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BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering & Transport Management

Course Code: LC380


Level

08

Duration

4 years

Department

Mechanical & Automobile Engineering


CAO Points

303

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This programme is a mix of engineering, technological and management skills specifically related to the automotive engineering and transport management sectors.


Learners will be exposed to concepts and ideas that will allow them to develop the necessary competencies to launch a career in the Automotive Engineering, Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics (FTDL), and Passenger Transport sector.
 

 

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish and a minimum of an O4 in Mathematics.


Relevant (Level 6) Trade Craft Certificate or National/Higher Certificate

Candidates who hold a Senior Trade Certificate and/or National Craft Certificate in the Motor Trade area will be considered for admission to Year 3 of the programme. 
Holders of a National/Higher Certificate (Level 6) in Engineering or Technology may be considered for admission to Year 2 or 3 of the programme.
 

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Computer Aided Design (Automobile Engineering)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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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: Automobile Engineering and Vehicle Technology 1

    Credits: 15 Credits

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


    Title: Engineering Computing

    Credits: 05 Credits

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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 Credits

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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 Credits

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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: 05 Credits

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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.

     


    Title: Automobile Electrics & Electronics I

    Credits: 10 Credits

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


  • Year 2

    Title: Automobile Engineering and Vehicle Technology 2

    Credits: 10 Credits

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


    Title: Automobile Electrics & Electronics II

    Credits: 15 Credits

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


    Title: Automotive Engineering Mathematics

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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: Vehicle Science

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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.


    Title: Motor Vehicle Retail Management 2

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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: Computing, Automotive

    Credits: 05 Credits

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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.


  • Year 3

    Title: Management Science for Transport Management 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Module introduces learners to the use of Microsoft Excel to solve mathematical problems encountered in the Automotive Engineering & road transportation/logistical sectors.


    Title: Management Science for Transport Management 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Module introduces learners to the use of Microsoft Excel to solve mathematical problems encountered in Automotive Engineering and the road transportation/logistical sectors.


    Title: Industry Based Project

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    On completion of the work placement period the student will have experienced and developed their understanding of working in a professional automotive/transportation environment. The learner is required to apply their engineering knowledge and skill to complete a specified piece of work in the form of a technical project.

     


    Title: Transport Engineering Management (Marketing and Entrepreneurialism Procurement E-Tendering)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To educate the learner on how vital marketing and entrepreneurialism is to the transport and motor retail industry, and help them to formulate a business development and marketing strategy for the various segments of that industry. Procurement and E-Tendering incorporated into this module to reflect the ever-changing nature of winning contracts along with the Regulatory Compliance, Ethics and Legal Requirements associated with these contracts.

     

     


    Title: Transport Engineering Management (Safety & Environmental Protection)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to address the need to provide learners with Safety and Environmental awareness knowledge when dealing with Bus and Truck Drivers, Vehicles, Warehousing and Vehicle maintenance facilities along with the Regulatory Compliance, Ethics and Legal Requirements associated with these Safety Practices.

     


    Title: Heavy Vehicle Engineering & Technology (Chassis Systems)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Advance the learner's knowledge of motor vehicle systems to include commercial heavy vehicles. This module builds on the topics covered in the Heavy Vehicle Engineering by providing a more in-depth look at the technologies especially in the areas of design and operation of chassis systems along with the Regulatory Compliance, Ethics and Legal Requirements associated with these vehicles.

     

    The purposes of this module is to advance the knowledge engineering practices connected with the development, design, construction, and use of self-propelled machines, prime movers and related equipment.

    1. To preserve and improve the quality of life in the production and use of such mechanisms;

    2. To maintain a library of publications;

    3. To promote through meetings, lectures, courses, seminars and the presentation and discussion of scientific and engineering papers a better understanding of such mechanisms;

    4. To develop technical and scientific reports, including engineering standards and recommended practices, in connection with the development, design, construction, use, and reuse of such mechanisms.

    To and publish and distribute such reports for the benefit of mankind; and generally, to provide for or carry on such other activities as may be necessary, incidental, convenient, or desirable to accomplish fully the foregoing purposes.


    Title: Heavy Vehicle Engineering & Technology (Power Train Systems)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Further, advance the learner's knowledge of motor vehicle systems to include commercial heavy vehicles. This module builds on the topics covered in the Heavy Vehicle Engineering by providing a more in-depth look at the technologies especially in the areas of design and operation of chassis systems along with the Regulatory Compliance, Ethics and Legal Requirements associated with these vehicles.

     

    The purposes of this module is to advance the knowledge engineering practices connected with the development, design, construction, and use of self-propelled machines, prime movers and related equipment.

    1. To preserve and improve the quality of life in the production and use of such mechanisms;

    2. To maintain a library of publications;

    3. To promote through meetings, lectures, courses, seminars and the presentation and discussion of scientific and engineering papers a better understanding of such mechanisms;

    4. To develop technical and scientific reports, including engineering standards and recommended practices, in connection with the development, design, construction, use, and reuse of such mechanisms.

    To and publish and distribute such reports for the benefit of mankind; and generally, to provide for or carry on such other activities as may be necessary, incidental, convenient, or desirable to accomplish fully the foregoing purposes.


    Title: Logistics Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module is designed for students who want to learn how management can gain a competitive advantage through logistic know‑how.

    To build up the learner's knowledge of Logistics and to demonstrate the importance and relevance of Logistics Management.


    Title: Global Logistics Management

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module is designed for students who want to learn how management can gain a competitive advantage through Global Logistic know-how. The student will be equipped with the tools to organise, analyse and control logistic systems. This module will help the student develop a number of Professional Transferable Skills, such as communication, critical thinking and problem solving.

    e student develop a number of Professional Transferable Skills, such as communication, critical thinking and problem solving.


    Title: Road Transport & Fleet Operations CPC 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Enhance the learner's existing knowledge of the most important aspects of transport and fleet operations management. To prepare the student for take Paper one of the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) exam set by The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. The learner will be examine the Industrial Relations and Social Legislation of Relevance to Road Transport Operation in Ireland.


    Title: Road Transport & Fleet Operations CPC 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Enhance the learner's existing knowledge of the most important aspects of transport and fleet operations management. To prepare the student for take Paper two of the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) exam set by The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. The learner will be examine the Industrial Relations and Social Legislation of Relevance to Road Transport Operation in Ireland.


  • Year 4

    Title: Research Project

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module's aim is to develop the learner's ability to deliver a relevant engineering research project including planning, data gathering, data analysis, and compiling a formal report document and performing oral presentations all within a defined schedule.


    Title: Kaizen Problem Solving Techniques

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will introduce the application of a Gemba Kaizen approach to problem solving in automotive and transportation processes thus fostering a continuous improvement philosophy.

     


    Title: Intermodal Transport Systems

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module's aim is to develop the learner's understanding the potential of multimodal transport systems and the benefits of a systems approach to transportation. Multimodal transport approaches are envisaged to increase efficiency whilst reducing the negative impacts of transportation systems.


    Title: Automotive Material Selection

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This subject aims to improve the learners knowledge and understanding of materials used by automotive engineers. Learners will apply relevant mechanical equations to practical automotive problems, components and case studies. Learning is enhanced with the use of a material selection software package, (CES Edupack for example). Learners will also analyse freight and Public Service Vehicle (PSV) components that are exposed to stress loading. Learners will examine the ethical impact of the materials they select. This module is semesterised. Automotive Mechanics and Failure Analysis will follow on from it in Semester 2


    Title: Automotive Mechanics & Failure Analysis

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module aims to improve the learners knowledge and understanding of mechanics and failure of freight and PSV components. Learners will apply relevant mechanical equations to practical problems, components and case studies. Learning is enhanced with the use of a material selection software package, (CES Edupack). Coupled with this is the use of a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software (Solidworks Simulation). This module is semesterised and follows on from the Automotive Material Selection module in semester 1.


    Title: Advanced Heavy Vehicle Engineering & Technology (Environmental Power Train Systems)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Further, advance the learner's knowledge of motor vehicle systems to include commercial heavy vehicles. This module builds on the topics covered in the Heavy Vehicle Engineering by providing a more in-depth look at the technologies especially in the areas of design and operation of chassis systems along with the Regulatory Compliance, Ethics and Legal Requirements associated with these vehicles.

     

    The purposes of this module is to advance the knowledge engineering practices connected with the development, design, construction, and use of self-propelled machines, prime movers and related equipment.

    1. To preserve and improve the quality of life in the production and use of such mechanisms;

    2. To maintain a library of publications;

    3. To promote through meetings, lectures, courses, seminars and the presentation and discussion of scientific and engineering papers a better understanding of such mechanisms;

    4. To develop technical and scientific reports, including engineering standards and recommended practices, in connection with the development, design, construction, use, and reuse of such mechanisms.

    To and publish and distribute such reports for the benefit of mankind; and generally, to provide for or carry on such other activities as may be necessary, incidental, convenient, or desirable to accomplish fully the foregoing purposes.

     


    Title: Advanced Heavy Vehicle Engineering & Technology (Environmental Chassis Systems)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Further, advance the learner's knowledge of motor vehicle systems to include commercial heavy vehicles. This module builds on the topics covered in the Heavy Vehicle Engineering by providing a more in-depth look at the technologies especially in the areas of design and operation of chassis systems along with the Regulatory Compliance, Ethics and Legal Requirements associated with these vehicles.

     

    The purposes of this module is to advance the knowledge engineering practices connected with the development, design, construction, and use of self-propelled machines, prime movers and related equipment.

    1. To preserve and improve the quality of life in the production and use of such mechanisms;

    2. To maintain a library of publications;

    3. To promote through meetings, lectures, courses, seminars and the presentation and discussion of scientific and engineering papers a better understanding of such mechanisms;

    4. To develop technical and scientific reports, including engineering standards and recommended practices, in connection with the development, design, construction, use, and reuse of such mechanisms.

    To and publish and distribute such reports for the benefit of mankind; and generally, to provide for or carry on such other activities as may be necessary, incidental, convenient, or desirable to accomplish fully the foregoing purposes.


    Title: Process Statistics 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To build on the Students broad foundation in statistics so that the student have the necessary confidence and statistical skills to visualise and interpret both descriptive and inferential statistics

    To introduce the student to the concept of Quality Science, to give the student a broad understanding of the Six Sigma methodology, and to give the student a broad foundation in the statistical thinking that form the basis of the Six Sigma process.


    Title: Process Statistics 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module to:

    1. To give the student a broad foundation in statistics so that the student has the necessary confidence and descriptive statistical skills to visualise and interpret data both manually and using statistical software.

    2. To introduce the student to the concept of Quality Science, to give the student a broad understanding of the Six Sigma methodology and techniques


    Title: Transport Engineering Management ( Customer Relations, Human Resources & Financial Planning)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Transport Business Management provides students with an active insight into the methodologies and technology used to run a transport business.

    This module covers the following topics, Customer Relationship Management, Human Rescourse Management and Financial Planning along with the Regulatory Compliance, Ethics and Legal Requirements associated with these managerial skills.


    Title: Transport Engineering Management (National & International Transport Law)

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    National & International Transport Law, this module has a special focus on the following topics.

    Learners will gain detailed knowledge of International Trade Law and Policy in the following fields along with the Regulatory Compliance, Ethics and Legal Requirements associated with these managerial skills.

    • National & International Trade and the Sale of Goods – Legal and Contractual Frameworks
    • Standard Trade Terms
    • Carriage of Goods by Sea
    • Carriage of Goods by Road, Rail, Air and Multimodal Transportation
    • Legal Aspects of International Trade Finance
    • Electronic Commerce law
    • Resolution of Commercial Disputes- Commercial Litigation
    • Resolution of Commercial Disputes - Commercial Arbitration

       

     


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates may progress on to complete a Level 9 Masters via research.

What are the career prospects?

Positions that graduates have worked in include:

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Vehicle Safety, Compliance and inspection Management
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Manager in logistics sector
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transport operations management (Goods & Passenger)
  • Dealership management in passenger car & heavy vehicle sector
  • Management in passenger car & heavy vehicle sector distributors
  • Fleet Manager
  • Medical Device Technician