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TA223
Energy Systems 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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This Programme will prepare graduates to work as highly skilled Energy Engineers. The programme places emphasis is on the application of current knowledge and practices to the solution of specific problems in the areas of energy management, the utilisation of renewable energies, and the adoption of emerging technologies. 

This Programme will ensure that the graduate Energy Engineer is prepared to immediately begin technical assignments, since the Programme modules address current and emerging industrial practices and procedures.


 
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TA223 - Energy Systems Engineering
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TA223 - Energy Systems Engineering
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Essential Module Requirements:
Three Distinctions. One of which must be C20174 or C20175 orC20139 or 5N1833 or 6N3395 (or OC3 in LCE Maths).

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Many companies operating in the sector deliver a broad range of turnkey solutions that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions for businesses, governments, and homeowners. These companies typically require the technically capable and enthusiastic professionals who will graduate from this programme. As graduates gain more experience then they will have the opportunity to move into positions of energy management with responsibility for managing and controlling utility consumption and costs as well as implementing strategic and capital initiatives to promote resource and environmental sustainability.

The Energy Engineer could also be employed as part of a team involved in the modelling, installation, and commissioning of energy systems, in addition to investigating new power conversion technologies for renewable systems. This work would include the evaluation of system efficiency, system reliability, system costs and system complexity. Such investigations require a detailed system insight and understanding of the technologies, as well as the ability to model the system and predict behaviour in the field. The job of the Energy Engineer will require a significant amount of practical work and work in the field means discovering what happens when theory is put into practice.



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