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Automation Engineering / Innealtóireacht Uathoibrithe

Course Title: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Automation Engineering

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Students choosing the Level 8 General Engineering programme will have the option in Year 1 to choose Automation Engineering. They are still the same well-known and highly commended programmes offered in previous years. We have combined the first few modules to give students more time to choose their specialisation.

Engineers are in extremely high demand right now in Ireland and globally with exponential growth in job opportunities, especially in the Automation sector. With such rapid advances in technologies in the healthcare and medical devices sector, robotics, pharmaceutical, automotive, food and beverage industries, graduates of these three programmes will be at the forefront of new technologies to help improve our quality of life through new innovative designs.

Engineers Ireland have accredited our programmes for over 25 years now which means that graduates can travel worldwide and have their qualifications recognised abroad.

The Level 8 programme takes 4 years to complete and we ensure that additional tutorials are available for any students who may require additional academic support. The three Engineering disciplines pride themselves on graduating students who are industry-ready after 4 years.

Students experience innovative teaching in modern laboratories and lectures. They can visit engineering companies, travel abroad for a semester or year to our partner Universities in France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, China or seek work placements through our close links with engineering companies and past graduates in industry. Engineering graduates are trained to be creative and inventive, and to solve difficult problems such as the development of new technologies from jet engines to robots to artificial hip implants to hybrid cars and train components.

Automation engineers are closely linked to mechanical and software engineers. They automate solutions to physical activities to create faster and more efficient ways of doing things. They automate systems in airports, ferry ports, rail systems and in almost every manufacturing plant through use of vision systems, robotics, sensor measurement and control. With advances in network communications they can often control manufacturing plants remotely.

* In your final year of all engineering programmes, you will carry out a major design project, which will develop your problem-solving, design, project management and communication skills, a key skill that employers require. The final year project is a culmination of your 4 years of study and is a great opportunity for students to work in an area of particular interest.


Our past graduate engineers are working in exciting roles in Intel, Aer Lingus, Boeing, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Kerry Foods, Coca Cola, BMW, Siemens, Boston Scientific, Amazon, EY, Jones Engineering, Abbvie, Johnson & Johnson, Google and Microsoft. Many graduates also work in medical device companies, hospitals, design companies, power plants and the energy sector. Our graduates often progress to project management roles and senior management within 7 years of graduating.

Please note, there is no advanced entry to this course.

With rapid advances in big data, artificial intelligence and faster mobile communications, employers need  the skills of Automation Engineering graduates who can design systems to think big and react fast.

Many graduates join Graduate Placement Programmes in industry immediately after graduation, others progress to Masters or PhD research or in some cases use their innovative skills to set up their own engineering companies. The opportunities are endless.

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Level 8


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)


4 years

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