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Renewable & Electrical Energy Engineering - BEng

Course Code: LC278


Level

7

Duration

3 Years

Department

Electrical & Electronic Engineering


CAO Points

306

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

Energy and especially Electrical Energy is needed for everything we do in today’s world. Climate change is real and caused by burning fossil fuels. While energy prices are low at the moment they won’t stay low in the long term. So we need new ways to produce energy and we need to make smarter use of the energy we have. The EU and Ireland have set very ambitious targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. The outcome of the COP21 Climate Change Agreement in Paris may lead to more aggressive energy targets. Meeting these targets will need huge investment in energy production, distribution, monitoring and control systems. This will create jobs for people with the right skills.

This programme covers all the technologies needed to produce energy and in particular electrical energy, from renewable sources, to monitor and control energy systems and to connect them to the electricity grid. It is a mixture of theory and practical hands-on learning in all aspects of Renewable Energy Technology, electrical technology and automated monitoring and control systems. The skills learned on the programme can be used in a wide range of industries and good graduates are in high demand.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 4 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including English/Irish plus a minimum of O5 in Mathematics.

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) such as Fitting or Toolmaking, or 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 subject to a satisfactory interview.

Who can I contact?

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Electrical Installation 1

    Credits: 10

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    The module aims to provide the learner with the opportunity to learn, practice and develop the basic skills to complete a domestic installation, to familiarise them with the terminology, tools, materials, equipment and working practises which will form the foundation for their further development and progression.


    Title: Electrical Technology 1

    Credits: 10

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    To introduce the learner to basic electric circuits and electrical devices.


    Title: Electrical Theory for Installation

    Credits: 5

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    This module is designed to introduce students to the concepts of electrical power systems in a range of applications and there by develop an understanding of the relationship between supply, power, cables, protection and safety. This is linked to the Electrical Installation module.


    Title: Engineering Mathematics 1

    Credits: 10

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    This module provides a foundation in mathematical principles: arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, elementary calculus and statistics. The theory is kept to a minimum, with problem-solving used extensively to establish and exemplify the theory. The material will provide engineering applications; the learner will be able to apply standard mathematical techniques to analyse and solve electrical, electronic and related engineering problems.


    Title: Engineering Science

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of the module is to introduce students to a broad knowledge of fundamental Principles and Practical applications in Engineering Science neccessary to support other core modules. The module provides a comprehesive grounding in fundamental Engineering that is relevent to multiple Engineering courses in the department.


    Title: Introduction to Electronics 1

    Credits: 5

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    To introduce the learner to analogue and digital electronic circuits and devices.


    Title: Introduction to Energy Systems

    Credits: 10

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    This Module will introduce learners to basic energy concepts, energy use and impacts and give an overview of fossil fuel and renewable energy systems for each of the main energy uses.


    Title: Project 1

    Credits: 5

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    To provide the learner with an opportunity to develop valuable transferable personal and professional skills. Utilising an active learning strategy, the learners will develop their skills in in a range of areas such as project management, decision-making, problem solving, team working and communications. The student will apply these skills to a series of mini projects.


  • Year 2

    Title: Electrical & Instrumentation Drawing

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to provide the learner with the knowledge to understand and design Electrical, Instrumentation and Control drawings.


    Title: Electrical Installation 2

    Credits: 10

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    The module aims to provide the learner with a broad knowledge of both hardwired and PLC based industrial control systems.


    Title: Electrical Principles 2

    Credits: 10

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    To build on the material covered in Electrical Technology 1, including 3-phase systems, transformers, motors and generation with greater emphasis on practical applications.


    Title: Engineering Mathematics 2

    Credits: 10

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    To give the learner broad competencies in applied engineering mathematics. At the end of this module, the learner will be able to apply standard mathematical techniques to model and solve problems in engineering.


    Title: Equipment Control Systems

    Credits: 10

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    This module is designed to introduce students to electrical control systems, robotics and vision systems and develop skills and competence in their industrial applications.


    Title: Project 2

    Credits: 5

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    To provide the learner with an opportunity to develop valuable transferable personal and professional skills. Utilising an active learning strategy, the learners will develop their skills in in a range of areas such as project management, decision-making, problem solving, team working and communications. The student will apply these skills to a series of mini team projects.


    Title: Renewable and Thermal Energy Systems

    Credits: 10

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    To give learner a thorough understanding of the resources, technologies and applications of hydro, bio and solar based renewable energy systems and an overview of heating and cooling systems.


  • Year 3

    Title: Advanced PLCs, HMI & SCADA

    Credits: 10

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    To provide the learner with a specialised knowledge of advanced automation systems, structured programming approaches and distributed control applications. Also the learner will acquire the skills needed to successfully design, develop and integrate a SCADA solution.


    Title: Electrical Machines & Power Distribution

    Credits: 10

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    The aim of the module is to provide the learner with specialised knowledge of high, medium and low voltage electrical integration and distribution of electrical equipment, plant and AC machines.


    Title: Industrial Maintenance and Energy Efficiency

    Credits: 5

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    This module aims to provide the learner with a broad knowledge of modern industrial maintenance strategies and an efficiency management approach to industrial services in particular HVAC, compressed air, heat recovery and lighting.


    Title: Mathematics for Electrical Engineers

    Credits: 10

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    This module is designed to provide the fundamental analytical and underpining knowledge and techniques to model, analyse and solve problems in electrical engineering. The material has been designed to enable the learner to use techniques learned for the analysis, modelling and solution of realistic engineering problems. For example: the learner will model electrical systems by first and second order ordinary differential equations and solve by the method of Laplace transforms. The learner will decompose functions, with arbitrary period T, such as the sawtooth function, into the sum of a (possibly infinite) set of simple oscillating functions. The learner will solve a system of linear equations using matrices to determine the currents through various branches of electrical networks.


    Title: Process Instrumentation & Calibration

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with detailed knowledge of industrial process instrumentation, calibration and control which includes the concepts, engineering and installation of control and measurement equipment.


    Title: Wind Energy and Renewable Integration

    Credits: 10

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    To give the learner a thorough overview of the conversion of wind energy into electrical energy and the integration of renewables into Electrical Systems.


    Title: Work Placement

    Credits: 10

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    This placement module will provide students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained on their programme while working in a professional engineering environment. It will also afford them the opportunity to gain valuable career experience and develope their understanding of working in such an environment.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible to progress to the Level 8 Bachelor of Engineering Honours in Renewable & Electrical Energy Engineering.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates of this programme have worked in positions such as:

  • Installation & Maintenance of Renewable Energy Systems
  • Automation & Control of Energy and Industrial Systems
  • ndustrial & Manufacturing Equipment Engineering

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