Mechatronic Engineering is the science of combining mechanical engineering, electronic and computer engineering and software design to create intelligent machines. The potential of this area is immense from deigning safer cars to building robots to interfacing mechanical and electronic parts of future renewable energy systems.
The course begins with fundamental scientific principles and then moves through modules dealing with design, analysis, manufacture and modelling of electromechanical products and systems.
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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.
Individual and group project work form a major part of this course.
In Year three students undertake an industrial world placement for six months (INTRA) either in Ireland or abroad.
Graduates enter Careers in Research and Development Engineering, Design Engineering, Product Design, Automation and also work in the areas of Medical Machinery, Hydraulic Robotics, Car Industry, Agri Machinery.