This four-year honours programme equips graduates with real-life problem solving skills. IT Carlow is the only third-level institute in Ireland to have its own aerospace centre with an avionics workshop and a fleet of aircraft inside its own hangar. These unique facilities ensure IT Carlow students have the very best learning environment combining theory with practical, hands-on experience.
During this four-year programme, students will use first-class design tools such as CATIA and ANSYS to design, build and fly light aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The programme provides students with an understanding of: aerodynamics and propulsion, technical communication, aerodynamics, instrument systems, computer applications, maintenance practices, engineering practices, aircraft leasing, aircraft structures, aircraft system design and operation.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
QQI FET/FETAC Links
This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Many aerospace engineers work directly within the aerospace industry in roles with leading aircraft manufacturers, airline companies, as well as Government Agencies. The role of an aerospace engineer can vary hugely from aircraft design to research, design and development, field service, marketing and software development.