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Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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Electronic engineering, like electrical engineering, is concerned with electrical systems. However, electronic engineering is more concerned with light current systems, where electricity is used as a carrier of information, such as in computers, televisions, mp3 players, etc.

Mechanical engineering is concerned with the design, maintenance and development of machines and equipment, ranging from jet engines to minute instruments used in medicine and surgery.

This course provides a basic knowledge of the mechanical and electronic engineering techniques used in the manufacturing industry. In the third year, the focus is directed to integrating these techniques with computer controls. There is a work placement and project in the third year.

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Mechanical or Production or Mechanical and Electronic

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TL747 - Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering
Tralee IT

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TL747 - Engineering in Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering
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Good employment opportunities across a wide range of industries in the computer hardware industry, manufacturing, food processing, textiles, health care products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Also employment in R D projects, maintenance, inventory control, process control, design, production, planning, drafting and technical sales.

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