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Mechatronic Engineering

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Mechatronics is defined as a combination of mechanics and electronics which is controlled by computers. This includes designing robots or machines for various purposes; from the space rovers which explore planets, to auto-focusing digital cameras.

This course focuses on the integration of electronics and computing technologies with mechanical engineering.

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From College Website...
BN009 - Mechatronic Engineering
IT Blanchardstown

From Qualifax...
BN009 - Mechatronic Engineering
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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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 C20175 or C20174 or pass in LCE Maths

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Course aims to produce technicians whose skills and knowledge can operate across a range of engineering fields such as mechanical, electronic thus providing a crucial link between the more specialised areas in the design, manufacture and maintenance of products and processes.

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