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Higher Cert in Agricultural Mechanisation

Course Code: LC284


Level

06

Duration

2 Years

Department

Mechanical & Automobile Engineering


CAO Points

209

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This programme provides students with education and training to work within the area of Agricultural Technology. The focus of this programme is firmly on the provision of skilled technicians for the farm machinery industry in Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Introduction to Tractor Engineering and Workshop Processes

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the basics of farm tractors and workshop repair processes


    Title: Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the basics of farm machine electrics and electronics


    Title: Machinery Operations

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the basics of machine operation


    Title: Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Science and Mathematics

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Introduce the learner to the basics of engineering science and mathematics, and how to apply these to problems in the field of agricultural technology.


    Title: Project

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Introduce the learner to the basics of completing an engineering project


    Title: Computer Applications including CAD

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Introduce the learner to the basics of computer operation


  • Year 3

    Title: Industrial Placement

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    Introduce the learner to the workplace environment


    Title: Intermediate Tractor Engineering

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Introduce the learner to more complex aspects of the modern tractor.


    Title: Intermediate Electrical & Electronic Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Introduce the learner to the complex electrics and electronics on farm machines


    Title: Intermediate Agricultural Engineering Science and Maths

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Introduce the learner to more advanced engineering science and mathematics


    Title: Workshop Administration

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module 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.


    Title: Business Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module is designed to provide an overview to the theoretical and practical aspects of entrepreneurship and business management. Learners will gain a knowledge of and appreciation for the need to apply sound business techniques to managing a farm business. The module will also cover the issues involved in farm succession and inheritance.


    Title: Computing, Agricultural Engineering

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is have students demonstrative an understanding of some practical applications of computers in the Automotive, Transport and Agricultural Industry with particular regard to tractor and agricultural machinery dealerships, machinery dealerships, agricultural machinery manufacturers and agricultural contractors.


    Title: Agricultural Production

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The module give the students an overview of dairy and beef production systems in Ireland. It examines the issues relating to agricultural output such as qulaity assurance, crop production, animal health.


Are there opportunities for further study?

On completion of this course students can progress to a B.Eng. in Agricultural Engineering (Level 7 Add-on) or a B.Eng. in Road Transport Technology & Management (Level 7) 


 

What are the career prospects?

Students who successfully compete this course will be qualified to work in Agricultural Dealerships, Machinery Importers, Machinery Fabricators, Heavy Plant Dealers and operators, Agricultural Contactors.

This award also meets the training requirements for stamp duty exemption and DAFM schemes.

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Please Note

This programme is run in conjunction with the Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick. In Year 1, 4 days are delivered in Pallaskenry with 1 day attendance on LIT’s Moylish Park Campus. In Year 2, 3 days are delivered in Pallaskenry and 2 days in LIT.

Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick (SACP) charge a separate additional fee to students on course LC284 to cover the cost of Food, Materials (and if availed of Accommodation) at Pallaskenry. For details please contact SACP at Tel: 061-393100 or www.pallaskenry.com