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What is the Course about?

Mechanical Engineering is one of the most diverse of the engineering disciplines. It deals with the design and manufacture of everything, from small individual parts and devices like the inkjet nozzle, to large systems such as spacecraft. The role of a mechanical engineer is to take ideas from concept to physical reality. It requires specialist engineering knowledge combined with creative thinking, problem solving, team working and analytical skills.

Course Structure

This course equips graduates with the specialist knowledge and practical experience required to manage complete mechanical engineering processes, from product/project design to manufacturing output and commissioning. The course features extensive practical workshops and includes challenging development project in year 3.

Is this course for you?

  • Mechanical & Computer Aided Design
  • Mechanical Processes & Systems
  • Reverse engineering and component optimisation

If you are someone who is interested in these topics, then maybe this is the course for you.

Special Features:

  • 40% class time on practical exercises in laboratories and workshops.
  • Integrated instruction in computing and programming skills.
  • Students of this course have been very successful in the Engineers Ireland Innovative Student of the Year Award, winning three times and runner up once in the past number of years.
  • Use of industry standard design tools ANSYS and SOLIDWORKS.
  • Well-balanced mixture of theory and practical elements with an extensive development project in Year 3.
  • Learn and apply problem solving skills to real world problems.
  • Exit Awards:
    • Higher Certificate in Engineering - Mechanical Engineering (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

Year 1

Module Name Semester
Computer Aided Drafting (M) Semester1
Engineering Mathematics 1 (M) Semester1
Mechatronics 1 (M) Semester1
Static Mechanics (M) Semester1
Technical Communications (M) Semester1
Dynamic Mechanics (M) Semester2
Engineering Mathematics 2 (M) Semester2
Fluid Mechanics 1 (M) Semester2
Mechatronics 2 (M) Semester2
Workshop Practices (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Module Name Semester
Dynamics 2 (M) Semester1
Engineering Mathematics 3 (M) Semester1
Manufacturing and CAD (M) Semester1
Mechatronics 3 (M) Semester1
Statics 2 (M) Semester1
Dynamics 3 (M) Semester2
Engineering Mathematics 4 (M) Semester2
Materials Science in Engineering (M) Semester2
Mechatronics 4 (M) Semester2
Thermodynamics 1 (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Module Name Semester
Advanced Manufacturing (M) Semester1
Engineering Mathematics 5 (M) Semester1
Fluid Mechanics 2 (M) Semester1
Mechanics of Materials (M) Semester1
Mechatronics 5 (M) Semester1
Development Project (Engineering) (M) Semester2
Industrial Studies (M) Semester2
Advanced PLCs (E) Semester2
Introduction to Systems and Control (E) Semester2
Process Instrumentation (E) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 5O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering at SETU Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Mechanical engineers work in a diverse range of industries including: automotive; aerospace; biotechnology; computers and electronics; microelectromechanical systems; energy conversion; environmental control; automation and manufacturing. Graduates will have a variety of career options open to them such as working in industry, government, consultancy or research centres.


Course Leader

Mr Joe Dillane


Call: +353599175465

Email: [email protected]