The Foundation in Business, Management and Study Skills is run online and provides direct entry to the BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Engineering.
Manufacturing engineering is a broad discipline, which involves the research, development, design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery. A person working in this position designs the actual process that manufactures the product. Manufacturing engineers plan and design all kinds of products, from microelectronics, smartphones, formula one engine design, advanced factory automation equipment, medical devices and the hundreds of complex machines that we take for granted in everyday life.
Practical engineering subjects form the core of the course in first year, while specialist modules in instrumentation, embedded systems, advanced manufacturing technology, control and robotics provide a focus in second and third year. There is a twelve-week work placement during third year. Your placement lays the foundations of your career path and significantly improves your employability at the end of the course. In addition, each student completes a project to design, test and/or manufacture components or a production system. The first 3 years of the program are common with the level 7 Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechatronics.
The final year of the course will further enhance the student’s in-depth theoretical knowledge of the major facts, pertinent theories, concepts and methods employed in the field of manufacturing engineering in their chosen stream. You will study advanced modules in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Machine Control Systems. There is also a team research project which enhances the student’s research and analytical skills and their ability to work in groups which is of significant benefit to the manufacturing industry.
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”— Henry Ford
The high tech advanced manufacturing is the future for our economy. Our courses are designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in this thriving, dynamic sector. The engineering facilities at IT Tralee are state-of-the-art, and include computer and electronics labs, science labs, robotics labs, mechanical engineering labs, machine and welding workshops, a renewable energy laboratory, a power units garage, an agricultural engineering workshop, a machinery hall and extensive library facilities. The course has been designed with substantial input from industry and delivers broad knowledge in manufacturing engineering and prepares graduates for work in a wide variety of fields both in Ireland and internationally. Students will be equipped with specialised problem solving skills and will be prepared for leadership roles. The course provides broad knowledge in mechanical engineering and prepares graduates for work in a wide variety of fields. The Institute has excellent facilities, including the following: