Higher Certificate in Engineering in Electronic Engineering

  • Course Code


  • Type of Qualification:

    Higher Certificate

  • Field of Study

    Electronics and automation,Mechanics and metal work

  • Type of Study:

    Full Time,Part Time

  • Application Closing Date:

    Not Specified

About the Course

Length of course: 2 years
Follow-on Degrees offered

Electronic systems touch every part of our lives today, from transport systems, to health care, to the local supermarket checkout, to mobile phones, to sophisticated computers, to energy technology, to space exploration. The electronics industry needs graduates to work in areas such as manufacturing, system design, computer networking, software
engineering, system testing and debugging, design simulation as well as in technical sales and service.

At Higher Certificate level, students are introduced to the fundamentals of electronics and software systems. They learn about analogue and digital systems, engineering science, electronic telecommunications, control systems and computer programming. In the second year of the programme a hands-on project is provided in order to allow the student to experience construction and testing of a hardware system so as to enhance both skills and knowledge. At the end of the programme graduates will understand the operation of electronic systems and devices and will be ready to work at technician level in industry.

During the follow-on BEng in Electronic Engineering or B.Eng in Engineering Software, the engagement with software and hardware engineering theory and application will be considerably deepened A student may exit to employment after achieving the Higher Certificate award or stay on to achieve further academic awards.



Follow-on entry into
Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering
Bachelor Degree in Engineering Software
Follow-on Honours Bachelor Degree -- Post Bachelor Degree
Electronic Engineering or Engineering Software

Successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Engineering will allow progression to the BEng Programme in Electronic Engineering or BEng Programme in Engineering Software. The suite of programmes ranging from Higher Certificate through to Honours Degree has been devised in collaboration with industry in Ireland.




What do I Need?

Maths O5/H7


(To include ENGLISH O6/H7 or IRISH F3/O6/H7)

Career Opportunities

Businesses and other organisations depend on complex electronic equipment for a variety of functions. Industrial controls automatically monitor and direct production processes on the factory floor. Transmitters and antennae provide communication links for many organisations. Electric power companies use electronic equipment to operate and control generating plants, substations, and monitoring equipment. Equipment sales companies distribute computing, printing and photocopying systems.

The Electronic Technician is trained to conduct routine maintenance checks, referring to wiring diagrams and service manuals to find the source of a problem. The Technician will also be trained to use various testing equipment such as voltmeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators and frequency counters. The Technician must also have a thorough understanding of electrical theory applications and be able to interface with engineers on the resolution of technical issues.
Bench technicians work in repair areas located in factories and service centres, fixing components that cannot be repaired on the factory floor.

Field technicians often travel to factories or companies to install and repair equipment. These technicians usually have assigned tasks when they visit and perform preventive maintenance on a regular basis. When equipment breaks down, field technicians go to a customer’s site to repair the equipment.

Electronic equipment installers and repairers install, diagnose, and repair various types of equipment. Most installation work involves sound systems along with passive and active security systems which vary in complexity of installation. The installer may also be required to run new speaker cable or other types of electrical cables.


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