This programme will equip students with a practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of software engineering so they can play an important role in electronic, software and telecommunication companies.
This course now offers applicants the opportunity to specialise in Engineering Software. Applicants follow a common first and second year curriculum and then students can choose to specialise in either Electronic Engineering or Engineering Software.
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.
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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.
ICT industries are likely to form the main source of employment. Most companies involved in the high technology sector rely on people with engineering skills to function as a creative and innovative element of the workforce and in addition a range of service industries, including mobile phones, rail transport and aviation, also rely heavily on electronic engineers.
Software Engineering is a combination of Electronics and Software Development. Many electronic devices such as your phone, the Xbox, Ipad, remote controlled drones or vehicles, have a microprocessor inside that uses a software program. Software Engineers will work on the programs which control these devices.
The main skill set identified for a technologist include:
- Knowledge of software development skills
- Technical expertise from several perspectives
- Knowledge of analysis techniques
- Project management skills
- Very good practical based skills