CAO (Higher Education)

Degree - Honours Bachelor

Mechanical Engineering

TU Dublin - Tallaght
TU Dublin - Tallaght
Course Code
NFQ Type
4 Years
Full Time
CAO Points 2019
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Course Summary

Mechanical engineering graduates are in high demand for their ability to design machines and think innovatively. They are trained to be creative and inventive, and to solve difficult problems such as the development of new technologies and devices in the aeronautical, automotive, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, semi-conductor, and medtech sectors. They’re involved in almost every aspect of our day-to-day life. Their innovation and design has brought us powerful cars, efficient household appliances and entertainment systems. They combine principles of mechanics, materials and energy to design faster automotive, aeronautical and robotic systems.

In this four-year programme, you’ll study subjects such as engineering graphics, mechanical science, electrical practice, fluid mechanics, machine dynamics and robotic systems. You’ll learn about engineering analysis, design, manufacture and maintenance, and be trained in the use of complex equipment (computers, medical devices, robots, various consumer products). In our laboratories, you’ll face real-world issues. You’ll learn the language of engineers and begin to think like an engineer. In your final year, you’ll carry out a major design project, which will develop your problem-solving, design, project management and communication skills.

Course Details

College Link > TU809 - Mechanical Engineering

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Career Sectors

This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.

Entry Requirements

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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.

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The Student - Career Interests

This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Career Progression

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Semiconductor
  • Technology
  • Small to Medium Enterprises
  • Medtech
  • Food and Beverages

Further Research

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