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Higher Cert in Engineering in Agricultural Mechanisation

Course Code: LC284


Level

6

Duration

2 Years

Department

Mechanical & Automobile Engineering


CAO Points

200

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This programme provides students with education and training to work within the area of Agricultural Mechanisation and Technology. The focus of this programme is firmly on the provision of skilled technicians for the farm machinery industry in Ireland. The programme is suited to those with an interest in understanding and learning about Agricultural Machinery. It is suitable to those people who prefer hands on learning with the aim to provide a good balance of theoretical and practical education in the Agricultural Machinery Industry.

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

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.

Please Note

Applicants are advised that those with a grade less than O4 in Ordinary Level Mathematics may have difficulty coping with the mathematics content of this programme.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Science and Mathematics

    Credits: 10

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


    Title: Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Technology

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the basics of farm machinery electrics and electronics. Areas of study include the use of the multimeter, wiring circuits of agricultural machinery, testing and diagnostics of issues in wiring and electronic circuits.


    Title: Introduction to Tractor Engineering and Workshop Processes

    Credits: 15

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the basics of farm tractors and workshop repair processes for example diesel engines, hydraulics, brakes and transmissions and welding.


    Title: Machinery Operations

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to operation, setup and maintenance of agricultural equipment such as modern grass and forage equipment and tillage equipment.


    Title: Project

    Credits: 10

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    The focus in this module is to prepare the student for the working environment. This is achieved by the correct planning, organisation and repair or fabrication of equipment used by the agricultural industry. Projects are fabrication or repair based for example: 

    Fabrication: log splitters, post driver and bale handlers

    Repair: Tractor engines, clutches, brakes, hydraulic, transmissions or machinery repair. 


    Title: Computer Applications including CAD

    Credits: 5

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    In this module the students study engineering design and drawing. Also involved is commercial packages used in agriculture.


  • Year 2

    Title: Industrial Placement

    Credits: 15

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    Students complete 30 weeks work placement in agricultural dealerships/garages, fabricators, large contractors. Foreign placement is also available with large scale combine and forage harvesting crews.

    The placement will give students the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in college.


    Title: Intermediate Agricultural Engineering Science and Maths

    Credits: 5

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    Introduce the learner to more advanced engineering science and mathematics.


    Title: Intermediate Electrical & Electronic Technology

    Credits: 10

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    Introduce the learner to the complex electrics and electronics on farm machinery such as Isobus, CAN bus and sensor technology.


    Title: Intermediate Tractor Engineering

    Credits: 10

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    This module introduces the learner to more complex aspects of the modern tractor such as modern engine features and modern tractor transmissions systems.


    Title: Workshop Administration

    Credits: 5

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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 and Customer Service Process. The module also covers the work of the Dealer Principal, the Parts Sales and Vehicle Sales departments.


    Title: Business Management

    Credits: 5

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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: 5

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    This module will help students understand 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: 5

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    This module gives the students an overview of dairy and beef production systems in Ireland. It examines the issues relating to agricultural output such as quality assurance, crop production and animal health. Practicals are undertaken on the college farm at Salesian Agricultural College.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates of the programme can progress to a Level 7 Bachelor of Engineering in Agricultural Engineering or to a Level 7 Bachelor of Engineering in Road Transport Technology and Management degree in Limerick Institute of Technology.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates have gained employment in the following areas: Machinery Dealerships, Machinery Importers, Machinery Manufacturers, Agricultural Contractors, Fabricators and Heavy Plant trades.

More Information

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