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BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering

Course Code: LC288


Level

08

Duration

4 years

Department

Mechanical & Automobile Engineering


CAO Points

347

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

This new honours degree programme provides learners with a detailed understanding of the broad field of Mechanical Engineering. This qualification is delivered using a practical hands on approach to enable learners to work in a wide range of career paths. It specialises in certain fields of mechanical engineering in fourth year.

 

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six 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) 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.

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    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: Electrical & Electronic Technology I

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Develop a basic understanding and working knowledge of the fundamentals of electrical and electronic technology and their applications in mechanical engineering.


    Title: Industrial Pneumatics

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module is designed to introduce the learner to Air technologies and their applications in Engineering. Introducing items such as pneumatic air actuators, air lifts, bulk transport and properties of air, applications of air systems.


    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: 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: Engineering Technology

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop an understanding and a working knowledge of the engineering technology and materials used in industry.


    Title: Mechanical CAD and Design

    Credits: 10 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.

     

     


  • Year 2

    Title: CADCAM & Design

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The use of computer aided design and manufacturing (CADCAM) systems in industry has become an essential part of the modern working environment. It is used at all stages of the design period, from conceptualisation and production of working drawings to the production of virtual reality images, prototypes, and final products. This unit aims to further candidates understanding of the CADCAM Parametric Modelling environment, in terms of hardware, software and physical surroundings, and the concepts of mechanical engineering design that accompany this environment. It will explore the typical composition of a CADCAM Parametric Modelling systems and Health and Safety matters that are associated with safe working practices.

    All elements of the module are predicated upon safety and ethical considerations. This module is structured to provide a balance of theoretical and practical experience through classroom, computer laboratory and workshop environments.

     


    Title: Engineering Technology and Maintenance

    Credits: 15 Credits

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    This module in Engineering Technology and Maintenance introduces the learner to advanced technologies, procedures and techniques as used by the modern mechanical or manufacturing engineer. The module has four main elements including metrology, material science, manufacturing processes and maintenance. All four elements are predicated upon safety and ethical considerations as required by a code of good practice.

    The workshop content forms a very important element of this module and the material given in the lecture is positively reinforced in the workshop setting. Learners will utilise practical workshop activities to create parts, assemblies and projects to industry standards. The use of metrology laboratory work create the opportunity of the student to self-assess the quality of their work. This learning is supported through the linking of lectures to this coursework, assessments and development of problem based learning and experiential learning.

    A variety of learning resources will be strategically used to integrate a variety of learning strategies into the module. Lectures linked to practical content through supporting printed materials, access to electronic resources such as Moodle, SharePoint. Integration of Computer Aided Design skills in project work, coursework design. Guest lectures, company visits and Industry case studies are used to enliven content and to link module content to industrial applications.

    Assessment of learning in this modules is carried out in a variety of forms to evaluate a range of learning styles in both formative and summative assessment. Students will complete written exams to evaluate learning of advanced theory and practical class in a formative assessment process. Presentations and submission of portfolios will allow the use of summative assessment as part of formative assessment. Assessment of practical coursework to ensure that learners have reached industry standards in engineering and have achieved the necessary level of skills, knowledge and competence to work safely in industry.


    Title: Thermodynamics

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to develop knowledge of the fundamental principles of thermodynamics. The knowledge gained, from such principles as the conservation of energy and the second law of thermodynamics, is applied to practical applications including heat pump and refrigeration cycles, vapour power cycles and gas power cycles. The plant components required for these thermodynamic cycles are analysed, with particular focus on boiler systems, compressor and turbine configurations and performance. The learner will also apply the principles of thermodynamics to laboratory experiments, while gaining experience in the collection, interpretation and presentation of experimental data in order to draw conclusions.


    Title: Electrical and Electronic Technology II

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to broaden and strengthen the knowledge of Electrical and Electronic technology.

    Understand the use of electrical circuitry in mechanical systems and solve practical problems. Also to prepare for work in the areas of process control in year 3.


    Title: Fluids and Mechanics

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is strengthen knowledge of Engineering Science fundamentals with the aim of solving more complex practical problems.


    Title: Mech Eng Maths & Programming

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    Strengthen the knowledge of mathematical fundamentals with the aim of solving more complex practical Engineering problems. Developing programming, debugging and engineering computation skills using software such as Visual Basic in Excel.


  • Year 3

    Title: Heat Transfer

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Application of the laws of thermodynamics and fluid dynamics in the analysis of engineering situations involving heat transfer.


    Title: Material Selection

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This subject aims to improve the learners knowledge and understanding of materials used by engineers. 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 for example). Learners will also analyse mechanical components that are exposed to complex loading. This module will enhance their learning from the Fluids & Mechanics module in Yr 2 and coincide with the Applied Mathematics module in Yr 3. This module is semesterised. Mechanics and Failure Analysis will follow on from it in Semester 2


    Title: Applied Mechanical Engineering Mathematics 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide a detailed and in-depth understanding of engineering mathematical concepts, which will allow the learner to be able to apply this knowledge to solve practical and relevant mechanical engineering problems.


    Title: Industrial Automation

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Industrial Automation has evolved as a method of monitoring and controlling large processes. Industrial Automation includes, but is not limited to, control systems integrated with software applications to control and monitor the efficiency of these large processes, reducing the need for human intervention

    To provide learners with the basic knowledge of Industrial Automation to design, test and edit programmable logic controllers (PLCs), including basic PLC programming and the instrumentation and process control assosiated with this.


    Title: Fluid Dynamics

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Develop the students understanding of fluid power through a grounding in Fluid Mechanicanics and Dynamics.


    Title: Group Project

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module involves active learning where learners participate in a work based group project. The group project topic may have industrial links and involves the practical application of research, design, engineering principles, materials analysis and manufacturing. The group project allows for team development where each member has a defined role to play.

    This module also incorporates professional development, which aims to advance the learner's transferrable skills, in order to prepare for employment. Transferrable skills such as project management and organisation, creative problem solving, technical writing and presentation skills are developed in this module.


    Title: Plant Engineering

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Application of the laws of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer in the analysis and design of plant systems and individual components.


    Title: Mechanics & Failure Analysis

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module aims to improve the learners knowledge and understanding of materials used by engineers. 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 for example). Learners will also analyse mechanical components that are exposed to complex loading. This module will enhance their learning from the Fluids & Mechanics module in Yr 2 and coincide with the Applied Mathematics module in Yr 3. This module is semesterised and follows on from the Material Selection module in semester 1


    Title: Applied Mechanical Engineering Mathematics 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide a detailed and in-depth understanding of engineering mathematical concepts, which will allow the learner to be able to apply this knowledge to solve practical and relevant mechanical engineering problems.


    Title: Industrial Control and Instrumentation

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To provide learners with the knowledge of instrumentation and process control which includes the basic comcepts, the engineering and the installation of control equipment


    Title: Hydraulics

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Develop the students understanding of fluid power through a grounding in Hydraulics, and enable the student to design, build, test and fault find hydraulicand electro-hydraulic circuitry.


    Title: Individual Project

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module aims to develop the learner's ability to apply their technical skills and knowledge to complete an individual technical project. There may be capacity for the individual project to focus on a pre-existing group project, where the focus of the project may be in such areas as characterisation and test of an assembly, product improvements, risk assessment or any other relevant topic agreed between learner and supervisor.

    This module also incorporates professional development, which aims to advance the learner's transferrable skills, in order to prepare for employment. Transferrable skills such as project management and organisation, creative problem solving, technical writing and presentation skills are developed in this module.


  • Year 4

    Title: Building Information Modelling

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to facilitate the student to achieve an appropriate knowledge and understanding of the principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and reach an appropriate level of academic competence in the analytical and computational elements of this topic, and apply this knowledge in the optimisation of engineering solutions.


    Title: Mechanical Services Heat Transfer

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module deals with the heat ransfer applications that a mechanical or facilities engineer will be faced with in industry. Topics include basics of heat transfer, radiation heat transfer & glazings, heat exchangers and combined heat and power units. Much of the content is based on the use and application of calculations and data from relevant institute guidelines. Descriptions are given of the types of systems and equipment used for these services. This module is semesterised and will link into the HVAC & Building Services module in semester 2


    Title: Facilities Management 1

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This Module relates to the management and maintenance of Buildings, i.e. the discipline of Facilities Management. FM is a broad discipline encompassing many topics . This module focuses on the maintenance of building services and the building fabric itself from a management perspective.


    Title: Statistical Analysis and Techniques

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    To give the student a broad foundation in statistics and to build on this foundation so that the student have the necessary confidence and statistical skills to visualise and interpret data

    To give the student a broad understanding of the Six Sigma methodology, Quality science and Energy data analysis


    Title: Energy Performance Analysis

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The study of Assessing the Energy performance of Buildings for Facilities Engineers, including the practical use of software.


    Title: System Design & BIM

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to facilitate the student to achieve an appropriate knowledge and understanding of the principles of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and reach an appropriate level of academic competence in the analytical and computational elements of this topic, and apply this knowledge in the optimisation of engineering solutions. Also, to show the impact of simulation tools on the engineering process and best practice in their use.


    Title: HVAC & Building Services

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module deals with the mechanical aspects that a facilities engineer will be faced with in industry. Topics include psychrometric systems (i.e. air conditioning), soil and waste water, hot and cold water supply. Much of the content is based on the use and application of calculations and data from relevant institute guidelines. Descriptions are given of the types of systems and equipment used for these services.


    Title: Facilities Management 2

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This Module relates to the management and maintenance of Buildings, i.e. the discipline of Facilities Management. In Particular this module focuses on procurement, financial management, health and safety, and employee well-being.


    Title: Building Management Systems and Technology

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    Introduce the student to Automated Building Controls and how they relate to Building and Facilities. Describe the function and control of the various systems employed in modern facilities.

    Describe different types of Building Management systems currently available. Evaluate and specify suitable systems for a facility, including Electrical safety, Facilities control and Building Management Systems


    Title: Dynamic Simulation and Systems

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The study of Advanced Heat Transfer in Buildings, together with an appraisal of Lighting, Water Services Systems, and Acoustics


    Title: Dissertation

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module aims to develop learners’ research skills and ability to work independently to produce a dissertation in accordance with pre-determined formats, standards and ethics. The topic selected must be directly relevant to the course of study being undertaken by the student and the dissertation is to provide an exhaustive, critical and in-depth analytical study of the specific area of interest.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates can progress on to a Level 9 Masters or a Level 10 PhD in LIT or other institutions/universities.

What are the career prospects?

LIT Engineering graduates work for companies such as ARUP, Regeron, Kirby Group, Jacobs Engineering, Vistakon, Boston Scientific, ESB.
 
Positions that graduates have worked in include:

• Product Design Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Facilities Engineer
• Design Engineer
• Building Operations Supervisor

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