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Higher Certificate in Precision Engineering

Course Code: LC287




2 Years


Mechanical & Automobile Engineering

CAO Points

Course Type

Direct Entry



Precision Engineering is the manufacture of parts and assemblies of part with high tolerances to specific dimension utilising highly accurate machines. This Level 6 higher certificate in Precision Engineering has been designed with industry to respond to the needs of the Precision Engineering industry for skilled, knowledgeable and competent technicians and engineers.

At the core of this programme is the Industry need to have graduates capable of becoming highly trained and educated CNC programmers, machine setters and operators in world class manufacturing industries. This is a workshop/lab based programme with hands-on experience on state-of-the-art CNC machines, CAM software and metrology equipment. Students will learn the theory, maths and science aspects of engineering to support their practical work. Students will work as individuals and in groups on a variety of industrial standard engineering projects.

This programme can be completed in two years full time. First year of the programme is offered on a full time basis but second year may be taken either full time or part-time by taking two years to complete one academic year while working part-time. Programme graduates will work as highly skilled technicians in world class manufacturing environments and will be highly skilled in areas of CNC machining, CAD/CAM, and metrology. Students will be able to progress to the Level 7 add-on Precision Engineering programme within LIT or other programmes in a similar cognate area. 

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects. Two of these subjects must include Mathematics and a Language (English or Irish).

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 Credits. 

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e. over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements. 

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What modules will I study?

Year 1

Engineering Technology 

Safety, material, material removal processes, workshop metrology processes, machine tools, NC control, assembly 

Engineering Computing 

MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Project, report writing, presentations 

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Maths 

Basics, Formulae, Algebra, Graphs, Logs and exponentials, geometry and trigonometry, statistics, calculus 

Mechanical Engineering Science 

Heat, Forces and moments, Dynamics, Friction and lubricants materials simple machines. 

CAD and Design 

Engineering design methods, pictorial drawing, orthographic projection, plane geometry, developments, CAD 

Introduction to CNC Programming and Operation 

Safety and quality standards, tolerances and datums, CNC machines, control feedback, programming – lathe and mill, cutter compensation. 

Year 2

Engineering Technology and Maintenance 

Safety, materials, material removal processes, metrology, modern machining techniques, forming, manufacturing systems, power transmission systems, maintenance 

Mechanical Engineering Maths and Programming 

Trigonometry, differentiation, integration, series, matrices, complex numbers, statistics, programming, macros, looping 

CAD and Design 

Parametric Solid Modelling, group project, systematic design, jigs and fixtures, standard parts, rapid prototyping 

Industrial Machine Mechanics Engineering Computing 

Stress and strain, friction, statics, dynamics, kinematics of machinery, balance of machinery, vibration analysis. 

Introduction to Six Sigma and Metrology 

Safety and quality standards, metrology principles, measuring instruments, thread measurement, introduction to Six Sigma, Project management, GD&T, CMM, VMM, Statistics 

Advanced CNC programming (CAM), setting & operation 

Introduction to CAM software, 2.5D milling – integrated and standalone CAM software. 3D surface machining, turning – integrated and standalone CAM software, inspection 

Are there opportunities for further study?

Students who successfully complete this level 6 programme will be able to progress to the Level 7 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates will typically be employed in one of the following roles: 

  • Precision engineering technician in a world class machining environment 
  • CAD/CAM Technician/programmer in design and interpreting technical drawings. 
  • CNC machinist, programmer and setter for both milling and turning on 3, 4 and 5 axis machine tools. 
  • CMM programmer and operator, Six sigma and Statistical process control 
  • Driving process improvements/capacity increases through new technology/equipment introductions. 
  • Equipment test engineer/technician in a variety of technological role. 
  • Process technician in the medical device, human implant, and Life Sciences Industries 

More Information

A person who has completed this programme will be able to: 

  • Create CNC programme using manual G-coding and CAM 
  • Create 3D models of components using CAD 
  • Manufacture precision components and assemblies using world class equipment 
  • Interpret engineering drawings and carry out model based inspection of components 
  • Measure components accurately and compare with drawings 
  • Drive process improvements/capacity increases through new technology / equipment selection and specification. 
  • Work with engineers and designers to manufacture components to the highest standards.