Ireland, the UK, Europe and the rest of the World. The knowledge of national and international legislation, accounts, road transport, deep sea, aviation industry regulations and all other relevant topics covered during the course are certainly helping with day-to-day operations making the job enjoyable, manageable and relatively easy.”

'I highly recommend DT028, Transport Operations and Technology to anyone considering it on their CAO. After 4 years we became knowledgeable in not only road, rail, sea and air, but many aspects that are essential in modern industry, from IT to communications and finance.  The course had a perfect mix of lectures, field trips, assignments and work placement. We in the class of 2012, have all made friends for life and are in successful and varied careers in the transport industry across the globe'