Electronic Engineering - Level 6,7,8
Electronic Engineering is a profession that uses science, technology and problem solving skills to design, construct and maintain all types of products, services and IT systems. It is an integral part of our lives and contributes, on some level, to nearly everything we do each day.
Electronic Engineering graduates will typically work in roles such as design engineering(designing a product or component) or applications engineering(supporting a product for its entire life) i.e. they design and programme smart phones while also maintaining the telecommunications infrastructure.
Some of the main areas of opportunity for Electronic Engineering graduates are in the IT sector as an IT Engineer(responsible for managing both the hardware and software elements of a system as well as their implementation and testing), Telecommunications Engineer(expert in all forms of communication, particularly mobile phones. Involved in the design and maintenance of efficient transmitter systems), Microelectronics Engineer(specialise in the development of advanced electronic devices, silicon microchips and circuits which are used in the design of medical, electronic, aerospace and IT), Computer Network Engineer(responsible for the design installation, maintenance and support of computer communication networks within a company or organisation. They plan the network structure, develop the configuration, deploy the hardware and then test and provide troubleshoot services in the event of any network problems) and Hardware Engineers(involved in the design and development all types of electronic systems. Responsible for the generation of systems and hardware specifications, identifying and scheduling all hardware development tasks and interfacing with software development engineers.
Mechanical Engineering - Level 6,7,8
Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, allowing graduates to enter a wide variety of careers. It also means that the employment prospects are consistently good. Mechanical Engineers graduating after completing their degree to a Level 8 stage with be equipped with the advanced analytical skills to solve global industrial engineering problems. This degree is very practical as students will spend half their time in lectures but the other half working in labs and on industry style projects.
Graduates can look for work in a wide range of industries from food production to car manufacturing but the main disciplines with in Mechanical Engineering are Product Design(developing 3D CAD drawing, product failure analysis, experimental design and problem solving, Testing and debugging of mechanical systems, Customisation of products to meet consumer needs), Manufacturing and Production(working with state of the art manufacturing technologies such as robotics, problem solving, working with other engineering disciplines, leading cross functional teams to execute new product development, project management and cost control analysis), the always popular option of Research(designing new product improvements, keeping up to date with emerging technical developments, encouraging innovation and creativity), Quality Engineering(developing systems, protocol and guidelines to ensure a consistent level of quality, monitoring and auditing departments to maintain standards), Materials Engineering(Test various materials under different situations to see how durable they are and what effect the various environments have on them - this will help to determine what materials should be used in particular products, analyse materials to see if there are ways of improving their performance, recommend alternative materials options)
Energy and Environment Engineering - Level 7,8
Ireland's energy sector now ranks alongside pharmaceuticals and ICT as one of the key growth sectors of the Irish economy. Energy consumption and environmental sustainability are two of the most pressing global challenges mankind has to solve. For this reason governments, recognising the urgency of the challenges, have been developing legislation and policies to try and balance the need for economic growth with a need to protect the environment. These actions are creating new, important and exciting career opportunities for people in this sector.
Graduates would typically work for companies who deliver a range of turnkey solutions that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions for businesses, governments and home-owners. As they gain more experience they will then be able to move into positions of energy management with responsibility for managing and controlling utility consumption and costs as well as implementing initiatives to promote environmental stability.
They could also work as part of a team involved in the modelling, installation and commissioning of energy systems, in addition to investigating new power conversion technologies for renewable systems.
The role of an Energy Engineer requires a large amount of hands on, practical work and working in the field means discovering what happens when the theory is put into practice.