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This is an ideal programme for you if you are interested in problem-solving using mathematics and science. If you think you might enjoy exploring areas such as mechanical design, energy systems and materials, then Mechanical Engineering at UL might be a good choice for you.
Why Study Mechanical Engineering at UL?
Mechanical Engineering is a very broadly based discipline and students following the degree programme are prepared for careers in many industrial sectors, including such diverse areas as Energy, Chemical Processing, Research, Manufacturing, Design Consultancy, Materials Processing and Aviation. The Mechanical Engineering Degree programme aims not only to give you a thorough background in fundamental Mechanical Engineering subjects but also allows specialisation in one of a number of areas of particular relevance to Irish industry.
Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick adheres to traditional guidelines set down by the professional engineering institutions (such as Engineers Ireland and IMechE) and requires you to have an aptitude for mathematics and problem-solving.
Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick is an honours degree programme accredited by Engineers Ireland (www.engineersireland.ie), and the qualifications of graduates are recognised worldwide through international accords.
Course Structure - Common Entry to Biomedical, Civil, Design & Manufacture and Mechanical Engineering
The bachelor of engineering programme is of four years in duration and is divided into two parts.
Part I, which comprises the first year of study, provides you with a foundation in the fundamental engineering subjects and makes up for variations in the background of individual students:
Mathematics | Computing | Engineering Mechanics | Physical Chemistry | Electrical Principles
Fluid Mechanics | Production Technology | The Engineering Profession
PART II of the BE Mechanical Engineering
Part II comprises years 2, 3 and 4 and you will generally study five modules per semester. You will study all the fundamental subjects of mechanical engineering – mathematics, mechanics of solids, design, mechanics of fluids, thermodynamics, dynamics of machines and control.
At the end of Year 2 you are placed in industry for an eight-month Cooperative Education period. This period provides experience of the practice and application of Mechanical Engineering in an industrial environment. You will then return to the University for the latter half of third year and start to specialise.
In the final year, you can specialise in Thermofluids, Mechanics of Solids or Energy by choosing appropriate final year electives.
An important aspect of this programme is the final year project completed in year 4. This is an individual project assigned to you at the end of year 3 giving you almost 12 months to undertake. The project is a major piece of work and involves the preparation of a report detailing all aspects of the project. It will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to work as a professional engineer and to incorporate the knowledge you have gained over the previous three years. Many students are proud to show this work at subsequent job interviews.
Mechanical Engineering at UL now offers an integrated Bachelor/Master of Engineering programme. The entry route to both is through LM116 but in year 3 students have the choice to decide between the Bachelor or Master of Engineering Programme:
- Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (4 years in duration)
- Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (5 years in duration)
To find out more, go to www.scieng.ul.ie/ schools-departments/
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2||Summer|
|MA4001||Engineering Maths 1||MA4002||Engineering Maths 2||Vacation|
|EE4011||Engineering Computing||ME4111||Eng. Mechanics 1|
|EE4001||Electrical Eng. 1||ME4412||Fluid Mechanics 1|
|ME4121||Engineering Science||MT4002||Materials 1|
|ME4001||Introduction to Engineering||PE4012||Introduction to Design for Manufacture|
|Year 2||Semester 3||Semester 4||Summer|
|MA4003||Engineering Maths 3||MA4004||Engineering Maths 4||Cooperative Education|
|ME4112||Engineering Mechanics. 2||ME4113||Applied Mechanics|
|ME4213||Mechanics of Solids 1||ME4414||Fluid Mechanics 2|
|ME4523||Thermodynamics 1||IE4214||Industrial Organisation|
|ME4714||Instrumentation and Control||ME4114||Engineering Design and Communication|
|Year 3||Semester 5||Semester 6||Summer|
|Cooperative Education||MA4006||Engineering Maths 5||Project Reading|
|ME4226||Mechanics of Solids 2|
|Year 4||Semester 7||Semester 8||Summer|
|ME4616||Finite Element Analysis||IE4248||Project Planning and Control||Graduation|
|ME4517||Energy Management||ME4718||Process Control|
|ME4818||Mechanical Design||ME4018||Project 2|
|ME4017||Project 1||ME4028||Project 3|
|Choose One from||Choose One from|
|ME4037||Advanced Mechanics of Solids||ME4047||Fuels and Energy Conversion|
|ME4438||Computational Fluid Dynamics||ME6072||Engineering Mechanics of Plastics and Composites|
|EP4007||Enterprise Management and Growth||ME6092||Renewable Energy Technologies|
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.
A Special Mathematics (Higher Level) Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement. We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
Recent graduates of the programme have found jobs in the following areas:
- Automotive and manufacturing engineering
- Offshore engineering
- Aeronautical engineering
- Pharmaceutical and biomedical industries
- Optimisation and design of energy systems
- Materials and structural analysis
- Engineering consultancy
- Project management
- Control of chemical and pharmaceutical
- Bioengineering and Life Sciences
- Research and development
Related postgraduate courses at UL include;
• MEng Mechanical Engineering. Excellent research opportunities also exist for graduates.
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From the first day of first year I realised that UL was the perfect choice for me. In school, I enjoyed subjects such as DCG and Materials Technology Woodwork. These interests pointed me in the direction of Engineering and particularly Mechanical Engineering.
The thing I love most about the course is when you can apply what you have learned to everyday situations such as understanding why you change gears on a bike depending on the gradient you are cycling on (Production Technology), working out the probability of an outcome (Engineering Maths 4), how a 2 stroke/4 stroke engine works (Thermodynamics 2) and the application of how a fluid will flow depending on the properties of that fluid (Fluid Mechanics).
Because I chose UL, I had the opportunity to complete an 8-month work placement in Medtronic Vascular Galway in the R&D department. Although this seemed to be more in the Biomedical Engineering field it highlighted just how versatile a degree from UL in Mechanical Engineering can be.
I was involved in the development of a next generation Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Implant (TAVI) device. I enhanced my knowledge of current technologies available such as laser welding, 3D printing, water cutting and laser cutting. I also developed professional skills needed for the workplace such as punctuality and communications.
Prior to Co-Op I wouldnt have considered a career in the biomedical industry however the placement has shown me just how interesting this field is and how my skills can be applied to many fields of Engineering. Medtronic is a world renowned company with leading technologies in the biomedical industry. As a result of the placement I have made friends whom I keep in contact with to this day and hope to work alongside in the future.
Niall is currently employed at Abbott Vascular and was awarded the title of Graduate Employee of the Year 2014.
A Day in the Life of a Component Engineer
I chose Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick as the course has a reputation as being the best in the country and because UL has the highest graduate employment rate in Ireland. I always had an interest in maths, physics and how things work - Mechanical Engineering combined all of these and offered great opportunities and career variety. The 8-month coop placement also provides a competitive advantage over the same discipline at other universities.
A typical day as a Component Engineer consists of many different and interesting activities. Tasks include mechanical testing, identifying and investigating issues with manufactured medical device parts, design of new parts, selection of materials and validation of products for use in regulated medical devices.
The modules I studied at UL provided me with practical problem-solving skills, a logical thought process and a strong technical foundation in many aspects of engineering. Through group projects you will gain excellent teamwork skills and make friends for life while being prepared for real world engineering problems. My degree gave me the tools and confidence to work effectively with both technical and non-technical people from the first day I started work. Through coop I gained exposure to an industry and company I would not have previously considered for a career.
Key engineering skills are sought after by many companies. There are great opportunities both nationally and globally to work in many engineering positions with a Mechanical Engineering degree, from car design to manufacturing and medical devices to name a few.
Niall is currently employed at Abbott Vascular and was awarded the title of Graduate Employee of the Year 2014.
My family is steeped in the tradition of naval service. Growing up, I was always interested in how ships operated. I always loved looking around the engine room, seeing how turbines, generators and diesel engines worked.??It was from these childhood experiences that I knew I wanted to be an engineer. Having reviewed several courses, I decided that Mechanical Engineering in UL would suit me perfectly because there was a great balance between theory and practical work. For my Co-Op placement, I worked at Novartis Ringaskiddy who are a leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals. During my time there, I was able to get hands-on experience at working as a mechanical engineer. My regular tasks ranged from the design and repair of machinery to the validation of various manufacturing processes. Mechanical engineering at UL provided me with the opportunity to work for this international pharmaceutical company and put that on my CV, whilst also gaining experience in the manufacture of drugs used to treat a wide range of illnesses.
From the days of putting my first few Lego blocks together, it was in my nature to become an engineer. I was always very curious as to how things were made and the principles upon which they worked. Studying Mechanical Engineering in UL has given me the knowledge needed to apply my creativity to the science of engineering to improve upon existing designs, or create something new.
My CoOp experience in Stryker Instruments, a leading manufacturer of surgical tools, taught me how quickly design concepts can go from being formed in your mind to being manufactured and tested. There???s also the responsibility of knowing that what you have created is going to help someone, perhaps in need of major surgery to improve their quality of life, and is a reminder of just how important your designs can be and the impact it can have on the lives of others. The diverse nature of the Mechanical Engineering degree in UL leaves me with plenty of options in the future to choose in which direction I want to go.