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Mechanical Engineering (Add-On) – BEng (Hons)

  • CAO Points: N/A

  • Campus: Athlone

  • years: 1

Course Information

This programme is a one year add on, open to Level 7 graduates in Mechanical Engineering disciplines and leads to a Bachelor of Engineering (honours) degree. ​

Mechanical engineering is about putting ideas into action. It is about inventing, designing, developing, manufacturing and maintaining products, equipment and machinery of all kinds. Mechanical engineers use their knowledge of materials, mechanisms, power, energy and manufacturing technology to produce specifications for their designs and to see those designs become a reality. They also build and test prototypes of their products in order to prove their designs.

Our programme offers the student a year long industrial project based in a company or partnered with a Researcher from one of our centres and gives the student valuable work/research experience. These industrial and research links are further enhanced by experienced lecturing and research staff combined with industrial visits and industrially based case studies.

Mechanical Engineering is a rewarding career in which graduates can and do make a difference to society by applying their skills and knowledge.

What will I experience?

​While studying on this course students will:

Engineering education at our TUS Midlands campus is highly practical. Almost 50 % of your time will be spent in state-of-the-art laboratories developing your practical engineering skills, and the other 50% will be spent on engineering theory and its application. Within our State of the Art Engineering Laboratories you will gain valuable experience operating high-end technical engineering equipment and improve your teamwork and communications skills by working as part of small teams on problem-solving and projects. You will also gain valuable work experience by completing an industry-based project and possibly have the opportunity to work with Researchers on advanced engineering projects through our research centres

Upon completion of the course, you will have developed an ability to critically appraise mechanical engineering systems, to identify areas of potential improvement, to bring about corrective action and where applicable, to suggest and implement an alternative solution.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Discussions with leading voices in manufacturing companies such as Boston Scientific, Athlone Extrusions and Mergon have expressed their need for mechanical engineers with practical skills. In designing this course, the TU, have engaged with manufacturing and supply chain companies in the greater Midland’s region, who endorsed the need for this course. Additionally, research-active companies, have all identified the skills in this course as necessary for a future workforce. Your specific and specialist knowledge and skills will lead to proven career opportunities in such areas as:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Facilities Design and Management
  • Manufacturing Process and Product Design
  • Manufacturing and Automation
  • Project Management

In recent years, all of the graduates of this programme have obtained employment within 6 months of graduating, in a variety of companies both in Ireland and globally.

Contact Details

Eoin McIntyre


Phone: (090) 6468176

Entry Requirments

Entry to the programme is restricted to holders of an appropriate Level 7 degree such as a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with Energy or a degree in any relevant engineering discipline or an equivalent Level 7.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

Module Overview

  • Regulatory Compliance and Validation 4

    Credits: 5

    Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices industries must comply with the regulatory requirements of the markets that they supply to. This module aims to equip students with the requisite knowledge that will allow them to adhere to the specific regulatory requirements of safety, efficacy, quality and performance.
    Validation is a regulatory requirement as well as a process of establishing documentary evidence demonstrating that a procedure, process, or activity carried out in testing or production maintains the desired level of compliance. This module will incorporate the documentary and testing requirements of a validation programme.

  • Computer Aided Engineering Design & Analysis 4

    Credits: 5

    The successful alignment and integrated implementation of all analytical and computational techniques resulting in a more streamlined engineering design/manufacturing process with reduced costs, decreased development time and improved quality through the efficient usage and application of computational engines and appropriate industry-specific software.

  • Dynamics and Vibrations 4

    Credits: 5

    This module aims to equip the student with the knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of mechanical vibrations.
    Students will learn to analyse single degree of freedom systems and multi degree of freedom systems and how these systems may be used as a model for more complex engineering structures.
    Students will learn to assess the dynamic responses of the system to both impulse and sustained forcing functions, and how the system may resonate under these conditions.

  • Electrical Power Systems and Machines 4

    Credits: 5

    This module will introduce the student to components of the electrical infrastructure typical of the industrial environment.

  • HVAC and Utilities 4

    Credits: 5

    This module will enable the learner gain an understanding of the operation and utilisation of HVAC systems, and building utilities and their integration within contemporary and future energy supply and demand profiles and applications.
    It also focuses on the development of effective and efficient self−directed research skills.

  • Final Year Project 4

    Credits: 10

    To develop the student’s ability to carry out independent research into a relevant topic of technical merit related to the particular field of study.
    To demonstrate the student’s ability to draw together in-depth knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme of study, together with independent learning, and to apply to a current and relevant industrial based engineering project.
    To instil in the student the techniques required for effective dissertation preparation and presentation at an industrial level.

  • Operations Management & Sustainability 4

    Credits: 5

    This module addresses two important areas of management that are essential to an engineering graduate; operations and sustainability. Operations management as a concept is introduced by exploring the role that operations management plays in productivity as well as global operating environments and strategy. Key aspects of designing operations are explored such as product design & development decisions in particular design for sustainability and product safety, process design, layout decisions, job design, ergonomics, and workplace safety. Sustainability at the level of the organisation is explored with particular emphasis on the sustainability of the transformation process.

  • Industrial Control 4

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to enable the learner to acquire a good knowledge of industrial process control systems theory and practice, including PID control and loop tuning.

  • Manufacturing Automation 4

    Credits: 5

    To build upon the student’s knowledge of engineering materials and to bring about a more detailed technical understanding of engineering materials and their response to mechanical loads and the effects of the environment on their performance and useful life.
    To compare and contrast responses of the generic crystalline materials to that of the noncrystalline amorphous materials, and to understand the nature of the response and factors that influence such responses and their importance.
    To quantify and predict these responses to aid design using proper material selection. To understand and appreciate the failure modes pervasive in material selection for proper design.

  • Applied Thermofluids 4

    Credits: 5

    This module provides background and revision material on the concepts and equations for thermofluid flow problems. Using these concepts and associated correlations the learner will analyse various applied problems involving fluids.

What can you do after this programme?

Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design, manufacture and operation of the mechanical systems and processes that are all around us. Upon completion of this programme graduates can expect to find employment as a Graduate Engineer in high-tech manufacturing industries, mechanical industries, building services and design. Engineering graduates at this level will work in design, manufacturing and production, quality control, automation, planning logistics and supply, technical sales support with contracting and technical service industries. The course equips students with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical expertise demanded by leading global employers to work in this constantly evolving field.

Successful graduates of this programme are eligible for Level 9 and 10 postgraduate programmes within TUS or elsewhere. Full details of our postgraduate programmes can be found in the Postgraduate Prospectus.

Assessment Information

We provide students with a set of transferable skills with a strong focus on practical experiments, problem solving and case study work. We place a lot of emphasis on student support and aim to provide a learning environment that is both stimulating and academically challenging, whilst also supporting your learning. You will encounter a range of teaching methods that include but are not limited to:

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Projects and case studies
  • Group work
  • Guest lectures
  • Examinations
  • Portfolio work
  • Integrated assessments