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When you’ve completed the course you will have a detailed knowledge of the design of energy efficient engineering systems in modern buildings.

In the first year you’ll complete a “design, make and test” project. An example of this could be to design, make and test a solar collector. You will learn about how energy is used in buildings, how to design heating and ventilation systems and undertake mini project work. You will also study physics and maths.

In the second year you’ll learn more about the design of mechanical and electrical engineering systems and buildings using computer aided design. You will learn about assessing the energy performance and energy rating of buildings. Projects are an important part of the second year allowing you to apply what you have learnt during the lectures to an actual building. You will complete two design projects in the second year working in a group with other students.

The third year of the course includes the major design project and dissertation. The main design project builds on the project in the second year. You will design all the engineering systems for a large commercial building including design drawings and calculations. The dissertation is a detailed study into one area of your project that you find interesting. This might be about solar energy or a new method of air conditioning.


 

Automation Engineering involves the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems for applications across a wide range of technological sectors. Modern engineering systems employ a broad spectrum of technologies, which when integrated provide for improved efficiency, quality and reliability. The combination of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Computer Technology, namely, Mechatronics, is core to this endeavour. This integrated approach is becoming increasingly important in modern technological environments. This programme is delivered from a multi-disiplinary perspective, thus equipping graduates for a diverse range of modern technological roles.

Students will develop a range of skills in the design and implementation of automation solutions; from 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD, Solid-Modelling), sensor and instrumentation selection, programming of robotics to the management of the resulting systems. The study programme is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary to perform as a technologist in a range of industries.

 

Electrical and Control Engineering involves analysing complex electrical and electronic circuits and power systems. In addition, computing skills, ranging from ECDL to advanced level programming in control and automation systems are required in order for students to enter careers in the many areas of electrical power, automation, robotics, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.

In the first year the student is introduced to a broad range of foundation courses that underpin modern Electrical Engineering.

In second year the student chooses either Control and Automation Systems or Electrical Energy Systems.

Optional courses are also available to allow the student broaden his/her knowledge base.

Electrical Energy Systems: techniques used and the equipment required for the efficient generation, transmission and use of electricity.

Control and Automation Systems: design and programme robotic production lines and other automated systems.

In the final year all students complete their studies by engaging in a substantial engineering project in their chosen specialist field.

 

The programme prepares students for challenging careers in Electronic and Communications Engineering in areas such as design support, development and production. The programme has a particular focus on Communications Engineering, particularly in the latter years.

Graduates of the programme who achieve a high average mark in the final examinations are eligible for transfer into the honours degree four year programmes in Computer & Communications Engineering (DT081) and Electrical/Electronic Engineering (DT021).

Students who successfully complete year two of this programme and who do not wish to progress to the third year will be eligible for a Higher Certificate award.

 

This 1-year programme provides a general access route to engineering programmes for those who have not decided which engineering discipline they would like to study. On successful completion of the programme, students will have the mathematical and scientific basis to successfully enter the second year of seven different Level 7 discipline-specific programmes. In addition, in a limited number of cases, some students with proven ability may be permitted to progress to the first year of the Level 8 Engineering (General Entry) programme DT066. This course will suit students who have an interest in technology and in solving problems in the engineering world. You will study a combination of maths, science, engineering design, drawing and you will also be given a general introduction to the engineering profession. There is a strong emphasis on group projects within the programme. Students are assessed by a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and continuous assessment projects.

 

The course content includes environmental control and communication, power distribution, standby generation, lighting, emergency services (lighting and fire), access control, data services, automation, building management systems and many more. As well as expertise in these areas, graduates from this programme will have expertise in the application of low carbon technologies including green generation technologies.

This course will suit students who have a keen interest in how things work and in problem solving. There is plenty of scope for exercising innovation, creativity and flair when using new technologies to solve everyday problems.

Green building technology, efficient use of energy and sustainability are all areas that are addressed. The programme also includes modules covering project management, refrigeration, heating, ventilation & air-conditioning as well as renewable plant technologies.

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