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Automobile Technology - Higher Certificate in Engineering

Course Code: US650




2 Years


Mechanical & Automobile Engineering

CAO Points


Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO



This programme offers students a combination of technological, business and management skills specifically related to the automotive/transport industry.

Graduates of this programme will have the concepts and ideas that will allow them to develop the necessary competency to become technicians and managers in today’s automotive and transport industry.

Transportation technology has been identified by government as a key issue in maintaining and enhancing the competitiveness of our economy in the decades ahead.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

Mature applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

Level 6 Craft Certificate (Trade), National/Higher Certificate

Candidates who hold a Senior Trade Certificate and/or National Craft Certificate or holders of a National/Higher Certificate (Level 6) in Engineering or Technology may be considered for admission to Year 2 of this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Automobile Electrics & Electronics I

    Credits: 10

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    Introduce the learner to the fundamentals of electricity and automotive electrical and electronic systems.

    Title: Automobile Engineering and Vehicle Technology 1

    Credits: 15

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    Introduce the learner to the basics of motor vehicle systems and the principles involved in their operation.

    Title: Computer Aided Design (Automobile Engineering)

    Credits: 5

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    Engineering Drawing is an essential communication technique for those involved in Engineering, the aim of this module is to give the student a comprehensive introduction to the standards used in the preparation of Engineering drawings. Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems are now the typical means by which Engineering drawings are produced, students will use 2D and 3D CAD software to prepare a portfolio of their work.

    Title: Engineering Computing

    Credits: 5

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    This module introduces the learner to 'Microsoft Office 2016' computing applications including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, MS Access and MS Project. Learners will start with basic applications and then progress through to an advanced level. The learner will develop a knowledge of how to apply the software to useful engineering applications such as formal report writing (laboratory), charting engineering data, producing equations and creating a technical database.

    Students will be assessed on their learning by a variety of strategies including Continuous Assessment, Project and Course Work, Examinations and Moodle based assignments. Continuous assessment is worth 40%, Christmas exam is worth 20% and the final exam is worth 40%.

    Title: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Maths

    Credits: 10

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    Develop a recognition of the basics of engineering mathematics and use them to solve practical engineering problems.

    Title: Mechanical Engineering Science

    Credits: 10

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    To develop an understanding of the basic laws of physics and their application to engineering.

    Title: Motor Vehicle Retail Management 1

    Credits: 5

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    This module is designed to provide an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of managing in a motor vehicle retailer. The module material covers, for example, Managing People, Business Communication, Marketing, Accounting and Finance and this material is related back to the franchised dealership.

  • Year 2

    Title: Automobile Electrics & Electronics II

    Credits: 15

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    Develop the learner’s knowledge of automotive electrical and electronic components and systems.

    Title: Automobile Engineering and Vehicle Technology 2

    Credits: 10

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    Advance the learners knowledge of motor vehicle systems, construction and design.

    Title: Automotive Engineering Mathematics

    Credits: 10

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    This module covers mathematical topics relevant to automobile technicians and road transport technology learners. It follows on from the basic principles that they have covered in Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Maths (Yr 1). Topics covered include areas, volumes, irregular shapes, trigonometry, waveform sketching, differentiation and graphical analysis. Practical problems in relation to automotive engineering are given throughout the module.

    Title: Computing, Automotive

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is have students demonstrate an understanding of some practical applications of computers in the Automotive, Transport and Agricultural Industries.

    Title: Motor Vehicle Retail Management 2

    Credits: 10

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    MVRM2 emphasises the management/business/administrative aspect of the Service Manager’s job. The module covers service department work-related areas such as Workshop Loading and Control, Workshop Efficiency and Productivity, Workshop Layout, Warranty Administration, Customer Service Process, etc. The module also covers the work of the Dealer Principal, the Parts Sales and Vehicle Sales departments. There is also coverage of legal issues of particular relevance to the retail motor dealer.

    Title: Vehicle Science

    Credits: 10

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    To expand the learners knowledge of engineering statics, dynamics, forces, hydraulics and materials testing allowing him/her to apply this knowledge to motor vehicle problems.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme may continue onto a Level 7 B.Eng. in Road Transport Technology & Management or other suitable Level 7 engineering.

What are the career prospects?

Positions that graduates have worked in include:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Service Manager
  • Parts Manage
  • Warranty Manager
  • Auto Electrics Technician
  • Technical Salesman
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Motor Vehicle Technician

Successful graduates can apply for membership to the Institute of Road Transport Engineering and the Institute of the Motor Industry (UK) where they will be awarded ‘Certified Automotive Engineer’ status (CAE).