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Mechanical 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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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.

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From College Website...
LY617 - Mechanical Engineering
Letterkenny IT

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LY617 - Mechanical Engineering
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Essential Module Requirements:
C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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Mechanical Engineering technicians find work in a wide range of different jobs. For example, you may work:
- as a project technician involved with the design, installation and testing of new pieces of equipment,
- as a maintenance engineer, supervising a group of maintenance people, to ensure production machinery runs smoothly with minimum breakdowns.
- in technical sales, presenting technical aspects of specialist engineering equipment to clients.
- as a field service technician, installing and maintaining industrial automation equipment.

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