Applicants must have a pass in five subjects (ordinary level) in the Leaving Certificate, to include Mathematics and English or Irish, or an equivalent qualification. The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC level 5 or 6 awards is any full award. This award must include Mathematics (C20139) or Mathematics for Computing (C20175) or Mathematics for Engineering (C20174). Mature applicants (i.e. those who are aged 23 years or more on January 1st in the year of entry) applying for the first level of programmes are exempt from this requirement.
Engineers Ireland has accredited this programme enabling graduates to apply for associate member grade and gain the professional title of 'Associate Engineer' (AEng MIEI)
Mechatronics is the integration of precision mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science and electronics in:
- Product design process, for creation of more functional and adaptable products.
- Process control and automation.
- Quality control/Management.
- System efficiency enhancement, including ergonomics.
This programme allows students to achieve the award of Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechatronics. This is a widely recognised and accredited multidisciplinary engineering qualification. It will give students the necessary knowledge, know-how and skills to find employment as a technician in a relevant industry. It will also give students the opportunity to proceed to further studies in Mechatronics (i.e. degree level studies).
Resources such as lecture notes, past exam papers, tutorial etc. will all be made available online, for access at home or work. The numbers in each tutorial and laboratory session is limited to maximise your learning experience. Through discussion groups, forums as well as email and phone support, there is a wide range of support available to you from both your lecturers and your class colleagues.
Computer facilities are available to you at all times once registered as a student. Computer application training is given during the first semester. Online material is available to students who have internet access. In addition to web resources, the library stocks many of the texts referred to in class.
There is a wide range of assessment procedures employed in this programme:
Assessment will range from laboratory assignments to online tests. Many of the modules will be continuously assessed throughout the semester, and the final
module mark arrived at by a combination of final exam and continuous assessment. In some cases modules are assessed by ongoing continuous assessment only.
Employment opportunities exist in (among other key industries):
- Industries requiring automated manufacturing processes for mass production and quality control (e.g. pharmaceutical industry, vehicle manufacture and assembly, food processing etc.)
- Design and development of intelligent machines (e.g. robots) and autonomous vehicles for application in hostile environments e.g. fire fighting, bomb disposal etc.
- Medical devices industry incorporating sensors, control and machine vision.
- Algebra & Geometry
- Professional Development for Engineers
- Computer Aided Design
- Engineering Science
- Circuit Theory
- Workshop Practice 1
- Mechanics 1
- Fundamentals of Calculus
- Linear Algebra & Calculus
- Analogue Electronics
- Workshop Practice 2
- Statistics & Probability
- Digital Electronics
- Electrical Science
- Interfacing and Data Acquisition
- Introduction to Electronic Communications
- Fluid Power Systems
- Programming 1
- Electronic Computer Aided Design
- Manufacturing and Maintenance
- Mini Project
Tuesday 6pm - 10pm and Thursday 2pm - 10pm
Please note that semester three runs through the summer from early June to August each year
It is envisaged that students pursuing this Higher Certificate programme will complete it within three years. As it will be offered in ACCS mode students may take modules of the programme at a pace more suited to them. Delivery of the modules will be as flexible as possible, for example laboratory times may be available on different days at different times during the week. Lectures normally take place between 2 and 10pm on a Thursday afternoon with practical sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday night (6 – 10pm). Occasionally during the programme students may be expected to be available for accelerated delivery of certain practical modules.
Please note there is a summer time commitment for this programme during Semester 3 and students will need to attend classes for a week in August. See course delivery schedule :
Semester 1: September - December.
Semester 2: January - May.
Semester 3: May - Beginning of August.
The exact delivery times and duration of these modules will be agreed in good time.
Graduates of this course may progress on to TU013 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering or TU074 Bachelor of Science in Data Centre Operations and Management