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Are you interested in clever designs that benefit people’s lives, in how they are produced in the real world meeting high technical standards, and how they are made affordable, accessible and sustainable? Are you interested in interacting with other people to achieve a common goal, and listening to people in a constructive manner? Are you interested in applying problem-solving techniques and practices to big real-world problems? Are you a hands-on person? If so, this course should suit you well.
Why Study Design and Manufacture at UL?
Design and Manufacture Engineering covers a range of topics which are directly relevant to solving big real-world problems on a world-class scale.
The vision for Design and Manufacture is to design useful working products, seeing them developed from possibility and concept, through practicalities of manufacture, to real use, and eventual recycling after their life’s end. In common with all UL programmes, The Bachelor of Engineering in Design and Manufacture programme includes a coop placement, and adheres to traditional educational guidelines of preparation for the profession of engineering.
In choosing to study this programme, you will build upon your skills and aptitude for design and analytical work. You will cover a range of subjects including fundamentals of design and production processes, computer-aided design, automation, materials, quality, capacity planning and simulation, costs and sustainability. It follows CDIO principles (Conceive-Designimplement- Operate) including team-based projects and problem-based learning these are important elements of the programme in each year.
Entry route to Design and Manufacture Engineering at UL is via LM116 Engineering Common Entry
Throughout this course, you will be provided with a strong foundation in both engineering and design principles, with a clear focus on project-based learning. You will also be provided with an in-depth knowledge of manufacturing processes and how products are made, and will be encouraged to develop design solutions to real-life manufacturing problems.
This four-year programme consists of eight semesters and is divided into two parts. Part I, comprising the first year of study, will provide a foundation in the fundamental engineering subjects and makes up for variations in the background of individual students. The modules during the first year are common to Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.
Part II comprises the remaining three years. The final degree award is based on your performance during these three years. Generally, you will study five modules per semester, with each semester worth 30 credits. Each semester contains a mix of design and manufacturing related subjects including areas such as the fundamentals of design, automation, supply chain design and advanced manufacturing processes. You will also achieve a high level of capability with SolidWorks and will use Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) approach with an emphasis on Engineering Design and team projects.
At the end of Year 2, you will undertake a work placement in industry for an eight-month Cooperative Education period. This period provides experience of the practice and application of engineering methods in an industrial environment. You will then return to the University for the spring semester of third year.
An important feature of this programme is the final year project (FYP). The individual project topic will be allocated to you near the end of third year, following an extensive consultation process. You will have almost 12 months to undertake this major piece of work and prepare a report of the work for assessment. The project is an opportunity for you to express your creative and analytical skills in an imaginative and professional way and many students are proud to show their work at subsequent job interviews.
By the end of this course, you will be in a position to manage the lifecycle of new products from design, through production and on to end-of-life recycling.
Topics covered include;
- Production Technology
- Plant Automation
- Materials Selection
- Engineering Design
- Engineering Economics, Ethics and Sustainability
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade H4 in Mathematics and grade O6/H7 in one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Engineering, Technology, Design & Communication Graphics/ Technical Drawing, Biology, Agricultural Science, Applied Maths, Construction Studies.
A Special Mathematics (Higher Level) Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement. We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
A wide range of employers are seeking graduates with these skills, and the skills are highly transferable across many industry sectors from bottling water to making electronic car components to medical devices. Typical job titles indicate this range of employment potential:
- Design and Manufacturing Engineer
- New Product Development Engineer
- Automation engineer
- Quality engineer
- Process engineer
- Manufacturing engineer
- Supplier development engineer
- Plant engineer
- Supply-chain engineer
- Engineering Manager
- Operations Manager
- Marketing engineer
Students graduating from this degree can undertake the MEng in Mechatronics or many other masters programmes in other disciplines at UL. There are also lots of research opportunities to masters or doctorate level available in the areas of Design and Manufacture. UL has strong, funded research programmes in a number of manufacturing disciplines.
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The subjects I enjoyed most in school were engineering and technical drawing so this course appealed to me because it has an excellent mix of the two. UL has a reputation for being one of the best universities in the country and has a fantastic employment record for graduates. It has excellent facilities and offers a large variety of courses to choose from. There is a great support network on campus to help you settle in. The learning centers are a brilliant resource and provide excellent help for any subjects you may have difficulty with.
The course itself is very interesting. There is a nice mix of subjects which have given me a broad understanding of manufacture - each concept we are taught is always related to a real-world application, making it easier to understand. I particularly enjoy using 3D modelling software and the design and programming of automated systems.
For my Co-op, I was placed in Grant Engineering in Birr, Co Offaly. It was a fantastic experience and gave me a unique insight into the everyday happenings at a major manufacturing firm. While on placement I was given the opportunity to work on several interesting projects including the installation of new equipment, implementation of new manufacturing procedures and the design of a new range of products. Through Co-op, I gained a valuable insight into a day in the life of a manufacturing engineer and learned many practical skills which will be relevant throughout my career. The entire experience reinforced the key concepts that I had been studying and now that I have returned to college, it has helped me to understand the relevance of each new subject to modern day manufacturing systems.