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Mechanical and Polymer 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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4 Years
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This honours degree in mechanical and polymer engineering covers in mechanical engineering fundamentals, with emphasis on specific technologies and methodologies associated with polymer engineering. 

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AIT - Mechanical and polymer engineering

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This new degree programme addresses skills shortages identified by state agencies and by industry. According to the Irish Medical Device Association and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, the requirement for people with engineering, scientific, technician and management skills will continue to rise. The medical device and healthcare sectors are likely to see a move towards greater numbers of engineers, scientists, analysts and technicians.

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AL820 - Mechanical and Polymer Engineering
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AL820 - Mechanical and Polymer Engineering
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CITXX    Information Technology

Essential Module Requirements:

C20175 or 5N1833 or LC Maths
Distinctions in three modules

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Graduates can expect to find employment as Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing/Process Engineers, Project Development Engineers, Quality Assurance Managers.


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