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Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering

Course Points
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • Mechanical Engineers are versatile and adaptable problem solvers. This programme emphasises these attributes.
  • The programme places a huge emphasis on engineering design through the use of industry standard processes and tools.
  • Very strong employment opportunities within the NE Region and beyond are currently available to graduates of this programme. The programme includes an employability strand to allow you to maximise your industry potential before you graduate.
  • This is an exciting programme choice offering the platform to complete study at level 9 and ultimately level 10 in DkIT or other institutions.

Course Summary

Mechanical Engineering offers an exciting and fulfilling career that allows the practitioner to continue to learn and develop throughout their careers. This programme aims to provide graduates with the skills and competencies that will allow you to contribute to local, national and international industry. DkIT Mechanical engineering graduates have an established record of high level career achievement in both technical and management engineering roles.

Important notice about this course

We still have a select number of available places on this course for entry in September 2021. Applications must be made via the CAO Available Places facility.

Mechanical Engineering is required by every industry sector. Graduates must be adaptable and familiar with cutting edge technology. In addition, graduates must show initiative, communicate with clients and demonstrate creative problem solving traits that are much in demand in the labour market. Careers include product design, aerospace, energy, transport, renewable systems, pharmaceuticals, food processing, the agri- machine sector and research.  

Course modules are a mixture of theoretical (e.g. mechanics, fluids, heat, mathematics) and practical (e.g. materials, manufacturing and computer aided design). Added to this are a range of modules that allow the graduate to apply their technical knowledge to an employment setting (e.g. management, computers and project work).

Mechanical Engineers are in huge demand by local and national industry for their broad ranging technical skills and versatility. The programme features a work placement in year 3 to allow you to immerse yourself in an industrial setting before graduation. 

1st Year Modules (Common)

Semester 1

  • Computing for Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Material Science
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
  • Statics
  • Engineering Professional Practice

Semester 2

  • Engineering CAD 
  • Electrical & Electronic Principles 
  • Engineering Mathematics 2 
  • Dynamics 
  • Engineering Professional Practice 

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Electrical Automation Technology 
  • Materials Technology 1 
  • Fluid Mechanics 
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 
  • Mechanics 2 
  • Mathematics 3

Semester 2

  • Sustainable Manufacturing 
  • Mechanical Automation Technology 
  • Thermodynamics 
  • Mathematics 4 
  • Mechanical Engineering Design 
  • Mechanics 2

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Engineering Management 
  • Renewable Energy 
  • Design Project 
  • Mechanics 3 
  • Automation & Control 
  • Mathematics 5

Semester 2

  • Thermofluids 
  • Materials Technology 2 
  • Mechanical Work Placement 
  • Mechanics 3 
  • Mathematics 6

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Mechanical Design 
  • Numerical Methods & Programming 
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering 
  • Energy Management & Heat Transfer 
  • Final Year Project 
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation for Sustainability

Semester 2

  • Materials & Resources 
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics 
  • Innovation Management 
  • Quality Control & Reliability Modelling 
  • Energy Management & Heat Transfer 
  • Final Year Project



The programme places an enormous emphasis on how the  content is delivered. A range of teaching methodologies are employed such as practical laboratory exercises, tutorials delivered in small groups, site visits, design and build exercises and online content to support class learning. Class lectures are also an important and significant element of the programme. Lecturing staff pride themselves on being open and approachable and all material is delivered from a basic to an advanced standard over the programme duration. Class examples, assignments and projects are industry relevant and teamwork is an important feature. A significant feature of the programme is the emphasis on knowledge as applied to the industrial setting and a focus on employability skills in year 3 3. This assists graduates to match themselves and their skills to a suitable employer and career. 

Demand for our graduates in a wide range of engineering industries has been strong with many having job offers from both local and national companies shortly after sitting their final exams including: 

  • Combilift Ltd
  • Intel
  • Hiab MOFFETT truck-mounted forklifts
  • XOcean
  • Suretank Ltd.
  • Glen Dimplex
  • Kingspan Group
  • Xtratherm
  • MultiHog

Follow on courses:

This course provides the foundation for transfer routes to honours degree courses in other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad.; Note: Students who have successfully completed the first two years of this course and who wish to leave after two years, may be awarded a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Systems.

Students who have successfully completed the first three years of this course and who wish to leave after three years, may be awarded a Level 7 Degree in Mechanical Engineering Systems.

Please find information on fees and funding here

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades
→ AND Mathematics Grade H5
→ AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7
→ AND Minimum Points Score of 300.

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include:

→ Mathematics at:

    • A Level: Grade D

→ English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
→ Two subjects at either:

    • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)

→ The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

    • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
    • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
    • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
    • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
    • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ And a minimum score of 300 points

Additional Maths Entry Exam at DkIT:

If you have met the basic maths entry requirement for a level 8 programme at DkIT but have failed to meet the additional Maths Entry Requirements for this course, you have a second chance at meeting these additional Maths Entry Requirements by sitting the DkIT additional Maths Entry Examination, held in August of each year. More details about the maths entry exam.

Placement is an important feature of the programme, taking place in the third year. The exact duration and nature of placement depends on the specialisation chosen. The placement is monitored by DkIT lecturers to support the student and to ensure the learning experience is relevant to the Programme Learning Outcomes. 

  • Students with a strength in analytical subjects such as mathematics, physics and applied maths.

  • Students with an interest in practical subjects such as DCG, Construction Studies and Engineering/Technology.
  • Students who are organised in their approach to tasks, enjoy creative problem solving and teamwork .
  • Students with an interest/hobbies related to technology, invention and construction/repair.

Kimmitt Sayers (Programme Director)
Phone: +353(0)429370200

Colman Ledwith (Head of Department of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering)
Phone: +353 42 9370200

Course ID DK844
Course Type Undergraduate
Study Mode Full-Time
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
School School of Engineering
Department Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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Recognition Information

Graduates are eligible for Engineer’s Ireland Associate Member grade.

How to Apply

Students can apply directly for this course via CAO by clicking on the button below.

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