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Computer 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 degree will provide you with the education and training necessary for a career in the computer, software and electronics industry. You will develop the necessary theoretical knowledge in areas that are crucial to computer engineering and you will develop skills in computer systems administration and problem solving.

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You will develop the necessary theoretical knowledge in areas that are crucial to computer engineering and you will develop skills in computer systems administration and problem solving.

From College Website...
AL704 - Computer Engineering
Athlone IT

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AL704 - Computer Engineering
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C20174 or C20175 or 5N1833 or LC Maths

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Students graduating from this course will be in a position to take up careers as computer engineers in a range of industries. Possible employers include: Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, eBay/Paypal, Yahoo, Facebook,, VMWare, SAP, Ericsson and McAfee.

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