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Leaving Certificate

Engineering

Career Zone
QQI
NFQ Level
Duration
2 Years

Summary

Working in Engineering - Engineering
Working in Engineering - Engineering

Leaving Certificate Engineering is the study of mechanical engineering. Students develop skills and initiative in the planning, development and realisation of technological projects in a safe manner. There are two main areas of study: workshop processes, and materials and technology.

Why Study Engineering

This practical subject gives students hands-on experience of working with tools and machinery. Students also undertake theoretical and background work for their final examinations which provides useful skills for those considering a career in the sector. 

What kind of Student would Engineering suit

Each student should have an aptitude for and an interest in design and practical work. This subject follows on from Junior Cert metalwork.

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors:

Grades Awarded

Marks Distribution 2019:

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 4765 students who sat the Higher Level Engineering exam in 2019.

Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 650 students who sat the Ordinary Level Engineering exam in 2019.

 

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Course Overview

Engineering promotes an educational understanding of the materials and a knowledge of the processes associated with mechanical engineering. This is achieved through the development of skills and initiative in the planning, development and realization of technological projects in a safe manner.

You would need to have done Junior Cycle metalwork to have a clear understanding of what is involved in engineering. There is a good mix of theory and practice involved in the subject matter. Many students enjoy the practical aspect but are not too happy when it comes to the theory. You are required present a project as part of the Leaving Certificate examination, so talk to the teacher involved so that you know exactly the balance between the theory and the practical elements in this subject.

Course Content

  • Health and Safety
  • Benchwork
  • Classification and Origin of Metals
  • Structure of Metals
  • Iron and Steel
  • Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Heat Treatment of Metals
  • Fabrication and Finishing of Metals
  • Corrosion of Metals
  • Plastics Processing
  • Machining
  • Materials and Technology
  • Materials Testing
  • Joining of Materials
  • Metrology
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Technology

Exam Structure

Engineering is assessed at both Ordinary level and Higher level by means of an examination paper, a student project and a practical examination.

Workshop Processes: This section represents all the practical processes which may be applied in the school workshop integral with the related theory. This section carries 300 marks in the exam at both levels - Ordinary & Higher: There will be 150 marks for a practical exam and 150 marks for assessment of workshop/laboratory work and projects.

Materials & Technology: This section represents the wider knowledge and technology as a whole. In the written exam this section will carry 200 marks at Ordinary level and 300 marks at Higher level.

Career Possibilities

Engineering is useful for the following careers: mechanic, panel beater, welder, plumber, electronic and mechanical engineering, architecture, aircraft technician, army/air corps and industrial design. For more information on career pathways: click here.

Career Guidance

Subject Group: Practical

These subjects are 'hands-on' and involve working with tools and machinery on physical things like wood, metals and plastic. They may involve designing, planning and building things.

Required for 3rd Level?

This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.

Interviews

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Donal Kane, Plumber / Construction Super.
Main subjects that influenced my career path were engineering studies and technical graphics.

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Alan O'Neill, Fisherman
For my Leaving Cert, I took English, Irish, Maths, Physics, Engineering, Construction and Geography. Engineering proved useful as it introduced me to the different mechanisms needed to run basic engines.

This basic information helped me in my Skippers tickets. Geography was also useful for correct geographical terms and maths was essential for the Skippers ticket as it is very mathematically orientated - I would advise people to do Honours Maths, if possible.

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Sinead Kenny, Design Engineer
I wasn’t 100% sure that I would end up in the science/engineering sector when I was at school. I found doing transition year really helped me to explore the various options that were available. This helped me to decide the subjects for my leaving certificate. I chose physics, chemistry & accounting, again keeping my options open. At the moment I am doing a masters for which I have to do aspects of accounting & economics so the accounting I did for my leaving has come in handy!

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